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Post by Dan @ 01:08pm 26/10/11 | 19 Comments
Despite the game looking rather lush and previous Elder Scrolls titles having been known for bringing even top-of-the-line PCs to their knees at their time of launch, today's announcments of the system requirements for The Elder Scroll's V: Skyrim seem reletively modest. From the official Bethesda Blog:
Recommended Specs
  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • 4GB System RAM
  • 6GB free HDD space
  • DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet access for Steam activation
Minimum Specs
  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
  • 2GB System RAM
  • 6GB free HDD Space
  • Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet access for Steam activation
Although the several generations old GTX 260 and Radeon 4890 are the recommended spec, Bethesda's Pete Hines shared this news via twitter that ought to keep the high-end PC crowed pacified:
The Min specs get you playing. The recommended specs let you play on High, not on Ultra. You'll want beefier rig for that.
Bethesda have also said in the past that while Skyrim may include some DirectX11 support, it will be mostly a DX9 game.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due on November 11th 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.



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Dazhel
Posted 01:28pm 26/10/11
The recommended specs let you play on High, not on Ultra. You'll want beefier rig for that.
...then...
DirectX 9.0c


>.<
DM
Posted 01:31pm 26/10/11
Time will tell if this is a game hurt by the fact it's on old ass hardware in the current consoles. Hope not.
Morbz
Posted 01:32pm 26/10/11
happy days
deus
Posted 01:55pm 26/10/11
Good stuff to read, was wondering about this on the weekend, my aging Core2Quad Q6600 is starting to show its age a little bit, but the new GTX460 1Gb I picked up last month should help it through this game.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 02:16pm 26/10/11
Sweet, Ultra settings it is. Glad I bought the 560ti and nothing stronger, it seems getting a beefier card then that is almost a complete waste of time looking at the new releases of late.
3dee
Posted 02:39pm 26/10/11
My 27" iMac has an i7 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz quad core, 12GB RAM, SSD and a Radeon 6970M 1GB. Now I just need Windows.
Morbz
Posted 02:56pm 26/10/11
VM fusion and off ya go
molokoplus
Posted 03:30pm 26/10/11
LOL iMac ,learn to PC
3dee
Posted 03:48pm 26/10/11
I just finished KOTOR II on it. Sick game. Full dark side.

last edited by 3dee at 15:48:20 26/Oct/11
ravn0s
Posted 03:44pm 26/10/11
will definitely try ultra settings first up.
carson
Posted 03:58pm 26/10/11
Well at least I know this will run on ultra on my new pc. :D Shameit's still going to be a mostly dx9 game. Need more dx11 love to push it to the limit~!
kettels
Posted 04:38pm 26/10/11
Really 6gb HDD space? 6gb free HDD space doesn't seem like a lot for this sort of game, considering Dragon Age needs 20gig+
carson
Posted 05:53pm 26/10/11
Really 6gb HDD space? 6gb free HDD space doesn't seem like a lot for this sort of game, considering Dragon Age needs 20gig+

I suppose if it's going to be on consoles and mostly dx9 it wouldn't need to be huge. I expect most pc games to hang around 12gig (+/- 6gig) these days anyway.
Pinky
Posted 06:02pm 26/10/11
My 27" iMac has an i7 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz quad core, 12GB RAM, SSD and a Radeon 6970M 1GB. Now I just need Windows.

Does anyone else always read this 'sandy vadge' or is just me?
deus
Posted 06:09pm 26/10/11
@kettels

From what I understand, thats 6Gb of compressed textures, that are uncompressed through a component of DirectX, though I could be wrong.

Oblivion was similar at around 4 / 5Gb I think, but the textures uncompressed up to 12Gb or something.

Not too sure of the underlying tech / implications, but I figure that we should get the option for uncomp textures if it speeds things up, not like we are low on space with the multi Gb and Tb drives on the market and the amount of 1Gb graphics cards as well!
Enska
Posted 06:58pm 26/10/11
so after years they've finally decided to optimize their engines? wow so newsworthy.
copuis
Posted 07:04pm 26/10/11
Really 6gb HDD space? 6gb free HDD space doesn't seem like a lot for this sort of game, considering Dragon Age needs 20gig+



which would you prefer, 6gb of well written code

or 20gb of copy and paste bloat code?

edit>>>i'm not saying that dragon age was a bad game or anything, more a statement that disk space used doesn't equal quality

and yes pinky I read it that way, but this is one sandy vadge i dont mind using
DM
Posted 07:02pm 26/10/11
As long as their new engine isn't a bug riddled mess of cluster f*** I foresee this running well on my system on ultra.
Enska
Posted 07:10pm 26/10/11
Yeah I always read it as Sandy Vadge, to the point where I also call them that now and my mates look at me like wtf maen.
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