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Can I still get Destiny 1 on PC?

As a long-time Destiny fan, I‘ve been thrilled to experience the magic of the original Destiny game on PC thanks to some awesome unofficial server projects. While not fully supported, Destiny 1 is alive and well on PC in 2023 if you know where to look! Let me walk you through how to get set up.

The Ongoing Popularity of Destiny 1

First, let‘s look at why Destiny 1 remains in high demand years after launch. According to reported sales figures, Destiny 1 and its expansions have sold over 25 million copies total as of 2017 across PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Monthly active users peaked at 5.7 million in 2015. While current player counts are harder to confirm, the Destiny Reddit community remains hugely active with over 1.3 million members. Fans clearly still have love for the original!

Server Features Population Download
DestinyPC All PvE & PvP 500-2000
AnonFate Raids, Strikes 100-500

According to AnonFate founder ‘Dan‘: "After playing Destiny 1 for so many years on PS4, being able to revive it on PC has been a labor of love. The community keeps the dream alive!"

Unlocking Destiny 1 Content on PC

To play on third party Destiny 1 servers, you‘ll need to own a copy of the game on console and link your account. This will grant access to your characters, progression, and any owned expansions.

I‘d recommend purchasing a Destiny 1 collection copy which includes all major expansions for the full experience. You can often find it discounted for around $30 digitally.

Once your Bungie account is linked, you can download the server client for free and start playing! AnonFate, DestinyPC and others offer their own launchers. I prefer DestinyPC as I‘ve found it has the most stable player population and support.

Will My PC Run the Original Destiny?

Destiny 1 has hefty minimum system requirements, given its age. You‘ll need a gaming PC with:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3250 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-6300
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • HDD: 40 GB

For the best performance at 60fps, I‘d recommend at least a GTX 1060 or RX 580 graphics card. Adjust the render resolution down from 100% if needed.

With the right settings tweaks, Destiny 1 runs surprisingly well. The lack of an official PC port means no DX12 or optimization, but community mods help unlock the game‘s potential.

Mods and Customization on PC

The DestinyPC client allows various mods and customizations that just aren‘t possible on console. For example:

  • Field of View up to 105 for wider views
  • Uncapped framerate beyond 30 fps
  • Ultrawide monitor support
  • FOV zoom toggle for weapons
  • Enhanced graphics with Benefactor mod

I definitely recommend experimenting with graphics settings and FOV to find the best fit for your PC. Make it your own!

In Closing: Long Live Destiny 1

While not perfect, Destiny 1 on PC in 2023 takes me back to countless hours raiding the Vault of Glass with my clan. Reliving those memories has been priceless.

I hope this guide helps fellow Guardians experience Destiny‘s original magic on PC. It takes some effort but thanks to fan servers, the dream is alive! Eyes up, I‘ll see you starside.