Originally Posted by d0mini
In all likelihood, I would say that the requirements are merely a marketing ploy to get people less knowledgeable than those who frequent OCN and other tech sites to spend money on upgrading their dual core or lesser quad core CPUs.
The engine is largely unchanged from the one used in Skyrim and FO3, just with incremental additions such as built in DX11 support and usage, you can see that from the screenshots and videos. As such I would be very surprised if a quad core was actually required, but this is just my opinion.
Wait until the game comes out, try it with dual and quad core CPUs - then judge the extent of its optimization, parallelism or otherwise. System requirements is no longer the indication of parts needed that it may once have been.
Here's the answer I've been looking for.
If it's still DX11 and requires an i5 quadcore sandybridge, something is chewing away at the power of those beautiful chips. I have a 2700k myself and still love it. <3 <3