Resident Evil 3 Remake for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One is out on April 3. In the run up to this we’ve managed to spend some quality time with the PC port on a budget gaming laptop. Capcom’s track record on PC has been exemplary in recent memory and Resident Evil 3 Remake is no exception. Here’s why.

Resident Evil 3 Remake PC system requirements

Much like Resident Evil 2 Remake, you won’t need a cutting-edge PC to take advantage of what Resident Evil 3 Remake has to offer.

Resident Evil 3 Remake PC minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 45GB available space

Resident Evil 3 Remake PC recommended system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-9590 or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 45GB available space

Resident Evil 3 Remake PC settings

Almost every detail in Resident Evil 3 Remake can be tweaked. From the usual suspects like light, particles, and lens flare to a handy preview that shows off what settings impact your GPU memory and processing load, there’s a lot to toggle for the desired effect. Support for high frame rates over and above 60fps is present as well. In our case, it was a question of hitting 60fps with minimal impact on visual quality. With the abundance of options at our disposal, this was an easy task.

Resident Evil 3 Remake PC performance — frame rate and resolution

Capcom states that if you have the minimum specifications, you can play Resident Evil 3 Remake at 1080p/30fps while Resident Evil Resistance will run at 720p/30fps. With the recommended spec you can expect 1080p/60fps for both game modes. Interestingly, the 45GB storage requirement takes Resident Evil Resistance into account. Resident Evil 3 Remake on its own is a 19GB download with a 22GB install size.

Our laptop consists of an AMD Ryzen 5-3550H processor (2.1GHz Base speed up to 3.7GHz), 16GB DDR4 RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GPU. With default settings at 1920×1080, we were able to net around 70fps to 80fps in its opening sections.

Resident Evil 3 Remake PC at 150 percent resolution scaling

While Resident Evil 3 Remake’s first few minutes are linear, there’s a lot going on in terms of special effects making it a spectacle. Reaching the game’s Raccoon City section with its zombie hordes and shops aplenty saw the frame rate dip between 55 to 67fps. For most part it was stable and ran extremely smooth. Executing Jill’s perfect dodge or landing headshots was far from an issue.

Our only grouse was that image quality would take a very noticeable hit in certain sections with certain elements rendering at a lower resolution than they should. Details like newsstand magazines and newspapers would be blurry when getting close. Bumping up the resolution scaling factor (which the game labels as Image Quality in settings) to about 150 percent fixes this. But the frame rate drop to around 35 to 45fps wasn’t worth it.

We also tried out the DirectX 11 API option. At default the game runs on DirectX 12, switching to 11 had little impact in our experience.

Resident Evil 3 Remake image quality at 100 percent resolution scaling

Should you play Resident Evil 3 Remake on PC?

If you don’t own a PS4 or Xbox One, the PC port of Resident Evil 3 Remake is an easy recommendation even if you have a slightly older rig or a budget machine like ours and if you can stomach the day one price. This is because Resident Evil 3 Remake’s Rs. 3,499 price tag for Indian users may seem heavy-handed though it is in-line with the console price of the game.

Though with nearly every AAA game publisher hiking PC game prices despite regional pricing guidelines existing on Steam, it’s the inconvenient truth about modern day PC gaming in markets where it was considered to be the low cost option. That aside, there’s little reason to ignore Resident Evil 3 Remake. It’s a fantastic port of one of 2020’s best games.

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