Elden Ring PC System Requirements

It’s almost time. We are just a week away from the worldwide release of the highly anticipated Elden Ring. The spiritual successor to the now-iconic Dark Souls and Bloodborne games marks developer FromSoftware’s first foray into the open-world space. The game promises what seems to be an amalgamation of elements from the Soulsborne series, the studio’s previous release, 2019’s award-winning action-adventure epic Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and conventional open-world titles. Players can look forward to a rich adventure riddled with beautiful landscapes, cramped dungeons, brutal boss fights, and fun multiplayer – co-op and PVP – encounters.

FromSoftware has, over the past decade, has developed a reputation for delivering masterpieces, and while these games are in no way lacking in commendable visual design, they aren’t exactly known for pushing gaming systems to their limit. This time around, however, some are likely to be taken by surprise by the unexpectedly demanding set of requirements for the PC version of the game.

Elden Ring System Requirements

Elden Ring System Requirements

SpecificationsMinimum RequirementsRecommended Requirements
OSWindows 10Windows 10/11
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 3 3300XIntel Core i7-8700K or AMD Reyzen 5 3600X
Memory (RAM)12 GB16 GB
Graphics (GPU)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or AMD Radeon RX 580 4 GBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8 GB
DirectX VersionDirectX 12DirectX 12
Storage (Size)60 GB60 GB

Why Does Elden Ring Need a Powerful PC?

Visually, Elden Ring doesn’t seem to be a huge upgrade over the most recent FromSoftware releases, namely Sekiro and Dark Souls 3, which are roughly three and six years old respectively. That along with the fact that the game is also being released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One makes one wonder why its PC specifications needed to be beefed up across the board.

The answer may lie in the size of the game’s world coupled with its conventional open-world design. Preview builds shared with a number of publications and content creators would suggest that the game is likely to be much larger in magnitude than its spiritual predecessors. This is all speculative, of course, as FromSoftware is yet to offer an official explanation for the bump in minimum requirements.

Elden Ring is set to be released to Windows (via Steam), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S on February 25.

Sameed Khan

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