It goes without saying that, if you are planning to give yourself the ultimate Battlefield 3 experience, you’re going to want to pick up the PC version of the game. But, with the game’s release a few months away, there might be some gamers who are wondering if they should give their PC an upgrade in order to even be able to run Battlefield 3.

Thankfully two sets of specs (both minimum and recommended) have been released to give hopeful Battlefield 3 PC players an idea of just how taxing the game might be on their rig.

Settings-wise the minimum and recommended specs are nothing too out of the ordinary, and shouldn’t force too many hardcore PC players to go out for an upgrade. But, of course, these are only the minimum and recommended specs for the game to run smoothly.

There is no mention of what type of PC will be required to run the game at the rate that will deliver the same visuals and fluid movement seen in the game’s amazing trailers. That, one can assume, will be saved for a later date, when all the important experience-related elements of Battlefield 3 will be revealed.

Check out the specs below courtesy of GameStop’s product listing:


Hard Drive Space: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version

Operating System: Windows Vista or Windows 7

Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHz


Video Card: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card


Hard Drive Space: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version

Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU


Video Card: DirectX 11 Nvidia or AMD ATI card, GeForce GTX 460, Radeon Radeon HD 6850

We imagine that in order to reap the full benefits of the Frostbite 2 engine, players should be working with some serious computing power — unfortunately we just don’t know how powerful a PC that is.

And let us not forget that the game will also be available on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and while it might not deliver the same experience visually as the PC version, it certainly will, according to DICE, be an amazing game. No matter if it’s at minimum, recommended, or max specs, you’re not going to want to miss playing Battlefield 3.

What do you make of these supposed minimum and recommended specs for the PC version of Battlefield 3? How do you think the game will stack up in the pantheon of PC-pushing titles?

Battlefield 3 releases October 25, 2011 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Source: GameStop (via Gamerzines)