Dishonored 2 System Requirements Blink Into View

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 2:50 PM
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I was getting a little worried, what with it being so close to Dishonored 2's November 11th launch, but Bethesda has announced the game has gone gold and released the official PC system requirements. These detail precisely what PC gaming hardware you will need to play Dishonored 2 at both minimum and recommended graphics settings.

Dishonored 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 60GB Installation Size

Dishonored 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB

We're seeing a common baseline be adopted these days, and the minimum requirements for Dishonored 2 sit exactly on it. The GeForce GTX 660 is commonly seen as the minimum graphics card required for today's AAA games, and it's joined here by the Radeon HD 7970. There's a bit of a weird disparity between those two graphics cards so we'll have to take their word for it. I suspect Dishonored 2 will still run fine with an HD 7870.

The minimum processor also sits as a fairly standard point, demanding a CPU in the region of an Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD's FX-8320. For AMD users this is actually not too far off the top of its CPU family, but we've seen time and time again that you can get away with weaker CPUs than the requirements suggest.

The sight of 8GB minimum RAM for Dishonored 2 will worry a few people, including myself. If you want to crank the settings all the way then Bethesda and Arkane suggest you have a whopping 16GB. Time for that upgrade methinks. 

Talking of the recommended specs for Dishonored 2, I suspect quite a few people won't be able to hit these. The 6GB VRAM requirement is right at the end end of scale, as are the Intel i7-4770 and AMD Fx-8350 processors. Dishonored 2's appetite for video memory means only a 6GB GeForce GTX 1060 or the 8GB model of the Radeon RX 480 will do.

Lastly, Dishonored 2's installation size. It's standard procedure for a game to be 50GB+ these days and Dishonored 2 is no different. The full installation will require a hefty 60GB free hard drive space. Hopefully Bethesda gives fans plenty of time to preload.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Dishonored 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Dishonored 2 GPU benchmark chart.

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22:23 Nov-03-2016

Well i can at least run this game, not much difference between the 8320 and 8350. and my 290 will still get me solid frames so im not worried :)

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16:22 Nov-02-2016

Well this sux... i've spent over 1000$ for my pc setup which i've been saving cash for about 16-18 months and according to this i will be able to play games at high setting for just one year... or less... who knows ???

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19:20 Nov-02-2016

That's literally the price you pay for PC gaming if you want that true "master race" experience unfortunately.

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23:00 Nov-02-2016

playing games on high settings you would be able to with your system shown for a lot more than a year.

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23:57 Nov-02-2016

Hope so....

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01:44 Nov-03-2016

Buy second hand components. I've spent no more than $700 on my pc with gradual upgrades, by selling my old components for better second hand ones.

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04:31 Nov-06-2016

Some second hands parts are not worth getting sometimes like new model processor's as an example.
But if you're getting something like a E3-1220 v2 on ebay for less than 100$ then it would be worth it really but never really for newer parts cause people can damage it without letting you know about it and good chance it wont work.

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13:45 Nov-08-2016

I usually buy second hand parts, but I recommend always buying new motherboards and PSU's: mobos have a lot of components and ports to test properly when buying used, and a good PSU may last longer than 10 years so it's a cheap component in the long run. For CPU's and GPU's I run benchmarks for 10-15 minutes to check performance and heat levels before buying. So far, so good.

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06:50 Nov-05-2016

Our rigs are fine for at least 3 years at 1080p 30 fps ultra settings with some light AA such as FXAA or even MSAAx2.

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10:37 Nov-05-2016

I made my rig 1 or 2 years ago, I dont remember when and i thought this too. The technology advance so fast, that it is pointless to upgrade your rig every year. For that i'll wait till the games wont run on my machine.

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04:34 Nov-06-2016

When it comes down to the i5/i7 series it is usually best to change them completely after 5-6 years at most cause after that you will start to get a bottleneck with newer GPU's.

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11:05 Nov-02-2016

6 gigs of vram for the pc version that's nice!

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11:06 Nov-02-2016

I wonder what the requirements for the consoles are.

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12:55 Nov-02-2016

low to medium on consoles.

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01:03 Nov-02-2016

Hopefully by next month i should be able to play this game and more on at least high settings since i finally plan on getting at least the i5 4590 but the only confusion i have is for memory is between the G.SKILL Value Series, G.SKILL Sniper and HyperX Fury (Using HyperX Blu right now 8gb).

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08:39 Nov-02-2016

sorry but i am no expert in memory , i just wanna say if you are upgrading go with a new 1080p monitor + Pascal/Polaris GPU and wait for the ZEN ( even if not that powerful intel will slash the prices of the previous gens to compete with the zen ) best choice in my opinion.

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12:56 Nov-02-2016

I have a 1080p monitor i just prefer my desktop to be in 1360x768 and also i always go with Intel cause honestly i don't like AMD at all.

