Dark Souls 2 System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 12:35 PM
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Dark Souls fans comprise two distinct sets of people. There's the masochists and then there's the sadists. The masochists repeatedly hop in to the Dark Souls world and receive a thorough mauling from whichever beasty the magnificently difficult title throws at them. The sadists meanwhile, have mastered what Dark Souls offers them, and spend their time invading the masochist's worlds and delivering justice via their pointy blades.

So, we know how truly punishing Dark Souls II will be for gamers, but now the real question is how punishing will Dark Souls 2 be on your gaming PC. Join us then, as we check out the official Dark Souls 2 system requirements...

Dark Souls 2 Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP SP3

CPU: 3.17 GHz Dual Core Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 or 3.2 GHz AMD Phenom II X2 555

RAM: 2GB System Memory

GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512MB or AMD Radeon HD 5870 

DX: DirectX 9.0c

HDD: 8 GB Free Hard Drive Space

Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

Network: Internet connection required for Dark Souls II activation

Dark Souls 2 Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows 7 with Service Pack 1

CPU: 3.1 GHz Intel Core i3 2100 or 3.0 GHz AMD A8 3870K

RAM: 4 GB System Memory

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 465 or AMD Radeon HD 6870

Seem familiar? Though not. These Dark Souls II system requirements are a pretty massive step up from the original Dark Souls. While Dark Souls was happy chugging along with a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo, gamers wanting to scrape the bare minimum requirements for Dark Souls 2 will be needing a 3.2 GHz dual-core processor. The Core 2 Duo E8500 and Phenom II X2 555 flavours seem to do the trick. 

Memory requirements remain mercifully low across the board, needing just 4GB to hit the sweet of recommended Dark Souls 2 requirements. 

The minimum requirements for Dark Souls 2 almost exceed the recommended requirements for the original Dark Souls, with a GeForce 9600 GT needed to get From Software's latest up and running. Those of you hoping to get Dark Souls 2 running as Bandai Namco intended will be needing a not-inconsiderable GTX 465 or Radeon HD 6870. Strangely though, there's really very little difference in performance between the recommended HD 6870 and the minimum HD 5870, with the HD 5870 actually edging it on performance in comparisons. This looks to be an error on Namco Bandai's part, as the Radeon HD 5870 is clearly far more powerful than the GeForce 9600 GT.

These requirements may be a big step up from the original Dark Souls but they aren't huge by any means. Unfortunately, if you only just managed to get Dark Souls 1 running you may find you're going to struggle here without an upgrade or two, but anyone who's bought a gaming PC within the last three years or so should be able to run Dark Souls 2 fine. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Dark Souls 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users.

Compare your graphics card to the Dark Souls II GPU benchmark chart.

Okay then, what do you think of these system requirements?

Do you think they're a big step up from Dark Souls?

Let us know!

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14:14 Apr-28-2014

I don't think I can run this at all.

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14:54 Apr-28-2014

maybe at low and 720p res you will get 15-25 fps , but wont be worth buying the game :(

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08:47 Apr-28-2014

can I run this with good fps?

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13:28 Apr-28-2014

yes easily at ultra 40-50 fps :)
p.s for future reference you will get quicker replies if you post game-related question on that specific game page , not on an article :)

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14:29 Apr-28-2014

Oops! I'm so sorry dude! Thousand apologies bro! Anyway, thank you for the reply! :D Sorry again!

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16:12 Apr-26-2014

The optimization is really good since I can run it on medium with very good fps and it looks nice.

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17:11 May-08-2014

Actually I can run it on high with 30+

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01:09 Apr-26-2014

anyone know how well i can run and on what settings? thx!

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03:15 Apr-26-2014

Max everything, max AA.

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04:24 Apr-09-2014

how is 9600 gt comparable to hd 5870

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19:24 Apr-08-2014

Any idea what my rig will run on. Not very good at comparing cards.

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19:50 Apr-08-2014

Max. Easily.

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11:07 Mar-08-2014

9600 gt = hd 5870
SINCE WHEN?

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15:26 Mar-08-2014

I think he meant to type HD 3870 but instead hit the number 5 instead of number 3 by mistake...

