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20 Nov 2020

WoW Shadowlands System Requirements: Can Your PC Run It?

World Of Warcraft has been a staple of PC gaming ever since it released in 2004, and it is still going strong to this day.

The latest WoW expansion, Shadowlands, is due to launch on November 24th, giving players thousands of hours of more content to dive into.

But, is your PC up to the grind? Here are the system requirements for WoW Shadowlands.

What To Expect From WoW Shadowlands

WoW Shadowlands was originally scheduled to release on October 27th, however that date was pushed back to November 24th.

WoW Shadowlands Zombie Invasion Shadowlands Pre patch event
LONGEVITY: After 16 years WoW is still going strong.

Players will be able to jump in from 3pm PS/6pm EST.

The game will include new zones, a new raid, new abilities and plenty more.

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The Shadowlands features six zones, four of which house the Shadowlands covenants.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands release date map ardenweald bastion maldraxus revendreth oribos the maw
A NEW WORLD: The Shadowlands features six new regions

These zones include Ardenweald (home of the Night Fae), Bastion (home of the Kyrian), Maldraxxus (home of the Necrolords), Revendreth (home of the Venthyr), Oribos, and The Maw.

Can Your PC Run It?

Ahead of the games release, Blizzard have released the system requirements for WoW Shadowlands.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS RECOMMENDED SPECIFICATIONS
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows® 7 64-bitWindows® 10 64-bit
PROCESSORIntel® Core™ i5-3450 AMD FX™ 8300Intel® Core™ i7-6700K AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X
VIDEONVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 2 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 560 2 GB or Intel® UHD Graphics 630 (45W TDP) *Requires manufacturer's driver support.NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 8 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 8 GB or better
MEMORY4GB RAM (8GB if using supported integrated graphics)8GB RAM
STORAGESolid State Drive (SSD) 100GB available space  Or Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 100GB available space (depending on the performance of the drive, player experience may be impacted on HDD) Solid State Drive (SSD) 100GB available space
INTERNETBroadband internet connectionBroadband internet connection
INPUTKeyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel
RESOLUTION1024 x 768 minimum display resolution1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

This time around the specs have jumped quite drastically from the base version of WoW.

In the base version it recommends a GTX 970 with 4GB of VRAM, this time it recommends a GTX 1080 with 8GB of VRAM, a pretty big jump.

Looking at gameplay footage, it does look a bit nicer than I remember WoW being during my experience with it, but I think a GTX 1080 is a bit of a stretch, unless you're going for higher frame rates.

But World Of Warcraft isn't a game where a huge advantage is given with higher frames.

It is also interesting that the minimum requirements is a huge downgrade from the recommended, requiring a 7 year old CPU and GPU.

As long as your rig has a GTX 10 series or above, and a 6th gen Intel i5/Ryzen 1st gen or above you will likely be more than fine with running the game.

The GTX 1060 6GB is the most commonly used graphics card so most players will have either that or better, which should more than suffice for the game.