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Call of Duty: Black Ops II says No to Windows XP

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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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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