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Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support

Call of Duty Forum offers minimum system specifications for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, revealing the upcoming first-person shooter sequel will not support Windows XP (thanks Destructoid/GameSpy). Word is: "Since we upgraded the engine to use DirectX11, Windows XP is no longer supported. It requires Windows Vista or later." They also outline PC-specific enhancements: "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." Here are the specifications:

OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2GB for 32-bit OS or 4GB for 64-bit OS
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB

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18. Windows 7 was not exclusively 64-bit because of compatibility issues. Sep 4, 2012, 19:29 hb3d
Flatline wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 16:25:
I'm not sure *why* Windows 7 didn't come default as a 64-bit system in fact.
because of compatibility problems/limitations

64-bit versions of Windows won't run 32-bit drivers, and there were a lot of 32-bit drivers out there back when Windows 7 was released and there still are although less so now that 64-bit versions of Windows have grown in popularity. Also note that these 32-bit drivers aren't just for hardware devices. Some software applications also have 32-bit drivers which provide underlying functionality.

Another compatibility issue was most Intel Atom processors run only in 32-bit mode, so a 64-bit version of Windows won't work on them. Back in 2009 when Windows 7 was released Atom-based netbooks were still quite popular, and Microsoft wanted OEM's to install Windows 7 on them not XP.

Another thing that 64-bit versions of Windows lack is 16-bit code compatibility. And while that doesn't sound like it would be a issue today, if you like to play retro games, a surprising number of 32-bit games from the Windows 9X days were released with 16-bit installers. So, while the games themselves might otherwise play on 64-bit Windows, they can't be installed on 64-bit Windows.

I personally prefer to use 64-bit Windows myself, but I have to keep a VMware Workstation VM running XP around to handle compatibility issues with older peripherals and games.

This comment was edited on Sep 5, 2012, 09:24.
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