Following on from the alpha for the Xbox One version of the game that has been around for a few months now
, Rare has announced a similar technical alpha for the Windows 10 version of Sea of Thieves
Starting with an initial batch of 1000 PC players (opening up to more players later) and containing the same features as the Xbox One version, this alpha is mainly to test two aspects unique to the PC version. The first part is to test Rare's "auto detect" system which detects a player's GPU and CPU capabilities and will set graphical settings accordingly. With this in mind, Rare are set to invite players with a range of specs so don't worry if your computer wouldn't hit 4K/60FPS — although, these should be supported. Because of the need to test the auto-detection system, Rare won't be giving players access to video settings straight away, but once they are happy with the results of this initial test they will be unlocking the option to change.
The other aspect that Rare will be looking for feedback on is on the keyboard & mouse scheme that they've implemented. Similar to the auto detect system, Rare will open up the option for custom keybindings and such later on, but want player feedback on what the default keyboard and mouse layout should be first.
The first Windows 10 Technical Alpha for Sea Of Thieves
will be on May 20th from 7PM - 10PM BST. Have fun any potential PC plunderers that are part of the initial 1000.