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Star Wars games are nearly as old as desktop PCs. Developers have been doing their best to let us live out our fantasies of flying X-Wings and slicing through storm troopers as Jedi Knights since the early days of computer graphics.

In the competitive shooter Star Wars Battlefront, players side with either the Rebel forces or the Empire. Rebel soldiers and storm troopers are playable, and players can even play as famous characters from the movies, including Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

Visually, Battlefront is the closest we’ve ever gotten to truly exploring Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor. Thankfully, it also runs very well for how amazing it looks.

This guide takes a close look at Battlefront's graphical settings and the impact they have on the game. We'll also give you a good idea of the kind of PC hardware you'll need to run Battlefront to your own personal satisfaction. If you just want to know what to buy without all the in-depth analysis, you can skip to the recommendations section.

Star Wars Battlefront runs on an updated version of DICE’s Frostbite 3 game engine, which powers some of the most impressive graphics around. You may have already seen it in action powering Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, or Dragon Age: Inquisition. From these games, we already know a little bit about the performance characteristics of Frostbite.

Frostbite is not particularly demanding on CPUs. That is partially because it is very well-threaded, meaning that it utilizes multiple cores on a CPU. But that doesn’t mean you need to have a particularly high-end CPU to run Battlefront.

However, the game is very demanding on GPUs, so you’ll need a good graphics card to really take advantage of the game’s visuals.

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