Gearbox confirms Duke Nukem Forever system specs

With the much-delayed launch of first-person shooter Duke Nukem Forever finally around the corner - barring any last-minute slips - developer Gearbox software has released the official system specs for the PC version.

Duke Nukem Forever has had a chequered history since it was announced by original developer 3D Realms back in 1997. With the title pushed from pillar to post over the years, before ending up with Gearbox Software and Triptych Games in 2009, many had given up on ever seeing the game released - earning it the alternative acronym expansion of Did Not Finish.

Despite a humour-filled announcement of one final delay from Gearbox's Randy Pitchford back in March, it looks like the 10th of June will finally see the musclebound misogynist taking on the aliens once more - so it's time to check if your PC is up to taking on the Duke.

Sadly, if you upgraded fourteen years ago in order to ensure you'd be able to play the title, you might have been a little premature. The minimum specifications call for a dual-core processor of at least 2GHz from either Intel or AMD - a far cry from the single-core 300MHz Pentium II that was the height of technological innovation back in 1997.

On the graphics front, Duke expects nothing less than an Nvidia GeForce 7600 or ATI Radeon HD 2600 with at least 256MB of video RAM, while the system needs at least 1GB of memory to join in the fun.

For those who like the best possible experience, Gearbox's recommended specs include boost to a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 2.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2GB of RAM, and a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS or ATI Radeon HD 3850. As with all PC games, however, the better your box the better the experience.

Regardless of which level your system is at, you'll be expected to be packing a DirectX-compatible sound card, at least 10GB of hard drive space, and Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. You'll also need an Internet connection, as Gearbox is bundling Valve's digital distribution platform Steam with the game to handle digital rights management - although the company claims you can dispense with this once it's installed and unlocked.

With the latest June launch date just around the corner, gamers will be waiting with bated breath to see if the Duke is finally back - and whether he managed to find any bubblegum during his 14-year absence.