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Modern Warfare 2 PC specs released

Modern Warfare 2 PC specs released

The official PC requirements for Activision's Modern Warfare have finally been released by GameStop.

Assuming you're not too busy signing petitions or boycotting Infinity Ward over their removal of support for dedicated servers and the mod community in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you might be interested to know that the official PC system requirements for the game have finally been released.

The specifications were posted by American retail chain GameStop, via ShackNews, and list the required hardware to run the game on Windows XP and Windows Vista. Hardware requirements for Windows 7 have not yet been released - but then, the OS only went on sale yesterday.

Hard Drive Space: 16 GB free hard drive space
Operating System: Windows Vista/XP
Processor: AMD 64 3200+ or Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or better
RAM: 512 MB RAM (XP) / 1 GB RAM (VISTA)
Video Card: Shader 3.0 or better 256 MB nVidia GeForce 6600GT / ATI Radeon 1600XT or better

It's also worth noting that, according to previous comments made by Infinity Ward, the multiplayer portion of the game will also be linked to Steam, as well as the new IWNet matchmaking system that has caused so much controversy. If you haven't got a Steam account then you'll likely have to sign up for one soon - but don't worry, it's free!

There's still no word on the ambiguous denial of the PC delay for the game, so for the moment we're assuming that the PC version of Modern Warfare 2 will be released on November 10th, alongside all other versions of the game.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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do_it_anyway 23rd October 2009, 12:05 Quote
Looking at those specs its obvious that Modern Whorefare 2 is not pushing the limits in terms of game improvement.
As if I didn't know already, this proves to me that the game is quite simply a console port, with graphics as technologically advanced as a 5 year old console can handle.

My mood is changing from annoyed to plain disappointed. The last remaining glimmer of hope that dedicated servers may get patched in has been removed, replaced instead by the overwhelming thought that this game will be no more advanced than Call of duty: modern warfare, which has dedicated servers and sat at the top of the games charts for over a year.
Guess what i will be playing tonight?
Gunsmith 23rd October 2009, 12:08 Quote
borderlands?
crysis?
dues ex?
ss2?
CoH?

i can think of a metric ****tonne of better games you can be sitting down with then MW2:)
Jack_Pepsi 23rd October 2009, 12:09 Quote
Not going to get this until we have dedicated servers thank you.
johnnyboy700 23rd October 2009, 12:10 Quote
Heres a thought for all you who are thinking about hanging back until the price drops before you buy this one, CoD4 is still sitting on the shelves at a fairly high price. I think I recently spotted it at my local HMV for £34.99 and thats after two years, online will be less obviously but still high.
Mankz 23rd October 2009, 12:12 Quote
Is this going to be like the original MW where it looks 'good' on most PCs, but won't scale properly or look 'AMAZING!!!11!' on top end PC's?
ChaosDefinesOrder 23rd October 2009, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
borderlands?
crysis?
dues ex?
ss2?
CoH?

i can think of a metric ****tonne of better games you can be sitting down with then MW2:)

And the cost of all of those games combined will be less than the purchase price of CoD:MW2 ;-)
Krikkit 23rd October 2009, 12:15 Quote
Maybe. I think it's just the graphical style - it doesn't always look much different tbh.
capnPedro 23rd October 2009, 12:16 Quote
16GB for one game... CoD4 is only 6GB!
smc8788 23rd October 2009, 12:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
16GB for one game... CoD4 is only 6GB!

So is this one, the extra 10GB is for all the additional DLC map packs they're gonna sell you :p
do_it_anyway 23rd October 2009, 12:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
Quote:
Originally Posted by capnPedro
16GB for one game... CoD4 is only 6GB!

So is this one, the extra 10GB is for all the additional DLC map packs they're gonna sell you :p

I think the fabulous, efficient, and improved experience that is IWNet takes up 10GB....
wuyanxu 23rd October 2009, 12:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
I think the fabulous, efficient, and improved experience that is IWNet takes up 10GB....
lol, clearly, IWnet is making a great impression for PC gamers.
Paradigm Shifter 23rd October 2009, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by johnnyboy700
Heres a thought for all you who are thinking about hanging back until the price drops before you buy this one, CoD4 is still sitting on the shelves at a fairly high price. I think I recently spotted it at my local HMV for £34.99 and thats after two years, online will be less obviously but still high.

