Modern Warfare 3 PC hardware specs announced

While the PC versions of previous Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games haven't sold as many copies as the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, the modern military shooters from developer Infinity Ward are still among the best selling PC games of the year when they are released. That's likely to be the case when the latest installment, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, ships to stores or is made available for download on November 8.

Today on the game's official message boards, Infinity Ward and publisher Activision talked more about the specific features for the PC port of Modern Warfare 3. Many gamers were upset with Infinity Ward two years ago when the developer announced that the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would not have any dedicated server support. The outcry from PC gamers was massive and in short, Infinity Ward (along with the game's co-developer Sledgehammer Games) have put dedicated server support back in for the PC edition of Modern Warfare 3.

The post also goes over even more about the PC version, including adding support for advanced graphics options such as Screen Space Ambient Occlusion. The post also included the minimal hardware requirements for Modern Warfare 3:

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 9.0C or later

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Although I like the COD series, I really enjoy the creations from the true Infinity Ward team.

As you guys might recall about 90% of the Infinity Ward team broke away to create Respawn Entertainment, and the name Infinity Ward is now merely a shell with new members running off reputation created by other visionaries.

links to Respawn Entertainment news:
>> http://au.gamespot.com/news/62...rd-leads-reunite-at-respawn
>> http://au.gamespot.com/news/62...er-user-related-content%3B3

Should be interesting to see what they can do with it... but I'll definitely keep my eyes open for the fist FPS release from Respawn Entertainment (even though it looks to be only 2015)

I think I'll rather spend my cash on BF3 than MW3 this time round.

I've always preferred Battlefield to CoD any day... CoD just gets me frustrated when I play it (mainly because I suck at it, and it's full of 13 year old abuse hurling kids). But I actually enjoy playing Battlefield games on PC and usually get quite a few kills

PC gamers are dumb... Now they're complaining that the minimum specs for a game is too low.
As much as I like PCs (being a software developper and all...) I got sick of being Nvidias and Intel's bitch. Bought me a Xbox, six years old hardware and the games are still getting prettier !

Kwanza said,
PC gamers are dumb... Now they're complaining that the minimum specs for a game is too low.
As much as I like PCs (being a software developper and all...) I got sick of being Nvidias and Intel's bitch. Bought me a Xbox, six years old hardware and the games are still getting prettier !

beacuse they get lazzy when porting to pc

tytytucke said,

beacuse they get lazzy when porting to pc

Lazzy? Is that a word?

The PC is my preferred gaming platform, unfortunately with rampant piracy it's a money-loser (looser to you all who can't spell).

People like to pretend piracy doesn't hurt anyone ("How is it stealing when it's an exact copy?") but this is exactly what happens when developers can't make money: they develop for platforms that do.

I may hate CoD games and prefer BF3 but gameplay > graphics. I hate how people play BF3 because of its fancy visuals, and people hate CoD because of dated graphics... Some of the best games have dated graphics (i.e. CS 1.6, Half-life 2 etc...).

You folks gotta admit - kill streaks and its rewards are FUN.

SteelToast said,
Some of the best games have dated graphics (i.e. CS 1.6, Half-life 2 etc...).

You forgot to add BF2 in that list. Trust me the graphics are not what sold BF3, it's because its promised to live up to the BF2 days.

Also you have it wrong. People hate CoD because of the dry gameplay that consists of running around spraying through walls. If I recall just a few years ago when the first CoD:MW came out it was all the rage because it looked so good. The Battlefield series has never been known for really stellar graphics, BF3 has the classic BF2 gameplay but with some amazing visuals, I assure you at least on the PC that people don't play BF3 just for the visuals. It's because we've been waiting for it for way too long and have grown quite tired of Activisions rehashed annuals.

mollick2 said,

You forgot to add BF2 in that list. Trust me the graphics are not what sold BF3, it's because its promised to live up to the BF2 days.

Also you have it wrong. People hate CoD because of the dry gameplay that consists of running around spraying through walls. If I recall just a few years ago when the first CoD:MW came out it was all the rage because it looked so good. The Battlefield series has never been known for really stellar graphics, BF3 has the classic BF2 gameplay but with some amazing visuals, I assure you at least on the PC that people don't play BF3 just for the visuals. It's because we've been waiting for it for way too long and have grown quite tired of Activisions rehashed annuals.

