Borderlands 2 System Requirements

Written by Felix Nova on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 3:41 PM
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A cartoony FPS? Gearbox Software took a design leap with Borderlands and to everyone’s delight, it paid off. The game stood out from the crowd. The stylised black outline around characters and backgrounds, seen traditionally in cartoons, was used to great effect. We are told that part of the reasoning behind this move was so they could push the visual boundaries of console hardware, while lowering the performance hit. Very smart.

What impact does that design choice have on PC gamers in the next game of Borderlands? Well Borderlands 2 system requirements are now available, so lets see shall we...

Borderlands 2 Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP SP3

CPU: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor

RAM: 2 GB(XP)/ 2 GB(Vista)

HDD: 20 GB free

GPU RAM: 256 MB

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 /ATI Radeon HD 2600

AUDIO: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

OTHER: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C Redistributable 2005, Visual C Redistributable 2008, Visual C Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)

Borderlands 2 Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Win 7

CPU: 2.3 GHz Quad Core processor

RAM: 2 GB

GPU RAM: 512MB

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon HD 5850

AUDIO: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

We had a chance to play the game first hand recently and it was a good laugh for sure, but whether it would require something as hefty as a GTX 560 to meet recommended we are not so sure. Chances are you will be able to play the game with a lesser GPU and a few things turned down a little.

Speaking of which, we took a picture of the graphics option screen, although a little blurry, you can see some of the options that will be open to PC gamers.

Click the image to expand it for a better view.

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22:50 Sep-16-2012

I'm so conflicted. Do I get it for 360 and enjoy playing with all my friends, or can my system run it well enough to be worth a PC buy?
I don't know enough about PC graphics nowadays to say for sure, any suggestions would be appreciated!

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13:49 Sep-19-2012

I would suggest you to go for Xbox version . Your gpu is kind of low end for this game . So don't waste your money for pc version go for Xbox and enjoying it with buddy's
Cheers !

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15:46 Aug-01-2012

yipee! all i had to do now is wait until the game released!

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20:02 Aug-03-2012

6 looooong weeks :(

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18:02 Aug-04-2012

awww man....at least that's the developer final decisions...no delay needed

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18:33 Aug-04-2012

Yes agree, not like prototype 2 they made us wait till april, just to delay it to july, and darksiders 2 from june to august

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17:06 Jul-31-2012

Get paid on Friday! Preordering value hunters ed. :) &#603

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18:24 Jul-31-2012

I think all those different editions are hoax. What do you get for paying extra? A single multiplayer map? TWO maps? :D

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18:34 Aug-03-2012

You get a load of real life stuff like Marcus bobbly head, weapon cheast etc. :)

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20:07 Jul-31-2012

I pre-ordered it on Steam because if you have the first Borderlands in your Steam Library you get 10% off Borderlands 2. It also has a bunch of free extras in what they're calling a "Premiere Club Edition" (whatever the hell that means). This edition gives you extra loot, and free access to a fifth character class (the mechromancer) once she's released as DLC.

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21:14 Jul-31-2012

Free DLC, those always help ;)

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20:25 Jul-29-2012

I know I will run it maxed out but I'm worrying how it will look compare to the first borderlands if it need such high spec for simple texture and made with the unreal engine 3 like the first one

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21:06 Jul-29-2012

I think a big reason the devs are recommending a GTX 560 is because Gearbox threw in a ton of PhysX effects this time around to maximize the PC gamer's experience. Enough of those particles and soft-body physics effects going off at once, and that will tax a PhysX-enabled GPU (GeForce) quite a lot. If you throw the PhysX processing to the CPU, it will choke things up even more, and PhysX will not be used to full effect. If you have a 260 or 460, you'll be 100% fine to play this game with high settings if you set the PhysX effects to "low" or "off."

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08:42 Jul-30-2012

Agreed, nice reply ;)

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20:13 Jul-30-2012

thanks for the answer, it make sense

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10:19 Jul-29-2012

Can I run this with highest setting on my pc? Cause i dont know anything about system requirement. just a bit.

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13:20 Jul-29-2012

with your resolution I think you can buddy :)

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13:23 Jul-29-2012

You can :)

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06:17 Jul-29-2012

what will i be able to play on?

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13:20 Jul-29-2012

Maxed out, nice rig :D

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03:24 Jul-29-2012

snice im saving for the samsung galxy s3 which if my money saving goes correctly i should have it next week also i want this game but i might search cdkey places online as they get cheap discounts as im trying to minium my spending on games but this is on my wishlist on steam

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05:13 Jul-29-2012

If you can hold on until December, it will probably go on sale for 25-50% off during Steam's Winter Sale. By then it should be fully patched and have at least one bit of DLC available.

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03:19 Jul-29-2012

No Anti-Aliasing? The why are the requirements so high?

