Sonic Frontiers is an upcoming action-adventure platform game developed by Team Sonic and published by Sega.
Ahead of its November 8th release, we’re taking a look at its minimum and recommended PC specifications. Fortunately, like most platformers, the requirements aren’t overly demanding. But, as with most PC games, if you’re looking to crank up the settings to their maximum and play at 4K with high frame rates, you won’t be able to get away with a machine with a decade-old GPU.
If upon cross-referencing your build to the specifications in the tables below you find that they fall short, you may need to think about either upgrading individual components, or simply upgrading to a new PC entirely. Either option can be fulfilled by us here at Chillblast, so give our extensive range of gaming PCs a browse or get in touch with our expert sales team.
So, let’s take a look at the Sonic Frontiers specs and see just what you need to run it (and how you can build a PC to make the most of it).
But first, what is Sonic Frontiers?
Sonic Frontiers is the newest title in the iconic franchise and brings with it a whole new gaming experience. It’s the first ever ‘open-zone’ Sonic game, letting players explore “five massive overworld islands brimming with dense forests, overflowing waterfalls, and sizzling desert landscapes, each with their own unique action-platforming challenges and hidden secrets to uncover.”
Playing as the titular Sonic the Hedgehog, players must traverse the mysterious Starfall islands in search of the Chaos Emeralds whilst battling the hordes of robotic enemies plaguing the landscapes. Although that’s not all. In ending up on these islands, you have been separated from your friends, Tails and Amy Rose, and so half the battle is finding your way back to them.
Team Sonic made sure that players will still experience the well-known elements of the previous games such as grind rails and collecting rings, but have also included a whole new generation of mechanics. An “all-new battle system” has been implemented bringing with it a slew of new abilities including combat attacks, running alongside walls, and the new Cyloop ability.
In addition, players now have access to skill tree upgrades, allowing them to use earned experience points to purchase extra abilities and build a Sonic that plays how they see fit.
Sonic Frontiers PC Minimum Requirements
|OS||Windows 10 64-bit|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3470 or Ryzen 5 1400|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2GB) or AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB)|
|Disk Space||30GB available|
This table outlines the Sonic Frontiers minimum PC requirements that Team Sonic thinks will get the game up and running and should provide at least a 720p experience at roughly 30 FPS with graphics settings turned down low.
Both the CPU and GPU options are over 8 years old now so it does suggest that just about any gaming PC built within that time should be able to run this game with no issues, albeit with the graphical settings turned down.
If your PC just meets these specifications, however, you will need to be content with the lowest settings. You’ll only be able to play at around 720p at 30 FPS with pretty much all the settings on low, which is fine if you’re playing on a small monitor, but if you’re trying to play on a larger monitor or even a TV, it’s not going to look great.
Plus, playing at a lower 25 – 30 FPS definitely won’t make the play experience a bad one by any means, it’ll just reduce the overall smooth feel of the game. And when the core movement mechanics are high-speed and high-energy, you want it to look and feel as smooth as possible.
What PC do we recommend?
A PC that we’d recommend at this level would be the Chillblast Fusion Reaver Gaming PC. However, as the minimum specs suggest rather old components, this PC does exceed them by a fair amount. But, because of this, the Reaver will likely provide a higher-resolution gameplay experience whilst also allowing you to raise the graphics settings a bit.
The FPS will stay at roughly 25-30, but the overall visual quality will be improved. Plus, the more modern components give the system a higher level of future-proofing, letting you use the system for many years to come.
Sonic Frontiers PC Recommended Requirements
|OS||Windows 10 64-bit|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6600 or Ryzen 5 2600|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB) or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (8GB)|
|Disk Space||30GB available|
Systems that fall within these recommended specifications should provide a great gameplay experience at 1080p, raising framerates to around 60 FPS, whilst maintaining visual integrity at high settings.
This is because the graphics cards suggested have a much larger amount of VRAM (8GB compared to 2GB), which ultimately means more frames can be rendered at a higher resolution.
Saying this, however, if you really want to achieve the best FPS whilst not sacrificing on graphical settings, you will need to look at PCs with more powerful parts, ideally from the most recent generations. Opting for a 12th gen CPU and 3000 series GPU (or even waiting for the upcoming 13th gen and 4000 series) will stand you in better stead when it comes to playing modern games like this.
Fortunately, though, these components are nowadays often cheaper than buying parts from generations past, plus have better performance and longevity when it comes to modern gaming and PC usage.
What PC do we recommend?
A PC that we’d recommend at this level would be the Chillblast Fusion Fiend RTX 3050 Gaming PC.
It uses much more up-to-date components but keeps the price low for those that want to have an enjoyable Sonic Frontiers experience, but without spending all their savings.
Its upgrade in GPU will provide more than enough power to enjoy gameplay at high graphical settings, whilst blowing the 60 FPS baseline out of the water. Also, as it’s a more up-to-date component, it gives the system extra future-proofing when it comes to modern gaming – especially when playing at even higher resolutions or graphical settings in other games.
A Sonic Frontiers PC that can do more
If you have the budget and want a gaming PC that will let you enjoy Sonic Frontiers at higher resolutions like 1440p or even 4K with all settings turned to ultra, all whilst maintaining high frame rates, this is what Chillblast recommends: the Chillblast Quasar Gaming PC.
It houses a brand new 13th-generation Intel i5 CPU combined with the excellent Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU. This card is perfect for 1440p gaming and even performs well at 4K, trading a few frames per second for enhanced graphical fidelity.
Alongside these components, the Quasar also houses a massive 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD, giving you ample room to download the game and enjoy lightning-fast load speeds.
Stick to the recommended side of things
If you don’t have the budget to cover a more high-end PC, we’d recommend bypassing the list of minimum specifications entirely and instead aim to use the recommended specs as your starting point.
Even with games that list relatively undemanding requirements such as this, you’ll almost always be better off aiming for the most up-to-date components. Both to ensure you get the best gameplay experience possible, and to give your system the most amount of future-proofing.
If you are stuck when it comes to choosing a graphics card, this article comparing AMD and Nvidia GPUs could help narrow down your choices. As can this article about the decision between Intel or AMD CPUs.
Invest in fast storage options
Lastly, even though the game isn’t an overly large file, it would still benefit from fast and smooth loading in order for an efficient play experience. To achieve this we recommend getting an SSD to store it on. These have a much faster drive speed, reducing load times drastically compared to HDDs.
As the game is around 30GB in size, a standard 250GB-500GB SSD would be the best value option as it will still leave plenty of room for other game downloads further down the line, and shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.
This article on PC storage types can provide you with a more in-depth understanding of how they perform and how they differ from their HDD counterparts.
What does Chillblast recommend?
Overall, the recommended specifications listed by Team Sonic will no doubt provide you with a good experience, being able to play at a smooth 60FPS at 1080p with graphics settings on high.
But, if you really want to amp it up and get the best experience you can whilst also giving your system the most amount of future-proofing, we’d suggest browsing our range of 30 series PCs. Choosing a PC with a GPU from this generation will offer stellar gameplay and the best value for money.
If you need any further help building a PC to play this, and other games you’re excited about, get in touch with Chillblast and our system-building experts will walk you through everything you need.