Battlefield 3 to drop support for Windows XP

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 3 January 2011 09:15 GMT

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DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson has laid down the law regarding Battlefield 3’s system requirements, and those final pockets of Windows XP resistance are faced with an ultimatum: upgrade, or forget about playing one of the biggest shooters of the decade.

According to Andersson, the series’s new engine is heavily reliant on newer tech.

“Frostbite 2 is primarily developed for DX11. XP & DX9 is _not_ supported, 64-bit OS is recommended,” he tweeted.

This bald statement of fact confirms rumours from way back in 2007, when the prospect of dropping XP seemed much more onerous.

Battlefield 3 is expected whenever the notoriously perfectionist DICE think its finished with it, although EA is aiming for the third or fourth quarter this year.

Thanks, Blues News.

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