Microsoft's upcoming open-world pirate adventure game, Sea of Thieves, is quickly shaping up as one of its most promising releases in some time. Promoting strong cooperative play across a captivating tropical world, the title looks to deliver some promising multiplayer moments on both Xbox One and Windows 10.

Ahead of the game's March 20 release, Microsoft has unveiled the full PC specifications to enjoy Sea of Thieves. Breaking down the game across a range of resolutions and frame rates, this information provides an idea of how it will run on various systems.

Sea of Thieves has been designed with a wide spectrum of hardware in mind, varying from premium Windows tablets to high-end desktop rigs. While the ideal 4K 60 frames-per-second (FPS) experience will require a top-of-the-range system, its flexibility to scale down to 540p accommodates ultrabooks and tablets too.

Minimum requirements | 1080p requirements | 4K requirements

Sea of Thieves minimum PC specs

Starting at the bottom, the option to play the game at 540p at 30 FPS will be offered for low-end systems. While far from ideal, this opens the game to a range of ultrabooks and performance tablets utilizing integrated graphics cards. Rare itself has tested tablets like Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablet with these specifications, which should pair nicely with the game's "Play Anywhere" integration.

Category 540p @ 30 FPS 720p @ 30 FPS
Operating system Windows 10 Anniversary (1607) Windows 10 Anniversary (1607)
CPU Chipsets with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 or Intel Iris 540 Intel Q9450 @ 2.6GHz or AMD Phenom II X6 @ 3.3 GHz
RAM 4GB 4GB
Direct X 11 11
VRAM 1GB 1GB
GPU Integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 or AMD Radeon 7750
Modern GPU Integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1030 or AMD Radeon R7 450
HDD 60GB @ 5400 rpm 60GB @ 5400 rpm
Graphics settings Minimum "Cursed" Low "Common"

Sea of Thieves recommended PC specs for 1080p

Sea of Thieves is currently recommended for systems that can achieve 1080p or higher. The game is expected to run comfortably on most modern gaming systems, or those utilizing higher-end previous generation hardware.

Category 1080p @ 30 FPS 1080p @ 60 FPS
Operating system Windows 10 Anniversary (1607) Windows 10 Anniversary (1607)
CPU Intel i3 4170 @ 3.7 GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz Intel i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8150 @ 3.6 GHz
RAM 8GB 8GB
Direct X 11 11
VRAM 2GB 4GB
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 270 Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 or AMD Radeon R9 380x
Modern GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti or AMD Radeon RX 460 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 470
HDD 60GB @ 7200 rpm 60GB @ 7200 rpm
Graphics settings Medium "Rare" Medium "Rare"

Sea of Thieves recommended PC specs for 4K

For those pushing the best of the best, a 4K resolution will be obtainable on a selection of modern hardware. To squeeze 4K, 60 FPS and high graphical settings from the game, you'll need to be running a top of the line system.

Category 4K @ 30 FPS 4K @ 60 FPS
Operating system Windows 10 Anniversary (1607) Windows 10 Anniversary (1607)
CPU Intel i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8150 @ 3.6 GHz Intel i7 4790 @ 4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.6 GHz
RAM 16GB 16GB
Direct X 11 11
VRAM 8GB 8GB
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Modern GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
HDD 60GB @ SSD 60GB @ SSD
Graphics settings Ultra "Mythical" Ultra "Mythical"

Are you planning to pick up Sea of Thieves? How well will your PC run the game? Make sure to drop into the comments section to share your thoughts so far.

Sea of Thieves launches on March 20th, 2018 for Xbox One and Windows 10 as part of Xbox Play Anywhere for $59.99, or as part of Xbox Game Pass for $9.99 per month.