Quantum Break on Steam won’t be maxed out by one GTX 1080, say Remedy

Quantum Break PC release time

Quantum Break is an enjoyable enough third-person shooter, but on Windows 10 the performance is poor. There are constant frame rate drops and judders, no matter what mix of settings you play at. I played on a GTX 970 and struggled to get it stable even on medium settings, yet the Xbox One manages it. It’s no wonder so many are asking whether the game’s Steam debut will have the same issues, then. 

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We already know the Steam version will only support DirectX 11 and won’t let you run multiple GPUs in SLI. We also have the system requirements, as you can see below:


  • OS: Windows 7 – 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 68 GB available space


  • OS: Windows 10 – 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690, 3.9GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 68 GB available space

With the GTX 970 being recommended, along with a Core i5 CPU, you’d think that something from the Pascal range of Nividia cards would make it sing. However, that’s apparently not the case.

One Steam user claims to be running a GTX 1080 and an i7 5820k on the Windows 10 version, yet they’re still getting constant crashes and the game struggles to keep at a stable 30fps, never mind 60fps. Quite angrily, they ask if the Steam version will have similar performance issues.

In a reply on the Steam Community page, one of Remedy’s community heads responded, saying, “I’m sorry that you feel we’re ignoring feedback. I believe that the learnings from the earlier PC release of Quantum Break have helped with bringing Quantum Break to Steam, and I hope we can provide a better launch this time.

“There have been several patches for the Windows Store version and what I gather from the discussions here and on Remedy Community Forums, people who have adjusted the settings to match their hardware are saying it plays fine.

“Like mentioned on other topics, the game doesn’t support SLI. But even with one GTX 1080 and the right settings, you should be able to get an enjoyable experience out of the game. I recommend comparing visual differences between ‘high’ and ‘ultra’ options in different areas of the display settings page.”

So going by this post, a single GTX 1080 just isn’t enough for Quantum Break on Ultra at 1080p.

I tried to contact Remedy to clear this up, but was redirected to Microsoft. I have emailed them and will update when I hear back.

Quantum Break releases on Steam tomorrow, September 29.