The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC System Requirements Revealed

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2011 - 06:19 PM |
Tagged: skyrim, PC, gaming

Although most of you are busy blasting away at Battlefield 3, there are likely quite a few that are also interested in the RPG genre, and in that vein Kotaku has recently gotten their hands on and released the minimum and recommended system requirements for the upcoming Elder Scrolls: Skyrim PC game.  Keep in mind when looking at the recommended system requirements, that they are for running the game at "High" graphics settings and not "Ultra" which will require more powerful specifications.

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Source: Gameinformer

The minimum system requirements for Skyrim are as follows:

CPU (Processor) Dual Core @ 2.0 GHz
GPU (Graphics Card) DirectX 9c compatible w/ 512MB RAM
RAM (System Memory) 2GB
OS (Operating System) Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (32 or 64 bit)


Those are fairly tame, and most computers around today should be able to at least run the game, with some concessions.  The recommended system requirements bump things up a bit for those that prefer shinier graphics in their RPGs.

CPU (Processor) Quad Core Intel or AMD
GPU (Graphics Card) DirectX 9 compatible w/ 1GB RAM
  AMD 4890 or Nvidia GTX 260 or higher
RAM (System Memory) 4GB
Sound Card DirectX compatible
OS (Operating System) Windows XP or 7


Interestingly (though not surprisingly to some), Windows Vista doesn't make the list for recommended specs, which may or may not be a mistake.  As you can see, even the recommended specifications aren't too high, at least compared to other (more demanding) new releases this year.  Is your PC ready for Skyrim?

Source: Kotaku

October 25, 2011 | 10:32 PM - Posted by Buyers (not verified)

Only DirectX 9 mentioned. No DX10/11 graphics quality settings or tech?

October 26, 2011 | 10:45 PM - Posted by mickey21

My thoughts exactly. Hope there is a DX10/11 mode on release. A shame to see a game like this limited to DX9.

October 27, 2011 | 02:38 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Not that I'm aware of right now, maybe the "Ultra" graphical settings will add some DX 10/11 eye candy?

October 26, 2011 | 02:41 PM - Posted by perfectshot (not verified)

Wow. My PC could run that.

If it can run BF3 too, I might postpone a rebuilt by another year.

Awesome news! As long as the eye candy is good, I don't care how efficient the engine is.

My PC will turn 5 in March. I've only added a blu-ray drive and swapped out the GFX once, memory and CPU twice.

Awesome post!

October 28, 2011 | 12:59 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I am still waiting for my build of the game to reach me to see how the company judges their "playable" results.

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