Dragon Quest XI PC System Requirements Recommend a Radeon Vega 56 for 1080p

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 10:06 AM
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Dragon Quest XI is arriving this week, bringing the long-running mainline RPG series to PC for the first time in its 30-year history. The original game launched in 1986 and was inspired by PC games like Wizardry, so it's finally time to close the loop. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has been scooping up rave reviews, hitting an average score of 90% from 37 reviews. For JRPG fans, DQ11 sounds like it's not to be missed. But what about those crucial system specs for Dragon Quest XI? Square Enix has revealed them at last.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 3.1 GHz or AMD A10-5800K Quad-Core 3.8 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 32 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 32 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Eyeing up the gameplay footage and screenshots, it can be difficult to comprehend just why the system specs for Dragon Quest 11 are quite this high. Behind the  scenes, DQ11 is running on Unreal Engine 4, a very capable game engine. Perhaps the art style is somewhat deceiving though, and lighting, in particular, can look very eye-catching in a few screenshots

Anyway, the minimum requirements for Dragon Quest XI are fortunately much more forgiving than the recommended specs. Square Enix suggests a 2GB GTX 750 or Radeon RX 470 is enough to run Dragon Quest XI at 720p/30fps. It's not great but it'll be a playable enough experience, and turn-based combat means any potential slowdowns shouldn't negatively affect you.

If you're wanting to run DQ11 at a nice crisp 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second though, then you're going to need a considerably more powerful system. For Nvidia, it's the most popular gaming GPU on the market, the GeForce GTX 1060, while for AMD, it's the fairly ludicrous recommendation of a Radeon RX Vega 56. This GPU trades blows with the GTX 1070 usually comes out faster, so this could be taken as a potentially worrying sign for AMD graphics card owners. These mid to high-end GPUs will need to be paired with a solid modern quad-core processor.

News on the PC version of Dragon Quest XI is still extremely thin on the ground, although we're still hopeful that Square Enix can learn from FFXV and include a large number of graphics options to mess around with. There's such a gulf between the minimum and recommended specs for DQXI that it suggests there are going to be a lot of sliders to mess around with, which would be great news for those trying to find the perfect balance between visuals and performance.

 

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

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22:02 Aug-31-2018

That doesn't seem right. Equating the Vega 56 to GTX 1060

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10:03 Sep-02-2018

Got to remember that game companies like this are starting to favor more on Intel and Nvidia over AMD cause look at the processors as well cause for the recommended it is the i5 6600 vs the Ryzen 7 1800X which doesn't make sense since the 1800X is so much better than the 6600.

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09:45 Sep-04-2018

With the way AMD is doing things, these companies might have toi sing a different tune very soon. With the so-called nonsensical RTX 2000 series cards with no performance improvement and with Intel sticking its head in the sand, AMD is clawing back market share faster than ever. And in my opinion, Ryzen 1st & 2nd gen is in a league of its own and Intel CPUs can't even touch it.

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22:00 Aug-30-2018

Seems like they really don't like AMD. I mean 750Ti vs RX470? Those two also aren't exactly in the same league. But 1060 vs Vega56 is just absurd. Same is with i5 6600 vs R7 1800X. Like WTF? Is this game specially optimized to run worse on AMD hardware? Please tell me someone got drunk and just made it random...

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22:05 Aug-30-2018

Like really, 4 cores at 3,6Ghz on Intel are enough, but on AMD you suddenly need 8c16t at 3,7Ghz(I think that is all core), because why not. Either they did no testing on AMD hardware, so they went with overkill or something is terribly fishy here..

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10:25 Aug-31-2018

Again they might not have other AMD hardware available... why do people assume that a Software Developer Studio would have all the hardware in the world to test with? Don't work like that. They buy a ton of the same PCs, then upgrade to new PCs, but again a ton of the same new PCs and so on...


They might not even have AMD systems at all... who knows... -_-


Requirements are a novelty that they are not required to do and people take them for granted... -_-

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12:43 Aug-31-2018

I disagree, requirements shouldn't be wild west they are or generosity. They should be there to tell you what kind of system can run certain game. They are suppose to be guideline for buyer to see if they even can run the game. It is like me giving you car without specifying if it is diesel or regular fuel...

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12:45 Aug-31-2018

... or whatever other maintenance requirements it has.


And if this was some kind of indie developer, or small studio, I would say fine, maybe they really don't have AMD system. If Square Enix can't afford buying few AMD cards and CPUs, then I have to question how the hell they stay in business.

