The Battlefield Hardline open beta kicked off today. To celebrate the occasion, EA has released the system requirements for the cops 'n robbers shooter. The minimum specs are reasonably tame, but you'll still need a whopping 60GB of storage to install the game. Time to start shuffling files around on your SSD.
OS: Windows 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
CPU: Intel quad-core CPU, AMD six-core CPU
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics card: AMD Radeon R9 290, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
Graphics memory: 3 GB
Hard drive: 60 GB
OS: Windows Vista SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
CPU: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
Hard drive: 60 GB
EA notes that "gameplay performance for lower-end PCs is still being optimized." Folks running 4GB of RAM may have "issues" with the open beta as a result, but things should be smoothed out for the final release.
It's a little surprising to see the GeForce GTX 260 listed alongside DirectX 11 in the minimum specs. The GTX 260 is actually a DirectX 10 card, but perhaps the DX requirement refers to the runtime supported by the OS. Note that, unlike Battlefield 4, Hardline needs a 64-bit version of Windows.
With the exception of calling for slightly newer GPUs, the recommended specs are virtually identical to those for BF4. The biggest difference is the game's footprint, which is double the size of the last Battlefield release. Let's hope that means lots of higher-resolution art assets rather than hours of uncompressed audio.
Folks who want to get in on the Hardline beta can sign up on the game's Origin page. The full version is scheduled for release on March 17.
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