Skyrim Remastered edition PC system requirements are out and it’s extremely demanding

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.

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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

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.

As you can see, it’s a LOT more than what the 2011 release needed but then again isn’t that high if you compare it to some AAA releases of this year.

The recommended specs have taken quite a jump as well. Here’s 2011:

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).

And here’s the Special Edition:

Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320.
8GB of ram.
12 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB

The game as stated earlier launches on October 28. If you already own the original game and all its expansion packs on PC, you’ll be getting a free upgrade.


It’s also releasing on Xbox One and PS4. Both of them will come with mod support although the PS4 version would be limited in its modding capabilities.