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Skyrim System Requirements Revealed

The system requirements for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been uncovered via the Bethesda Blog. Check it out:

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


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Towndrunk Oct 26 2011, 03:30 am EDT
I expected it needing more actually, oh well.
optimus slime Oct 26 2011, 03:32 am EDT
These are actually pretty fair. Except for cpu and memory, it's all pretty low. 6GB on HD is laughable these days and considering this is an open world game, packed with content, it's a bit suspicious.
And those recommended graphics cards were considered good 3 years ago.

So either Bethesda found some unknown, magical way to optimize huge, good looking games or this is just Oblivion with dragons.
MrCheese Oct 26 2011, 03:52 am EDT
Wow that's actually not too bad.
tei187 Oct 26 2011, 04:15 am EDT
hmm... those seem quite low. cool.
Terminator Oct 26 2011, 04:57 am EDT
Sweet, my GTX 460 will run this game fine. I was expecting the requirements to be much higher too.
  LostPcGamer: I'm not surprised the lead development platform is th…
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Oct 26 2011, 05:37 am EDT
I'm so frustrated that I won't be able to invite youse to my wedding :(
MajFauxPas Oct 26 2011, 07:05 am EDT
It's like they know we're poor.
260077 Oct 26 2011, 09:13 am EDT
Why were people thinking that this game's requirements were going to be really high? They have been using the same game engine since Oblivion and Fallout 3. Plus the fact that its a multplat game(has to designed to work on the weak consoles)
WeAreAllGonnaDie Oct 26 2011, 09:23 am EDT
Soooo... I'll wait for the HD textures from modders before I pick this up. I'm still hoping the 6GB hdd thing is just a typo
micahpharoh Oct 26 2011, 12:53 pm EDT
I wish that every dev would realize that there are still tons of people looking to max out their PCs
LostPcGamer Oct 26 2011, 01:54 pm EDT
6GB nice I'm tired of downloading 15-20 gig games that seem to be the norm lately. People seem to forget caps on bandwidth they even exist in the US.
im_stardust Oct 26 2011, 02:00 pm EDT
I have a feeling this game will be short...for a rpg. And graphics won't be impressive at all, not that will matter.
Zenmuron Oct 26 2011, 09:59 pm EDT
This is on Bethesda's new "creation" engine and I could have sworn I read that it was 3 discs and a 22gig install for the 360.
Lots more info from Skyrimnexus.com
paradoxjast Oct 27 2011, 06:16 pm EDT
They updated their blog because apparently a lot of people were asking about the 6 gigs.

"Updated: We’ve seen plenty of comments relating to the game only requiring six gigs of HDD space. Don’t worry… there’s still a ton of game in there. The total HDD space relates more to the compression opitmizations we’re able to do with The Creation Engine. Not only are do we think you’ll be impressed with how the game looks, but also how much faster it runs."
  260077: lol, if its smaller = less detail and lots of rehashe…
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