The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC system requirements revealed

Along with Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, one of the biggest games due out in 2011 is Bethesda Softworks' open world fantasy RPG The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. The game is due out on November 11 (yep, 11-11-11) and today the publisher revealed the PC system requirements for the game:

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 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 compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
DirectX compatible sound card
Internet access for Steam activation

As you can see, while the minimal specs are fairly modest, you will definitely need a pretty solid gaming PC in order to run Skyrim at its higher settings. The game doesn't use DirectX 11, however. That means that it won't have some of the graphical effects that you will be able to turn on in Battlefield 3, which came out today.

Many people are hoping that Skyrim will be the latest game from developer Bethesda Game Studios that really shines. Bethesda Softworks seems to have issues with games that come out from third party developers but its in-house team that have made the previous Elder Scolls games (along with Fallout 3) have created some of the best games of all time.

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