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15:57 Nov-02-2016

still you should wait for ZEN (its not that far from release), Intel will definitely slash its prices to compete against it. ofcourse its your choice bro , i am just trying to say a little patience may save you some money.

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23:01 Nov-02-2016

With the 4th Gen i core series i really doubt they would get slashed down any less then where they are right now.

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22:14 Nov-01-2016

Taking a look at some of the newer screenshots, it looks like there's going to be more depth of field effects in this one, and maybe some kind of volumetric lighting or global illumination effect. I hope they don't go overboard and make it super photorealistic... Part of the charm of the first Dishonored was that it looked like a moving oil painting; it looked like a piece of concept art come to life, which I thought was really neat.

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22:03 Nov-01-2016

16gb recommended? oh my

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00:53 Nov-02-2016

There is a lot of games coming out that will require 16gb of memory cause look at Deus Ex MD.

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19:20 Nov-01-2016

lol wtf i can't run ultra this game -_-

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01:08 Nov-02-2016

Yep, its called futureproofing, better sell that card and biy a 6gb version.

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08:18 Nov-02-2016

lol right!

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12:57 Nov-02-2016

Don't you mean his processor cause even with a 25% OC he would still be able to play on medium settings really.

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04:37 Nov-06-2016

Manumunguia you talk about future proofing but yet you won't be able to play it on ultra as well since you lack the memory and your processor would need to be overclocked by at least 25% if you have the proper cooling.

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15:35 Nov-06-2016

Well, i just upgraded my ram, and it would be really could OC my CPU if only my Motherboard allows it :/

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03:12 Nov-08-2016

With your H61M-K you can overclock it just only about 5 - 10% only which you can see when you scroll down to the AI Suite II

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04:08 Nov-08-2016

The only thing that lets me OC is the RAM, i dunno if that OC the CPU too :/

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13:47 Nov-09-2016

Use the Asus AI Suite II it will do a 5% to 10% overclock as most.

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19:13 Nov-01-2016

I thought my rig would last me about 4yrs without upgrading to new one... 1 year in and I'm feeling squeezed already... damn!

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04:44 Nov-06-2016

Actually your upgrade for your system should happen in about 3 years from now.

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19:07 Nov-01-2016

How can a gtx 660 be equal to a radeon hd 7970?

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19:12 Nov-01-2016

I think that these requirements shouldn't be trusted...just look at what happened with Battlefront. Wait for reviews and benchmarks...remember, no pre-orders! ;)

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13:02 Nov-02-2016

You know for people that pre-order the game gets a 30$ game for free and also you're comparing Bethesda to EA that is a joke already right there you're telling us.

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17:30 Nov-02-2016

I totally forgot that. What I mean by Battlefront that the system requirements were sky high at first, but the game turned out to be really well optimized. I'm not comparing EA to Bethesda at all here, just giving an example. :)

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19:26 Nov-01-2016

lol yep 680=7970 not 660 xD

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02:42 Nov-02-2016

I hate these types of assumptions this is system spec reqirements for a game.No one is saying those gpus are equivalent the devs may have optimized for nvidia more.which if you must prioritise one might as well be the larger customer base.

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17:37 Nov-01-2016

Those better be the requirements for Ultra 4K. Cause 6 gigs of VRAM is just ridiculous.

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20:44 Nov-01-2016

Cmon its 2016 stop living in the past..

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23:20 Nov-01-2016

Less than 2 years ago people were saying u wouldn't need more than 2-3gigs...

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03:10 Nov-02-2016

2 years is an eternity for tech if you dont want to upgrade every year you either buy high end hardware, a console or lower your settings

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04:52 Nov-06-2016

Xcrazyeye You don't really need to buy high end hardware because there is certain CPU's and GPU's that will last a long time and is not high end just like with the GTX 150Ti and 1060 which will last about a good 6-7 years before they would need to be changed again.


Also for CPU's there is people still using a Core i5 3570 and the FX 6300 which won't really die out for a few more years and those are not really high end processors.


Also my main processor i am using the i5 2500 i have had it for a good 5 to 6 years now and i am only now upgrading it

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04:53 Nov-06-2016

Because i knew my processor would last me for as long as that and the next person that owns it will have an amazing system for eSport games.

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08:26 Nov-02-2016

no, you stop living in a false future

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11:08 Nov-02-2016

Welcome to Childish-Debate.com

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13:06 Nov-02-2016

You do know we're 2 months away to being in 2017 right and also more and more games keep getting more graphical so really i am not surprised you will need a 6gb GTX 1060 for playing this game on 1080p and also you do know you would need a GTX 1070 minimum for 4K gaming.

