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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands minimum specs has this big surprise

World of Warcraft Shadowlands minimum specs will require an SSD
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Blizzard updated the World of Warcraft Shadowlands minimum specs to now require an SSD with at least 100GB of free space.

This is a pretty wild update to the specs. Even the most graphically intensive games don't require you to have an SSD. 

World of Warcraft Shadowlands minimum requirements

According to Blizzard, the minimum specs require Windows 7 64-bit, an Intel Core i5-3450 or AMD FX 8300 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760, AMD Radeon RX 560 or Intel UHD 630 (45W) GPU and 4GB of RAM. This all sounds reasonable for minimum specs.

However, that's where the "Solid State Drive (SSD) / 100GB available space" comes in. It's unclear what will happen if you don't have an SSD. It's possible that nothing will stop you from loading the game, but it might load slower than normal.

It's also possible that Blizzard may block people from using an HDD, and while that would be a controversial decision, anything could happen. We'll find out more when the pre-patch for World of Warcraft Shadowlands actually launches.

Rami Tabari
As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge.