Rare confirms Sea of Thieves to work on even the crummiest PC

Posted on February 16, 2018

Ahead of the release of the Windows PC edition of Sea of Thieves, Rare has come forth to clear up any questions fans may have about the graphics and specifications on the PC. Rare has been simultaneously pushing the limits of its software on the PC, allowing players to turn the visuals right up, whilst also lowering the barrier for entry for low end PCs. The Windows PC edition of the game has specifically been designed to run even on underpowered PCs, including Laptops, as evident in the spec sheet released recently.

The art style that Rare has used in Sea of Thieves is what has allowed it to have such a large spectrum of quality.  The melding of colours and blending allows the engine to run and load entire assets far easier.

“Our rendering team set themselves the goal early on of ‘how low can we go,’ sometimes also referred to fondly as ‘getting the game running on a potato,’ which is why we want to deliver a great version of the game even for those with computers below our official minimum spec,” wrote Ted Timmins, PC design lead at Rare, on the Sea of Thieves website. “The game is perfectly playable at 540p, and one of the advantages of Xbox Play Anywhere is that if you own an Xbox One AND a low-spec laptop you can still take full advantage of it, and we absolutely encourage it!”

For the full breakdown of what hardware you will need to run the game at the base level or any level check out the image from Rare below.

It is a refreshing change in gaming to have a company not trying to break the bank and push the limits of the current era of technology in a big release title.  Instead Rare has widened the audience that can play, extending the possible range of players instead of limiting it to those who can afford to keep up to date with the latest gaming equipment and hardware.