Can Your PC Handle the Hunt? A Look at Palworld’s System Requirements


Palworld, the controversial yet intriguing monster-collecting game with a survival twist, has taken the internet by storm. Players are eager to dive into this world where adorable creatures can be both companions and tools. But before you tame your first Pal, you need to ensure your PC is up to the challenge. This article delves into the official Palworld PC requirements, explores what they mean for your gaming experience, and addresses some frequently asked questions.

Minimum vs Recommended: Understanding the Two Categories

The developers have outlined two sets of PC requirements: minimum and recommended.

The minimum requirements represent the bare minimum hardware needed to run the game at playable settings. This allows a wider range of PCs to access the game, but visuals and performance might be compromised.

The recommended requirements suggest the hardware ideal for a smooth and enjoyable experience. While not mandatory, these specs aim to deliver the best possible performance with high graphical fidelity.

Here’s a breakdown of the official Palworld PC requirements according to Steam:

Operating SystemWindows 10 or later (64-bit)Windows 10 or later (64-bit)
Processor (CPU)Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.4 GHz (4 Cores)Intel Core i9-9900K @ 3.6 GHz (8 Cores)
Memory (RAM)16 GB32 GB
Graphics (GPU)GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB)GeForce RTX 2070
DirectXVersion 11Version 11
Storage40 GB available space40 GB available space
NetworkBroadband internet connectionBroadband internet connection
Additional NotesSSD requiredSSD required, Multiplayer requires internet connection

Decoding the Specs: What Each Component Means for Palworld

Let’s dissect the individual components and how they impact your Palworld experience:

Operating System (OS): Windows 10 (64-bit) is the only supported OS. If you’re using an older version of Windows or a different operating system altogether, you’ll need to upgrade to play Palworld.

Processor (CPU): The CPU is the brain of your computer, responsible for overall game logic and calculations. The minimum requirement of an Intel Core i5-3570K represents a mid-range CPU released in 2013. However, for a smoother experience, especially with multitasking or future updates, consider a newer CPU with more cores and higher clock speeds, like the recommended Intel Core i9-9900K.

Memory (RAM): RAM acts as your computer’s short-term memory, crucial for storing frequently accessed game data. The minimum requirement of 16 GB RAM is on the higher end for current games but might be necessary for Palworld’s world and creature complexity. The recommended 32 GB RAM ensures smoother performance, especially for those who like to keep other programs running alongside the game.

Graphics (GPU): The GPU, or graphics card, is responsible for rendering the visuals you see on screen. The minimum requirement of a GeForce GTX 1050 suggests that Palworld might be playable on older or integrated graphics, but expect lower graphical settings and potential performance issues. The recommended GeForce RTX 2070 is a more powerful card that can handle higher resolutions, textures, and smoother frame rates.

DirectX: DirectX is a collection of APIs (application programming interfaces) that allow games to communicate with your graphics card. Version 11 is the minimum requirement, a fairly common standard for most modern games.

Storage: The game requires 40 GB of available storage space. This is a standard amount for modern games, so ensure you have enough free space on your hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD).

Network: An internet connection is necessary for multiplayer functionality. Additionally, some developers use online verification for single-player experiences, so having an internet connection might be beneficial even for solo players.

SSD: An SSD (solid-state drive) is strongly recommended. Compared to traditional HDDs (hard disk drives), SSDs offer significantly faster loading times and improve overall game performance.


Will Palworld run on my PC?

This depends on your specs! Palworld has minimum and recommended specs. The minimum requirements are fairly accessible, but the RAM requirement might be a hurdle for older PCs and some laptops. Check the next FAQ for details.

What are the minimum PC requirements for Palworld?

Operating System: Windows 10 or later (64-bit) [Note: Not compatible with 32-bit systems]

Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz (or equivalent)

Memory (RAM): 16 GB

Graphics (GPU): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB) with DirectX 11 support

Storage: 40 GB of free space on an SSD (Solid State Drive) [Note: HDD not recommended]

Internet: Broadband internet connection [Note: Required for multiplayer]

What are the recommended PC requirements for Palworld?

For a smoother gameplay experience, these are the recommended specs:

Operating System: Windows 10 or later (64-bit)

Processor (CPU): Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz (or equivalent)

Memory (RAM): 32 GB

Graphics (GPU): Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with DirectX 11 support

Storage: 40 GB of free space on an SSD

Internet: Broadband internet connection

I don’t have an Nvidia graphics card. Will Palworld work with AMD?

While the official specs list Nvidia cards, there’s a good chance Palworld will work with AMD GPUs as well. Check online for benchmarks (performance tests) using AMD cards with similar specs to the GTX 1050 and RTX 2070.

My PC meets the minimum requirements, but will it run smoothly?

The minimum specs allow you to run the game, but expect lower graphical settings and potentially lower frame rates.  For a smoother experience, aim for the recommended specs or higher.

Why does Palworld require an SSD?

SSDs offer much faster loading times compared to traditional HDDs. This can significantly improve your experience, especially in open-world games like Palworld.

Can I play Palworld on a laptop?

Maybe! If your laptop has specs close to the minimum requirements, it might run the game. However, laptops tend to have less powerful components than desktops, so check your laptop’s specs carefully.

Where can I find my PC specs?

On Windows, you can search for “System Information” or go to Settings > System > About. This will show you your CPU, RAM, and operating system. You can usually find your graphics card information in Device Manager.

What if I can’t upgrade my PC right now?

If your PC doesn’t meet the requirements, you can wait for potential optimization patches from the developer or wait for a future PC upgrade.

Is there anything else I should know about the PC requirements?

These are the official requirements at the time of writing (April 23, 2024). They might change slightly closer to the game’s release, so keep an eye on the official Palworld channels for updates.

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