Dark Souls 3 System Requirements Revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 10:26 AM
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I've only just got over the hair-pulling stress of Bloodborne, but Dark Souls III will be descending on us all come April 12th 2016, delivering a series finale that promises to be excruciatingly difficult and heart-racingly intense. The general gist of Dark Souls 3 is that it's more of the same. Which is no bad thing really, when you consider the Souls series has been kicking out some of the best games in recent memory.

Expect bonfires, screen filling bosses, plenty of cowering behind shields, claustrophobic corridors, and getting dodging down to an art - or else. One of the brand new elements is Weapon Arts, a unique special move for each of Dark Souls 3's many weapons. Enough of that though, it's time to prepare to die, so read on to find out whether you're rig's got what it takes, or if it's going to get struck down at the first hurdle by the official Dark Souls 3 system requirements. 

Dark Souls 3 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz or AMD A8 3870K 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 465 or Radeon HD 6870
  • HDD: 50GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection

Dark Souls 3 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 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

It's quite refreshing to see such reasonable system requirements for Dark Souls III. It follows in its predecessor's footsteps in this respect, with nearly identical system requirements to last year's Dark Souls II re-release - Scholar of the First Sin. The only change here is that Dark Souls 3 is double the installation size, hopefully signifying higher resolution textures, along with a bump up to 8GB minimum memory required. I'd say that last part is probably hogwash; there aren't a great deal of games that use more than 4GB memory at minimum, and Dark Souls 3 almost certainly isn't one of them.

Aside from that these are a low bunch of system requirements, even looking towards the recommended cards needed for Dark Souls 3. The GeForce GTX 750 and the Radeon HD 7850 are right towards the low end these days, so most shouldn't have a probably cranking DS3 all the may up, at 1080p at least. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Dark Souls 3 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Dark Souls 3 benchmark chart.

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10:46 Dec-19-2015

I love this game but can't play it, not enough patience ;) last time I destroyed 2 xbox controllers.

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14:11 Feb-22-2016

dont feel bad bud, I killed my ps3 controller too

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05:13 Dec-18-2015

Looks like they really optimized it well this time, wow.

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03:59 Dec-18-2015

this is indeed good news. hopefully another optimized performance and exciting gameplay like its predecessor

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01:35 Dec-18-2015

if its not using dx12 why is the recommended specs say win 10........

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06:59 Dec-18-2015

it's a ploy.probably a marketing tactic to convince people to upgrade.

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16:09 Dec-18-2015

New games always recommend the newest Operating System. Every single time.

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17:45 Dec-18-2015

Probably because the testing machines are all Windows 10.


Just a guess.

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23:08 Dec-17-2015

Last two line you put crank all the MAY up

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21:31 Dec-17-2015

Now see,that's what you call optimization!

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07:00 Dec-18-2015

it's not released yet so we have no idea about how well it's optimized.

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10:23 Dec-18-2015

True,but previous dark souls games were really good optimized,why would this one any different?

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13:20 Dec-18-2015

you never know with devs.i mean we weren't exactly expecting arkham knight to be that badly optimized.

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18:48 Dec-17-2015

Really good efforts by developers appreciate it!

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18:09 Dec-17-2015

Whoo-hoo! Praise the Sun Y'all!

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17:08 Dec-17-2015

OMG that's really good! my gpu is recommended!

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14:16 Dec-19-2015

that's the good news. never thought i see the day where my gpu card listed as recommended these days where mostly recommend gtx 970, 780, or more


cheers, Mate!

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16:14 Dec-17-2015

My body is ready.

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16:04 Dec-17-2015

You think I can run this at 4k and downscale?

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16:56 Dec-17-2015

I believe you should be able to (at least according to these requirements which are probably for 1080p).

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15:32 Dec-17-2015

Praise the- I need more ram :c

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21:48 Dec-17-2015

Just download some more ;)

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21:53 Dec-17-2015

It's a trap!

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15:27 Dec-17-2015

Since it's about to be 2016, and how demanding a lot of these other new games are, this isn't as bad as I thought in my opinion.

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18:43 Dec-17-2015

How much ram did you used so far ? from those 16gb ? I might buy 16gb of ram next year

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18:46 Dec-17-2015

You probably won't need 16gb in 2016

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02:47 Dec-18-2015

I'd recommend it though. A lot of games that are PC only may actually use more than 8GB

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15:26 Dec-17-2015

arent they LOW ?

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18:10 Dec-17-2015

i agree these do look like very humble requirements

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23:13 Dec-17-2015

If you think about it, Dishonored, for example, isn't very demanding, but WOW, when I played it I did think it had very good graphics!
You don't need AC: Unity sistem requirements for game graphics to be good ;)

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15:19 Dec-17-2015

50 HDD, really kojima?

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18:18 Dec-17-2015

...wut?

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15:16 Dec-17-2015

8 gb ram is a bit too much

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15:25 Dec-17-2015

Not really.

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14:24 Dec-17-2015

While I don't mind the minimum requirements, I really wish that people with higher end rigs could have the option to have higher resolution textures and more detailed character models.

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16:17 Dec-17-2015

So basically consoles. lel.

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13:56 Dec-17-2015

just cause requirements were released about 3 times before lauch
maybe these are not final requirments
the games is a long way to go

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13:44 Dec-17-2015

eat sh.t with 8GBs min trend......

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14:25 Dec-17-2015

Get over it. 8GB of RAM is cheaper than a AAA game. If you want more RAM, then hold off on a single game and you'll be fine.

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13:18 Dec-17-2015

Ultra for me :)

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