World of Warcraft: Dragonflight PC requirements now include quite powerful hardware
In the Battle for Azeroth update, which was released in 2018, World of Warcraft received the long-awaited DirectX 12 support. Two years later, the popular MMORPG received support for a few raytracing options. However, the minimum and recommended system requirements for PC gamers were never too demanding. Sadly, this will change with the upcoming Dragonflight expansion, which is scheduled to arrive at the end of next month.
Before moving to the rest of the changes, the first one that needs to be highlighted is the requirement of an SSD, which has shifted from "recommended" to "mandatory" status. Obviously, the game will most likely still load from a mechanical HDD, but it may take ages for it to complete the operation. The amount of system memory needed to run the game has doubled, going up to 8/16 GB for the minimum/recommended requirements.
In the graphics card department, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight will need a DX12-capable GPU, anemly at least the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series, AMD GCN 4th gen, or Intel Iris Xe GPU. The minimum resolution, which was stuck at 1,024 X 768 pixels, has been slightly pushed up to a reasonable 720p.
Lastly, the processor required by World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is at least a 4 Core CPU@3Ghz, 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell, or AMD Ryzen Zen. The Shadowlands expansion could run without problems on older chips like the Intel Core i5-3450 or AMD FX-8300.
If everything goes as planned, the next expansion of Blizzard's 18-year-old MMORPG will launch on November 28 for both Windows and macOS.