Skyrim: Special Edition PC System Requirements, PS4/Xbox One File Sizes Announced


Bethesda announces that the upcoming Skyrim: Special Edition has gone gold, which also means concrete details on the game's PC system requirements and console file size.

It's strange to consider the possibility that a game first released in 2011 could end up on the ballot for the best RPGs of 2016, but that is exactly what could happen with Bethesda's Skyrim: Special Edition. The game that many believe to be the best entry in the storied history of The Elder Scrolls series is getting a major graphical overhaul, and in its half-decade away from the spotlight the industry has seen a steady influx of newly-converted gamers, ready to experience Skyrim for the first time.

That is, as long as their machines can handle it. The original Skyrim demanded a lot from its PC owners, and the console versions struggled to capture the aesthetic brilliance that top-end computers could when rendering the game. Today, however, Bethesda laid to rest any fears that Skyrim: Special Edition would create a similar circumstance for would-be players, as the developer announced the RPG's minimum and recommended PC system requirements alongside its file size on consoles.

Five years, as it turns out, makes quite a difference when it comes to computer graphics technology. Even the recommended specs for Skyrim: Special Edition, which can be read in full at the bottom of this article, only require a GTX 780 or R9 290 graphics card - for those unfamiliar with gaming on the PC platform, that technology is far from expensive, and it's likely many people with even a moderately-built gaming computer will be able to meet its recommended specs.

For the console version of Skyrim: Special Edition, both its Xbox One and PS4 iterations will require under 40GB of hard drive space regardless of where gamers live. For gamers in North America, Skyrim: Special Edition will require 20 GB of hard drive space on PS4 and 17 GB on Xbox One, while Europeans will need 33 GB and 25 GB respectively. The minimal impact on console hard drive space will be an especially welcome boon for gamers looking to take advantage of Skyrim: Special Edition mod support for PS4 and Xbox One.


Skyrim: Special Edition looks great, and Bethesda seems confident there are a number of veteran players who would be more than happy to shell out some cash for a chance to experience the game as though it were a next-gen experience. It's an especially appealing offer for gamers who travel a lot, as the PC version's minimalist system requirements make it likely that relatively well-built laptops will be able to run it without much issue - and a road trip or flight through Skyrim is never a dull experience.

Here are the full details for Skyrim: Special Edition's PC specs:


  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 12 GB free space
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 470 1GB/AMD HD 7870 2 GB


  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 12 GB free space
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 780 3 GB/AMD R9 290 4 GB

Skyrim: Special Edition will be available on October 28, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Source: (via Game Spot)

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