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Bethesda Reveals PC Requirements for Skyrim

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Bethesda has released the recommended and minimum system requirements for the PC version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Tuesday Bethesda released the minimum and recommended system requirements for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, revealed just over two weeks away from the game's retail release. Bethesda's VP for PR and Marketing Pete Hines also added via Twitter that the minimum specs will "get you playing" without going into any additional details.

"The recommended specs let you play on High, not on Ultra," he said. "You'll want a beefier rig for that." He later said that Bethesda doesn't plan on releasing a spec list for the "Ultra" setting.

To meet the recommended PC specification, you'll need the following:

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • 4 GB System RAM
  • 6 GB free HDD space
  • DirectX 9 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

And here's the minimum requirements to get the game up and running:

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or equivalent processor
  • 2 GB System RAM
  • 6 GB free HDD Space
  • Direct X 9 compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet access for Steam activation

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is slated to hit retail and virtual shelves on November 11, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and windows PC.

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    iam2thecrowe , October 26, 2011 9:21 AM
    dormantreign260gtx? this a joke?...if it ain't ill be tearing this a new one when i review it. - likesanddislikesshow

    what are you saying? that it should require a gtx580 to play it so only 5% of people can play it? Its probably going to be a polished game unlike some recent releases......
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    notsleep , October 26, 2011 8:47 AM
    here's hoping this doesn't end up like the rage pc release fiasco....
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    bennaye , October 26, 2011 9:39 AM
    "Stop right there, criminal scum!"

    Oblivion wasn't that bad. Mods made it *much* better, though. Just hoping the bugs in Skyrim won't be so numerous.

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    bennaye , October 26, 2011 8:37 AM
    Looks like I'm good to go come 11/11/11
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    notsleep , October 26, 2011 8:47 AM
    here's hoping this doesn't end up like the rage pc release fiasco....
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    iam2thecrowe , October 26, 2011 9:21 AM
    dormantreign260gtx? this a joke?...if it ain't ill be tearing this a new one when i review it. - likesanddislikesshow

    what are you saying? that it should require a gtx580 to play it so only 5% of people can play it? Its probably going to be a polished game unlike some recent releases......
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    stereopsis , October 26, 2011 9:35 AM
    I wonder whether it will be as good as Morrowind or as bad as Oblivion.
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    bennaye , October 26, 2011 9:39 AM
    "Stop right there, criminal scum!"

    Oblivion wasn't that bad. Mods made it *much* better, though. Just hoping the bugs in Skyrim won't be so numerous.

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    stereopsis , October 26, 2011 9:40 AM
    Edit: I never completed Oblivion precisely because of the (lack of)levelling system.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 26, 2011 9:43 AM
    yeah !
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    killerclick , October 26, 2011 9:44 AM
    If you feel graphics quality is the most important aspect of a game, maybe Skyrim isn't for you after all, maybe you should go back to Crysis. I yawned through Crysis, Crysis WH and Crysis 2 but I'm sure I'm going to like Skyrim and I don't care what kind of graphics it has (as long as it's at least as good as Fallout 3).
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    iam2thecrowe , October 26, 2011 10:18 AM
    stereopsisI wonder whether it will be as good as Morrowind or as bad as Oblivion.

    how was oblivion bad? a bad game doesnt make game of the year, and score extremely well in reviews. The leveling was a little annoying but it didnt make it a bad game.
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    stereopsis , October 26, 2011 10:24 AM
    "how was oblivion bad? a bad game doesnt make game of the year, and score extremely well in reviews. The leveling was a little annoying but it didnt make it a bad game."

    I would say that the levelling was BROKEN. It really ruined the immersion for me. You can get through the entire game on level 1? After a certain level every hobo you come across has daedric gear? I found I didn't really CARE about anything in Oblivion. Completely the opposite for Morrowind.
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    kathiki , October 26, 2011 10:25 AM
    Oblivion and the Elder scrolls will always be my favourite game series simply becuase the have always offered depth in many aspects of the rpg genre...

    Still Bethesda, after having allowed Rage to reach the game shelves with such a short and SHALLOW content, I will need to be cautious of you.

    @iam2thecrowe you lol so witlessly cause what you lol at seems impossible to comprehend. Yes there may be people with such gfx cards... Use your irony in a more constructive way.

    Minimum requirements are for those who will play on old pcs.... think those people should have the right to play as well.... it is by no means indicative of the game's engine capabilities. At least, we shall see about that. Hope it is not another ID Software nerdy Rage towards supposed nvidia or ati driver problem.
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