Computer System Requirements

PC Minimum1

  • Windows 10 / 11 64-bit
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Video Card2
    • 2 GB of RAM
    • DirectX 123
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • Internet access4

Mac Minimum1

  • Catalina / Big Sur
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Video Card2
    • 2 GB of RAM
    • Metal GPUFamily: Apple 7 (M1) or macOS 2 (Intel)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • Internet access4

Differences between PC and Mac versions of Chief Architect

PC Mac
Walkthrough Export Formats
 
.AVI / .MP4 / .WMV .MOV / .MP4 / .M4V
.WMF / .EMF Support
 
Yes No
Gamepads
 
Yes No
Virtual Reality
 
Yes No
Ray Trace Rendering
 
CPU & GPU Real‑Time Ray Trace5 CPU Ray Trace

1 Windows computers with ARM processors are not supported. It is recommended that laptops have a minimum 15" screen.

2 Supported video cards include (1) dedicated video cards such as NVIDIA GeForce RTX (2) Intel integrated graphics 9th Generation "Skylake" or newer.

3 DirectX 12 requires Shader Model 6.0 or newer. Learn how to identify the shader model of your graphics card.

4 Internet access required for installation, license authentication, deactivation and video & library catalog access. Internet access for license authentication is required once every 14 days.

5 GPU real time ray tracing requires a Windows 10 computer with an NVIDIA RTX or an AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card, see the Recommended System Requirements. The Mac version supports CPU ray tracing.

Known Incompatibilities