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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim spec requirements for PC, Ultra settings scary

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?

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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hm…I wonder if I could even play Skyrim with high settings,I have i7,16 gb ram,hd6750 1gb :/,what do u think,do i have a chance playing it on high,I know that gpu is slacking alittle bit :/?

Jason Anderson

i upgraded over a month ago to an i7 2600k, gtx 590 and 8gb 1600mhz ram for gaming in general, if i can’t max it with that, with around 60+ FPS, then bethesda will have seriously messed up optimizing this game.

Tim Martin

That explains a lot. Self-edited articles… no wonder my last comment went unpublished.
My goal was not to hurt feelings or criticize, but to help clean up sloppy writing AND editing.
You’ve made it clear that you’re not interested in editing for clarity.
I’m sure there are plenty of other sites that have more clearly elucidated the pros and cons of this game. If I should ever need more info on it, I’m sure I can find it elsewhere, without having to worry about grinding my teeth to the gums because of non-existent writing habits.

Landon Lyon
Landon Lyon

This site is nothing but attention grabbing headlines. “Ultra settings scary” I don’t see any mention of ultra settings or any proof that ultra settings will be “scary”, if anything Ultra (if they even have an ultra setting) will be nothing as the recommend specs are so low. Every BF 3 article on this site is the same thing. A few months back this site was decent, now its all BS. 


this is a joke. The recommended specs r hilariously low. And the 6GB HD space thing…wtf


As it only comes with a 32 bit executable more than 4GB of RAM is probably pointless…so at least 8GB is an odd recommendation… 

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