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Assassin's Creed Unity looks incredible on PC, but you'll need a high-end machine to run it

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A very pretty game that requires a pricey rig

A video released today on UK Assassin's Creed YouTube page details the handful of graphical features in Assassin's Creed Unity designed for NVIDIA GTX graphics cards. Assassin's Creed Unity already looks beautiful on console hardware, but these extra touches, like horizon bases ambient occlusion and temporal anti-aliasing, make a huge difference for graphic snobs like myself.

While the PC version looks fantastic, running the game won't be easy for everyone. The minimum PC requirements, revealed last week, are incredibly high. Here's what you'll need.

Minimum PC specs:

Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz processor

6 GB RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM) video card

Recommended PC specs:

Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better processor

8 GB RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM) video card

Additional requirements:

Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit versions only)

DirectX Version 11

DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with the latest drivers

50 GB available HDD space

The minimum requirement is the top-of-the-line graphics card from only two years ago. And the recommended graphic card was top-of-the-line only a year ago. NVIDIA is smart to partner with Ubisoft and the Assassin's Creed franchise to flaunt the power of its cards, but at the same time, I feel a little misled that the powerful card I dumped a few hundred dollars into in 2012 won't even be powerful enough to play a showcase game in 2014.

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