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System requirments are the minimum level of hardware and software a player should have to expect a decent playing experience. Listing these requirements is an industry standard, but "decent" playing experience varies wildly. All the Warcraft games have varying levels of system requirements, but most of them run on both Microsoft Windows based PCs and Mac OS X based[1] Macintosh computers.

World of Warcraft Edit

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Edit

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Minimum system requirements for World of Warcraft[2][3]

Minimum System Requirements Edit

Windows® System XP/XP64/Vista/Vista64/7** OS (with the latest Service Packs or updates)
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
  • 1 GB or more of RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® FX or ATI Radeon™ 9500 video card or better
  • 25.0 GB available HD space
  • 4X DVD-ROM drive (Downloadable Installer also available)
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Keyboard/mouse
Mac® OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.4, or newer
  • Intel processor
  • 2 GB RAM or higher
  • 25.0 GB available HD space
  • 4X DVD-ROM Drive
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.

Recommended Specifications Edit

Windows® System Vista64/Windows 7 OS
  • Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 256 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 or better
  • Multi-button mouse with scroll-wheel
Mac® OS X 10.6.4 or newer
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor - NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 or better
  • 4 GB system RAM
  • Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

For a complete list of supported 3D cards, please visit http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/wowsupportedvideo[4][5]


Controls

A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a standard mouse and keyboard are not supported.

For what platforms is the game available?

The game is available for PCs and Macs.

Does the game require a 3D accelerator?

Yes, the game requires a 3D graphics card. We support a wide range of 3D cards that conform to the system requirement outlined above. Specific 3D card support information can be found here.

Is the game playable over a dial-up connection?

No, a Broadband connection is required. While the game may play on a dialup connection, both the size of updates and the constant flow of data required are beyond what Dialup can typically handle.

Is the game playable over a Wireless or Satellite connection?

No, these are not supported connection types. While the game may play there are expectations of high latency, lag or disconnects involved. You can check your Internet provider's website for their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) section. One such website states: "On-line games are not well suited for satellite-based Internet service due to associated latency factors."

What is the camera perspective of the game?

The game supports third-person and first-person camera perspectives. Players will be able to utilize the mouse wheel to adjust the camera angle as the situation dictates and switch between cameras on the fly.

Are SLI or XFIRE features supported for multiple video cards?

Yes, these are supported features although that does not necessarily translate to higher performance.

Apple's OS X Boot Camp software lets me boot Windows XP on my Intel-based Mac. Can I run Blizzard games under Windows using Boot Camp on these systems?

Yes, you can if you wish to do so. However, please note that we can't offer technical support for Blizzard games run under Windows using Boot Camp at this time due to it not being tested.

What is Blizzard's plan for native Mac OS support, now that Boot Camp is available?

We have a recognized track record of native Mac OS support, and we have no plans to break with that tradition. We understand that our Mac player base prefers native software whenever possible, and our cross-platform development practice addresses that.


World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Edit

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At launch:[6]

PC System Requirements

OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista (with latest Service Packs)

Processor
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
Recommended: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Memory
Minimum: 512 MB RAM (1GB for Vista users)
Recommended: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
Video
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better

Sound: DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability


Mac System Requirements

OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or newer

Processor
Minimum: PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo processor
Recommended: Intel 1.8GHz processor or better
Memory
Minimum: 1 GB RAM
Recommended: 2 GB RAM
Video
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 64 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce Ti 4600 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better


All Platforms
Controls: A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported.
Connectivity: You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play.
Mouse: Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended.
Hard Drive Space: 15 GB free hard drive space
Note that due to the evolving nature of the game, the minimum system requirements for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King may change over time.

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Edit

Bc icon This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

At launch:[7]

PC System Requirements

OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista (with latest Service Packs)

Processor
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
Recommended: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Memory
Minimum: 512 MB RAM (1GB for Vista users)
Recommended: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
Video
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better

Sound: DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability


Mac System Requirements

OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or newer

Processor
Minimum: PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo processor
Recommended: Intel 1.8GHz processor or better
Memory
Minimum: 1 GB RAM
Recommended: 2 GB RAM
Video
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 64 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce Ti 4600 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better


All Platforms
Controls: A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported.
Connectivity: You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play.
Mouse: Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended.
Hard Drive Space: 15 GB free hard drive space
Note that due to the evolving nature of the game, the minimum system requirements for World of Warcraft and its expansions may change over time.
System requirements are subject to change.


Classic (initial release) Edit

These are the requirements as of 28-Apr-2009:[8]

System requirements have increased since launch due to content patches and new features added in line with the latest expansions.

PC System Requirements

OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista (with latest Service Packs)

Processor
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
Recommended: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Memory
Minimum: 512 MB RAM (1GB for Vista users)
Recommended: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
Video
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better

Sound: DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability


Mac System Requirements

OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or newer

Processor
Minimum: PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo processor
Recommended: Intel 1.8GHz processor or better
Memory
Minimum: 1 GB RAM
Recommended: 2 GB RAM
Video
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 64 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce Ti 4600 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better


All Platforms
Controls: A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported.
Connectivity: You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play.
Mouse: Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended.
Hard Drive Space: 15 GB free hard drive space
Note that due to the evolving nature of the game, the minimum system requirements for World of Warcraft and its expansions may change over time.


