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The PC release of Horizon Zero Dawn is a tale of two extremes, either it runs and is a much better version of the game, or it doesn’t run at all or perhaps just incredible poorly. Guerrilla Games is hard at work patching, so keep an eye out for updates if you have the game, otherwise wait for results of the patches before you pick it up.
If you are looking forward to picking up the game, Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN have tested several handfuls of GPUs to see what kind of performance you can expect once the game starts to behave itself. The graphics settings are limited, as is traditional for console ports, you can choose between Favour Performance, Original, Favour Quality or Ultimate Quality and you should be able to guess what they would be equivalent to.
If you are looking for the best quality at 4K you will need the power of an RTX 2080 Ti and you will still be unlikely to be able to push past Favour Quality, an RTX 2060 would limit you to Favour Performance; testing AMD’s current cards they couldn’t get a decent frame rate at 4K even at the lowest settings. If 1440p is your target an RTX 2060 can handle it, but you will need a 2070 Super to get Ultimate quality to run reasonably, for AMD an RX 590 will handle it at Original settings while an RX 5700 XT will get you Ultimate.
If you can get it to run, this port is often described as better than the original console release.
Despite a couple of hardware wiggles, and some tough moments with mouse and keyboard in a game shot through with PlayStation DNA, there is no pelican, and Horizon Zero Dawn is, for me, a very Bestest Best.