Developer Bethesda Softworks has released the system requirements for one of the most anticipated games launches in the fall of 2016 and 2011: Skyrim Special Edition. The modernized, overhauled version of one of the biggest games of the decade is a substantial update to the original. The content is still largely identical, but the way it looks and feels should be a significant improvement. As such, the requirements are a bit higher.

Where the original Skyrim asked players for 2-4GB of RAM and just 6GB of hard drive space and asked for a video card on par with the GeForce GTX 260, Skyrim Special Edition doubles or triples some of those requirements.

Minimum Requirements

  • Intel Core i5 750 or AMD Phenom II X4-945
  • 8GB RAM
  • 12GB free HDD space
  • Nvidia GTX 470 1GB or AMD HD 7870 2GB

Recommended Requirements

  • Intel i5-2400 or AMD FX-8320
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 12 GB free HDD space
  • Nvidia GTX 780 3 GB or AMD R9 290 4 GB

These are not strenuous requirements for a modern PC, but they’re quite a bit higher than those of the original, and it’s absolutely more than a modded-out version of the game would ask for. This new edition of the game brings with it remastered textures, lighting, dynamic depth of field, and other enhancements, along with all the additional content released by Bethesda.

Skyrim Special Edition hits PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 28. If you already own The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and all its DLC on PC, the update to Skyrim Special Edition will be free.

Why this matters:

Whenever any big new game is on the horizon, we’re excited to see whether or not the rig we’re rolling with can make the game work. Skyrim, though, is in a particularly weird spot. The vast world, nearly endless mods, and deep lore have kept this game popular since its release back on November 11, 2011. My pretty small Steam friends list has put well over 2500 hours into Skyrim alone.

The Elder Scrolls games, especially since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, have attracted not just core gamers, but a wider audience that enjoys the prospect of a free-roaming fantasy world. These gamers come back to a game over and over for years, rather than picking up piles of new ones each year. Steam’s stats page has the game still in the top 15 most-played games.

Many of these gamers are likely still playing games on older systems. For some of those players, this free update could be a game-breaker.