Battlefield 3 open beta next week; PC system requirements revealed

Gamers who have been waiting to get a chance to play Battlefield 3 will get a free taste of the final game next week. Electronic Arts has announced that the multiplayer open beta test for the modern military first person shooter will go live for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms on Thursday, September 29. That's less than a month before the final and full version of the Digital Illusions-developed game is due for release on October 25. The beta test will give players a chance to try out the Rush multiplayer mode on the Operation Metro map, set in Paris. The beta test will also feature Battlelog, EA's free online service that will track player stats in Battlefield 3 along with communication features with fellow players.

While the beta test will officially open to the public on September 29, a select number of gamers will get access to the test two days earlier on September 27. On that date, anyone who pre-ordered 2010's first person shooter Medal of Honor will finally be able to cash in that beta code for Battlefield 3. Also, PC gamers who pre-order the digital download version of Battlefield 3 via EA's Origin web site will be granted early access to the beta.

In addition to today's reveal of the open beta test dates, EA has also announced the PC minimal and recommended system requirements for Battlefield 3:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-Bit
Processor: 2 Ghz Dual Core (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz Or AMD Athlon X2 2.7 Ghz)
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card (AMD): DirectX 10.1 Compatible With 512 MB RAM (ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 Or 6000 Series, With ATI Radeon 3870 Or Higher Performance)
Graphics Card (NVIDIA): DirectX 10.1 Compatible With 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA Geforce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 Or 500 Series With NVIDIA Geforce 8800 GT Or Higher Performance)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Keyboard And Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor: Quad-Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card: DirectX 11 Compatible With 1024 MB Ram (NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 Or ATI Radeon 6950)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Keyboard And Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

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17 Comments

Tekkerson said,
What about Ultra settings system requirements?

Ultra? That'd be 2x580 in SLI. @zh1nt0 is DICE's community manager by the way.

bkohn1:
@zh1nt0 so can you tell us if the recommended system requirements are enough to run the game on ultra?

zh1nt0:
@bkohn1 recommended is usually medium

bkohn1:
@zh1nt0 so would one GTX580 run it on ultra? Or do I need two of them?

zh1nt0:
@bkohn1 2

Awesome, can't wait too bad my ps3 is broken as going to have to get the pc version and it is no doubt going to struggle with it

ACTIONpack said,
WOW my 8800 GTS is now a minimum, :-/
This surprises you? You're 4 generations behind.

8xxx series <-yours
9xxx series
GTX 2xx series
GTX 4xx series
GTX 5xx series <-current

Also given that the 5xx series is all the way up to the 590 now, I bet the 6xx (or whatever they choose to call them) isn't too far away.

s**t, just bought my 6870, ah well never imagined I'd be playing BF3 at high settings but it will play it to an acceptable standard (fingers crossed)

About time someone as in a game developer started pushing system requirements higher rather than lower the specs and graphics of a game to get sales. Bottom line is if you can't play it don't. I prob won't play the Beta though as it will likely go gold in a few days after its release but be patched about 10 times in the first month of release.

Yep time for me also to give my 9800GT a rest, was thinking of going for a 560ti.. or was maybe thinking considering I wont get much for a 9800GT nowadays, would it be worth it, to have it as a dedicated PhysX card?

Munroe said,
Yep time for me also to give my 9800GT a rest, was thinking of going for a 560ti.. or was maybe thinking considering I wont get much for a 9800GT nowadays, would it be worth it, to have it as a dedicated PhysX card?

Got to be honest, I retired my GTX 275 recently and put a gtx 570 in it's place. Tried the 275 as a PhysX card, and didn't give me much advantage...especially not considering the extra power draw and heat.

hey guys can i play BF3 on my evga 1gb gtx 460 sc ee @1680x1050 on high settings? see my sig for more info on my machine...

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