Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines revealed the hardware requirements for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a game scheduled for release in November 11, 2011. Below are the minimum as well as recommended system requirements.

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • OS: Win XP/7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
  • CPU: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • GPU: DX9c video card w/ 512MB RAM
  • 6GB free HDD Space
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet Access for Steam activation

Recommended Hardware Requirements:

  • OS: Win XP/7
  • CPU: Quad-Core Intel/AMD CPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: DX9 vid card w/ 1 GB RAM (GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher)
  • 6GB free HDD Space
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • Internet Access for Steam activation

As Hines further explained, the minimum requirements will enable you to play the game. The recommended hardware requirements will allow you to set your graphic settings to “High”, but if you plan on playing Skyrim on “Ultra” visual settings you’ll have to have an even better PC.

I preordered the game awhile ago, but according to these requirements I’ll barely be able to play it on High settings. However, considering almost all games in The Elder Scrolls series offers a lot of replayability, I’ll probably be playing it for years to come. If the system requirements were even higher, it still wouldn’t be much of a problem in a year or so. Hopefully your PC is good to run it now.