Of course, if you're a PC gamer, your machine is probably tricked out with all the latest gadgets and gizmos, cool stuff and awesome technology. You're likely to not be running an operating system that's a couple of iterations behind, right?
That's what Treyarch and Activision are counting on, with the announcement that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will not support Windows XP. The reason behind the shift? DirectX11, which is simply not supported by the older Microsoft software.
Other than that, the minimum system requirements aren't all that complicated:
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
In a new announcement which also sees Treyarch discussing the proprietary Black Ops II engine (built on the base Black Ops engine and given enhanced graphics, performance optimisation, and a nifty bunch of proprietary anti-cheat technology), the developer promises that - unlike other games - Black Ops II will actually be playable on minimum spec machines.
You've still got a bit of time if you need to nip off and pick up a new copy of Windows: Call of Duty: Black Ops II will hit PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on November 13th, 2012.
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