Destiny 2 PC: No Dedicated Servers; Won't Require High-End Specs

Bungie assures PC players that they won't need 'the latest and greatest' graphics hardware to enjoy the game.


Destiny 2 is coming to PC as well as Xbox One and PS4, but how will that version differ from its console brethren? In an interview with PC Gamer, Destiny 2 PC lead David Shaw confirmed that the game won't require high-end specs, nor will it offer support for dedicated servers.

"We do not have dedicated servers for Destiny 2 on PC," Shaw confirmed. PC Gamer suggested that dedicated servers might solve the first game's tick rate, lag inherent in peer-to-peer connections due to the differences in connection latency between all players. Allowing players to host games on dedicated servers would put everyone on equal footing in terms of latency. Unfortunately, that option isn't on the table.

"I would say that, today, we don’t have a good answer for that, meaning we’re not talking about the server side of things at this time," Shaw continued, in regard to PC Gamer inquiring as to how Bungie will tackle the tick-rate problem in Destiny 2. "I can tell you that we have had conversations and we’re aware of—we try really hard to listen to the community and hear what their concerns are, and we try to take those and turn those into the plans."

PC Gamer shifted conversation to what sort of system specs PC gamers might need to play Destiny 2. "So, we’re not announcing a min spec or recommended spec today," Shaw said. "We’ll talk about that in the future. But no, you absolutely won’t have to buy the latest and greatest hardware to be able to play the game and have a fun, quality experience."

Bungie has listed some PC-specific features that players can expect on that platform, including 4K resolution, uncapped framerate, support for 21:9 monitors, and full support for mouse and keyboard, including key bindings you can map to any configuration that works for you.

Additionally, while Bungie has set a release date of September 8 for Destiny 2 on Xbox One and PS4, the PC version might trail behind the console editions. Blizzard will host the game through its Blizzard Launcher, which means you'll be able to grind gold in World of WarCraft to pay for Destiny.

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