If you’re looking forward to the year’s biggest games, it’s important to assess whether or not your gaming PC will be able to handle them at the fidelity you prefer. This guide is designed to make that process easier by collecting all the recommended specs for 2020’s most anticipated titles.
Games are always evolving; destruction physics, audio effects, and artificial intelligence get more and more sophisticated every year. Every PC gamer has their own personal preferences and priorities when it comes to customizing the quality of their gaming experiences.
Think of the recommended specs below as a canvas. They’re a perfect starting point for determining what kinds of components you’ll need to enjoy these games the way you want to enjoy them.
We’ll update this page with more information about upcoming 2020 PC games later in the year. As games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Death Stranding near their PC release date, their official recommended specs will be released publicly, and we’ll be sure to collect all of them here. If you don’t see one of your most anticipated games listed here, be sure to bookmark this guide and check back later.
Fans of the Half-Life series have been awaiting news of another Half-Life game for over a decade, but few could have predicted that it would manifest as a VR-exclusive title.
Built from the ground up with VR in mind, Half-Life: Alyx makes creative use of lighting, perspective, and environmental effects to construct thought-provoking puzzles and cultivate tense encounters with the game’s alien monstrosities. Using Alyx’s gravity gloves to grasp objects from a distance promises revelations on par with slinging saw blades with Half-Life 2’s gravity gun.
In Journey to the Savage Planet, you’re arguably much more of a nuisance to planet AR-Y 26’s alien fauna than they are to you. As an explorer traipsing clumsily through AR-Y 26, power-slapping unsuspecting critters and uprooting plants to eat, it’s easy to submit to mischief.
Unlike the massive, open worlds offered by many contemporary games, AR-Y 26 was intended to be a bespoke, more intimate environment full of hand-crafted detail. Weather effects demarcate different biomes and explosive fauna light up AR-Y 26 with flares of light and gloop. Journey to the Savage Planet’s colorful planet is replete with opportunities to wreak havoc, go adventuring, or simply take in the saccharine brilliance of the rich alien foliage.
If the reappearance of Destroy All Humans! in 2020 is meant to teach us anything, it’s that there will always be room for destructive sandbox games. 2020’s Destroy All Humans! is a remake of the 2005 original, and both follow alien warrior Cryptosporidium 137 as he attempts to organize an alien invasion of Earth.
Destroy All Humans! is at its most gratifying when its destruction physics and particle effects are on full display. Buildings and vehicles erupt in shimmering explosions when targeted with a laser, and several pieces of the environment can be lifted, thrown, and manipulated at will with the use of Crypto’s telekinetic powers.
Phantom Brigade incorporates a unique “hybrid” twist on the tactical RPG genre. While turn-based on a macrocosmic level, individual turns are divided into two phases: First, players plan turns using a predictive “timeline” system, then during the next phase they execute their scheme in real-time.
Gameplay elements like friendly fire, collisions between units, and destructible environments always ensure a measure of unpredictability, however. Success hinges on the player’s ability to anticipate the enemy’s movements and prepare for possible outcomes, out-maneuvering the enemy’s sophisticated AI and preserving your own mech units.
Remember: Ultimately, the specs included above are recommendations. Every person has a different set of preferences when it comes to components and the fidelity of their gaming experiences. Reviewing these specs in advance, however, helps you better prepare your system to run these games at your desired quality.
We’ll update this list with more specs from 2020 PC games, so stay tuned for details about Cyberpunk 2077, Marvel’s Avengers, Ori, and the Will of the Wisps, Death Stranding, DOOM Eternal, and more.