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18:22 Nov-04-2016

Yeah, but those requirments dont justify the graphics, the games aren't "that much" better looking than 2-3years ago.

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04:57 Nov-06-2016

Well after looking at more gameplay footage and images i would have to say "yes" it does look a lot better than the first one 4 years ago and for other games as well from 2-3 years ago.

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17:14 Nov-01-2016

Hi. I have a GTX 980 Ti. Will it be enough? Can i run this game at max settings??

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17:24 Nov-01-2016

coughNope, definitely not. You will need AT LEAST a GTX 1080 SLI for the max settings! Better sell that 980TI, it won't do you no good!cough

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20:45 Nov-01-2016

Do you know he word that he may not understand the hardware?

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17:36 Nov-02-2016

but he will understand the sarcasm

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18:20 Nov-02-2016

I doubt someone, who can afford such powerful hardware, doesn't understand its capabilities. But since his profile is new, and his rig is not verified, I have the feeling he just wants to boast about it!

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01:12 Nov-03-2016

I understood the sarcasm, and i'm not boasting about anything. I bought my system earlier this year, but without much knowledge about the subject

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13:09 Nov-02-2016

If you're going to play this game at 1080p then you're able to max it out with no problem and Scarsdale you should do something about that cold since he would need the GTX 1080 SLI to play it maxed out on 4K right.

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18:22 Nov-02-2016

Sarcasm

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17:12 Nov-01-2016

Yeah these sys reqs ain't gonna hold? 6 GB VRAM, i7-4770 & 16 gb ram Recommended? Most gamers still game at 1080 ultrra so these will be overkill.


Still pumped about the game though!

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13:16 Nov-02-2016

Honestly these system requirements are not even overkill cause if they were planning on overkilling this game they would of said "Core i7 6700k with a GTX 1070.


Also we're not that far away from 2017.

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17:03 Nov-01-2016

just marketing

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17:02 Nov-01-2016

i want to believe!!!

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16:51 Nov-01-2016

Yeah I'm hoping that 6GB VRAM requirement is for 4K... Although I did notice a sale on some R9 480s at newegg, so.. ehhh I just wanted to avoid an upgrade until the 490 is out and I see what it's like. Anyway, I'm set on the system RAM recommended requirement, which I actually do believe this time. I hope my CPU is okay, too, it's a little under the recommended, but I do have it overclocked.

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19:18 Nov-01-2016

I'm anticipating the 490 as well... should be a beast of a card.

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01:56 Nov-03-2016

You'd be surprised cause there is a lot of future games that will recommend 4gb and 6gb Vram for 1080ps gaming and of course 8gb+ for 4K gaming which is why when the RX 490 comes out it would be enough for 4K on this game but of course not getting 60 fps.

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16:46 Nov-01-2016

How the actual F** are consoles able to run this when the minimum requirements of the pc version are way higher than what any console is capable of?

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19:20 Nov-01-2016

I agree AAA spec requirements are shooting through the roof!

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15:58 Nov-01-2016

lol very poor optimise i skip this game

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15:50 Nov-01-2016

Knowing Bethesda its probably going to have the same graphics as Fallout 4 with these high requirements lol

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16:07 Nov-01-2016

Your being too generous with Fallout 4, I say Fallout 3..

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16:11 Nov-01-2016

Only it's not Bethesda developing the game. They are the publisher. Arkane Studios is the dev.

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01:57 Nov-03-2016

People always gets confused between Dev's and Pub's.

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15:35 Nov-01-2016

i7-4770+16gb ram!!! may i ask why you will need all that much of horsepower to run a non open-world single-player game?
and the 7970 is equal to the GTX 960 if not better .
(nonsense requirements in my opinion)

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15:41 Nov-01-2016

Absolutely true! i don't know what is going on here...

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15:43 Nov-01-2016

even thou i have normal pc to run games at max settings 2-3 years i think that if things continue this way gtx 1070 and even titan xp won't stand a chance against q4 2017 games :/

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17:42 Nov-01-2016

don't worry bro, they are just throwing some random sh*t in the requirements these days. just look at the CPU gap, from i5-2400 to i7-4770 while in the AMD side from the fx-8320 to the fx-8350 wtf!!! its ridiculous .

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15:49 Nov-01-2016

6GB VRam is a bit odd aswell.

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16:17 Nov-01-2016

6gig is for player who use 4k resolution, dev should give us minimum/recommanded/4k sys requirement

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16:30 Nov-01-2016

There's no way a 1060 is running this at 4K.

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17:26 Nov-01-2016

cant say nothing about the graphics and texture quality for now. streaming a gameplay wont give you the full quality

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15:16 Nov-01-2016

GTX 660 or AMD 7970 ? performance gap please xD

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13:55 Nov-09-2016

The game is more optimized towards Nvidia that is why and also it is not made from Square Enix.

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