Depends where you look, when you look. :) HMV seem to always keep their prices high, unless they're in the middle of a loss-leader sale or something is monumentally unpopular. I saw CoD4 in PC World for £12 in August; it's gone back up again to £30 or something like that. Amazon had CoD4 for £15 a few weeks back, but price has risen since then, again. Current Amazon prices are £31.34 for CoD4, or £20.99 for CoD4 GotY Edition (both PC).
Comet 23rd October 2009, 12:53 Quote
I've got nothing againg IWNet Matchmaking. Actually I think its a positive thing in addition to dedicated server and mod support.
They should have followed the Americas Army system. You need to be connected to their network to play, save statistics and so on, but you can buy your own dedicated server in selected partners. You can run an official server that needs to follow all the game rules or have a custom server with custom maps but it won't appear in the official list. As time passes and for instance a user map passes aproval it could be included in the official server list.
Even from a business point of view I can't understand IW motifs. They could win some serious bucks by following a mixed system. I think IW only cared about one thing really. One. Being the sole provider gives them the power to pull the plug whenever they want. Two. They will be the only sorce of content. Bad choice in my opinion. They could win both ways.
AshT 23rd October 2009, 13:08 Quote
Quote:
There's still no word on the ambiguous denial of the PC delay for the game, so for the moment we're assuming that the PC version of Modern Warfare 2 will be released on November 10th, alongside all other versions of the game.

The PC delay is for putting in a dedicated server system and support for the mod community.

;)
Hustler 23rd October 2009, 13:12 Quote
"Dedicated servers not required."

Thats....not....funny.
Mentai 23rd October 2009, 13:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by AshT
Quote:
There's still no word on the ambiguous denial of the PC delay for the game, so for the moment we're assuming that the PC version of Modern Warfare 2 will be released on November 10th, alongside all other versions of the game.

The PC delay is for putting in a dedicated server system and support for the mod community.

;)

Hahahahaha, good one.

If that were true, I would buy this game, even at the 90USD off steam. I have a great amount of respect for devs who are prepared to listen to the communnity, that will never be IW though.
1ad7 23rd October 2009, 13:20 Quote
Back to ARMA2 I knew it was a sin to even think about something other than my military sim.
AngusW 23rd October 2009, 13:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
Looking at those specs its obvious that Modern Whorefare 2 is not pushing the limits in terms of game improvement.
As if I didn't know already, this proves to me that the game is quite simply a console port, with graphics as technologically advanced as a 5 year old console can handle.
Agreed those minimum requirements are more or less the same as COD:WaW bar hard drive useage. Hell there isn't even that much difference between mw and mw2 as far as minimum requirements go...
cheeriokilla 23rd October 2009, 13:33 Quote
So... The price is never gonna drop!... Then I'm never gonna buy it, not paying what I paid for Borderlands AND Left4Dead 2 together just for one game... Not for ONE dumbed down game
p3n 23rd October 2009, 13:54 Quote
They forgot DVD-R hohoho
biebiep 23rd October 2009, 13:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hustler
"Dedicated servers not required."

Thats....not....funny.

I agree.
erratum1 23rd October 2009, 14:00 Quote
Those look like 'minimum specs', not 'recommended specs'. yeah it will run but only just and will look horrendous. I find even the recommend specs can be a little misleading at times.

I'm sure the game will look great at high resolution.
fargo 23rd October 2009, 14:04 Quote
Just for the record steam lists cod mw2 release date as nov. 13, 09 but I suppose none of you are
really interested right guys?
YAK!>Incubus 23rd October 2009, 14:14 Quote
Quote:
So... The price is never gonna drop!... Then I'm never gonna buy it, not paying what I paid for Borderlands AND Left4Dead 2 together just for one game... Not for ONE dumbed down game

Oh I duno, if everybody holds to the boycott, there might be a few on the shelf gathering dust that need heavy discounting to shift!