People not only buy BF3 for living up to the old BF2 days, but a lot of people also buy it for it's shiny graphics... It's a known fact, and people will be dissapointed (if they change from CoD to BF) cause the gameplay on BF is different.

Stekkz_ said,

People not only buy BF3 for living up to the old BF2 days, but a lot of people also buy it for it's shiny graphics... It's a known fact, and people will be dissapointed (if they change from CoD to BF) cause the gameplay on BF is different.

Yeah, and you know why? CoD is more about KDR whoring, rather than working with teams. I wonder if they even know what "teamwork" actually means. But, then again CoD doesn't do vehicles unlike BF.

Stekkz_ said,

People not only buy BF3 for living up to the old BF2 days, but a lot of people also buy it for it's shiny graphics... It's a known fact, and people will be dissapointed (if they change from CoD to BF) cause the gameplay on BF is different.

I wish it did but it hasn't lived up to BF2 days of yore! Well, from what I played of the beta anyways.

Such a shame! Dice promised us more than they could deliver! Need to cater to all those console gamers though eh

DiamondFootprint said,

I wish it did but it hasn't lived up to BF2 days of yore! Well, from what I played of the beta anyways.

You people judge a game based on a "Beta". Learn what the word means, before you trash it.
Such a shame! Dice promised us more than they could deliver! Need to cater to all those console gamers though eh

It's nice they're providing dedicated servers, but they're unranked according to fourzerotwo (which REALLY blows). That means you can't rank up or unlock stuff on them. However, server admins can basically control what weapons are unlocked (for instance, they can have everything unlocked and accessible to everyone). If you want to level up and unlock, you have to use the P2P system like in MW2.

Based on this news, I'm holding out til after release... not hyped for it anyway. I'm more hyped for Skyrim and Revelations TBH.

SharpGreen said,
Is that a screenshot from the game? If it is, man does that look ugly. Glad I got BF3 instead of this crap.

Ugly? Graphically dated perhaps, but that doesn't mean it's ugly, unless you are just obsessed with technical limits of a games engine, in which I can't imagine you'd like many games beyond 3 or so years ago.

SharpGreen said,
Is that a screenshot from the game? If it is, man does that look ugly. Glad I got BF3 instead of this crap.

IW want it to be accessible to as many users as possible.

SharpGreen said,
Is that a screenshot from the game? If it is, man does that look ugly. Glad I got BF3 instead of this crap.

I'm getting both, but yeah. BF3's graphics are much more better, at least comparing to textures.

SharpGreen said,
Is that a screenshot from the game? If it is, man does that look ugly. Glad I got BF3 instead of this crap.

I may be wrong (Hope I'm not) but that totally looks like "Karachi" from MW2.
Probably on PC with graphics maxxed out...

Just read the entire announce thread, deffo not getting the game now with the crap going on with MP It's like they they are deliberately pushing people over to BF3 which looks better and better everyday, more so now.

With these as minimum I guess it doesn't require a decommissioned nuclear reactor to run at max or high settings. Quite in opposite to BF3.

SCRISP said,
Not sure if I can afford the upgrade to XP from 2000.

XP is what 10 years old, yet you couldn't find a way to update it? LULZ.

SCRISP said,
Not sure if I can afford the upgrade to XP from 2000.

Not entirely sure since I can't see your face, but my sarcasm alarm is ringing, no?

Reacon said,
Definitely pushing the PC to its limit. My 5 year old PC, in any case.

lol.. you wont need to upgrade until the next xbox is released with it holding all the gaming minimum requirements back..

Lachlan said,

lol.. you wont need to upgrade until the next xbox is released with it holding all the gaming minimum requirements back..

Your point is m00t. Look at Battlefield 3 on XBox 360. Yet, you don't see it support XP *cheap people*. And the graphics aren't /that/ noticeable. So you fail at trolling. It's the XP that hold gaming back, if anything.