Battlefield 4 is one of the most anticipated games of the season, and now, we know what sort of system you'll need to run it. The official Battlefield Twitter has posted the PC system requirements.
The biggest changes from BF3's requirements are in the memory and storage departments. You need at least of 2GB of RAM and 20GB of storage to play BF3, but 4GB of memory and 30GB of storage are required by its successor. Keep in mind that those are the bare minimums. EA's recommended spec calls for 8GB of system memory, doubling the memory recommendation attached to BF3.
Interestingly, the minimum CPU and graphics requirements really haven't changed. BF4 calls for a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 2.8GHz Athlon X2, or better. On the graphics front, you'll need at least a Radeon HD 3870 or a GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of onboard memory. The recommended specs have been tweaked, though. EA now suggests six-core AMD processors instead of quad-core ones. (The quad-core Intel rec is unchanged.) It also recommends newer Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 660 graphics cards, both of which are mid-range offerings priced around the $200 mark. Oddly, the specs go on to recommend 3GB of graphics memory. Only a handful of GeForce GTX 660s are available with 3GB of RAM, and I can't find any Radeon HD 7870s with more than 2GB.
Battlefield 4 is due on October 29, so there's plenty of time to upgrade in preparation for its arrival. Based on the specs changes, it seems like the latest chapter in the franchise will use higher-quality art assets than its predecessor, which already has great graphics. I can't wait to see what BF4 looks like with all the eye candy turned up—and without the compression artifacts that plague YouTube trailers.
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