Developer Treyarch and publisher Activision have released the official system requirements for the PC version of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, delivering good news for those who have middle range systems and bad ones for those who have refused to upgrade from Windows XP.
The minimum system requirements are:
Windows Vista with SP2 or Windows 7
Intel Core2 Duo E8200 at 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 at 2.4 GHz
2GB of RAM for 32bit operating systems and 4GB for 64 bit versions
Nvidia GeForce 8800GT with 512 of MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 with 512 MB of RAM.
A statement from Treyarch
reads: “We’ve improved the way the engine handles multiple threads. Additionally, we moved the engine from DX9 to DX11. The DX11 API is leaner than DX9 and requires less CPU time to do the same amount of work. It is important to point out that this benefits the entire range of supported GPUs, not just DX11 hardware.”
It adds, “Black Ops II PC features enhanced lighting, shadows, antialiasing, bloom, depth of field, ambient occlusion, and other enhanced effects that are still in the works. And the game can run at higher resolutions and higher framerates on the PC.”
Treyarch also says that it has tested Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
on a variety of hardware setups in order to make sure that the game runs perfectly and that it’s ready to investigate any hardware issues that gamers might encounter.
The game is part of the biggest first-person shooter franchise on the market and the fact that Activision is ready to offer so much support for the PC version of the game might mean that the publisher is seeing a future where it might be more important than home consoles in terms of revenue.