Dark Souls PC Technical Review

Product: Dark Souls
Company: Namco Bandai
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Eric Amidon
Date: September 5th, 2012

Introduction, setup, requirements

The CRPG that didn't know it was a CRPG Dark Souls hit consoles October of last year, some time after which a fan struck up a petition to bring the game to PC (where some would say it belongs more than anywhere thanks to its oldschool sensibilities and higher end difficulty). Turns out petitions can work because publisher Namco Bandai and developer From Software brought the game to the platform as of last week.

If you're curious to see how Dark Souls fares in its transition to PC, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM
  • Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 12.8, no CAP
  • Resolution: 1680x1050
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1600dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, or newer
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 GHz+ or AMD Phenom II X2 545 3.0 GHz+
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 8GB free space
  • Video Card: GeForce 9800 GTX+ or ATI Radeon HD 4870+
  • Additional: Online play requires software installation of and log-in to Games For Windows - LIVE, Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) is strongly recommended.