DICE has said it's developing Battlefield 3 for the PC first, and based on the various gameplay videos out there, the game looks set to push the envelope visually. How much horsepower will you need to play? According to Shacknews, a GameStop product page has revealed the game's system requirements.
I'm not seeing the information on the GameStop page, so it might have been pulled, but Shacknews' story has all the details. The minimum spec doesn't look too intimdating: a 2GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a DirectX 10 or 11 graphics card. The "recommended" spec is something else entirely, though:
- Hard Drive Space: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version
- Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
- Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
- RAM: 4GB
- Video Card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, GeForce GTX 460, Radeon Radeon HD 6850
One could call that a fairly beefy system, even by today's standards. My current desktop PC actually has a slower graphics card (an old Radeon HD 5770). Luckily, fast graphics cards are cheap right now—a GTX 460 1GB can be had for $159.99, or $139.99 after rebate, and the 6850 is about the same price. For my money, though, I'd probably play it safe and grab at least a GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6870.