Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Oct 8, 2008

Blizzard Reveals System Requirements For Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft is by far one of the more forgiving games out there in terms of hardware requirements. I know people that play on hardware that is seriously outdated, and still have a decent gaming experience. So with the next expansion due out, the requirements are bound to go up just a bit. With just over a month until launch, Blizzard has finally given us their minimum and recommended system requirements. Hit the jump for the full list.


  • Windows XP SP3 or Vista SP1 (Windows 2000 no longer supported) Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1.5 GHz (up from 800 MHz Intel/AMD). Dual-core recommended.
  • RAM: 512 MB/1 GB for Vista, doubled from same as previous. 1 GB/2 GB recommended.
  • Video: GPU with hardware transform and lighting and 32 MB VRAM, same as before. Recommended 128 MB VRAM.


  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.3 no longer supported)
  • PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo. Big change here: G4s are no longer supported. This one actually affects me, since I do have some G4 machines hanging around the house. Intel 1.8 GHz recommended.
  • RAM: 1 GB, up from 512 MB. 2 GB recommended.
  • Video: Hardware transform and lighting, 64 MB VRAM. On the face of it, this rules out the integrated graphics found on MacBooks and Mac Minis, but there’s been no official word on it yet. 128 MB VRAM recommended.

These are significant changes, unlike what we saw when Burning Crusade was released last year. Probably one of the biggest hits is going to be felt by G4 Mac owners. Granted, these are only loose guidelines, so you may be able to milk a little more gameplay out of your older hardware.


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