Infinity Ward “put a ton of emphasis” on the Modern Warfare 3 PC experience

Friday, 21st October 2011 17:59 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Robert Bowling posted information pertinent to the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 on the game’s community site today, and according to Infinity Ward’s creative strategist, the development team has “put a ton of emphasis,” on the PC experience.

Bowling said the team brought back “all the great things,” added Modern Warfare 2 such as matchmaking, the lobby, and Steam integration, combined with dedicated servers and the in-game server included in the original Modern Warfare.

“In addition, we’re supporting PC specific features that give you even more control over your experience like RCON, Custom Game Saving, NoGFX / Audio Card Requirement on DS.exe, Voice Chat, and SSAO,” he said.

According to Bowling’s post, the PC version of the game supports private match options customizable through private and dedicated server games with “full control over Class Restrictions, Custom Game mode creation,” and access to unique private match modes like One in the Chamber, Gun Game, and Infected.

Dedicated Servers will allow players to “find and filter via an in-game server browser,” or set-up private Dedicated Server for complete control, without being restricted by any third-party hosting requirements. Users can also filter and favorite servers by “Ping, Map, Gametype, Hardcore Variants, Voice, Password,” and other options.

“We value the PC player and have gone to great lengths inproviding a more rich experience for our players,” said Bowling. “We keep our ear near the ground and try todeliver items most requested. The big feature for MW3 we are supporting is Dedicated Servers, this includes a server browser, voting, RCON, and more.

“Also we’ve implemented some PC only rendering features including SSAO. Lastly we are embracing the Steam platform by integrating fully with Steam including friends list, and Steam achievements.”

The complete list of PC specific notations are through here. Minimum specs for PC are posted below.

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X38750 processor or better
  • Memory: 16 GB free hard drive space/2GB RAM
  • Video Card: Shader 3.0 or better/ 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT/ATI Radeon X1950 or better
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 or later

Modern Warfare 3 releases November 8 for PC, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.




  1. Kabby

    Please don’t leave us for Battlefield.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. UKTomm

    ‘We value the PC player’ – Sorry, but no, you clearly don’t. We would have ranked dedicated servers and more information regarding mod tools if you did.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. BULArmy

    Dedicated servers can only be used for unranked matches. So for eanked we are stuck with the horrible matchmaking from MW2. So BF3 only I guess, I had some hope that I will play MW3, because I like sometimes some noob-destoying, casual-shooting experience.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. noherczeg

    Just check out the new BF3 trailer. Question anyone?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    “Video Card: Shader 3.0 or better/ 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT/ATI Radeon X1950 or better”

    this is so 2006 lol. At that time i remember when i was excited about 8800 GTX or ULTRA

    #5 3 years ago
  6. gamb1t

    lol so were playing a 2006 engine game, cooooooooooool NOT

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    So roughly the same as BF3′s minimum requirements then.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Fin

    What’s this?? An article about MW3??


    #8 3 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    So roughly not!

    Minimum requirements for Battlefield 3
    OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
    Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
    RAM: 2GB
    Graphic card: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card, ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher.
    Graphics card memory: 512 MB
    Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Hard drive: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version

    It requires at minimum 512 MB and 8800 GT.
    8800M series are the last in 8 series and they are the last at M series.

    8600GT is a 2006-2007 budget gamers videocard. That card was the first one that you could use for 7th gen games that are ported from PS3|360 to PC.

    I remember a lot of guys used it for CoD4 and other launch console titles on the PC. Good times.

    8800 was like 580 GTX today.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    Thanks for proving the point, Erth. Saves me the trouble of listing it.


    But even in listing specs apparently you can’t get it right (copy paste really is a lost art) so here’s Origin for you:

    DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500 series with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance)

    DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series, with ATI Radeon 3870 or higher performance)

    Some things are better left to speak for themselves.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. jacobvandy

    @7 Uh, no… The CPU requirement is similar, but BF3 calls for twice the minimum graphics horsepower (8600 GT vs. 8800 GT and X1950 vs. 3870), not to mention requires DirectX 10. Because DICE is actually moving games technology forward, past the 6-year-old consoles.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 Damn, you mean to say they’ve moved technology all the way from an 8600 to an 8800 GT?