Requirements at launch (4-Dec-2004):[9]
Windows® System 98/ME/2000/XP OS
  • 800 MHz or higher CPU
  • 256 MB or more of RAM
  • 32 MB 3D graphics card with hardware transform and lighting, such as GeForce 2 or better
  • 4 GB or more of available hard drive space
  • DirectX® 9.0c or above
  • A 56k or higher modem with an Internet connection
Mac® System OS X 10.3.5 OS
  • 933 MHz or higher G4 or G5 processor
  • 512 MB RAM or higher; DDR RAM recommended
  • ATI or NVIDIA video hardware with 32 MB VRAM or more
  • 4 GB or more of available hard drive space
  • MacOS X 10.3.5 or newer
  • 56k or higher modem with an Internet connection

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Edit

WC3RoC logo 16x32 This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.
What are the system requirements?[10]
Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP
  • 400 MHz Pentium II or equivalent
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 8 MB 3D video card (TNT, i810, Voodoo 3, Rage 128 equivalent or better) with DirectX® 8.1 support
  • 700 MB HD space
  • 4X CD-ROM drive
Macintosh® OS 9.0 or higher/ Mac OS X 10.1.3. or higher
  • 400 MHz G3 processor
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 16 MB ATI Technologies or nVidia chipset 3D video card
  • 700 MB HD space
  • 4X CD-ROM drive
Recommended
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 32 MB 3D video card
  • DirectX(r) 8.1 compatible sound card
Multiplayer
  • Low-latency, active Internet connection rated at 28.8 Kbps or faster. LAN play requires TCP/IP connection.


Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Edit

Until separate system requirements are found, they are presumed to be the same as Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Edit

WC2BnE logo 16x42 This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft II.

Note: Warcraft RTS games prior to Warcraft III will not run on Intel-based Macs.[11]

System requirements at launch:[12]

PC requirements:

Computer: Warcraft II requires a 100% IBM PC compatible computer, with a 486/33 MHz or better processor and at least 8 megabytes of memory.
Operation System: You may play Warcraft II under MS-DOS version 5.0 or higher, Windows 95, or Windows 3.1.
Controls: A keyboard and a 100% Microsoft-compatible mouse are required.
Disk Drives: A hard drive and CD-ROM drive are required to play Warcraft II. To view the animations from the CD, your CD-ROM drive must be double-speed or faster. Blizzard strongly recommends that you do not run Warcraft II from a compressed drive.
Video: Warcraft II requires a VESA 1.2 or higher compatible SuperVGA card.
Sound: Warcraft II supports Sound Blaster, General MIDI, Pro Audio Spectrum, Gravis Ultrasound, Microsoft Sound System, and 100% compatible cards. To play CD-quality music during the game, both your sound card and your CD-ROM drive must be configured for playing Redbook Audio.

Macintosh requirements:

Computer: Warcraft II requires a Macintosh with a 68040 or PowerPC processor and 8 megs of physical RAM. Running with Virtual Memory enabled can decrease game performance.
Operating System: Warcraft II requires System 7.5 or higher.
Controls: A keyboard and a mouse are required. If you own a two button mouse, please consult your mouse manual for instructions on configuring the second button to simulate a command (cmd) click.
Disk Drives: A hard drive and CD-ROM drive are required to play Warcraft II. To view animations from the CD, your CD-ROM drive must be double-speed or faster.
Video: Warcraft II requires a 13" or better 256-color display.
Sound: Music is played straight from the Warcraft II CD.


From Blizzard support:[13]

System requirements

MS-DOS / Windows 3.1 / Windows 95:

  • 33 MHz 486 or faster
  • 8 MB of RAM
  • Super VGA graphics card
  • Hard drive
  • CD-ROM drive (To view the animations from the cd, your CD-ROM drive must be double-speed or faster)

Macintosh System 7.5 or higher:

  • 68040 or PowerPC processor
  • 8 MB of RAM
  • A 13" or better 256-color display
  • Hard drive
  • CD-ROM drive (To view the animations from the cd, your CD-ROM drive must be double-speed or faster)

Solution ID: 20955

Article URL: 'http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?articleId=20955'


Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Edit

Until separate system requirements are found, they are presumed to be the same as Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.


Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition Edit

At launch:[14]

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 95/98/NT
Pentium-60 or Equivalent
16 MB RAM
80 MB Available Hard Drive Space
2x CD-ROM Drive for Gameplay

(4x CD-ROM for Cinematics)

Local Bus SVGA Video Card

(DirectX Compatible)

Microsoft Compatible Mouse
DirectX Compatible Sound Card
for Audio


MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Mac OS 7.6 or Higher
PowerPC
16 MB RAM

(11 MB Free Memory
or use Virtual Memory)

80 MB Available Hard Drive Space
2x CD-ROM Drive for Gameplay

(4x CD-ROM for Cinematics)

Monitor Support for 256 Colors

640x480 Resolution

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Edit

WCOnH logo 16x48 This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (aka Warcraft I).

At launch:[15]

PC System Requirements

386/20 with 4MB RAM
MS-DOS 5.0 or Higher
VGA Video Card
Microsoft Compatible Mouse
CD-ROM Required for Movies

 
Mac System Requirements
68030/68040 or PowerMac

8MB RAM
System 7.1 or Higher
256 Color 13" Video Display
2X CD-ROM

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