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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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14. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 18:16 Beelzebud
 
WinXP was one of the best consumer OS's ever made. That being said, it's old as hell, outdated when compared to modern hardware, and it's time is up.

Thankfully MS got their heads out of thier asses long enough to produce Win7, which is the XP of our time.

Win7 64-bit has been as stable as my Slackware machine, and that is saying A LOT.
 
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13. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 18:10 nin
 
Even if this was a game I cared about I'd be fine with this. It's time to move on.

In that respect, it's also time to move on from 32-bit systems.


Yep. XP had a great run, but it's past it's prime...

 
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12. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 18:03 ChopperDan
 
Still waiting for the Free elite PC service. No surprise on the XP part...
Isn't CoD:Anything played out by now? I know I am done supporting the Franchise. I had my fun.
It's nice to see them using some PC specific things though.
 
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11. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 17:47 DangerDog
 
It doesn't mater much when you still port over maps the size of a shoebox and then try to jam 32 players into them.

 
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10. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 17:44 killer_roach
 
Trevellian wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 17:27:
Flatline wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 16:25:
Even if this was a game I cared about I'd be fine with this. It's time to move on.

In that respect, it's also time to move on from 32-bit systems. I run, and my entire company runs, on win 7 64 bit now, and it's been a year or two and there hasn't been a single issue. I'm not sure *why* Windows 7 didn't come default as a 64-bit system in fact.

Couldn't tell you. I have run Win7 64 bit since Win7 was released. The whole time hearing people say how bad it was, yet I had no issues. Never made sense to me.

Used to hear the same things about WinXP x64 and Vista x64... ran both of them without incident, either. Regardless, considering my desktop has 16GB of RAM now, a 64-bit OS is basically mandatory.
 
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9. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 17:27 Trevellian
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 16:25:
Even if this was a game I cared about I'd be fine with this. It's time to move on.

In that respect, it's also time to move on from 32-bit systems. I run, and my entire company runs, on win 7 64 bit now, and it's been a year or two and there hasn't been a single issue. I'm not sure *why* Windows 7 didn't come default as a 64-bit system in fact.

Couldn't tell you. I have run Win7 64 bit since Win7 was released. The whole time hearing people say how bad it was, yet I had no issues. Never made sense to me.
 
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8. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 16:48 Bet
 
NegaDeath wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 16:35:
DX11 support in a CODBLOPS console port? Credit where its due, even a lot of PC focused devs don't use 11 yet.
Considering how long every CoD game is on the top 10 list on Steam, they must be making millions off the PC versions.
 
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7. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 16:35 NegaDeath
 
DX11 support in a CODBLOPS console port? Credit where its due, even a lot of PC focused devs don't use 11 yet.  
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6. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 16:25 Flatline
 
Even if this was a game I cared about I'd be fine with this. It's time to move on.

In that respect, it's also time to move on from 32-bit systems. I run, and my entire company runs, on win 7 64 bit now, and it's been a year or two and there hasn't been a single issue. I'm not sure *why* Windows 7 didn't come default as a 64-bit system in fact.
 
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5. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 16:19 TheEmissary
 
Mastaba wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 15:56:
Wait, but a GeForce 8800GT is not a DirectX 11 part. So the game can run without the DirectX 11 specific features. So, there must be at least a DirectX 10 fallback. So really what they meant to say is that since the game requires at least DirectX 10 Windows XP is not supported.

The DirectX 11 API itself supports feature levels for 9/10/11 and so on.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff476876(v=vs.85).aspx
 
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4. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 16:16 elefunk
 
Mastaba wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 15:56:
Wait, but a GeForce 8800GT is not a DirectX 11 part. So the game can run without the DirectX 11 specific features. So, there must be at least a DirectX 10 fallback. So really what they meant to say is that since the game requires at least DirectX 10 Windows XP is not supported.

DirectX 11 (the software API) is backwards compatible with DirectX 10 hardware. The API will automatically enable/disable features based on hardware support.

The DirectX 9/XP cut-off is due to the fact that DX10 was essentially re-engineered from the ground-up to support the overhauled driver model (WDDM) which was first introduced in Vista.
 
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3. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 15:56 Mastaba
 
Wait, but a GeForce 8800GT is not a DirectX 11 part. So the game can run without the DirectX 11 specific features. So, there must be at least a DirectX 10 fallback. So really what they meant to say is that since the game requires at least DirectX 10 Windows XP is not supported.  
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2. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 15:53 Bet
 
And the game can run at higher resolutions and higher framerates on the PC

Well yeah, that's a big reason why we game on PCs in the first place, duh.
 
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1. Re: Black Ops 2 Specs; No XP Support Sep 4, 2012, 15:37 Viper114
 
Not surprised. As much as I once loved XP, no OS lasts forever. Soon no PC game will support XP.  
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