The Vice President of Bethesda Softworks, Pete Hines, recently revealed the specification requirements for Skyrim. As you would have expected the game is pretty demanding, that said if you wish to run the game with settings toggled to Ultra you will need a seriously beefy gaming rig. (Note: This post will be updated as and when we hear more from Bethesda)
Let’s start with minimum requirements: To run the game you will need Windows XP, Vista or 7, a dual-core 2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a DirextX 9c compliant video card with 512MB of dedicated memory – also you will need an Internet connection for Steam activation.
The recommended requirements push the bar a little higher, interestingly the tweet which revealed this suggests that you must run Windows XP or Windows 7 (Vista is not mentioned), also you will need a quad-core processor, at least 4GB of RAM, a DirextX compatible sound card, 6GB of HDD space (seems very low to us) and a DirectX 9c compliant video card with 1GB of dedicated memory, this needs to be equal to or greater than the GTX 260 or Radeon 4890.
All of these specs were listed on Twitter, therefore the 140 character limit has kept things pretty vague, we are told that a full breakdown of tech specs will hit Bethesda’ Blog soon, what’s interesting is the fact that Hines has revealed that the recommended configuration won’t run the game on Ultra – this pretty much means that a high-end quad-core processor (Core i7?), at least 8GB of RAM and one of today’s best video cards – perhaps with 1.5GB+ dedicated memory.
It will be interesting to see if gamers upgrade their gaming rigs specifically for Skyrim, let’s face it if your going to put hours into the game you might as see the visuals as eye-pleasing as they can be – let’s just hope you have saved some money for the upgrades.
Will you upgrade your PC for Skyrim? If so what hardware will you buy?