The Force Unleashed 2, CoD: Black Ops call for puny hardware

Taking a gander at system requirements for games is always fun. Not only does it tell us whether to upgrade for a new release, but it also gives us a glimpse at the kind of hardware game developers are shooting for these days. Shacknews has collected a double whammy of system reqs this week: first for LucasArts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, then for Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Interestingly, Nvidia's positively antiquated GeForce 8600 GT makes an appearance as the minimum for both games. (AMD fans will want at least a Radeon X1950 Pro, according to Treyarch, or a Radeon HD 2600, according to LucasArts.) On the CPU front, dual-core processors are de rigeur. Both games need at least a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, and Treyarch recommends a triple-core Phenom X3 8750 for the AMD folks.

Only LucasArts even bothers with "recommended" requirements, which call for a quicker dual-core CPU and either Radeon HD 4800-series or GeForce GTX 260 graphics.

Apparently, then, the question is whether you'd rather play today's games on a mid-range graphics card from two or three years ago. Both of these titles are admittedly console cross-overs, and the Xbox 360 did recently celebrate its fifth birthday, but jeez—no wonder AMD and Nvidia are trying to put spare GPU horsepower to good use with schemes like Eyefinity and GeForce 3D Vision.

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