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03:58 Jul-29-2012

It appears that there are more video options above in the menu, or it may be that Gearbox chose to implement FXAA in the background.

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05:16 Jul-29-2012

I agree - if you look at the pic there's an arrow at the bottom of the screen, which (I'm assuming) is prompting the user to scroll down for more options. I would be SHOCKED if Gearbox didn't allow for AA in the game... that would be crazy talk! I think the requirements are higher because PhysX is used quite heavily in the game.

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13:28 Jul-29-2012

I don't use AA anyways so it's not a big deal ;)

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20:31 Jul-28-2012

Hey guys, will i be able to run this well enough for a smooth framerate

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20:33 Jul-28-2012

doubtful, but maybe on low. Could you play Borderlands 1? Its having a free steam weekend now, so if you havent already you should try it out and see how it runs

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21:06 Jul-28-2012

Yeah it can play borderlands 1 fine on medium never really pushed it higher, ill see how it runs on high :)
could do with a demo of 2 just to check performance :/

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00:52 Jul-29-2012

There could be one, but given the open world type gameplay its unlikely

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01:58 Jul-29-2012

Well borderlands was open world too :D

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09:46 Jul-29-2012

Hopefully this one will be more open, because the first one didn't feel that open.

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16:12 Jul-29-2012

I hereby declare mrrawwr as the best user name on GD!

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12:48 Jul-28-2012

can i run Borderlands 2 on max settings with 50+ FPS ?

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12:56 Jul-28-2012

Yes you can no doubt, nice rig :)

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13:05 Jul-28-2012

Ok, thx for the fast answer
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13:09 Jul-28-2012

My pleasure :D

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11:17 Jul-31-2012

can i max this game out? not bf3 if so on lowest :( im worried if i can max out mw3 on this system and bf3 on lowest all low low low no AA or anything but mw3 on max.bf3 on lowest and tf2 on mid -high

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09:20 Jul-28-2012

Grrr, gotta finish building my rig before this comes out!

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07:21 Jul-29-2012

Same here ;)

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08:36 Jul-28-2012

can i run with high settings?is 560gtx/ati radeon 6850 is better than my current gpu?

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08:50 Jul-28-2012

5850 you might just get away with all high settings but that's because your CPU is holding back your GPU from playing it at high settings so you'd have to lower the res a bit to 1366768 I'd say. :D

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09:09 Jul-28-2012

ok thank bro :D

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04:17 Jul-28-2012

Can I run this? I can run Borderlands 1 at highest settings..

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05:35 Jul-28-2012

Maybe around medium settings. Your GPU might give you trouble, and you may have to lower your resolution some.

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00:58 Jul-28-2012

So, could I run this?

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01:21 Jul-28-2012

You should be okay with medium to medium-high settings, I would think.

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02:17 Jul-28-2012

Thanks, I'm glad to hear it:D

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00:35 Jul-28-2012

I sure hope I will be able to run this.....

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01:22 Jul-28-2012

You should be fine.

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02:37 Jul-28-2012

Yeah no doubt you will max this one :D

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03:28 Jul-29-2012

i know this is off topic but awikiacontributor what do you think of the 6100 cpu chip your using mine the one up from yours is a big improvement over the phenom 2 1100t 6 core i would of got the 8120 or 8150 chip but windows 7 doesnt recognized 8 cores yet well the last time i checked they didn't

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22:36 Jul-27-2012

I think a big reason the devs are recommending a GTX 560 is because Gearbox threw in a ton of PhysX effects this time around to maximize the PC gamer's experience. Enough of those particles and soft-body physics effects going off at once, and that will tax a PhysX-enabled GPU (GeForce) quite a lot. If you throw the PhysX processing to the CPU, it will choke things up even more, and PhysX will not be used to full effect. If you have a 260 or 460, you'll be 100% fine to play this game with high settings if you set the PhysX effects to "low" or "off."

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22:34 Jul-27-2012

wow preety hard core settings i gues high for me or max if il lower the res

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22:49 Jul-27-2012

Why so negative? I think you can run it high on your current resolution :D

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23:01 Jul-27-2012

yea but i want max D:

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20:47 Jul-27-2012

can i run this :D :D

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20:52 Jul-27-2012

No sorry to say. :(

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20:53 Jul-27-2012

I think you can't :(

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17:58 Jul-27-2012

Wow that's a lot more than I was expecting.

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19:43 Jul-27-2012

Same here, I did not see the gtx 560 coming :(

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17:14 Jul-27-2012

These recommended specs are very similar to the ones for The Darkness II. You don't need very much RAM or a super-powerful graphics card, though it doesn't hurt having the extra power. With my processor overclocking to 2.4 Ghz in game mode, I shouldn't have a problem running it.

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