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Batman: Arkham Knight minimum specs change as AMD issues affect launch

Batman Arkham Knight AMD issues

Rocksteady’s final Batman: Arkham game launches today, but the first days of the Caped Crusader’s battle against the Arkham Knight aren’t going so smoothly on PC. In the final hours before launch the minimum specs for the game were altered, which seems to be due to rigs powered by AMD hardware struggling with the game. 

Arkham Knight’s new minimum specs are as follows:

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB Memory Minimum) | AMD Radeon HD 7950 (3 GB Memory Minimum)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection required
  • Hard Drive: 45 GB available space

The only difference now is that an AMD graphics card is listed, requiring 3GB of memory as opposed to NVIDIA’s minimum of 2GB.

Reports coming from the community suggest that AMD cards are struggling with the Nvidia GameWorks features, which are used heavily in Arkham Knight. All that realistically flapping paper is taking its toll, apparently. This is making a lot of people upset, and the Steam reviews for Arkham Knight have been flooded with complaints.

The update to the system requirements came with the warning that “there are some known issues with the performance of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC owners using AMD graphics cards. We are working closely with AMD to rectify these issues as quickly as possible and will provide updates here as they become available. We thank you for your patience in this matter.”

Since then, AMD have issued a set of beta Catalyst drivers that should help Arkham Knight players. The notes for the drivers warn that the game may crash during in-game benchmarking or when exiting, and that the screen may turn black or pink when changing the resolution to 1680×1050. There’s also no Crossfire support right now, but that will be enable later.

Have you played Arkham Knight yet? What kind of problems are you experiencing?