Cities: Skylines 2 minimum & recommended PC system requirements

Cities: Skylines 2 minimum & recommended PC system requirements
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Written by 

Morgan Truder


5th Oct 2023 12:54

Cities: Skylines 2 is nearly here and many fans of the series will be wondering what system requirements are needed to run the popular city simulator, with the minimum and recommended specs required to play the game

The original Cities: Skylines was released in 2015, and since then PCs have come a decent way, with games only becoming more and more demanding every year. After all - building a city from scratch is not an easy task. 

We have outlined below the system requirements for PC as well as the minimum and recommended specs.

Cities Skylines 2 minimum & recommended specs

a city in Cities Skylines 2
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To run Cities Skylines 2 with acceptable performance, your PC will need to meet either the minimum or recommended system requirements. Having a mix between both requirements will also allow you to run the game fine, but you'll need to experiment with some of the settings. 

Before you know if you can run Cities Skylines 2, you'll need to check out the minimum and recommended requirements below.

  • Find out everything you need to know about Cities Skylines 2 in our comprehensive guide here

Minimum system requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core™ i7-6700K | AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce™ GTX 970 (4 GB) | AMD equivalent
  • Sound Card: TBC

Recommended system requirements: 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit | Windows 11
  • Processor: Intel Core™ i5-12600K | AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce™ RTX 3080 (10 GB) | AMD equivalent
  • Sound Card: TBC

I know I will have to upgrade my system if I'm looking to maximise performance in Cities Skylines too. While the minimum specs aren't too bad for the current gaming landscape, needing a beefy 3080 and 5800X might leave some players lacking when it comes to performance - especially as your city inevitably expands. The full specs haven’t been announced yet, but once they have we will update this page. 

Check out the best mods for Cities Skylines here if you're still playing the original ahead of release. For more, why not take a look at our Cities Skylines homepage

Morgan is one of the Guides Writers at GGRecon. He first started writing about games for fun whilst doing his BA (Hons) in History and Film. Since then he has turned this passion into a career and was previously an Editor at VideoGamer before joining GGRecon. Despite enjoying all sorts of games, he can often be found playing Football Manager, Red Dead Redemption 2 or Sekiro.

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