Here's an interesting thing. Max Payne 3, out on June 1st, has just had its system specs exposed to the world. We can see your CPU requirements, Max. Zip up, there's a good chap. What's so fascinating about the list of PC parts ordered so you might know how the game will run on your system? The fact that Rockstar have not only released recommended specs, but that they also say what the lowest and highest specs they tested the game on are.
Which at least makes me hope that the game will be released with fewer bugs than Grand Theft auto IV. I love that game, but it did not arrive on any of my PCs in any fit state. I had to lock the doors as it bashed away, begging to be let in while I stood firm: “Not until you've sorted out your memory leak, you filthy stop-out”.
So, yeah: Rockstar are being open and, my guess, they're trying to tell us that they've ran it through its paces. The top-end recommend stats seem reasonable.
LOWEST TESTED SPECS• Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)• Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ or AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ, or better• 2GB System RAM• NVIDIA® GeForce 8600 GT 512MB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 3400 512MB RAM
LOW RECOMMENDED SPECS• Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)• Intel Dual Core 3GHz or AMD equivalent• 3GB System RAM• NVIDIA® GeForce 450 512MB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 4870 512MB RAM
HIGH RECOMMENDED SPECS• Windows 7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)• Intel i7 Quad Core 2.8Ghz or AMD equivalent• 3GB System RAM• NVIDIA® GeForce 480 1GB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 5870 1GB RAM
HIGHEST TESTED SPECS• Windows 7/Vista (64 bit)• Intel i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ or AMD FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ• 16GB System RAM• NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 3GB RAM