Won't tempt me tho
Jipa 23rd October 2009, 14:32 Quote
Guess I'll just keep on grinding the damn CoD4 then.

You better watch out, coz the Pandalicious panda is still in action.
SMIFFYDUDE 23rd October 2009, 14:50 Quote
Those specs mean absolutly nothing. You will not be able to play the game on them, they are the minimum spec to get the game to start and nothing more.

Minimum specs never are enough to run a game, have you seen what Arma2 has as its minimum spec is, its pathetic.

Minimum:

OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor: Dual Core CPU (Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, Intel Core 2.0 GHz, AMD Athlon 3200+ or faster)
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: GPU (Nvidia Geforce 7800 / ATI Radeon 1800 or faster) with Shader Model 3 and 256 MB VRAM
Hard Drive: 10 GB free HDD space
TurtlePerson2 23rd October 2009, 14:58 Quote
I'm a little confused about why they need 16 GB. That amount wouldn't fit on an XBox 360 disc, so why would the PC version need that much room? I don't think that they made higher resolution textures because they have low system requirements.
DesertFox 23rd October 2009, 14:59 Quote
*Waves his torch and pitchfork*
battles_atlas 23rd October 2009, 15:23 Quote
Ignoring the issue of the servers for a mo, I wouldnt slag the game off for its low specs until I've seen it running. MW 1 managed to look excellent on my old PC - it was the best looking visuals that machine ever produced. I think they deserve great credit for building such an efficient engine - Crytek should take note. Lets not forget we all like to criticise studios for putting graphics before gameplay (Crytek take note).

Ultimately the first MW won through its terrific gameplay, and MW II will win or lose on the same criteria (well, that and the servers).
Gunsmith 23rd October 2009, 15:40 Quote
crysis' gameplay was superb, it just didnt hold your hand like a child.
frontline 23rd October 2009, 16:03 Quote
COD 4 just needs a half decent graphics card, it's not particularly CPU dependent as there is virtually nothing going on in terms of physics or destroyable environments etc. Crysis just got a bit too over-ambitious in that respect and raised everyone's expectations of what they would experience.
Star*Dagger 23rd October 2009, 17:10 Quote
Is this for the Pc Gamers who are going to buy the game.... both of them (or "bof a dem" in UK-speak).

I refuse to buy a game that doesn't have a feature that Quake had.

They are burying themselves, self-marginalization, I wonder if IW is owned by the GOP, lol.

Yours in Anti-Moron Plasma,
Stra*Dagger
bogie170 23rd October 2009, 18:28 Quote
Is there any more news or comment from Infinity Ward or are they still hiding away and laughing at the PC community?

The term damage limitation should be on the top of fourzerotwo's agenda.
perplekks45 23rd October 2009, 20:10 Quote
16GB is a bad joke.
The graphics won't be much improved from MW but to be honest I quite liked them.
The price is a killer but it'll come down to normal levels eventually.

To all those people out there:

Stop whining, just don't buy it FFS!
uz1_l0v3r 27th October 2009, 10:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by perplekks45
16GB is a bad joke.
The graphics won't be much improved from MW but to be honest I quite liked them.
The price is a killer but it'll come down to normal levels eventually.

To all those people out there:

Stop whining, just don't buy it FFS!

I won't! I think I must be the only person who wasn't bowled over by COD4. I've played the game through twice now, and each time I lose interest before I can complete it.
NoMod 27th October 2009, 10:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by uz1_l0v3r
I won't! I think I must be the only person who wasn't bowled over by COD4. I've played the game through twice now, and each time I lose interest before I can complete it.

That's because you are playing the wrong gamemode - COD4 IS mulitplayer...
Jack_Pepsi 27th October 2009, 11:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by perplekks45
Stop whining, just don't buy it FFS!

Umm.... no!
andrew8200m 27th October 2009, 11:32 Quote
Forget it! I wont be playing this at all, I hope the game sinks on all platforms yet there will still be loads of people buying it just because of the name and the fact they are clueless to everything going on around them. I shall be a happy chappy if cod4 is buzzig on release of cod6, that will surely put a stonker in the way of the morons behind this.

Andy
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