Sea of Thieves Will Be Playable on Laptops and Potatoes

Rare’s high seas adventure can run at 4K and not so 4K.


Rare’s Sea of Thieves has been a feature title for Microsoft going all the way back to E3 2016. The open world pirate adventure-simulator is expected to release sometime in early 2018 and brings friends together for plundering on the high seas. Microsoft and Rare were at Gamescom 2017 with some fresh news for players awaiting the multiplayer swashbuckler.

The biggest announcement for Rare was that console and PC players would be able to enjoy crossplay with no restrictions. When they say no restrictions, it appears to be the real deal. In an interview with PCGamer, PC design lead Ted Timmins revealed that the PC version will be incredibly accommodating to all types of configurations. The game will support adjustable FoV and 4K resolution for players with top flight PCs, but also has options to help those with less than amazing gaming rigs.

Timmins revealed that Sea of Thieves will offer a 540p mode that allows players to run the game at less than HD resolution and framerate lock setting that includes a 15fps option. Players running the game on hardware below minimum spec will be able to plunder booty at consistent frame times, even with sub-optimal framerates. These players will still be able to cross play with console counterparts just like the high-end PC players.

Timmins also sat down for Shacknews on the big leather couch during E3 2017 for an in-depth interview on Sea of Thieves. You can catch the full interview in the video below:

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    August 30, 2017 11:50 AM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Sea of Thieves Will Be Playable on Laptops and Potatoes

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      August 30, 2017 11:51 AM

      Finally a game I can play on a starchy tuber.

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      August 30, 2017 12:29 PM

      Chris is that you in the video?

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      August 30, 2017 12:49 PM

      How big of a potato are talking about? i need to know so i can plan ahead and build my potato rig for this game.

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        August 30, 2017 12:50 PM

        I'm running two taters in SLI config

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          August 30, 2017 2:44 PM

          Simultaneous Latke Ingredients is rarely worth it imo

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            August 30, 2017 3:25 PM

            I might swap them out for one big yam

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              August 30, 2017 3:39 PM

              Yam has had terrible toppings support for years. Better to stick with potatoes.

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                August 30, 2017 4:02 PM

                I was really hoping to get Taro out of Asia but Tarocoin has made prices ridiculous.

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        August 30, 2017 1:02 PM


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      August 30, 2017 1:14 PM

      Good E3 interview btw. This game reminds me of Elite Dangerous but with better co-op features.

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        August 30, 2017 1:50 PM

        Yea, I enjoyed that E3 interview. I don't know how i missed it.

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          August 30, 2017 2:29 PM

          That's why we keep posting them as embeds. So much content was put out that week that we try to remind people. You should probably subscribe to the channels to make sure, and like all the videos, and click on the adds.

          How is the Switch treating you? (The one you won during E3 on Shacknews)

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      August 30, 2017 1:52 PM

      I had a chance to play the closed test for about 30 minutes. I can't talk about the game due to the NDA, but I think I'm safe in saying:
      Holy fuck the water effects in this game are unlike anything I've seen before.

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      August 30, 2017 3:00 PM

      Good fucking luck installing anything through the windows store though.

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        August 30, 2017 3:24 PM

        I've had no issues with the Windows Store games I play regularly. Very fast downloads for me.

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          August 30, 2017 3:27 PM

          I spent a few days getting killer instinct to install. Finally got it to work. Then I got into the sea of thieves beta and I can't get that to install.

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        August 30, 2017 3:29 PM

        I haven't had a problem in some time across 3 machines. Forza, Gears and Quantum break all installed without any issues. Well, had to uninstall Gears on one of them due to the ridiculous install size but can't blame Microsoft for that.

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      August 30, 2017 3:46 PM

      Latvian cannot play.

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      August 30, 2017 4:22 PM

      Feels like I have been waiting for this game for soooooo long! I got sick of watching other people play it on youtube. Can't wait for it to be released!

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      August 31, 2017 5:50 AM

      This game looks awesome! Shame about the Windows Store.

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