Dark Souls 2 PC requirements revealed -- Can you run it?

Namco Bandai reveals minimum and recommended system requirements for upcoming role-playing game.

Namco Bandai has revealed the minimum and recommended system requirements for the PC version of upcoming role-playing game Dark Souls II. The game launches April 25, and From Software has promised that it will include "increased texture resolution" and an "enhanced frame-rate option."

The system requirements--which don't look too taxing--come from the game's Steam product page. According to the page, Dark Souls II will take up 14GB of hard drive space. By comparison, Respawn Entertainment's upcoming multiplayer shooter Titanfall will require a 50GB install.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2Ghz or Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo E8500 3.17Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIAGeForce 9600GT, ATI Radeon HD 5870
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 14 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device
  • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1
  • Processor: Intel CoreTM i3 2100 3.10GHz or AMD A8 3870K 3.0GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 or higher, ATI Radeon HD 6870 or higher
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 14 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device
  • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or equivalent) recommended

Dark Souls II launches March 11 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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halting1
halting1

I just got a new laptop, wondering if my Intel core i7-4510u 2.0 ghz will be able to handle this. Even at lowest settings for everything. please help, i have no idea how to check without buying it and not being able to play.

bo6kata
bo6kata

Can my Core 2 Duo E7400 2.80Ghz be able to run this? (At low settings, of course)

ApolloFury8282
ApolloFury8282

Will the Mobility Radeon HD 5470(1GB) be able to run this? I can play the original at 30 FPS(except for blighttown). Please reply because if it can than I will pre-order this game. Thanks!

starfox15
starfox15

I have a gtx 460. Dammit. Still buying it cuz don't care. 

MigzBR
MigzBR

My phone can run this game at 60fps. LOL I'm still buying it cause you cant get better game play than this game.

Juguard
Juguard

I have to cancel my Xbox 360 edition tonight when I go to the Titanfall/Dark Souls midnight release tonight.  I'm getting it for the PC.. wanted it for Xbox to play it earlier, but if I get it for Xbox 360 the same time as Titanfall(PC), my Titanfall will just collect dust for the next month. :P

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

My old GT 520 could play this... albeit on low since that card is terrible.. But hey! It counts for something!

timeformime
timeformime

Minimum cards: Nvidia 9600 gt, ATI HD 5870


On the benchmarks, the 9600 GT gets a 700, and the 5870 a 2600. 


What?!

Kooken58
Kooken58

Directx 9c for a 2014 game?  My freaking old PC could run this game...Why the hell are developers still supporting dx9 still anyway

chechak7
chechak7

@Kooken58  to let every body play it ..ya i know old and most basic 

shadow580
shadow580

@Kooken58  directx 11 doesn't grant you anything unless the developer makes use of it. It would be stupid not to support dx9 because you would simply reduce the number of systems that could run the game and for no reason.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

Oh Yea!  So Close, but I Can!  But not on my Laptop, not even close  :(

chaosldmc
chaosldmc

The listed requirements make no sense....

HD5870 is miles better than 9600GT, but they put them in the same league.  I wonder if it's a mistyped like it's supposed to be HD3870 or something..

HD 5870 is about as fast as HD 6870, if not better in some games...


wtf NamcoBandai

chaosldmc
chaosldmc

@Creed02 @chaosldmc HD 4870 is still a lot better than 9600GT, HD 4870 is around GTX 260 performance which is around 2x performance of the 9600GT.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

So... is DirectX 12 going to be THAT big of a reason to get Win 8.1? 

euphoric666
euphoric666

i74770k GTX680 16gb ram guess i'm ready to praise the sun.

GunEye
GunEye

YES! controller recommended. good for me. Can't wait.

solid_snake1461
solid_snake1461

I'm running a gig of i5 2400, 4 GB ram and a radeon hd 5750. So can I run this game?

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

Love the people who come on here saying, Yeah I can run that but I wont play it... So why look in the first place? Is your life really that boring?

IcedViper
IcedViper

What kinda Recommended requirements are those? Those are weak! Noooooooooo problem

wallacom
wallacom

Pfff recommended requirements are 3 years old at least. Most gamers should be fine 

starjay009
starjay009

Not a fan of this series and never will be. Still, I hope those of you who end up getting DS2 have a good time. I am waiting for DA: Inquisition and Witcher 3, far superior games than DS. 

timeformime
timeformime

@starjay009  I can respect that, but I will play all three eventually. I'm always game for sick, twisted fantasy worlds for some reason.

BoltNinety
BoltNinety

I can run it. I won't be playing it.

starjay009
starjay009

@javalino @BoltNinety  That's a retarded comment. Even I don't like DS, does that mean I suck at gaming ? This is the problem with fan boys. Even a cave man has better IQ than them. 

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

@starjay009 @javalino @BoltNinety  Even a caveman won't deliberately go somewhere they have no intrest in or don't like...

