Marvel fans everywhere are thrilled about the upcoming release of Spider-Man 2, the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man on PlayStation. While the web-slinging adventure is slated to hit PS5 first later this year, PC gamers are wondering when they’ll get to don the mask themselves.
Though not officially confirmed yet, speculation is rampant that Insomniac Games will eventually port Spider-Man 2 to PC, just as they did with the original in 2022. To help PC gamers prepare, we’ve put together expected minimum and recommended system specs for running Spider-Man 2 based on its visual fidelity and features.
Minimum Specs – Targeting 1080p at 30fps
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i5-10400 or AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
- RAM: 16GB
- GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600
- Storage: 90GB SSD
This configuration should deliver a stable 30 frames per second at 1920×1080 resolution on low-medium graphic settings. The 6 core, 12 thread i5-10400 or Ryzen 5 5600X will handle the CPU intensive game well. 16GB of system RAM meets the requirements of most modern titles.
The Nvidia RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600 may struggle to match the visual splendor on PS5, but should suffice for 1080p. Using a solid state drive with at least 90GB free space is recommended for faster loading and streaming.
Recommended Specs – Targeting 60fps at 1440p or 4K at 30fps
- OS: Windows 10 or Windows 11
- CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
- RAM: 32GB
- GPU: Nvidia RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
- Storage: 90GB SSD
These components will provide headroom for higher resolutions and framerates. The 6 core, 12 thread i7-10700K or 8 core, 16 thread Ryzen 7 5800X deliver excellent single and multi-threaded performance. 32GB of RAM allows seamless gaming and multitasking.
The RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT can comfortably handle 1440p at over 60fps on high settings. With these GPUs you can also enable ray tracing and target 4K at 30fps. Install on an SSD with at least 90GB free.
Predicting the Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 PC Release Date
While not confirmed yet, we can predict a plausible Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 PC port release window based on the original game’s timeline:
- Marvel’s Spider-Man launched on PS4 in September 2018
- Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered released on PS5 in November 2020
- The Spider-Man Remastered PC port launched on Steam in August 2022
Using this timeline for the sequel:
- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 launches on PS5 in 2023 (20th October)
- A PC port could follow in late 2024 or 2025
However, with Sony porting games faster recently, Spider-Man 2 could potentially hit PC as soon as 12-18 months after PlayStation.
Graphical Fidelity and Gameplay Will Push PC Hardware
Based on gameplay trailers and details revealed so far, Spider-Man 2 makes important technical advancements over its predecessor, including:
- Higher resolution textures and more detailed character/environment models
- Denser open world crowds and traffic for an authentic city feel
- Ray traced reflections, shadows, and ambient occlusion for greater realism
- Enhanced physics and destruction physics systems
- Expanded interactive NPC systems with new crimes, activities, etc
- Instant switching between Peter Parker and Miles Morales
These upgrades will tax hardware significantly more, especially for higher resolutions and frame rates. Having specs that meet or exceed the recommendations will be key.
PC Gamers Eager for More Web Slinging Action
Ever since Spider-Man garnered widespread praise on PS4 for its kinetic web-swinging traversal and emotionally charged story, PC gamers have yearned to take their own swing through the concrete jungle.
The blockbuster sales and positive reception of the Spider-Man Remastered PC release last August finally fulfilled those dreams. Now the sequel promises even more iconic villains to battle, suits to unlock, combat abilities to master, and open world activities to enjoy throughout a visual stunner of a Manhattan cityscape.
While PlayStation owners will get to dawn the mask first, Insomniac would be wise to port Spider-Man 2 to PC sooner rather than later. Whenever it arrives, having a PC that meets or exceeds these speculated specs will guarantee the best experience web-slinging through the Marvel Universe.
The Original Set a New Visual Standard on PC
2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man delivered a landmark visual experience on PlayStation 4. When Spider-Man Remastered launched on PC in 2022, Nixxes Software raised the bar further with an array of enhancements over console:
- Stunning ray traced reflections with enhanced accuracy and details
- Higher resolution textures and assets
- Support for ultra-wide monitors and multi-monitor setups
- Unlocked framerates for silky smooth combat and traversal
- Advanced graphics options to customize and optimize performance
- Full integration of PlayStation DualSense controller haptics and features
This set a new gold standard for superhero visuals and polished PC ports that Spider-Man 2 will be expected to match and improve on when it inevitably swings to PC.
Spectacular Ray Tracing Demands Powerful Hardware
One of the most proclaimed features of Spider-Man Remastered on PC was its implementation of ray traced reflections, which take realism to new heights. Ray tracing accurately simulates the physical behavior of light to render stunningly realistic visual effects.
Spider-Man 2 will expand the use of ray tracing even further with ray traced shadows and ambient occlusion based on PS5 capabilities. This extremely taxing lighting technique demands powerful RTX 30 series or Radeon 6000 series GPUs to run smoothly.
Meeting the recommended specs will likely be required to enjoy ray tracing and maintain a steady 60 fps at 1440p with additional visual settings cranked up. But the spectacle will be worth investing in appropriate hardware.
Prepare Your Hardware When Pre-Order Opens
While the waiting game begins, you can at least start planning your prospective PC build or upgrade to meet the expected demands of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Pay close attention to CPU and GPU advancements throughout 2023 and consider pre-ordering when system requirements are finally announced to lock in your hardware.
With the right components, PC gamers can look forward to web-swinging through a visually enhanced version of Marvel’s phenomenal open world. When pre-orders open, having your hardware ready will let you swing into action on day one.