When it comes to being a gamer, you typically fall into one of two categories: either you’re primarily a console gamer, or primarily a PC gamer. And though there are a number of differences between the two groups, one area in which the two meet is the need to play catch-up. Console gamers have to shell out plenty of money whenever the big companies create the newest console, containing the latest advances in gaming technology. Likewise, PC gamers have to make upgrades to their computers whenever a particular game comes out that may require it.

With Battlefield 3 on the way, and with as many pre-orders as it has, PC gamers will probably want to do a quick check of their computers to see if everything’s up to date for the game’s release. Thankfully, a checklist of the expected requirements for your systems has surfaced for your convenience. It may not be official, but it should cover most of the needed specs.

Battlefield 3 is said to have similar requirements to its predecessor, Bad Company 2 –┬ámainly due to the fact that it’s powered by an updated version of the Frostbite engine, Frostbite 2.0. As such, it should play much the same as Bad Company 2 did, but it should be noted that it won’t be supporting DirecX 9, so it can’t run on Windows XP.

Recommended system requirements are as follows:

– Windows 7 64-bit OS

– Quad-Core CPU processor

– 4 GB memory

– 20 GB hard drive

– DirectX 11 graphics card compatible with 1024 MB RAM, such as Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950

– DirectX compatible sound card

– mouse and keyboard

– DVD-ROM drive

The minimum system requirements are:

– Windows Vista 32-bit OS

– 2 GHz Dual Core processor, such as Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, or Althon X2 2.7 GHz

– 2 GB memory

– 20 GB hard drive

– if using AMD graphics card, should be DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM, such as ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000, with ATI Radeon 3870 or higher

– if using Nvidia graphics card, should be DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM, such as Nvidia GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500, with Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher

– DirectX compatible sound card

– mouse and keyboard

– DVD-ROM drive

It’s safe to say Battlefield 3 will be a h0t-seller on its release, with a free copy of Dead Space 2 coming with a pre-order certainly helping there. If you’re still on the fence, you can always try the beta when it’s released.

Will you be making any updates to your PC for Battlefield 3?

Battlefield 3 releases October 25th for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Source: G4TV