Quantum Break Coming To PC, Free With Xbox One Pre-Order


Time-manipulating action title Quantum Break will now make its way towards Windows 10.

Microsoft, time and time again, has reiterated that they are dedicated to building a space within the PC gaming market using their titles. As time goes along, more and more Xbox One exclusive titles lose their exclusivity by being brought onto Windows 10, in part to help promote users adapt to Microsoft’s latest operating software. Now we’re starting to see a more aggressive strategy with Quantum Break officially coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 at launch. Better yet, special pre-orders will make it free on the PC.

The news comes from the Xbox Wire, which reveals that anybody who pre-orders the Xbox One digital version of Quantum Break will receive the Windows 10 version of the game through the Windows Store. Additional pre-order bonuses include an Xbox 360 download of Alan Wake’s American Nightmarewhile every single copy of Quantum Break will receive Alan Wake and add-ons “The Signal” and “The Writer,” all of which are backwards compatible with the Xbox One. The promotion runs from today right up until April 4th, 2016.

Finally, Xbox has also announced a special Quantum Break white Xbox One bundle, which comes with a 500 GB HDD, white wireless Xbox One controller and game downloads of Quantum Break and Alan Wake. It will retail at $349 USD.

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Quantum Break PC Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon R7 260X
  • HDD: 55 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Quantum Break PC Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 4.0 GHz or AMD FX-8370 4.1 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 Fury X
  • HDD: 55 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

While I’m glad to see Microsoft adopt and embrace a stance that supports a wider audience, what the hell are they doing with this PC port? A last-gen i5, last-gen graphics card and 55 GB of hard drive space just for the bare minimum? A near-top-of-the-line CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 6GB of video RAM and a 980 Ti to run the game at max? All visual representations of Quantum Break, to this point, have not inspired awe quite like that of Crysis games at their launches, so why do PC gamers need a $2,000 – $3,000 gaming rig in order to play this at a recommended setting? It suggests poor optimization, unless the top PC version is just waiting to scream like a bat out of hell.

Quantum Break will be released on April 5th, 2016.