DICE: Battlefield 3 won’t support Windows XP

There is no doubt that Battlefield 3 will take PC Online Shooters to a whole new level, but not everybody might get a piece of the cake. The game  will sport a brand new FROSTBITE 2 engine which is optimized for DirectX 11 and the now 10 year old XP, will not be supported.

The news was confirmed by DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson via a twitter post that the new engine will not support Windows XP.

The post reads:

Frostbite 2 is primarily developed for DX11. XP & DX9 is _not_ supported, 64-bit OS is recommended. Lots of time to upgrade if you havent!

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as most multi platform games are DirectX 9 optimized . But it’s no secret that the Battlefield Series is a PC centered franchise.

Back in 2008, this would be considered as blasphemy, but this is 2011. DirectX 11 delivers what DirectX 10 had promised and then some. Those who are still running XP probably don’t have the hardware to meet the requirements anyway. Regardless, if this isn’t a reason enough for gamers to upgrade to Windows 7, we don’t know what is.

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  • JS

    I call bullshit. I’ve been able to run any game acceptably. XP is leaner and a lot cheaper than Windows 7, even outperformed it by 10% a while back. There’s nothing wrong with old hardware – variety is a virtue of the PC and DX9 does a fine job with it – except M$ with its model of forced obsolescence is still fleecing people, branding features that have been around for decades (omg tesselation). Gaming isn’t first in my $ priorities so I guess they’ll have to wait for that big OS and HW upgrade – or we get a hack.

    • JS

      wait 10%? no, it’s a lot less than that.

  • http://none Johng

    I dont want to play on high settings i want to play it high though with my friends here at my house but I cant upgrade all 3 pcs

  • http://www.costumewigsource.com/ Lats

    This looks more like 2011 and thats true. But really we have huge expectations which sometimes are difficult to fulfill. But yet I am sure people have new ways of developments.

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  • http://www.gamersmint.com Devils Own

    Our sincerest apologies for the error. It has been rectified.

    @der
    We are all aware that most people still prefer XP over Windows 7 and Vista. But most gamers who use XP probably have DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 capable GPUs. So that wont come in the way for most people.

    We don’t expect anything lesser than a 7800GT to be supported by new releases in 2011. Especially not a game developed primarily for the PC. So most people wont face a problem upgrading. Those who are still stuck with a 6000 or the FX series are living in the stone ages and are probably not into gaming at all.

  • Another Smart Year Knowing Man?

    He more than likely submited the article in 2010. Not published until 2011. People love to feel smart.

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    If anything will finally help kill that crappy 10-year-old OS, it’ll be the Battlefield series.

  • der

    “Those who are still running XP probably don’t have the hardware to meet the requirements anyway”

    BULLSHIT.

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  • http://www.halflife2.net/ Ennui

    Yep, it’s 2011 not 2010 ;) where have you been the past few days author?

    I just made the upgrade to win7 anyway so I don’t care. BF3 will be frickin sweet

  • 133

    fuck you noone cares about the same old formula invent something new

  • Andrew

    …Actually this is 2011.

  • Jay

    It’s more like 2011