Dark Souls 3 Minimum System Requirements Revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 12:30 PM
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Dark Souls 3 is coming. That should be accompanied by an ominous, Inception-like BWAAH noise. The finale to the beloved trilogy is surely going to take no prisoners, capping a fine series with the grandest, most challenging outing yet. Expect screen-filling bosses, obtuse design, and enemies placed exactly where you'd least expect. Damn you Miyazaki, you swine. 

The game itself is pretty much a known quantity then - more of what we know and love. But what of the PC hardware needed to run Dark Souls III? Well have no fear because we've got you covered, like the warm glow of a bonfire, with official Dark Souls 3 minimum (and predicted recommended) system requirements. Onwards, brave soldiers. 

Dark Souls 3 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 3.1 GHz or AMD APU A8 3870K 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 465 or Radeon HD 6870
  • HDD: 50 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Dark Souls 3 Predicted Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 950 or Radeon R7 370
  • HDD: 50 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

The automatic assumption with Dark Souls III was that it would largely look the same graphically as Dark Souls II and the original before it. And that assumption would be pretty much bang on, with Dark Souls 3 adopting almost identical minimum system requirements as the DX11-enabled Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

That means fairly low-end graphics cards are needed, with both the GeForce GTX 465 and the Radeon HD 6870 hitting four generations old now. I can't envision any modern rigs having any problems here, provided you've got a $100+ graphics card of some sort from the last four or five years. Likewise with the processor demands. We're really not seeing many games take advantage of additional CPU performance, and Dark Souls III will still run just fine on the ageing Intel Core i5-2500. While that's the minimum, I also think the CPU isn't going to significantly bottleneck performance even when the graphics options are cranked up. 

The two aspects that do stick out for Dark Souls 3's minimum system requirements however are the RAM and installation size. 8GB seems a little extreme as a minimum for a game of this scope, so perhaps you can get away with 6GB or maybe even 4GB. The 50 gig installation is following in the footsteps of numerous other console ports, with the switch away from Xbox 360's DVD format allowing for much higher quality, higher resolution textures. It means a bigger download, but it should be the best looking Souls (or Bloodborne) game yet. 

While Bandai Namco has only provided the minimum system requirements, that does provide a very reliable base for us to take a stab at the recommended requirements for Dark Souls 3. Expect them to fall in line with Scholar of the First Sin, so a modern, low-end GPU like a GeForce GTX 950 or the Radeon R7 370 to be capable of maxing DS3 out at 1080p. The difference between minimum and recommended CPU meanwhile is probably going to be totally negligible.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Dark Souls III 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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14:36 Feb-12-2016

In Miyazaki we trust.

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06:34 Feb-12-2016

50 Gb? wow well that's a big leap from the 15-20GB ish DS2

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21:47 Feb-11-2016

Very excited. :)

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17:29 Feb-11-2016

Dark Souls 3, Toukiden 2, and Gravity Rush 2 are the only games that interest me this year!

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05:31 Feb-12-2016

For me, it's Dark Souls 3 + Doom + Hitman
And Serious Sam 4 if it's going to be released this year
2016 is a great year both for movies and games!

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17:26 Feb-11-2016

Nicceee

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16:20 Feb-11-2016

well
i can play it in high setting

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17:27 Feb-11-2016

nope, MAX

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16:18 Feb-11-2016

Be wary of PC port (dark spirit)!
DS2: Scholar of the first sin was really good on PC. I even played it with Nvidia DSR. smooth as butter!
I hope they don't release a bad pc port of DS3.
DS1 pc port was really bad. Controls were a pain..

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14:44 Feb-11-2016

got question, these games today, are they fitting the requirements? ofc based on the visuals and whatever is processed on screen

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14:13 Feb-11-2016

I think the devs are too tired to post the actual system req,
They are just pasting the req of some other video game.
They all look the same.

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14:12 Feb-11-2016

My 750ti still kicking.

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16:35 Feb-11-2016

Mine too

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13:46 Feb-11-2016

There's an unspoken rule that never to trust the provided minimum/recommended system requirements...


Because, hey, it's a PC Port

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13:33 Feb-11-2016

wait what?
didnt we see another set of requirements a couple months back?
a gtx 465 and 750 as the minimum and recommended gpus?
and i strongly remember seeing the word 'official' there
what exactly is going on??

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13:23 Feb-11-2016

Sweet my 5 year old laptop should be able to run this low 60fps then.

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12:39 Feb-11-2016

Assuming my 980m with a 13% oc is on the heals of a 970 should be no problem for my laptop. Meaning my family in North Carolina will be hearing me raging on vacation instead of spending time with them :)

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13:02 Feb-11-2016

10/10

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13:52 Feb-11-2016

I don't know man, my 880M SLi annihilates a 980M at 1463MHz boost clock so I don't think you'll even come close to me and the 970 is pretty close to me although only the 980 and 980 Ti are real upgrades albeit being only 6% and 20% stronger

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