Can your PC handle the Dragons of Skyrim?


The massive RPG juggernaut that is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is but a couple of short weeks away, sixteen days to be exact. As we march on along the road towards its hallowed release, it would probably do all of you PC gamers (myself included) some good to take not of exactly what you’ll need to get the game up and running.

This comes a little late but for those of you who haven’t had a peek at it, Bethesda has posted the system spec requirements for their upcoming release up over at their 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

Also, as a bit of a consolation prize to our readers for having posted these late, here are a number of extra bits of information that you may find useful, filtered from staff responses over at the blog’s lengthy comment boards.

  • The Recommended Specs as listed are for the game’s “High” settings, stronger rigs will be able to push towards “Ultra” settings
  • Although Direct X 9.0c is listed in the system specs, Direct X 11 will also be supported and feature visual and performance improvements over its predecessor
  • Skyrim will activate with Steam, not with Games for Windows Live however
  • Once activated, the game may be played in an Offline Mode
  • The oddly small 6GB game size has been accounted for as new compression technology used by the game’s Creation engine

And there you have it. So far, it’s sounding pretty good to me. With what I’ve got on hand, I reckon that I should be able to push the game at “Ultra” settings with little issue. For everyone else of you who’re aching to play and don’t quite meet the system requirements yet, you can just suck it might want to get yourself an upgrade, or a console, within the next couple of weeks.

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