Starcraft 2 System Requirements (Can’t play it on your computer?)



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The original Starcraft was released on March 31st, 1998. With its release came a plethora of die-hard Starcraft junkies that could not get enough of the game. Years later Blizzard announced they were working on a Starcraft 2. Starcraft junkies were hoping year after year Starcraft 2 would hit the stores shelves with no luck.

EDIT: Blizzard, the makers of Starcraft II have officially raised the minimum and recommended PC and Mac system requirements on February 6th, 2014. The new changes have been reflected below.


The new, raised system requirements changes can also be applied to the latest Starcraft 2 expansion pack Heart of the Swarm. In case you are wondering about the compatibility with the future expansion pack, Legacy of the Void, I am not sure and will not be until Blizzard officially releases the system requirements for the game. If I were to guess, the Recommended system requirements below will be able to run Legacy of the Void with no problems, the Minimum system requirements have a decent chance at running the game at low graphic settings.

Now, finally, one of the most anticipated games of all-time has been release today, July 27th, 2010… over 12 years after the initial release of the original Starcraft. The new Starcraft II Wings of Liberty was programmed with a totally new 3D graphics engine that is capable of handling visually stunning landscapes and larger armies than were possible in the original Starcraft.

VERY IMPORTANT: The original version of Starcraft may play flawlessly on your older computers at high graphic settings. But the new Starcraft 2 will NOT play on the same old computers. If SC2 does play on your older computer, it will not run nearly as well as SC1. With its new 3D graphics engine Starcraft 2 demands a lot faster computer with a good, modern graphics card. Checkout the Starcraft 2 system requirements below BEFORE you buy it for your PC or Mac. If you are unsure of any particular computer specification you may have that is not a problem. Just follow this tutorial and it will show you how to find all your PC system specs.

In case you didn’t read what I wrote above, yes, the below requirements apply to Starcarft II Heart of the Swarm, not just the original SC2 base game.

Starcraft II PC MINIMUM System Requirements
• OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, Windows 8 (all versions of Windows must be fully updated)
• CPU: Intel Pentium D or equivalent AMD Athlon 64 X2 OR Better/Faster
• RAM: 1.5 GB
• GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia GeForce 7600 GT or ATI Radeon X800 XT OR Better/Faster
• DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
• 1024×720 minimum display resolution
• HARD DRIVE: 20 GB free space
• DVD-Rom drive
• Broadband Internet Connection (DSL, Cable, T1, etc.)


Starcraft II PC RECOMMENDED System Requirements (for best performance)
• OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7, Windows 8 (all versions of Windows must be fully updated)
• CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ OR Better/Faster
• RAM: 2 GB OR MORE
• GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4850 OR Better/Faster
• 1024×720 minimum display resolution

Starcraft II MAC MINIMUM System Requirements
• OPERATING SYSTEM: Mac OS X 10.7.x OR Newer
• CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
• RAM: 2 GB OR More
• GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia GeForce 9400M or ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro OR Better/Faster
• 1024×720 minimum display resolution
• Hard Drive: 20 GB free space
• DVD-Rom drive
• Broadband Internet Connection (DSL, Cable, T1, etc.)

Starcraft II MAC RECOMMENDED System Requirements (for best performance)
• OPERATING SYSTEM: Mac OS X 10.8.x OR Newer
• CPU: Intel Core i3 OR Better/Faster
• RAM: 4 GB OR More
• GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia GeForce 650M or ATI Radeon HD 4850 OR Better/Faster
• 1024×720 minimum display resolution

If you have any QUESTIONS about INSTALLING STARCRAFT 2 or are not sure if your computer is COMPATIBLE, feel free to ASK FOR HELP BELOW!
Newbie Questions Welcome! :-)
Starcraft II Launch Trailer


Starcraft II Legacy of the Void – Environments Preview


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