One of the biggest releases of the year is of course Battlefield 3. Pretty much every gamer out there would have heard of this title and most will be considering very hard whether to buy BF3 or MW3 (Modern Warfare 3). One aspect of this hype is the huge amounts of speculation surrounding the Battlefield 3 System Requirements. The Battlefield series has long been a PC gaming favourite and BF2 was pretty much responsible for the majority of gamers upgrading their PC's RAM.
So the prospect that the high BF3 system requirements will push the limit of the average gamers rig, driving most of us to consider a serious upgrade to get the best from the game, is a very real possibility. But also the game is being developed to run on the current consoles which suggests that the minimum system requirements will have to be pretty low. And so the speculation continues. Well, we now have the Beta system requirements for BF3 in hand so lets take a look at what EA/Dice are saying we will need to run BF3...
Battlefield 3 Minimum System Requirements
OS: Win Vista SP2 32-BIT
CPU: 2 GHZ Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ or Athlon X2 2.7 GHZ)
GFX RAM AMD: DX 10.1 compatible with 512MB RAM
GFX AMD: ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 SERIES, with ATI Radeon 3870 or better
GFX RAM NVIDIA: DX 10.0 compatible with 512MB RAM
GFX NVIDIA: GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 Series with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or better
OTHER: Keyboard and mouse, DVD Drive
Battlefield 3 Recommended System Requirements
OS: Win 7 64-BIT
CPU: Quad-Core processor
GFX RAM: DX 11 compatible with 1GB RAM
GFX: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon 6950
GD Adjusted Battlefield 3 System Requirements
OS: WINDOWS 7 64-BIT
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz / AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core
GFX: Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 / ATI Radeon HD 3870
So there we go then. It is looking a lot more likely that PC gamers are going to want, no, need a pretty powerful rig to get this beast running. Our GD adjusted requirements are what we reckon will likely enable you to get an acceptable gaming experience. These will be adjusted over time based on your feedback and our reports.
Remember that once the game goes live head over to our BF3 ratings page and add your Frames Per Second and game opinions