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Black Ops II Features "Enhanced Graphics" On PC, Won't Support Windows XP

Jonathan Lester
Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS games, PC games, Treyarch

Black Ops II Features "Enhanced Graphics" On PC, Won't Support Windows XP

Here Be Minspecs

I daresay that a few of you have been waiting to examine/laugh at Call Of Duty: Black Ops II's graphical prowess, and now's your chance courtesy of a technical FAQ. Black Ops II won't run on Windows XP due to its DX11 upgrade, though Treyarch are confident that it will run well on even the minimum specifications (which are included below).

PC owners will be pleased to note that their version includes graphical enhancements over the console editions.

"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," reads the FAQ. "And the game can run at higher resolutions and higher framerates on the PC." There'll be no framerate cap, though you can optionally set one should you want/need to.

The use of the DX11 API means that Black Ops II won't work with Windows XP, but performance will be suitably impressive. "Performance has been a top priority for Black Ops II PC from day one and we have achieved significant improvements," continues the post. "We’ve improved the way the engine handles multiple threads. Additionally, we moved the engine from DX9 to DX11. The DX11 API is leaner than DX9 and requires less CPU time to do the same amount of work. It is important to point out that this benefits the entire range of supported GPUs, not just DX11 hardware. We have also added more “quality vs performance” options than ever before so you can customize your experience to either run faster or to satisfy your taste in eye candy."

So, without further ado, here are the minimum system requirements. Chances are you'll be just fine:

  • 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

Treyarch plans to shake up the Call Of Duty formula in numerous ways with Black Ops II, including a futuristic singleplayer setting, Strike Force missions, new gear and a departure from traditional multiplayer perks. You can read our Black Ops II preview for more details.

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DivideByZero  Sep. 4, 2012 at 17:08

Good to see the minimum specs and good to know my Mums old PC will be able to run this.

*head desk*

Still, low minimum spec doesn't mean it will look pants and as long as it runs as well as black ops but looks like a modern game, then it will be all good.

Having played a fair bit of Black Ops over the last 2 weeks, I am actually getting excited about this now. But that usually only ever leads to disappointment.


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