Understanding PC Components When Installing Palia

Palia can be played in PC and Nintendo Switch. As for the PC system, each PC has different components, depending on the model and their marketed use. You may have a PC/Laptop that was advertised for work purposes but you’ll never know if it can run Palia without looking at the specifications! In this article, we’ll be going over the simple steps to determine if your PC can run the game.

PALIA SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS TABLE

The table below outlines different categories - from Minimum to Epic - ensuring you with various hardware configurations can enjoy Palia with optimal performance and stunning visuals.

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Palia is currently playable on PC Windows. As of now, it is not playable on other operating systems such as macOS and Linux. For handheld devices, it is playable in Switch lite, V1, V2, and OLED.

Ensure your system aligns with these requirements to enjoy Palia to its fullest potential. If you have any further questions or encounter issues, our Player Support team is here to assist you.

How to find your computer’s specifications

Before we find out if your computer meets Palia’s recommended specs, we’ll first need to have the list of your computer’s specifications. To get this, press Win + R on your keyboard then type dxdiag then hit Enter. A screen will pop up that has the list of information about your device.

Most of the information is already in the System tab but to check your GPU and VRAM you’ll need to click the Display tab. 

It may be a little bit overwhelming to see a lot of terms and numbers but worry not, we won’t be going through everything on the list, just the things you need to know for Palia!

Palia’s Recommended Specifications

  • Processor (CPU): Intel i7-6700 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600

  • Graphics (GPU): Nvidia GTX 1060 / AMD RX 580 / Intel Arc A580

  • VRAM: 4 GB

  • Memory (RAM): 12 GB

  • Storage: Solid State Drive (SSD) with 40 GB available space

  • Operating System: Windows 10/11 64-bit

  • Palia Graphic Settings: Medium

For the other specification levels, please visit this article: https://support.palia.com/hc/en-us/articles/4403291582868-Palia-System-Requirements

How to know if I can run Palia?

Now that you have your computer’s specs along with the recommended specs, let’s go over it one by one.

CPU aka Processor

Figuring out if a PC's processor is strong enough takes a little more effort than the rest of the components. Thankfully there are many sites out there that will help to do this, even if you aren't tech-savvy. All you need to do is look at the Processor in the DXDIAG window.

atlassian-light_bulb_onA powerful CPU ensures smooth gameplay and quick response, especially in crowded areas.

To check the strength of a PC's processor:

  • Click on this link to open a site that has our two recommended processors compared next to each other
  • Click the green "+ADD" button on the right side of the screen
  • Search for the processor under the "Add other CPU" search box
    • Usually typing in the numbers in the processor will pop up the one you are looking for easier. For the example above, I typed in "i7-12700K" 
  • Click "Compare"
  • Look at the CPU Mark (the huge orange numbers) at the bottom. If the CPU Mark of the PC's processor is higher than our recommended ones, this component should be strong enough.

 

RAM aka Memory

The requirement for Palia to run smoothly is 8GB of RAM. The DXDIAG window showcases how much the PC has under the name Memory, and also shows it in MB. To hit the minimum, the PC needs at least 8000MB of Memory.

atlassian-light_bulb_onHaving more RAM allows Palia to access data quickly, reducing stuttering and improving overall performance. Consider upgrading if possible.

Operating System

Your PC needs to be using one of the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Windows 11

DirectX

The PC needs to have at least version 11 of DirectX.

GPU aka Video Card

Similar to the CPU, it takes a little more effort to tell if a PC's video card meets the recommended specs. For video card information, you can go to the DXDIAG and look under Display. The name of the card will be the first thing listed, called Card Name.

atlassian-light_bulb_onA high-end GPU enhances visual fidelity and overall gaming performance.



To check the strength of a PC's video card:

  • Click on this link that has our two recommended GPUs compared next to each other.
  • Click the green "+ADD" button on the right side of the screen

  • Search for the video card under the "Add other Video card" search box
    • Usually typing in the numbers in the video card will pop up the one you are looking for easier. For the example above, I typed in "GTX 1660" 
  • Click "Compare"
  • Look at the G3D Rating (the huge orange numbers) at the bottom. If the G3D Rating of the PC's video card is higher than our recommended one, this component should be strong enough.

 

VRAM aka Display Memory

VRAM is the amount of RAM the video card has on its own. It's also called Video RAM. In the DXDIAG, you can find it under Display Devices. It's called Display Memory. Similar to RAM, it is shown in MB. To hit the recommended, the PC needs at least 4000MB of Display Memory.

HDD

Hard drive space is the only thing that doesn't show in the DXDIAG. To check how much hard drive space is left you can do the following:

  • To check the total disk space left on your Windows 10 device, select File Explorer from the taskbar, and then select This PC on the left. The available space on your drive will appear under Devices and Drives.

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  • Faster, more reliable, and efficient for quick data access.

  • Slower, traditional storage with more capacity.

  • An SSD significantly reduces loading times, providing a smoother gaming experience. Consider SSDs for Palia, especially if using the Recommended, High, or Epic specifications

  • NVMe drives operate over the PCIe interface, offering significantly faster data transfer speeds compared to traditional SATA-based SSDs. This results in quicker read and write speeds, making NVMe the preferred choice for tasks requiring high-speed data access.

  • Gamers and content creators who work with large files, such as high-resolution graphics or video editing projects, may benefit from NVMe's faster read and write speeds.

✔️In summary, choose NVMe over SSD or HDD when you prioritize top-tier speed, low latency, and optimal performance for tasks involving large data sets, multitasking, or resource-intensive applications. If cost is a significant consideration and the speed difference is not critical for your needs, a traditional SSD might still provide a considerable performance boost compared to an HDD.


The hard drive needs at least 40GB of free space. 


☑️Future-Proofing:
Aim for hardware specifications slightly above the minimum if you plan to upgrade your PC in the future, ensuring a longer and smoother gaming experience.

  • Always check for system updates and additional requirements as the game evolves. Official announcements and patch notes often include important information related to system compatibility.

  • If you fall between categories, consider adjusting in-game settings such as resolution and graphical presets to find the perfect balance between performance and visuals for your setup.

Each has a different machine with different components. It's likely that at least some of your components are not going to meet the recommended specs. If you don't have components that meet the recommended specs, Lowering the settings of the game could help, but there is no guarantee.


Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of the article! Now that you know how to determine if your computer can run Palia, you can also use this information for other games as well. 

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