SCS Software hikes Euro Truck Simulator 2’s system requirements to prepare for upcoming “enhancements”

Euro Truck Simulator’s PC system requirements are no longer fit for purpose, so SCS Software updated them

SCS Software has announced that they have updated the PC system requirements of both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator on PC. These updates reflect the modern hardware requirements for both games, and planned “feature enhancements” for both titles.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 became available on PC in October 2012. Since then, the game has received a huge number of content updates, visual reworks, and other enhancements that have dramatically approved the game. Similar improvements have also come to American Truck Simulator, which launched in 2016.

SCS Software’s new system requirements for their Truck Simulator titles better reflect the current states of both titles. That said, these system requirements are somewhat future proof as they also reflect “upcoming feature enhancements” for both games. Beyond that, the system requirements for both games included old hardware that is no longer available. SCS’ system requirements update features more modern hardware that is more readily available to purchase.

Below is what SCS Software had to say about their updated Truck Simulator system requirements in a recent blog post.

PC System Requirements Update

Our primary goal has always been to balance the quality of new content with the playability of our games on diverse hardware setups. Over the past decade, we’ve managed to maintain compatibility with a wide range of systems while consistently enhancing both visuals and gameplay. This commitment extends to our main titles, DLCs, and map rework projects.

We’d like to inform you that we’re updating our recommended PC specs, particularly for GPU, CPU, and memory, while advocating for a shift from HDD to SSD to significantly enhance performance. The infographic below outlines these changes. We believe our revised requirements are both appropriate and timely for those considering system upgrades.

Remarkably, our hardware requirements have stayed largely consistent since 2012. However, with the advancements in our latest and upcoming content for both ETS2 and ATS, we believe it’s time to update our system requirements. These updates clarify the hardware necessary for optimal performance, targeting a gameplay experience of 1080p at 30 FPS on medium to low settings. It is fair to admit that the hardware we previously suggested may no longer deliver this standard with our newer content and upcoming feature enhancements. The graphics card we originally recommended hasn’t been available on the market for years, making it impractical as a reference, so updating the recommendations based on more recent hardware is warranted.
Our games will still run on older systems—we don’t wish to disappoint our dedicated fans by making their existing hardware obsolete. However, the experience might not consistently meet our 30 FPS benchmark. If this is the case, we recommend adjusting and possibly further lowering the in-game quality settings to improve the framerate.
Technically, these system requirement changes will become relevant with the release of the upcoming 1.48.5 maintenance update. However, we wanted to provide this information now and explain the rationale, as we’re about to start updating all game and DLC pages on the Steam store.

SCS Software recommends shifting to an SSD for a better Truck Simulator experience

While the system requirements for SCS Software’s Truck Simulator titles remain low, they are much higher than they were before. SSD storage is now recommended for the best gameplay experience. On top of that, each game’s recommended CPU is no longer a generic 3 GHz quad-core. Now the game’s recommended CPUs are Intel Core i5-9600, and AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600, both of which are hex-core CPUs.

SCS Software’s Truck Simulator titles still have lite PC system requirements, but some long-time players of the game may benefit from a system upgrade if they are using older systems. Hopefully these new system requirements will help guide their upgrade path, so they can keep on trucking with smooth framerates and short loading times.

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