Your PC Must Be This Powerful To Play Dark Souls II

Your PC Must Be This Powerful To Play Dark Souls II

While the console version of Dark Souls II hits next week, the PC version, with its increased texture resolution options, isn't due out until 25 April. That gives us plenty of time to make sure our systems are up to recommended specs. Let's have a look!

Via the game's Namco Bandai store page, we're not looking at anything too taxing for the latest instalment of the game half the people love and the other half can't write about without mentioning how many times they are going to die. A modest gaming laptop should do the minimum trick.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows 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: NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT, ATI Radeon HD 5870
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c or higher
  • Network: Internet connection required for online play and product activation

Slightly beefier are the recommended specs, but still nothing too taxing.

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
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c or higher
  • Network: Internet connection required for online play and product Activation

How does your gaming PC stack up? Was this whole post just an excuse for PC gamers to post their system specs? Maybe a little.


Comments

    Nothing to over the top at all.

      Yeah, I was expecting a little bit higher on the recommended specs.

    Nothing special, last gen platforms mean small specs.

    "Was this whole post just an excuse for PC gamers to post their system specs?"
    God I hope it doesn't descend to this!

      OS: Windows 7 SP1
      Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz
      Memory: 8GB RAM
      Graphics: AMD Sapphire 290x Tri-X OC
      Hard Drive/s: 8TB
      Sound Card: Xonar Essence STX
      Network: 25Mbps fiber

      Do I pass?

      @mc_razza doesn't seem to think so. :(

      Last edited 08/03/14 12:43 pm

        I'm relatively new to building PC's myself (though I've been playing on PC for a while now) - only build my first rig last year. Out of curiosity, why's you choose to install a dedicated sound card?

          I only got this as a relatively cheap way of amping my headphones. Nowadays unless you're looking at doing something special with your sound setup, onboard audio is usually perfectly fine.

          cleaner sound output if your running analog to good speakers or headphones. More feature filled drivers. 5.1 digital output in dolby digial or DTS (many onboard digital outputs are stereo only).
          theres a few reasons.

          I did it for convenience.

          One of the more common activities for people in my age group (25-30) is to watch YouTube videos. I we're in the same room we can watch without using separate devices or taking turns.

        25mb.. fiber? "Worlds slowest fiber!"

          That would be because I only get allocated that amount of bandwidth, on the fiber that the 100+ other people I am staying with are using too.

          We would probably actually have at least a 1Gbps link. You just gotta love university. :)

          Last edited 08/03/14 2:13 pm

    Checking in with a decent but modest gtx 770 and i5 4670.

    Can run.

    Looks like games are getting more CPU intensive. I'm sure a lot of people are still running Core 2 at under 3GHz. Yeah just checked Steam Stats and the majority is 2.0 - 2.69GHz.

    RAM and GPU are very easy to upgrade for cheap atm though. Get an extra 4-8GB of RAM for $30 - 70, or grab the amazing little GTX 750 video card for $120 (or the even better GTX750ti for $150).

    PC gaming is all too good right now.

    At least my school laptop and pc can run it above recommended specs, hyped even more.

    Is it just me or is the CPU requirement way higher than everything else?

    With an i5 3570K @4.4GHz and a 6990 I can't forsee any issues but dual-gpu is so hit and miss. I've found that I have to disable the second gpu for about 25% of games...it's frustrating.

      I've never noticed a dramatic increase or decrease on performance by disabling or enabling cards.

      As far as I'm concerned, the second is a spare until the first blows at this point. I just hope the first doesn't take the second with it.

        NFS Shift 2 doesn't like my card. With both GPUs enabled I get a lot of graphical artifacts and tearing. Came good when I set the game profile to only use one though.

    I'm sure Japanese developers think these specs are high in their console dominated market, but In the pc dominated western market these specs are lol worthy.

      I'm just waiting to see The Witcher 3's requirements. It should be beautiful!

    Any time they say you will need to upgrade your pc to play = they are completely BSing. Until they say you need
    100GB space 10000rpm HDor a SSD HD
    I7 haswell +
    760gtx
    16GB of ram

    then they should stop saying you will need to upgrade your pc to run there games.

    Phenom 2(x6) BE.
    Radeon 7950 3GB (x2).
    8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX.
    1x 256GB SSD.
    1x 1TB HDD.
    1x 2TB HDD.
    Creative Sound Blaster... Something. (One of the best circa 2009/2010 IIRC).
    Can't remember the MB offhand, Gigabyte branded.

    So a GTX580 will work fine?

    A HD 5870 is actually more powerful than a HD 6870 (the true successor to the HD 5870 is a HD 6970, they changed the naming scheme slightly between the two generations). Sooo something's wrong there

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