    Not that minimum requirements are saying anything about anything other than optimization, but even so, I just wanted to point out how pathetic fanboys can get these days.

    It goes without saying to any relatively sane person that if you would try to run these with something like an 8-series budget card, you wouldn’t get any sort of experience playing either game.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. freedoms_stain

    @7, BF3 requires at least a 512mb card 8800 GT or better, the fact that the cpu requirements are similar when one engine is significantly older stinks of the poor optimisation that often accompanies shoddy ports.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. jacobvandy

    @12 That you don’t know the difference between the two cards (in terms of performance, they both support DX10) shows you don’t know what you’re talking about. Here’s a nifty web site that compares specs:

    Or if you’d rather compare benchmarks, you can see the disparity is even greater than the raw spec figures would suggest (like 26fps vs. 7fps in Crysis):,794.html?prod%5B2072%5D=on&prod%5B2086%5D=on

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 Actually what I was saying is that the only way that would matter to anyone, would be if you were a desperate fanboy grasping for even the slightest argument as to why your baby is the chosen one.

    Fact is, you play either game with either one of those cards, and you won’t get anything out of it. It will not be fun for you. So argueing about pointless differences in cards that won’t be pulling a decent framerate in any kind of hypothetical case, says more about the people who care about that sort of thing, than the actual fact that those cards might allow the game to run.

    @15 I wouldn’t know about that. Seems a lot to read from accomodating some fairly ancient processors. The last iterations of Modern Warfare have clearly been the superior builds on PC, with the consoles suffering a number of bugs and exploits.

    To compare, BC2 did launch with gamebreaking bugs on the PC for the first month, and last I heard, the beta carried quite a few “overlooked” snags here and there. Based on track record, I know who I’d trust.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. jacobvandy

    The point of a developer listing system requirements is to tell the player what they need to run the game. People concerned with the bare minimum specs will be too happy to know they can play the game to care about choppy FPS or having to turn the graphics detail down.

    You’d just rather call the discussion pointless than admit you were wrong. It’s fine, I understand.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    Right. I can imagine kids in Uganda being amazed at tiny men running around their screens, with the frames skipping between each move, and the textures so blurred out they look like they’re melting, but an actual PC gamer? That kinda defeats the purpose, especially when an Xbox is retailing for less than a days salary.

    You won’t be seeing any of what the game can do, and you won’t be having fun. Unless you’re a kid from Uganda, in which case I’m sure it’s a miracle.

    Actually I’d rather call a discussion pointless than argue on the same batshit insane tangents of raging fanboys. I mean really, supporting old graphics cards, that’s the most damning accusation you can throw at it? Wow. You’re not only completely irrational, you’re also entirely devoid of imagination.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. jacobvandy

    You got your wires crossed somewhere… I was never attacking MW3 for supporting an older graphics cards, just pointing out that its minimum requirements are not “roughly the same” as BF3′s. Arguing with fanboys on here all the time really puts you on edge, huh?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. SamOnYou

    @BULArmy To clarify Unranked Dedicated Servers on PC. Admin has full control of unlocks. Can unlock all or fully customize whats unlocked in #MW3!/fourzerotwo

    #19 3 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    Looks like EA and actvision is fighting over us pc gamers lol. I may pick this up later time.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    @18 You’re not wrong, but it still looks roughly the same to me. Whether you use a 8600 or 8800 GT, you’re still better off having your graphics powered by rubberbands and and a couple of magnets.

    Even if the 8600 was a Voodoo card it still wouldn’t matter.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Unknown_Gamer

    Look at the pic .. Seriously he looks like a gay model ಠ_ಠ !!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Lounds

    I used to have a 8600gt it could run crysis in medium and Cod on high, then I upgraded to a 4850 which has similar performance to a geforce260.

    I think I’m gonna wait for 28/32nm gfxcards.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Maximum Payne

    @23 Same except I bought 5770 which is more then enough for mz 720p monitor.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Machinetti

    Those (“”) Should have been around Infinity Ward Since its Not The Real Infinity Ward!

    #25 3 years ago

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