Battlefield 3 won't support Windows XP or DirectX 9

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#1 Posted by bunnyboiler (522 posts) -
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#2 Posted by Mikemcn (8104 posts) -

I got Vista so, whatevs

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#3 Posted by fwylo (3571 posts) -

OH SNAP.

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#4 Posted by ch13696 (4760 posts) -

By the time it comes out, more than half of the PC owners are going to run Vista or 7. You know what I should do a poll.

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#5 Posted by litrock (172 posts) -

If you're gaming seriously on a PC, you're probably running Windows 7 anyway. It's a nice operating system, well worth upgrading to. Tested agrees, if you want full on Whiskey justification.

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#6 Posted by Emilio (3581 posts) -

That sucks. But hey, its just Microsoft's plan to basically continue to destroy the PC video game industry and continue their half-assed attempts at console gaming.

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#7 Posted by dangerousdave (140 posts) -

This was going to happen eventually, and frankly, I'm glad it's happening now while we have a really great operating system like Window 7.  When they pulled this stunt for Halo 2, it was like they were blackmailing us to use Vista.

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#8 Posted by Animasta (14898 posts) -
@Emilio said:
" That sucks. But hey, its just Microsoft's plan to basically continue to destroy the PC video game industry and continue their half-assed attempts at console gaming. "
what? what does that have to do with anything?
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#9 Posted by ISuperGamerI (1972 posts) -
@Emilio said:
" That sucks. But hey, its just Microsoft's plan to basically continue to destroy the PC video game industry and continue their half-assed attempts at console gaming. "
What are you talking about? Windows 7 (and Vista on high end computers) are great operating systems.
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#10 Posted by Hot_Sawce (69 posts) -

Is this really that surprising?

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#11 Posted by InfamousBIG (3309 posts) -

Anyone who doesn't have at least Vista yet, doesn't deserve to whine that they don't get to play a videogame.  An OS is just as essential (or even more so) than having good hardware.

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#12 Posted by Cube (4385 posts) -

You know what, at some point they need to move forward. This is good. It's not like Windows 7 is worse, I like it better than XP.

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#13 Posted by infamous021 (126 posts) -

I'm kind've surprised they're throwin away DX9 completely, the move to Vista and W7 is not surprising though.

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#14 Posted by Binman88 (3713 posts) -

Good. DX9 is incredibly outdated technology; I'm not even sure you can still buy DX9-only cards any more (or at least, there's got to be very little stock left).

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#15 Posted by CaptainObvious (2993 posts) -

Damn, bad news for me.

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#16 Posted by JamesBoyce (299 posts) -

Well, Windows don't support Windows XP anymore so really the XP thing isn't surprising.  Most cards that'll be out around then will be DX10-only I'm sure, so all in all it's not thaaaat surprising.  You have to move on eventually.

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#17 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1879 posts) -

OH no! Does that mean it won't run on my 486 DX2 running Windows Millennium either?! That is BULLSHIT!!!!

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#18 Edited by gike987 (1748 posts) -

Microsoft don't support XP anymore, XP is 10 years old. You don't expect to be able to run a game on 10 year old hardware so you shouldn't expect to run a game on a 10 years old OS.

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#19 Posted by No0b0rAmA (1511 posts) -
@gike987:  Except the fact they've released 2 OSes since than, and one was a piece of shit when it came out, and the other came out 1 year ago.
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#20 Posted by Inzzy (127 posts) -
@Mikemcn said:
" I got Vista so, whatevs "
I offer you my condolences. 
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#21 Posted by Mikemcn (8104 posts) -
@Inzzy said:
" @Mikemcn said:
" I got Vista so, whatevs "
I offer you my condolences.  "
Thank you, its tough but Im surviving
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#22 Posted by korwin (3810 posts) -

Yay!  Any PC gamer worth their metal is running a DX10/11 capable OS by now anyway.

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#23 Edited by gike987 (1748 posts) -
@No0b0rAmA said:

" @gike987:  Except the fact they've released 2 OSes since than, and one was a piece of shit when it came out, and the other came out 1 year ago. "

You should be happy Vista was a piece of shit then. Because if Vista was good almost every game would have been DX10 by now, so you would've been forced to upgrade even earlier.
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#24 Posted by No0b0rAmA (1511 posts) -
@gike987:  I sense sarcasm, but I'm not sure it's there.
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#25 Posted by Droop (1927 posts) -

Cool beans.

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#26 Posted by Diamond (8678 posts) -

Old news, but wow, who the fuck wrote that article : "but since consoles only support DX9, the implication is the PC version will be a "true" PC game."  When will people get it through their heads that 1). The consoles don't use DirectX for Windows, 2). The consoles can handle extensions beyond DX9 hardware.  All this (old) news means is they'll be able to really take good use of console hardware and not have to create shorter shaders for the DX9 version.
 
