Bethesda has been doing a lot of talking lately regarding the console versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They've talked about how there are advantages to developing on consoles, and have even discussed the possibility of a port being made for Nintendo's next gen console, the Wii U.
While the console versions of Skyrim are going to be huge sellers for Bethesda, the PC version will be the one to play in terms of graphical fidelity -- and for RPG purists that wish to use Bethesda's traditional PC based controls.
Pete Hines, Vice President of Operations at Bethesda Softworks, today posted on Twitter both the minimum and recommended PC specifications needed to run The Elder Scorlls V: Skyrim. PC gamers will be happy to know that the minimum specs aren't too hard to meet for most current gen PCs, so at least getting the game running won't be much of an issue.
The minimum specs for Skyrim are:
- Operating System: Win XP/7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
- CPU: Dual Core 2GHz
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- Video Card: DirectX9c video card w/ 512MB RAM
However, the recommended specs are a bit higher end and will definitely require a more powerful rig. It's also important for us to mention that, according to Hines, the recommended settings are those needed to run the game on High and not Ultra. So the specs presented here can be improved upon further if anyone out there is interested in running the game with the options set to Ultra.
The recommended specs for Skyrim are as follows:
- Operating System: Win XP/7
- CPU: Quad-Core Intel/AMD CPU
- Memory: 4GB RAM, 6GB Hard Drive Space
- Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
- Video Card: DirectX9 video card with 1GB memory. GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher
Perhaps the Ultra settings have something to do with Bethesda's move to implement portions of DirectX 11 into Skyrim before the game releases. That would make sense given the specs presented here which utilize DirectX 9 compatible cards. As always, we'll be sure to let you know if more information regarding the PC version of the game should surface.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim goes dragon hunting November 11, 2011, for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
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