While Call of Duty may be a franchise focused on console domination, its PC community is by no means small. With the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, however, some of that audience may find themselves struggling to run the title. See, Ghosts will be seeing a robust update in required PC system specifications in order to meet the demands of the next-gen tech the game runs on. It may be time to upgrade, for some PC gamers.
Activision and Infinity Ward updated the Call of Duty: Ghosts website today with the game's official PC specs and ... oof. Here they are in all of their glory:
- OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit
- CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ / AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 40 GB
- Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 or better
- Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
- DirectX®: DirectX® 11
- Internet: Broadband Internet connection for Steam and Online Multiplayer.
Believe it or not, but those specifications are actually pulled back from earlier, non-official leaks. Not by any significant margin, but still a notable one. For instance, the HDD requirement has come down from 60GB. We have to wonder how many explosions had to be removed from the game to get it down to 40GB.
It's that Windows 7 64-Bit requirement that really bugs me. How many people are still sitting on an older version of Windows or worse yet the 32-Bit version of Windows 7? Ah, my heart aches for all those poor children who won't be able to get their Call of Duty fix until the annoy their parents into upgrading their PCs. Stay strong, parents! Personally, I'm psyched to see just what these solid requirements mean for Ghosts' visual scalability. I'm hoping for an outstanding visual experience.
Call of Duty: Ghosts launches on PC on November 5, along with the Xbox 360, Wii U and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will launch with their respective consoles.