Destiny 2 PC Release Date and Differences

The PC version is confirmed to have release date 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.

Minimum Specs

  • CPU
    • Intel: Core i3-3250
    • AMD: FX-4350
  • GPU
    • Nvidia: GeForce GTX 660 2GB
    • AMD: Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • RAM: 6GB

Recommended Specs

  • CPU
    • Intel: Core i5-2400
    • AMD: Ryzen R5 1600X
  • GPU
    • 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:

  • Resolution
  • 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 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.