Battlefield 4 on Windows 8 to offer improved CPU optimization
Battlefield 4 is already heading over to present generation consoles such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and next generation platforms like Xbox One and PS4. But what are the prospects of the game on PC?
Technical Director on Frostbite at DICE Johan Andersson recently stated that Battlefield 4′s Frostbite 3 engine would fully offer support for Direct X 11.1 and that the systems that will utilize this API can expect better CPU performance. However, there's a massive catch to it. For those who are not aware of the situation, only Windows 8 systems support Direct X 11.1 at the moment. So what's to happen to all those working on Windows 7? We have no idea.
As reported by NeoGAF, Andersson, on the topic, stated: "We use DX11.1, there are some optimizations in it (constant buffer offsets, dynamic buffers as SRVs) that we got in to the API that improves CPU performance in our rendering when one runs with DX11.1. This will be in BF4."
Now we are not stating that machines running Windows 7 will not run the game entirely. They will in fact run the game, but you may not get the same experience - similar to latest PCs and consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One - that you did back at your friend's place running the game on Windows 8.
As of now, the PC requirements detailed by NeoGAF for the game are as follows:
Minimum Requirements: Windows Vista (Service Pack 1) 32-bit Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz) Memory: 2 GB System RAM Hard Drive: 20 GB Video Card:DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
Recommended Requirements: Windows 7 64-bit Processor: Quad-core CPU Memory: 4 GB Hard Drive: 20 GB Video Card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950) Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
Battlefield 4, currently set for an Oct. 29 release on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, was announced back in July last year when EA revealed more about its Origin client and also confirmed that those who pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter would receive early access to the Battlefield 4 beta.