The upcoming release of Unreal Tournament 3 has been eagerly anticipated by many. The engine itself has been a subject of hot debate, with Epic having recently been sued over it. Now that the game is nearing release, many have been wondering what exactly they'll need to run the game. Some have feared it will be one of the dreaded "DX10/Vista Only" titles that are bound to show up eventually, but that is not the case here.

According to Midway, the actual official system requirements are a lot more lightweight than you'd expect. As far as RAM, CPU and GPU go, even run of the mill hardware meets the minimum requirements of 512MB, 2GHz and a GeForce 6200 / Radeon 9600.

Even their "Recommended" requirements aren't far out there, with Midway suggesting a 2.4GHz CPU and a gig of RAM. The GPU gets a considerable boost in that context, with them suggesting a 7800 GTX or x1300 card or better. However, even those specs were common in hardware over a year ago. This bodes well for the game itself, as well as other games based on the UE3 engine. At the very least, it looks like many Unreal fans will not have to upgrade just to play UT3.