I do think the PC version will have some extra effects though, since DICE did that for BFBC2.  Probably even some token tessellation support this time.

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#27 Posted by Halopower67 (202 posts) -

Just upgraded to a GTX 460 1Gb and going up upgrade CPU soon ( currently have c2d E8400), and im running Win7 so I am glad they are doing this so they leave more room for better games to come.

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#28 Posted by buzz_killington (3655 posts) -

I knew that DICE will make a proper PC version, and then just call BC3 for the consoles Battlefield 3. Everybody wins.

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#29 Posted by webby (725 posts) -

YES! 
 primarily developed for DirectX 11 :D  

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#30 Posted by LtSquigs (294 posts) -

It's more surprising to me that this has to be an announcement. I guess I have underestimated the long legs XP has had. To me this is the equivalent to some company in 2004 (the middle of the XP cycle) announcing their new game won't support Windows 95 (its about the same amount of time between vista and XP).

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#31 Posted by Geno (6768 posts) -

Will it support DX10?

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#32 Posted by Diamond (8678 posts) -
@Geno:  Yes, although it remains to be seen if they really take advantage of DX10 at all, or DX11 for that matter.  It might be that DX10 is baseline console graphics features while DX11 has any of the 'special' stuff.
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#33 Posted by theduke (228 posts) -

that is the sweetness
hopefully they return to the large scale gameplay with commander and squad leaders

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#34 Posted by Gamer_152 (14464 posts) -

I imagine there's going to be a certain amount of backlash over this. It doesn't affect me personally but maybe it's a little early to start trying to raise the standard OS for PC games to Vista or 7, especially when Vista has the reputation it does.

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#35 Posted by EliasT (691 posts) -

Well no shit, really?? Games that are coming out years from now will disregard extremely outdated OSs and DX versions? HOLY SHIT, EVERYONE HURRY AND START BITCHING AND MOANING!!!!!

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#36 Posted by Meowshi (2917 posts) -
@Emilio said:
" That sucks. But hey, its just Microsoft's plan to basically continue to destroy the PC video game industry and continue their half-assed attempts at console gaming. "
Half-assed attempts?  There are almost 42 million 360s sold.  
 
I'd say they were pretty successful.
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#37 Edited by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

Good news, move technology forward and stop going backwards or sideways getting nowhere in graphics. Now they are supporting the game like how it was meant to be, a pc game. Well I guess I need to get a windows 7 then, i'll get a DX11 gpu maybe this month.

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#38 Posted by Meowshi (2917 posts) -
@gike987 said:
" Microsoft don't support XP anymore, XP is 10 years old. You don't expect to be able to run a game on 10 year old hardware so you shouldn't expect to run a game on a 10 years old OS. "
Except that most games do work on XP. 
 
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#39 Posted by irish (92 posts) -

Good excuse to upgrade I suppose

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#40 Posted by citizenkane (10873 posts) -

Like as has been previously said, anybody who is going to buy this game has already switched over to Vista and W7 and to DirectX10-11, so I don't see how this is going to hurt anybody.

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#41 Posted by korwin (3810 posts) -
@Meowshi: Because the support as kept up for ages, because people kept belly aching about having to pay for a new OS.
 
@Geno:
DX11 works on DX10 hardware, it simply disables the feature sets used by the more up to date hardware.  It's pretty clever stuff.
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#42 Posted by floodiastus (1288 posts) -

Running vista and DX11. Vista is the most stable OS ive run so far. 
 
XP was total crap imho

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#43 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1663 posts) -

''Let me upgrade ya''

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#44 Posted by raiz265 (2256 posts) -

Breaking news, PS3 games don't work on a PS2.

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#45 Posted by Hamz (6899 posts) -

I have Windows 7 and a GTS 250 GPU, I assume if I wanted to I could play BF3. So I'm not too bothered about them giving XP the cold shoulder, arguably that OS is old by today's standards and we need to utilise the current software available.

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#46 Posted by s7evn (1067 posts) -

Good for them I suppose.

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#47 Posted by Emilio (3581 posts) -
@ISuperGamerI said:
" @Emilio said:
" That sucks. But hey, its just Microsoft's plan to basically continue to destroy the PC video game industry and continue their half-assed attempts at console gaming. "
What are you talking about? Windows 7 (and Vista on high end computers) are great operating systems. "
At what part did I criticize their operating systems? 
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#48 Posted by korwin (3810 posts) -
@Emilio: By implying that not supporting Windows XP is an attempt to destroy PC gaming, It's not much of a stretch to assume that was the overall theme of your post.
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#49 Posted by Bigandtasty (3145 posts) -

Considering the graphical requirements of Bad Company 2, this is not surprising.

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#50 Posted by mosdl (3422 posts) -

Not really a surprise, it was bound to happen.  And 7 is a great windows release, they learned their lesson from vista.

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