May 24, 2024

Hogwarts Legacy Player Shows What the Game Looks Like Running on a Decade-Old GPU


  • As a graphical powerhouse, Hogwarts Legacy struggles to run on older GPUs like the GTX 660, leading to a significant loss in visual fidelity.
  • Unreal Engine 4, though almost a decade old, still delivers stunning visuals in Hogwarts Legacy, thanks to constant updates and support from Epic Games.
  • This Reddit user’s clip highlights the need to upgrade PCs for optimal gaming performance, even as newer titles like Hogwarts Legacy can still be played on older GPUs.

One Hogwarts Legacy player highlights what the game looks like running on a GPU from 2012. The game itself is a graphical powerhouse, even by modern standards, as players are sent back in time to the famous wizarding school at the turn of the 20th century, long before Harry Potter’s arrival at the school. However, this graphical fidelity is immediately lost on a ten-year-old GPU barely capable of meeting the game’s demands even on its lowest settings.

The engine Avalanche Software used when designing Hogwarts Legacy was Unreal Engine 4 as, at the time of development, Unreal Engine 5 had not been released yet. That said, Unreal Engine 4 was still among one of the most widely used graphics engines in the games industry after Epic Games made it available to other developers in 2014. Borderlands 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Gears 5 are just three of the many games released over the engine’s lifespan, though studios have begun to switch over to the newer Unreal Engine 5 for some upcoming releases.

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Despite Unreal Engine 4 being nearly a decade-old, itself, Epic’s constant updating coupled with studios pushing it further allowed it to ultimately produce the eye-catching visuals in Hogwarts Legacy. It also meant players needed to keep up with the engine’s demand as older GPUs became less capable of keeping up with the demands of newer games built on the engine. Reddit user Adeno highlights this fact using Hogwarts Legacy by showing the game running on Nvidia’s GTX 660, effectively turning the game into a polygonal nightmare akin to games on the original PlayStation or Nintendo 64.

The GTX 660 was a reliable GPU at the time of its 2012 release, but it was still considered a mid-range model for the then-brand-new GTX 600 series GPUs from Nvidia. In combination with the right components, the GPU was capable of handling more demanding titles of the time, such as Battlefield 4 or The Lords of the Fallen, on higher settings, though stronger units like the 680 or 690 would still outpace the 660.

Adeno’s clip also reinforces this notion among some consumers about needing to upgrade their PC with the newest components for optimal performance, especially as it relates to gaming. Nvidia’s latest GPU line, the GeForce 40 series, was released to overwhelming demand in October 2022 despite the GeForce 30 series from 2020 still being widely available and capable of handling the needs of newer titles such as Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, and is scheduled to release on November 14, 2023, on Nintendo Switch.

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