We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 release of World of Warcraft, and Blizzard has just released the system requirements for November's Warlords of Draenor expansion pack. Let's compare!
In the table below I compare the minimum system requirements for the original release of World of Warcraft to the minimum's posted last night by Blizzard. What's fascinating to me is how many terms in the left column I've spent years trying to forget. Remember Windows ME? I didn't, until now. Thanks.
|Original WoW (December 2004)||Warlords Of Draenor (November 2014)|
|Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 (latest Service Pack)|
|Processor||800 MHz or higher CPU||Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750|
|Video Card||32 MB 3D graphics card with hardware transform and lighting, such as GeForce 2 or better||
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 3000
|Hard Drive Space||4 GB or more of available hard drive space||35 GB available HD space|
|RAM||256 MB or more of RAM||2 GB RAM|
|Mac OS||MacOS X 10.3.5 or newer||OS X 10.8|
|Mac Processor||933 MHz or higher G4 or G5 processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Mac Video Card||ATI or NVIDIA video hardware with 32 MB VRAM or more||NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4850|
|Internet Connection||56k or higher modem with an Internet connection||Broadband Internet connection|
Of course no one wants to face a new expansion pack at minimum specs, so here are the recommended specs for Warlords of Draenor, which would prove a real challenge to anyone trapped ten years in the past.
- 4 GB RAM
- Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel
- Windows 7/Windows 8 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
- Intel Core i5 2400 or AMD FX-4100 or better
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better
- OS X 10.9 (or latest version)
- Intel Core i5 or better
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M or ATI Radeon HD 6750M or better
Is your system ready? Oh god, I hope your system is ready.