Battlefield 4 System Requirements Recommend Windows 8

By Pete Haas 2013-09-10 13:13:21 discussion comments
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DICE released the official system requirements for the PC version of Battlefield 4 over Twitter this afternoon. As you might imagine, running the game on maximum settings will require a very powerful rig.

Still, before we find out what kind of upgrades you'll need to make, let's take a look at the minimum system requirements:
Minimum
OS: Windows Vita SP2 32-Bit (with KB971512 platform update)
Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 3870 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Graphics Memory: 512 MB
Hard Drive: 30 GB

They're definitely a step-up from Battlefield 3's requirements, as you could run that game with a 2 GHz Duo and 2GB of RAM. Still, BF4's minimum specs are pretty forgiving. I mean, the game can be played with a video card from six or seven years ago. It's not going to look pretty but you can do it. What's more, you won't need to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. The upshot here is that you could play this game on a backup PC like a laptop if you were really desperate.

If you want to get the full Battlefield 4 experience on PC, you'll need a significantly beefier computer. Here are the recommended specs:
Recommended
OS: Windows 8 64-Bit
Processor: AMD Six-Core CPU or Intel Quad-Core CPU
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics Card: AND Radeon 7870 or NvIDIA GeForce GT 660
Graphics Memory: 3 GB
Hard Drive: 30 GB

Lot of changes all around. For basis of comparison, BF3 recommended 4GB of RAM. The preferred graphics cards back then were the GTX 460 and the Radeon HD 6850. It's not that shocking that a game released two years later would ask for a graphics card two years newer, though.

Battlefield 4 utilizes the Frostbite 3 engine, an upgraded version of the technology behind BF3. Frostbite 3 will bring many visual upgrades as well as improved destruction. DICE is making large-scale destruction, or "levolution", a big part of multiplayer.

BF4 will be the first game to showcase the Frostbite 3's potential. The engine will also power other upcoming EA-published games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Need for Speed: Rivals.

You'll get a chance to see how your PC runs BF4 and all of its new bells and whistles this fall during the closed beta. This beta will be open to Medal of Honor: Warfighter owners, Battlefield 3 Premium members, and BF4 pre-order customers.
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