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World of Warcraft Shadowlands Will Not Require An SSD Afterall, According To Blizzard

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Blizzard made some waves when the official system requirements of Shadowlands was revealed to require an SSD. It turns out that listing was in error, according to a new post on the official Warcraft forums.

We previously reported that the minimum requirements would require an SSD, something that might signal an overall shift in the industry from mechanical harddrives to solid state storage. However, it seems that listing was in error, and Blizzard has updated the requirements to reflect the actual minimum hardware you'll need.

The text of the Systems Specifications for Shadowlands was updated a few minutes ago on our Support Site: https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/256565 139

The minimum requirements section for Storage now reads:Solid State Drive (SSD)100GB available spaceOrHard Disk Drive (HDD)100GB available space (depending on the performance of the drive, player experience may be impacted on HDD)

It's interesting to note that the team at Blizzard makes mention that while an HDD will work, there could be issues with performance based on the quality of the HDD. Which makes sense as files are just getting larger and larger and mechanical harddrive speeds aren't exactly improving as more and more companies invest in solid state storage.

Regardless, if you've not been able to upgrade your drive, fear not. You'll still be able to romp around in Maldraxxus when Shadowlands hits your PC on October 27th.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore