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Forum Friday: System Requirements

Published by under community news on May. 06. 2011.

Probably one of the more talked about subjects in regards to playing Swtor has been what it takes to actually play Swtor. Right now, no one really knows. There has been discussions covering the topic though. So far the only real input we have on this is what was said before, which is:

Although no official system requirements have been released for STAR WARS: The Old Republic, one of the most popular topics relating to the game is discussion of system requirements. To keep all these discussions consolidated, we have created this thread to speculate and discuss possible The Old Republic system requirements on Windows PC.

While no official requirements have been published, this E3 2009 interview with BioWare’s Gordon Walton gives some insight into the basic level of system requirements that BioWare is aiming for:

Gordon Walton: We are definitely not intending it to be extremely high. That’s great. I would like to be able to play it on my 3 year old gaming notebook.

Gordon Walton: It’s going to more modest to let more people into the game because not every gamer changes out their machine for super hardcore machines.

Also, to clarify:

Originally Posted by SeanDahlberg
Star Wars: The Old Republic is currently being developed for the personal computer (PC) using the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. While we recognize that there are other operating systems and platforms available for games today, our development is specific to the personal computer using the Windows operating system at this time.

Please use this thread to speculate on the requirements, discuss whether your Windows personal computer will be able to handle the game, and other topics directly related to TOR’s system requirements.

As always, any discussion or responses found within is pure speculation; please do not take any requirement suggestions as official unless they come from BioWare themselves.


So it looks like Swtor may be pretty forgiving in what it takes to play the game. It seems that if you have a system that can currently run Warcraft, then you should be fine in regards to running this once it releases. Nobody has a clue what settings (low, mid, high) that might run the game, but hey, for now you are actually playing it aren’t you?


So in regards to this, I’d like to present something that even a novice Gamer Geek or budding PC Builder wannabe can use to upgrade on their current system, if they are really think they need one. The PC Gamer 2011 PC Builder’s Bible

With this handy magazine, building a new system (what I am doing) or even looking for upgrades to your current system become a little easier to manage with what information they give you. Add in places like Newegg and Fry’s, and you may find some of these items cheaper than is what suggested in the magazine.


With a little work, you shouldn’t even have to worry about IF you can play the game, as now you KNOW you can, and even possibly, run it at it’s most glorious setting of FULL so that you can enjoy every mouth-watering pixel coming at you full force on your face.


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2 Responses to “Forum Friday: System Requirements”

  1. Muscar Kroneon 07 May 2011 at 2:32 am

    Don’t overlook sites like Amazon quickly becoming a bit player in the High end PC component market. I used to get everything from Newegg, but Amazon will at times have higher prices.

    There are several threads on the official SWTOR forms that are miles long talking about this kind of stuff.

    I personally only plan to upgrade my video card before launch. I was going to build a AMD bulldozer biased rig, but I want to wait and learn more about Intel Ivy Bridge first.

    i7-290 @ 3.85ghz cooled with a Corsair H50
    10gb DDR3 (yeah I know 10gb is a phail amount, one stick died)
    2 x WD 500gb Black drives in RAID 0 (SSD’s still too rich for my blood)
    Nvidia 285 (this I plan to replace)
    Corsair 850w PSU
    Antec 900 case (yeah the original non black one :P)

  2. BorukBHon 07 May 2011 at 3:02 am

    There are times where Google Shopping actually works and helps to find the better deals on PC components.

    I’m building my Sandy Bridge just because I think it will do best for what I plan on doing for sometime (Swtor at least as long as my WOW time) and the way the system is built it will be easier to upgrade than the pre-made system I am currently using.