What’s the skinny? Blizzard is releasing its latest expansion, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, on October 27, 2020, and for the first time in the games long history, they’re recommending you use an SSD.
The minimum requirements are stating that you can still use an HDD, but that the player experience may be impacted. I don’t think this is going to be an issue for most WoW players. I would assume that if you play WoW, it’s likely your main game, and you already have it squeezed onto your main drive which is likely already an SSD. I could be wrong, but hey, if I’m wrong, then maybe this is the motivation people who haven’t switched to an SSD as their main drive, to do so now.
This should be a pretty decent time to make that upgrade if needed, as SSD and ram prices are expected to come down a bit in the coming weeks and months. Also, along with NVIDIA’s launch of the 30 series cards, yesterday came the announcement that they were going to include support for RTX IO with the launch of the new cards. This should mean that the need to have fast SSD’s in your gaming rig is only going to grow in the coming years.
Non the less it’s interesting that Blizzard finally decided to push for SSD storage. It’s long been known that there’s a noticeable benefit to using an SSD for open-world MMO, WoW type games.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Specifications|
|Operating System||Windows® 7 64-bit||Windows® 10 64-bit|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5-3450|
AMD FX™ 8300
|Intel® Core™ i7-6700K|
AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X
|Video||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760|
AMD Radeon™ RX 560
Intel® UHD 630 (45W)
DirectX® 11 compatible GPU with 2GB VRAM
|NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080|
AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64
DirectX® 12 compatible GPU with 8GB VRAM
|Memory||4GB RAM (8GB if using supported integrated graphics)||8GB RAM|
|Storage||Solid State Drive (SSD)|
100GB available space
Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
100GB available space (depending on the performance of the drive, player experience may be impacted on HDD)
|Solid State Drive (SSD)|
100GB available space
|Internet||Broadband internet connection|
|Input||Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.||Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel|
|Resolution||1024 x 768 minimum display resolution|