UKFX
UKFX

Yes they have a PC dev team this time around and for that matter I'm waiting for said dev team to patch DS1 and do everyone a favour. I have a controller and I have DSFix but I do not want to rely on those to play Dark Souls 1, as I am a PC gamer. I'd like to use my keyboard and mouse, have the FPS unlocked without DSFix and I want them to remove Games for Windows Live. If they can't be bothered to do that now with the team they have and the resources they've got, then I'm sceptical about buying DS2.

And no, I don't care if a petition is what brought DS1 to PC in the first place. They had no clue how to develop for the PC so it should never have happened.


Kickable
Kickable

@UKFX A lot of people who were pissed at first are glad they bought it anyway, I'm one.  the state of the port was disclosed before it even hit stores anyway though and the rushed manner of releasing it could be influenced by publisher pressure.  had I regretted taking that gamble I can't blame anyone but myself.

Amhp
Amhp

I think Kevin is too good at this game.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

14gb!  Good sign that it's not just a straight console port.

IcedViper
IcedViper

@Tremblay343  You mean they actually compressed the game properly unlike all these "huge" 50gig (aka didnt compress sh*t) next gen console games? lol

mxgod
mxgod

awesome game, hopefully it will be easy to replace textures to increased resolutions like Dark Souls 1.

superbuuman
superbuuman

Yay! my card is minimum :p 5870...however its only running on 1280x1024 monitor...so it will be fine. :)

renerak
renerak

@superbuuman  5870 gives better or the same performance as 6870 except for the bandwidth, the system requirements aren't exacltly thought out(atleast on the GPU side), the minimum and recomended GPU's are basically the same for AMD. And Nvidea side is lower compared to AMD.

rabih55555
rabih55555

If 9600GT is minimum, then this should also run on 8800GT and 8800GTX

In fact 9800GT was noting more that just a re-branded 8800GT 

However, I'm surprised that they list Radeon HD 5870 as minimum. This video card is high-end GPU, and it is almost comparable to GTX 470. If I'm not wrong HD 5870 is also better than HD 6870






nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@rabih55555  Yea there must be some kind of mistake... the 5870 is like 3 or 4 times as powerful as the 9600GT...

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

its a directx 9.0c game. And it was developed for last gen consoles so I don't know why you would think that the PC requirements would be very high.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

@guitarist1980  It should be DX10 at least... I mean come on... it's 2014 already.  Is it only 8 that allows 11 or can Win 7 use it too?  

Crzy1
Crzy1

@regix416_basic @guitarist1980  Windows 7 supports DX11, but you have to have Windows 8 to use 11.2, but I think Battlefield 4 is the only game that takes advantage of 11.2 right now.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

@Crzy1 @regix416_basic @guitarist1980  Scratch that... Already got answered... What about 11.1?  Does ANYTHING use it? 

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Desbris @guitarist1980  Pointless to tell people what system requirements to expect...?  Okay.. if you say so...  Who cares if they are high end or not, it's still nice to know!

Crzy1
Crzy1

@regix416_basic  Not that I can think of.  Very few games even used DirectX 11 until last year, really.  Most companies don't take the time to support small changes to the DirectX library.  The last one I can think of was the original Assassin's Creed, it got a patch to use DX10.1 which gave AMD a pretty large performance lead since no Nvidia cards supported 10.1, but it got taken out later for no apparent reason.


But even though DirectX 11 has been out for over 4 years (probably closer to 5 now), it's gotten little support because A)The previous generation of consoles were stuck with DirectX 9 and B)DirectX 11 hardware didn't have sufficient market penetration until recently.  Given both of those, developers didn't spend a lot of time on DirectX 11 features.  The only reason we saw more games featuring DX11 last year is because those devs were probably already hard at work on the next gen consoles which support DX11, a la Tomb Raider with all of it's "next generation features" that have been in use on the PC for quite some time, just sparingly.  Crystal Dynamics does deserve credit for having the balls to use hair physics, it's just a shame that they're too taxing to use on more than one character in a scene.


And honestly, most of the features that DirectX 10 and 11 introduced were incredibly taxing on GPUs.  I remember volumetric god rays in Age of Conan being beautiful, but they really tanked performance.  Now everyone uses deferred shader rendering which does the shader pass after the scene is drawn and buffered.  It's much faster and doesn't require the same hardware to get a lot of the same effects, like god rays.


Developers starting to use deferred rendering really brought DirectX 9 back from the dead.  It gave it a lot of features that it didn't initially have and made it able to create some really beautiful games.  The Witcher 2 still looks incredible, but only uses DX9.  It would probably have the benefit of better performance on DX11, though.


But I've rambled too much.  Back to the original question, there are probably no games that use DirectX 11.1 and if there are, they don't offer anything substantial to make any difference whether they did or not.  Battlefield 4 touts using DirectX 11.2, but it runs better on the GTX 780 Ti which doesn't support 11.2 than it does on the R9 290X which does support it, so it really doesn't offer anything meaningful on the performance field, anyway.  So long as the market penetration of DirectX 11.2 hardware is less than 5%, you won't be seeing it supported unless someone pays to have it used, like AMD did with Battlefield 4.