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World of Warcraft will need better hardware with Shadowlands

Published: 01:16, 01 September 2020
Blizzard
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands CE
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands CE

World of Warcraft's next expansion, Shadowlands, will move the goalposts for the PC requirements a bit. It is nothing radical so if you are running it now, chances are you won't be affected.

As live service games get updated, the system requirements can shift from time to time. This is especially the case with video games that are over 15 years old, such as World of Warcraft, since the in-game systems keep getting upgraded.

Shadowlands seems to be one of those system-pushing expansions since both minimum and recommended specs were changed to accommodate for the expansion's updates.

Minimum requirements for WoW: Shadowlands are:

  • CPU: Intel i5-3450 or AMD FX 8300
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760 or AMD RX 560
  • RAM: 4GB or 8GB for integrated graphics usage
  • Storage: 100 GB

Besides the chunky file size, these requirements are not really something to worry about since we are at the doorstep of next-gen consoles which bring even more shifts in gaming hardware for PC enthusiasts. New GPUs and CPUs are just around the corner and pretty much all of them can tackle the recommended specs with no issue.

Speaking of recommended PC specs for WoW: Shadowlands, they are:

  • CPU: Intel i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD RX Vega 64
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 100 GB

These components may be in the mid-tier at the time of writing but as we mentioned before, the new generational shift is bound to make even lower-end rigs have performance good enough to meet the recommended specs.

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