Dragon Quest XI is arriving this week, bringing the long-running mainline RPG series to PC for the first time in its 30-year history. The original game launched in 1986 and was inspired by PC games like Wizardry, so it's finally time to close the loop. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has been scooping up rave reviews, hitting an average score of 90% from 37 reviews. For JRPG fans, DQ11 sounds like it's not to be missed. But what about those crucial system specs for Dragon Quest XI? Square Enix has revealed them at last.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 3.1 GHz or AMD A10-5800K Quad-Core 3.8 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 32 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 32 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Eyeing up the gameplay footage and screenshots, it can be difficult to comprehend just why the system specs for Dragon Quest 11 are quite this high. Behind the  scenes, DQ11 is running on Unreal Engine 4, a very capable game engine. Perhaps the art style is somewhat deceiving though, and lighting, in particular, can look very eye-catching in a few screenshots

Anyway, the minimum requirements for Dragon Quest XI are fortunately much more forgiving than the recommended specs. Square Enix suggests a 2GB GTX 750 or Radeon RX 470 is enough to run Dragon Quest XI at 720p/30fps. It's not great but it'll be a playable enough experience, and turn-based combat means any potential slowdowns shouldn't negatively affect you.

If you're wanting to run DQ11 at a nice crisp 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second though, then you're going to need a considerably more powerful system. For Nvidia, it's the most popular gaming GPU on the market, the GeForce GTX 1060, while for AMD, it's the fairly ludicrous recommendation of a Radeon RX Vega 56. This GPU trades blows with the GTX 1070 usually comes out faster, so this could be taken as a potentially worrying sign for AMD graphics card owners. These mid to high-end GPUs will need to be paired with a solid modern quad-core processor.

News on the PC version of Dragon Quest XI is still extremely thin on the ground, although we're still hopeful that Square Enix can learn from FFXV and include a large number of graphics options to mess around with. There's such a gulf between the minimum and recommended specs for DQXI that it suggests there are going to be a lot of sliders to mess around with, which would be great news for those trying to find the perfect balance between visuals and performance.

 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Dragon Quest XI System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Dragon Quest XI GPU benchmark chart.