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.