Bethesda’s released the recommended specs for the Skyrim: Remastered edition after the game went gold in anticipation of its upcoming October 28 release date.
The PC requirements for the remastered edition are a far cry from those that were needed to run the original back in 2011. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since it’s been 5 long years and the game promises a far better visual experience and 4K support.
All of these features obviously come at a cost and you can’t expect to run the remastered version using the same setup you used for the playing the original Skyrim videogame. For comparison’s sake, we put both the minimum and recommended setups side-by-side:
Here are Skyrim’s original minimum specs from 2011:
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
And here are the minimum specs for the Special Edition, via Bethesda:
Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945.
8GB of ram.
12 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB
As you can see, the remastered edition requires quite a LOT more than the original and almost everything in that list is double or more of what the original needed.
The recommended specs are even more demanding to say the least with almost every component needing a major upgrade.