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12:46 Aug-31-2018

Or where does the money they made on few recent successful games went. I mean even cost of having both AMD and nVidia cards and AMD and Intel CPUs, would easily be split between more projects, since they would use it to test more than one game.

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12:51 Aug-31-2018

They're never gonna do that though Seth. The number of permutations to find an exact minimum is a bit inside. They'll have a spread of PCs available and choose a rough minimum, and that's about as good as it gets.


It's a lot easier for online games that run betas though as they can farm performance data and make it very accurate.

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14:15 Aug-31-2018

@Jon bingo bango.

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19:39 Aug-31-2018

@Jon
I do understand that, but at least general and realistic guideline is nice, these are only Intel realistic. TW Warhammer 2 could give us 1080p ultra 60FPS in campaign requirements. And if someone like Steve from Hardware Unboxed can benchmark so many cards and games, I hardly imagine AAA studios couldn't.

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19:54 Aug-31-2018

if you pay them and provide them with the hardware they'll do it.

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20:08 Aug-31-2018

Bro for some reason I have notice that some developers are getting the requirements wrong... I have tested a lot games I should not even be able to reach ultra requirements on. 1080p like mass effect andromeda was smooth example at 60 fps the requirements did not effect me there. Final Fantasy XV also no issue so i don't know :( it seems they doing this for 4k requirements so if you on 1080p should not have effect on that on most titles...

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21:49 Aug-31-2018

@SOLLERHOLLER
Nope, as I said they test on whatever PCs they got, they don't own anything.
And as Jon said if it's a multiplayer the beta gives them better info on how it performs on different hardware.

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20:25 Aug-30-2018

lol WTF Square? These requirements better be made up! xD

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19:00 Aug-30-2018

Most likely they don't have other AMD parts.

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14:30 Sep-03-2018

@Psychoman And yet as it's mentioned in this article. These are recommended sys req. for 1080p. So even if they only have one setup from AMD, I can assume, that THIS setup can't handle eg. 1440p@60fps.

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14:37 Sep-03-2018

And that's why you should never look up requirements, they are often bull XD

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17:47 Aug-30-2018

Even though I have Intel's cpu and Nvidia's gpu, I would like to say that.... This is so ****ty and shouldn't be like this at all. They are so lazy at optimizing on AMD side to the point where 750ti=RX470, Intel 4 cores @ 3.3 GHz = AMD 8 cores 16 threads @ 3.6 GHz, and for a 1060= Vega 56 lol.
So unreal, unheard of!

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15:38 Aug-30-2018

Not sure, but I think the trainee is Intel/Nvidia fanboy... LoL

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15:32 Aug-30-2018

Japanese game, what's to expect?

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13:40 Aug-30-2018

Intel 4 cores @ 3.3 GHz = AMD 8 cores 16 threads @ 3.6 GHz???

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18:57 Aug-30-2018

when you heavy optimize for intel and don't optimize for AMD sure. Or when they don't have other AMD parts, the latter being more likely.

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20:45 Aug-30-2018

How do you optimize for a CPU brand, I'm pretty sure they didn't write the game in assembly.
Usually the OS handles all the calls.

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22:01 Aug-30-2018

oh no it doesn't, usually, the API along with other algorithms do the optimization and even in a high-level language such as C# and Java, you can optimize algorithms and libraries for certain pipelines.

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22:02 Aug-30-2018

If windows or any OS was good at optimization by itself, then all games would be optimized equally XD

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12:20 Aug-30-2018

Intel/Nvidia optimized much?


both CPU and GPU req, are not even close to each other..

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12:01 Aug-30-2018

The guy who wrote those requirements clearly dropped something on the keyboard...

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15:19 Aug-30-2018

he's dropping something and its not onto his keyboard.
that dude is clearly on something.

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11:03 Aug-30-2018

if this game was ''way it meant to be played'' i gona say nvidia going for even more dirty strategy than ever like the 2080 vs 2x 1080 which make some think it

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11:08 Aug-30-2018

it more powerfull than 2 1080 in SLI.
NV didn't stop this strategy and they never in my idea.
NV please stop now that you got all the market.please.

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10:59 Aug-30-2018

Those system reqs are borked

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10:31 Aug-30-2018

Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz... wtf? Then gtx 1060 or vega 56, seriously why not gtx 1060 or rx 580?

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10:25 Aug-30-2018

Since when GTX750ti = RX470?

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11:06 Aug-30-2018

Exactly what I thought lol. RX 470 is like twice as powerful

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