Unlike its predecessor, Destiny 2 will release on PC. Although players will have to wait longer for it–Destiny 2 doesn’t launch on PC until October 24 but is already available on Xbox One and PS4–the PC version does feature a variety of improvements and differences compared with its console counterparts. To help you get an idea of what to expect from the PC release of Bungie’s hotly anticipated sequel, we’ve gathered all of the essential details below.
For more on the game, check out our Destiny 2 review. We also have tons of Destiny 2 guides, tips, and tricks for those who have already begun playing on consoles or are simply looking to get a head start on how things will work on PC.
Destiny 2 PC Release Date and Differences
The PC version is confirmed to release on October 24, while the Xbox One and PS4 versions are already out, having launched on September 6. (Betas on all platforms have also wrapped up.) In terms of actual playable content, everything is the same on PC–with one exception. Sony’s timed-exclusive content for Destiny 2 affects not just Xbox One players, but those on PC. The PS4 version comes with an extra Strike, Crucible map, and some items that will not be available on other platforms for at least one year. There’s no precise date for it yet, but after PlayStation-exclusive content in Destiny 1 remained exclusive for longer than expected, Bungie has explicitly stated that this Destiny 2 content will be out by the end of 2018.
Destiny 2 PC Minimum Requirements and Recommended Specs
While there may be changes made for the final release, Destiny 2’s PC beta brought a list of minimum and recommended system specs. Additionally, Bungie provided a list of hardware for those looking to upgrade their systems, with CPU and GPU minimums and recommendations.
- Intel: Core i3-3250
- AMD: FX-4350
- Nvidia: GeForce GTX 660 2GB
- AMD: Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- RAM: 6GB
- Intel: Core i5-2400
- AMD: Ryzen R5 1600X
- Nvidia: GeForce GTX 970
- AMD: Radeon R9 390
- RAM: 8GB
[Upgrading] Minimum Specs
- CPU: Intel Pentium G4560
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
[Upgrading] Recommended Specs
- CPU: Intel Core i5-7400
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Bungie System Specs Used at Events
- CPU: Intel i7-7700k
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti 11GB
Destiny 2 PC Extra Visual and Graphic Options
Destiny 2 on PC supports 4K resolution and uncapped framerates. There’s also ultra-wide screen support and an FOV slider, as well as compatibility with HDR displays. If you have an SLI setup, it will take advantage of that, too. We can go into depth with the beta in the video above, and you can our analysis of how well Destiny 2 runs on PC here. As for settings you can tweak, there’s quite a lot to mess around with, including:
- V-sync (30 FPS, 60 FPS, Off)
- Field of View (55 to 105)
- Anti-aliasing (FXAA, SMAA, MSAA)
- Ambient Occlusion (HDAO, 3D)
- Texture Anisotropy (Anisotropic Filtering, up to 16x)
- Texture Quality
- Shadow Quality
- Depth of Field
- Environmental Detail Distance
- Character Detail Distance
- Foliage Detail Distance
- Foliage Shadow Distance
- Light Shafts
- Motion Blur
- Wind Impulse
- Render Resolution
- High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Chromatic Aberration
- Film Grain
Destiny 2 PC Control Scheme
The PC version uses a relatively straightforward control scheme, which you can see in the image below. It’s worth noting that the controls are completely customizable.
Destiny 2 Doesn’t Use Dedicated Servers
Unfortunately, the game will use peer-to-peer servers. However, this doesn’t work quite the same as in the previous game; when Bungie explained why Destiny 2 doesn’t use dedicated servers, it noted that you’ll never run into a host migration situation.
Destiny 2 PC Impressions
During our hands-on time with the game, we found the mouse and keyboard support to be a welcome addition. It enhanced the overall feel of multiplayer, though it did seem to make the single-player portions we played easier than we anticipated. You can check out our analysis of the PC beta for a technical look at the game; for further impressions of the PC version, watch the video below.
Destiny 2 Review
If you’re hoping the game is dramatically different from the original Destiny, you may be in for a disappointment, but those seeking a refined version of that game will likely be pleased. You can read our impressions of the full game on console in our Destiny 2 review diary and Destiny 2 review-in-progress.
Destiny 2 Uses Blizzard Battle.net
Destiny 2 uses Blizzard’s desktop app. It’s the first game not directly developed by Blizzard to appear on the platform. Activision and Blizzard have changed its name several times recently, but moving forward it will be referred to as Blizzard Battle.net.
Destiny Progress Doesn’t Transfer to Destiny 2
Unfortunately, Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not transfer over. While your character’s appearance will not be abandoned in the sequel for console owners, there’s no word if it’ll support any kind of transfer from console to PC.