Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 12:45 PM
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Clearly not wanting to be left out in the shade by the ridiculous number of remasters and definitive editions hitting the current-gen consoles, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will be hitting PC next week. Essentially a game of the year edition bundling together Dark Souls II with its season pass content, the headline feature for returning players is the engine upgrade from DirectX 9 to DirectX 11. 

All sorts of flashy new features, graphics, sound and performance upgrades are yours if you splash out for it on PC. By now we're used to upgrades like this coming courtesy of a free patch, but current Dark Souls 2 owners do at least get 20 bucks knocked off the asking price if they double dip. Before you get busy playing the definitive version of Dark Souls 2, looking the best it has ever looked, you'd best check out the official Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin system requirements.

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin DirectX 11 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz or AMD A8 3870K 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 465 or Radeon HD 6870
  • HDD: 23GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin DirectX 11 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz or AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • Additional: Xbox 360 Gamepad Recommended

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is slightly unusual in that it comes with two sets of system requirements - with two separate versions to buy (make sure you grab the right one!). The first bunch are basically identical to bog-standard Dark Souls 2, and that's because they are enough to run the game in DX9 mode. If you already own Dark Souls 2 and don't have a DirectX11-capable card, then there's no point buying the upgrade. For point of reference you can see the original Dark Souls 2 system requirements here

Moving on to the Scholar of the First Sin system requirements, and what we're basically seeing here is the recommended Dark Souls 2 requirements become the minimum DaS2: Scholar of the First Sin system requirements. 

There's some pretty demanding hardware needed here, but provided you have a DX11 GPU and a semi-decent processor you should be good to go. The 8GB RAM requirement seems way overboard so I wouldn't pay too much heed to that, but crucially if you don't think you're going to have enough power to run this, you can buy the DirectX 9 version. It's going to be available on steam as a separate game. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin benchmark chart

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08:13 Apr-04-2015

I was able to try it out on my rig. In terms of graphics, nothing changed much except the game being brighter except on parts which are super dark(ex. Top of Cardinal Tower bonfire, Soldier room). Oh and the game volume has decreased a little bit even on max for me. Other than that, it's 60fps 1080p for me.

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06:00 Mar-29-2015

I was able to play the last one on 60fps 1080p. Can I still do it on the new one?

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22:33 Mar-29-2015

Hard to tell. If these requirements are true you should be able to go with medium to high settings but i think the real requirements will be just a little higher than DS2's

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16:43 Mar-28-2015

what setting can i run this at in 1920x1080

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22:31 Mar-29-2015

Max settings

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02:31 Apr-03-2015

thx

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08:53 Mar-28-2015

I wonder, will everybody who already has the original DS2 get a discount for this game?

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11:36 Mar-28-2015

It clearly says in the article that everybody who has it, gets a $20 discount.

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14:09 Mar-28-2015

Whoops didn't read that. Thanks

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03:16 Mar-28-2015

I would like to get this version since I haven't played the DLC's yet so,the question is can my machine pull steady 45 fps at least? Thanks!

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20:42 Mar-27-2015

I've been looking to get DS2. Guess I'll wait for this instead.

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19:14 Mar-27-2015

eeeh i'll pass on this one

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17:14 Mar-27-2015

How will my rig handle this game??


I've maxed DS2 with stable 60 frames.

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20:42 Mar-27-2015

Your processor will handle this with ease. Your GPU may struggle if the above is to be believed, for max settings at least.
There is no reason why you can't get 60 fps if you turn some of the settings down (like traditionally turning off AA).

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16:18 Mar-27-2015

Some of you might call me stupid, but.. sigh.. i will get this game. Again.

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16:50 Mar-27-2015

Stupid.

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02:29 Mar-28-2015

Y u do dis

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16:03 Mar-27-2015

i think it would be helpful for people like me to get the original version updated so it's exactly like this version but without the directx 11 features coz you DON'T need dx11 for things like improved gameplay features

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14:15 Mar-27-2015

what a headache, how many versiors of this game...I just played the very first one then stop.

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08:38 Mar-28-2015

Uhm, there's the standard game and this edition that includes the DLC and adds some extra features. 2 versions. What's so complicated about it?

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10:11 Mar-29-2015

yeah but they made an extra version for each DLC...

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13:48 Mar-27-2015

There is not much of a difference in minimum and recommended GPUs at all... What does, this game have only two graphics presets...?

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13:34 Mar-27-2015

I love the Dark Souls 2, but playing it over and over got a bit boring, especially after I finished NG+. This will be a quite new adventure, with new graphics and new content. I am eager to play this game!

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13:13 Mar-27-2015

Mmmh, nah, I'll pass.

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16:17 Mar-27-2015

FRIENDSHIP OVER

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STOOPID.

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