Beef Cake Alert: Can Your PC Even Run ‘The Last of Us Part 1’?

Ellie and Riley in The Last of Us Part 1 PC.
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“The Last of Us Part 1” on PC is almost here (the release date is March 29!) and Sony has revealed the detailed system requirements and some of the PC-exclusive features.

“The Last of Us Part 1” PC Features

For starters, the PC version will support 4K resolution, ultrawide and super ultrawide monitors, upscaling with Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR 2.2, VSync and frame rate cap options, and adjustable texture quality, shadows, reflections, ambient occlusion, and more.

If you’re playing the PC version with a PS5 controller, you’ll also benefit from the DualSense’s haptic feedback and dynamic triggers. “The Last of Us Part 1” on PS5 used these features in an ingenious way by playing dialogue through the controller as haptic feedback. One of the game’s 60+ accessibility features, this let deaf and hearing impaired players feel whether a line was delivered softly or loudly, giving them more context in cutscenes.

You can also play with a range of other controllers, or a keyboard and mouse, or both! The PC version has an adaptive control mode that allows players to combine keyboard and controller inputs, which has big accessibility potential. And, of course, it has full control remapping and primary and secondary bindings for keyboard and mouse control.

“The Last of Us Part 1” PC Specs

It’s not surprising that you’ll need a pretty chunky rig to play it on the recommended or ultra specs. Thankfully, the minimum and performance specs are a bit more forgiving, but some PCs will struggle to run it. One constant across all quality presets is the size of the game, which is a whopping 100GB. Hope you have good internet for that download.

Minimum — 30 FPS @ 720P

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (4GB) or 1050 Ti (4GB) or AMD Radeon 470 (4GB)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 100GB SSD

Recommended — 60 FPS @ 1080P

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8GB) or 3060 (8GB) or AMD Radeon RX 5800 XT (8GB) or 6600 XT (8GB)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 100GB

Performance — 60 FPS @ 1440P

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 6750XT
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 100GB SSD

Ultra — 60 FPS @ 4K

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K or AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 or AMD RX 7900XT (FSR Quality)
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 100GB
The minimum, recommended, performance and ultra specs for The Last of Us PC.

“Whether you’re a new or old player, The Last of Us Part I on PC will bring with it the same core gameplay experience of the PS5 version, including its award-winning campaign, the Left Behind DLC chapter, additional modes like Speedrun Mode, Permadeath Mode, and Photo Mode,” Naughty Dog said on the PlayStation blog. “Part I’s PC launch will also include The Last of Us Part I’s suite of accessibility features so that players can adjust the experience to suit their needs and preferences.”

“The Last of Us Part 1” on PC comes out on March 29. Pre-order it now on Steam and the Epic Games Store for $94.95. The deluxe edition includes early unlocks of various upgrades and six weapon skins. You can get it from Steam and the Epic Games Store for $109.95.

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