Starcraft 2 system requirements

By Fredrik Olsson 07-05-20 11:21

What are the system requirements for StarCraft 2?
We'll have more details on specific system requirements closer to the release date, what do know however is that Starcraft 2 will run natively on Windows Vista, as well as Windows XP and that it will be released for Mac and PC simultaneously.

You will be able to turn off are dynamic shadows and lighting, which will give you a nice performance boost according to Blizzard.

Will StarCraft II take advantage of DirectX 10?
Yes, Starcraft 2 will be compatible with DirectX 10, and Blizzard is still considering whether there will be exclusive DirectX 10 graphic effects, but the graphics engine will also be very scalable to ensure that a wide range of different systems will be capable of running StarCraft 2. The new engine is also capable of rendering very large units, as well as large numbers of units on screen together.

Physics in Starcraft 2
Havok physics have been integrated into the engine for added realism, this will surely push up system requirements a bit.

Requirement estimates based on what we know
  • The graphics engine will be updated and the units look quite a bit more detailed than in War3.
  • Shadows are more detailed than in Warcraft 3, and are calculated from a single fixed point, like in AOE 3, but with higher resolution shadow maps.
  • Havok physics will be used.

The requirements for Age of Empires (AOE) are:
Windows XP, 1.4 GHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB video card capable of Hardware TnL.

Based on the similarities of the techniques used in Starcraft 2 and Age of Empires and considering differences like physics based detailed character movements (the protoss walkers for example) and the added graphics detail in Starcraft 2, here's the guesstimate:

Minimum System Requirements for Starcraft 2

Processor: 1.4 Ghz Processor
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics card: 128 MB RAM video card capable of Hardware TnL. DX10 is not required, but will be supported by SC2 and Blizzard are considering adding DX10 specific effects.
Pixel Shader 2.0 (Officially Confirmed)

Soundcard: A DirectX-compatible 16-bit sound card.
OS: Windows Wista, Windows XP or Mac OS. (Officially Confirmed)
Connection: Access to Blizzard Entertainment's online gaming service,, requires a low-latency, active Internet connection rated at 28.8 Kbps or faster.
Multiplayer games played over a LAN require an active connection to a TCP/IP network.

Other: Mouse and Keyboard
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