World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth jacks up its system requirements from Legion

The old joke that World of Warcraft can run on just about anything including your toaster is no longer true. Let’s just say that if your toaster is planning to install Battle for Azeroth later this year, it had best be one of those super-advanced internet toasters with wifi and bagel convection technology.

This is a long-winded way of saying that the system requirements for the upcoming expansion are a significant step up from Legion, so you might want to check your machine to make sure you’re good to run it when it arrives.

The biggest changes is the requirement of a 64-bit OS, 4GB minimum for RAM, 70GB of hard drive space, and a step or two up in graphics cards. Blizzard Watch makes the good suggestion of running Dxdiag on your system to make sure that you meet at least the minimum requirements for the future.

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Cool. I wonder when Deathwing will come upgrade the game again.

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agemyth 😩

One of the best looking MMOs giving itself the extra tech requirements to look even better? I am ok with this.

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Bango on Laurelin

Good. The more people are forced to dump their 17 year old XP machines the better.

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Ricardo B.

Such high requirements, yet the graphics are still ugly as shit… IMO if you are going to ask incredibly high system requirements from the players, at least make sure the graphics are beautiful…
For example, The Division system requirements are about the same as BfA, maybe a bit lower, and they are one of the best I’ve seen, beautiful and realistic and I have no stuttering either, they are well optimized.

You spend months saving for a new computer so you can play the more recent games, you damn well deserve to play with the best looking graphics possible for the PC you saved for.

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Michael

I think the graphics are still pretty good compared to most other MMOs, especially compared to games that came out more then a few years ago. They have done a pretty good job at updating them, especially with the new animations and player models. Playing the game is a bit like a time machine, the most recent expansion looks the best, then as you go back to previous expansions it gets worse. So it is in a pretty strange spot. I would say overall though, like I said, still looks pretty good compared to most MMOs.

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Jokerchyld

Well beauty is subjective. But WoW graphics are stylized. They are meant to look that way versus being something old and outdated. I think Blizzard has done a great job keeping that style up. I cant stand these ultra realistic high fantasy MMOs today. Feels like an oxy moron.

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Michael18

So WoW needs a “DVD-ROM drive” now? lol

Haven’t owned a computer with one of those since 2004.

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Bango on Laurelin

That must only apply to boxed sales, and even then the code can be added and the game downloaded.

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Michael

That applies only to the physical version. It is one of the few games left on PC that does a physical version.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Whelp, glad there’s plenty of space on the external hard drive I keep my games on. Not, you understand, that I’m softening towards getting this expansion, but it’s good to plan ahead.

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Hirku

It’s nice to see that what was overkill 7 years ago is still keeping me playing smoothly today, but I’m not so thrilled about the big jump in HD space.

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Utakata

My pigtails are prepared!

…well at least what my technician who built my computer said. o.O

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Sally Bowls

run on just about anything including your toaster is no longer true.

Only for people with old toasters. :-)

The min spec I5-760 has single core Geekbench 4 scores of 2382, multi-core 6472
The processor in my phone has single core/multicore/metal scores of 4284, 10109, 15252.

So this summer, WoW will run on a processor that is a bit over half as powerful as my phone from last fall.

FWIW, WoW will run on a processor that is less than 50% more powerful than the chip in the Apple speaker. So perhaps saying WoW will run on your speaker is a better analogy than your toaster, since with Moore’s law I would expect Apple to ship a 2nd gen speaker with a faster processor than the I5.

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Ben Willows

I’m due for a new PC, right around the time Star Citizen launches. I’ve got plenty of time to save….