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15:36 Mar-08-2014

no i just checked around the internet it really is that way upsurge.5870/9600gt

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15:43 Mar-08-2014

Requirements on steam page of Dark Souls II also say 9600GT, HD 5870.
So it's not a typo.

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15:46 Mar-08-2014

Btw Gamer1998 i see u have played DS1..any advice on how to unlock fps in the game and unlock the resolution which is stuck to 1024x768?

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17:20 Mar-08-2014

Yup, use DSfix
You have to alter an .ini file to unlock the FPS and any other changes you want to make.
And be sure to disable in game AA.

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19:26 Mar-08-2014

Ok thnx alot mate..:D

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12:19 Apr-08-2014

That's total BS... :/

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12:39 Apr-08-2014

What ? :D

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17:32 Apr-08-2014

The minimum system requirement...
It's equal to the recommended and those GPUs in the minimum setting aren't even close to equal XD
Actually just what Blue said...

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08:14 Mar-08-2014

I hope Keyboard and mouse work fine this time and the interface doesnot show X360 controls..i hated DS1 for that..have quite some expectations from it..:D

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08:08 Mar-08-2014

I can run this, right? On what settings?

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17:44 Mar-08-2014

I would say medium to high (tweaked). Depending on optimisation of course.

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07:58 Mar-09-2014

Cool, thanks!

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22:18 Mar-07-2014

Well here is something strange. As stated, an amd hd 5870 is already better than the gtx 465 and the hd 6870. I personally think that the minimum should state a hd 5670 instead of the hd 5870 for a good match up against the geforce 9600gt.

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06:58 Mar-08-2014

No I think minimum is 9600 GT and HD 3870... Instead of hitting '3' I think Jon just hit '5' while typing this... Also, HD 5670 is superior to 9800 GT and is comparable to GTS 250 or something...

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11:07 Mar-08-2014

Derp 9800 gt is comparable to gts 240 :)

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21:01 Mar-07-2014

Too bad my PC can't run it.

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00:28 Mar-08-2014

bro dont give up. i bet you can run it on low without any problem on 720p you have a decent CPU

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04:49 Mar-08-2014

Upgrade to a 260X or 750Ti, both will offer excellent performance for a good price and shouldn't be bottlenecked from your processor. You should be able to find them for $200 & less.

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07:00 Mar-08-2014

Will his CPU handle GTX 750 ti though...? I think GTX 750 (non ti) is the best that CPU can handle...

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07:23 Mar-08-2014

At stock cpu speeds, probably, but if he wants he could overclock it and he should be fine. The 750Ti offers gtx 480 levels of performance and my old gtx 580, which is roughly 15% faster, performed fine with an old Q9550 oc'd to 3.7Ghz.

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16:23 Mar-07-2014

GeForce 9600 GT or Radeon HD 5870...? Jon that 5870 should be in recommended and I think you meant to type in there HD 3870 not 5870...

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18:10 Mar-07-2014

Yeah a huge typo..

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15:37 Mar-07-2014

Gtx 465 well that's something new xD

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15:38 Mar-07-2014

Its 5 years old so nothing new..:D

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16:16 Mar-07-2014

No that's not what i meant its just we usually see gtx 460 or 560 in recommended requirements :p

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16:28 Mar-07-2014

Oh you meant the trend yeah thats weird..:D

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15:28 Mar-07-2014

Pretty low reqs.

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15:18 Mar-07-2014

settings for me ?

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18:07 Mar-07-2014

Maxed out, obviously.

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22:24 Mar-07-2014

wow wow wow slow down i just wanna tell you that you made my day and you won 3 million dollars it will be send to you in 45 minutes
(not really maybe a cupcake or someting)

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Haven't got the cupcake yet :P

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12:17 Mar-08-2014

turn it off and on again see if thats works

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14:31 Mar-07-2014

medium?

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18:10 Mar-07-2014

Most probably yes, or even probability of high too (not maxed), if the game is as optimized as the devs. are saying.

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14:03 Mar-07-2014

I can max it.. yup I can max it. A game from 2014 which I can max! yay

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14:25 Mar-07-2014

I feel the same way bro..:)

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22:19 Mar-07-2014

you might not be able to max it totally but almost

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Any chance for meh?

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this is going to be a good game

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13:28 Mar-07-2014

No problem for me..:)

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