Bethesda Game Studios' remaster of one of their most popular games, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is set for release at the end of this month. Today, the studio has revealed exactly what it will take to run the "Special Edition" on PC.
The main thing to note here is that the Skyrim Special Edition will require a much more powerful system than the original version of the game. While the original required just 2 GB of RAM and recommended an Nvidia GeForce GTX 260, the remaster bumps this recommendation up to the GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290, both high-end cards from several generations ago.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2500
|Intel Core i7-750
AMD Phenom II X4-945
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 290
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
AMD Radeon HD 7870
|OS||Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher|
The Special Edition also now supports 64-bit processing, so the game supports (and even requires) more than 4 GB of RAM. It will still support existing mods, however, and gamers who played the original version can use their old save files in the Special Edition without any issues.
The remastered version of Skyrim includes updated assets and a variety of visual upgrades, including dynamic depth of field, god rays, screen space reflections and snow shaders. The game will be released on October 28 on PC, along with both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time.
PC players who own the original game and all DLC packs will get the remastered edition for free on Steam. That means you have to own the original game plus the three DLCs (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn) or have bought the master bundle (called Skyrim Legendary Edition) containing all those items. The latter is currently $40 on Steam, while the remaster will go for $60, so you do the math.