Sonic Mania PC Requirements Revealed

Sonic Mania PC Requirements Revealed

by July 13, 2017 19 comments

The official PC system requirements for Sonic Mania are now publicly available on Steam, and for those of you running older hardware, these specs should be music to your ears. The minimum and recommended requirements are as follows:

Minimum:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Pentium 4 1.6GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card 32MB
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 400 MB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

Recommended:
OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10
Processor: Core 2 Duo
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card
256MB
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 400 MB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

For the uninitiated, this is an incredibly lightweight game. For reference, the earliest Pentium 4 CPUs clocked at 1.6 GHz were released in July of 2001, a whopping sixteen years ago. The beefier Core 2 Duo chips required to hit the recommended tier first hit the market in 2006, so even a decade-old machine should run Mania without issue. In short, if you’ve purchased a Windows PC within the last decade-and-a-half, you’ll be able to play Sonic Mania.

We thank nz17 for bringing the specs to our attention.

19 Comments so far

  1. EJ
    #1 EJ 13 July, 2017, 16:11

    Thanks for the information

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  2. Tezmehbot
    #2 Tezmehbot 13 July, 2017, 18:00

    So even a potato can run Mania? Talk about optimization. Take notes, Sonic Forces for Nintendo Switch

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    • SuperSonic772
      SuperSonic772 13 July, 2017, 22:26

      I fail to see your point. Of course the 2D sprite based game is easily optimizable. Your comparing an simple 2D game to a more complex 3D game made with newer hardware in mind. And even then Forces is optimized for the Switch, it runs 30 fps and looks slightly downgraded not because of poor optimization but because of inferior hardware.

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      • Tezmehbot
        Tezmehbot 14 July, 2017, 15:23

        I knew that, I was just making a stupid comment. Of course Mania would run on almost anything. But it is still surprising though.

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        • Hifihedgehog
          Hifihedgehog 18 July, 2017, 07:47

          Not really. The original PC releases of Sonic R and Sonic CD only required a Pentium processor to run. In fact, for a sprite game that offers only 32X-level graphics on display, Sonic Mania is a bit greedy on minimum system requirements. Fortunately, this is no triple A title requiring a GTX 1060 and a quad core Core i7. You could easily run Sonic Mania on a $99 Windows tablet from Micro Center, something like this:
          http://www.microcenter.com/product/475896/X852_Tablet_-_Black

    • Raw
      Raw 14 July, 2017, 08:57

      Its a sprite game dude, with probably less than 12 stages at that, if you have played fan games you would know its ‘optimized’ just by the numbers.

      Forces in the other hand is one of the best looking Switch games and looks absolutely gorgeous in the other platforms and PC.

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  3. SoYummy69
    #3 SoYummy69 13 July, 2017, 21:53

    I’m still rockin a GTX 980. Will I be able to run it?

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    • rocketdogshawn
      rocketdogshawn 13 July, 2017, 23:39

      You could run this game on a pile of dirt.

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    • Jeffery Mass
      Jeffery Mass 14 July, 2017, 00:14

      Probably not. Stick to Minesweeper until you can upgrade to an ATI Radeon 7500 or something.

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    • Hifihedgehog
      Hifihedgehog 18 July, 2017, 08:00

      A GTX 980, the last gen equivalent to the GTX 1060, can run Sonic Generations with all the settings jacked up and AA and AF on full throttle in 4K at 60 fps. So, yes, Sonic Mania will be a walk in the park. In fact, you could very likely cozily run Sonic Mania on multiple virtual machines and monitor displays on the same PC, creating a competitive arcade center of sorts. After all, this game just requires a Pentium 4 and a quad core i7 and i5 (assuming you have an equally beefy CPU accompanying that graphics card) offers roughly 25 times the performance of a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4. Yes, this how much of a potato the first generation Pentium 4 has become relative to a modern rock-star CPU:

      http://browser.geekbench.com/geekbench2/compare/2605658/839543

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  4. serpx
    #4 serpx 14 July, 2017, 00:59

    Ahhhhh. I love this. One of the highest quality games of the year and it doesn’t require a beast of a PC to run. Doesn’t get much better than that. Hope this retro 2D series continues.

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  5. sonicgalaxy27
    #5 sonicgalaxy27 14 July, 2017, 00:59

    How interesting.

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  6. Setnaro X
    #6 Setnaro X 17 July, 2017, 08:58

    Thank goodness. I was worried my GTX 1070 + i7 2300K + 16GB ram machine wouldn’t be able to run this.

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    • Hifihedgehog
      Hifihedgehog 18 July, 2017, 08:04

      Off-topic: Your Sandy Bridge Core i7 and its PCIe slot is seriously bottlenecking your GTX 1070’s full potential. Get a Ryzen or Kaby Lake so you can take your GTX 1070 to the next level. You should see a 10-20 fps more easily.

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      • Hifihedgehog
        Hifihedgehog 18 July, 2017, 08:19

        *You should see a 10-20 fps increase easily.

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        • Setnaro X
          Setnaro X 19 July, 2017, 09:10

          Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll definitely be making the upgrade later on. I’ll wait until Black Friday to start ordering the parts needed to boost up my FPS count since I don’t have much money on me right now. As far as things go, I’m pretty happy with my current build since it hasn’t given me much issues even with the CPU holding the GPU back.

      • Setnaro X
        Setnaro X 18 July, 2017, 12:04

        I plan to get a new motherboard altogether in order to be able get an upgraded CPU. Thanks for the advice πŸ˜€

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        • Hifihedgehog
          Hifihedgehog 18 July, 2017, 19:31

          Definitely and obviously. Processors of different brands haven’t really been socket compatible between brands or more than a couple generations since the Pentium’s heyday. That said, a LGA1151 or AM4 processor and motherboard would be an admirable and worthy complement to your current GTX 1070. I proudly own and operate a Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to beast mode with a GTX 1080 in tow. πŸ™‚

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