This is the kind of PC you need to compete with the Xbox Series X, according to The Medium specs

The Medium
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Of all the Xbox Series X game reveals we’ve seen so far, The Medium is one of the most interesting, and now Steam has published its minimum and recommended specs, which show what kind of PC you’ll need to play this next-gen game on.

The good news is that the minimum recommended specs aren’t that demanding, which means most people with a halfway decent PC will be able to play this game rather than having to fork out for an Xbox Series X.

However, if you want the kind of experience Microsoft’s new console is promising, then things get a bit more expensive.

These are The Medium specs released on Steam:


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 (64bit version only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600 / AMD Ryzen 5 2500X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1080p Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon R9 390X (or equivalent with 4 GB VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible, headphones recommended
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 (64bit version only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-9600 / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics:  1080p Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti / Radeon RX Vega 56 | 4K Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 / Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible, headphones recommended
  • Additional Notes: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 on 4K with ray tracing on

Xbox alternative

While the minimum specifications are pretty achievable for most people, it’s expected that the Xbox Series X will play The Medium at 4K resolution. To do that on a PC, you’ll need an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 or Radeon RX 5700 XT – which are quite high-end and expensive GPUs.

If the Xbox Series X is also able to run The Medium with ray tracing, then to get the same effects on PC will require a mighty GeForce RTX 2080.

Of course, thanks to the scalability of PC games, you should be able to tweak certain settings to get The Medium running well with more affordable hardware, and that minimum spec is certainly comforting for many PC gamers who want to experience ‘next gen’ games without having to pay for new hardware.

However, if the Xbox Series X is able to produce similar performance to a PC needing an RTX 2080, that’s pretty exciting, as it’s likely the new console will be quite a bit cheaper than Nvidia’s graphics card on its own.

Interestingly, as a poster on the Resetera forums pointed out, there’s no mention of needing an SSD (Solid State Drive) in the specifications. SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives, and are one of the main selling points of both the Xbox Series X and PS5

The Medium, which allows gamers to seamlessly switch between worlds and display both simultaneously, is thought to make use of SSD tech to accomplish this, but if you can play the game on a PC without one, then maybe it doesn’t use SSD speeds like we originally thought.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.