We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 release of World of Warcraft, and Blizzard has just released the system requirements for November's Warlords of Draenor expansion pack. Let's compare!
In the table below I compare the minimum system requirements for the original release of World of Warcraft to the minimum's posted last night by Blizzard. What's fascinating to me is how many terms in the left column I've spent years trying to forget. Remember Windows ME? I didn't, until now. Thanks.
|Original WoW (December 2004)||Warlords Of Draenor (November 2014)|
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 3000
|Hard Drive Space||
||OS X 10.8|
||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Mac Video Card||
||NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4850|
||Broadband Internet connection|
Of course no one wants to face a new expansion pack at minimum specs, so here are the recommended specs for Warlords of Draenor, which would prove a real challenge to anyone trapped ten years in the past.
- 4 GB RAM
- Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel
- Windows 7/Windows 8 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
- Intel Core i5 2400 or AMD FX-4100 or better
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better
- OS X 10.9 (or latest version)
- Intel Core i5 or better
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M or ATI Radeon HD 6750M or better
Is your system ready? Oh god, I hope your system is ready.