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How to find out if a game will work on your Windows 10 device

Overview

To play a game on your Windows 10 device, make sure your device has the system requirements to run it. Play Anywhere games will run on your Xbox One and on PCs that meet the minimum device requirements. Check the minimum system requirements from the game publisher against the system information for your Windows 10 device.

Find the system information for your device

To make sure that your game will work on your device, you’ll first need to locate your device's system information. Here's how:

  1. On the taskbar of your Windows 10 PC, enter dxdiag in Search.
  2. Select DxDiag Run command from the search results. If prompted, choose Yes to allow the tool to access the Internet.
  3. On the System tab, note your system info:
    • Operating system (OS)
    • Processor
    • Memory (also known as Random Access Memory or RAM)
    • DirectX version
  4. On the Display tab, note the Approx. Total Memory. This is the memory available to your display driver, not the memory/RAM of your device.
  5. Select Exit to close the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

Check the minimum system requirements for your game

Now that you have the system information for your device, locate your game's minimum system requirements from one of the following places.

Store on Windows 10

If you bought or want to buy your game from the Store, here's how to check the minimum system requirements for the game:

  1. On your Windows 10 device, select Start, then select Store.
  2. In Search, enter the name of the game you’re checking requirements for.
  3. Scroll down to the System Requirements section.
  4. Compare this information against the system information for your device to see if your device meets the minimum requirements to play the game.

The online location where you purchased the game

Most online retailers list the minimum system requirements needed to play the game. If you bought or want to buy your game from an online store other than the Store on Windows 10, here's how to check the minimum system requirements for the game:

  1. Go to the website where you bought or will buy the game.
  2. Search for the game.
  3. On the game details or purchase screen, look for the system requirements.

    Note Some online retailers list suggested system requirements, which are the best systems for the game to run on. Your game will work as long as you meet or exceed the minimum requirements.

  4. Compare the game’s minimum requirements against the system information for your device to see if your device meets the minimum requirements to play the game.

The game packaging if you purchased the game from a retail store

When you purchase a game from a retail store, the minimum system requirements are listed on the packaging. Check to make sure that your device meets these requirements.

Compare the game's minimum system requirements with your device

Now that you have the system information for your device and the minimum system requirements for the game, it's easy to find out if the game can run on your device.

The following table shows an example of a device that does not meet the minimum system requirements for a game:

Your Device

Game: Minimum Requirements

Operating System: Windows 10

Processor: i5 CPU @ 1.7 GHz

Memory: 4096 MB (4 GB)

DirectX Version: 9.1

Graphic Card Memory: 2048 MB (2 GB)

Operating System: Windows 8.1 or higher

Processor: i3 CPU @ 1.5 GHz

Memory: 8192 MB (8 GB)

DirectX Version: 11

Graphic Card Memory: 2048 MB (2 GB)

The following table shows an example of a device that does meet the minimum system requirements:

Your Device

Game: Minimum Requirements

Operating System: Windows 10

Processor: i7 CPU @ 2.1 GHz

Memory: 16384 MB (16 GB)

DirectX Version: 11

Graphic Card Memory: 2048 MB (2 GB)

Operating System: Windows 8.1 or higher

Processor: i5 CPU @ 1.7 GHz

Memory: 8192 MB (8 GB)

DirectX Version: 11

Graphic Card Memory: 2048 MB (2 GB)

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