In a Blog post by Gordon Van Dyke dated Dec 1, EA decided to announce the system requirements for their two new upcoming games. Both of these games have been long awaited by PC gamers and once the rumors that both of these games would be DX11 came out, many people became more interested, myself included.

Unlike this Russian "soldat", PC owners don't need to worry about frostbites [BF: Bad Company 2]
Unlike this "Russkii soldat", PC owners don’t need to worry about frostbites [BF: Bad Company 2]

Both BattleField Bad Company 2 [BFBC2] and Battle Field 1943 [BF1943] will be running EA?s Frostbite engine which has the following minimum requirements:

Minimum Frostbite Engine PC Specifications for BFBC2 & BF1943
Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHz
Main memory: 2GB
Graphics card: GeForce 7800 GT  / ATI X1900
Graphics memory: 256MB
OS: Windows XP
Free HDD space: 15GB for Digital Version, 10GB for Disc Version [BFBC2], 10GB for Digital Version, 4GB for Disc Version [BF1943]

Based on these requirements, we would say that most gamers who have purchased systems in the past two years should be capable of at least running this game at LOW settings and they can still get away with running Windows XP and DX9. Since EA has decided to support DX9, 10 and 11 we foresee that they will be able to capture a large part of the market and be able to possibly help EA?s slumping bottom line. If there are two titles that could help EA come out of the darkness, BFBC2 and BF1943 are them.

BF1943 in action... we really missed those islands
BF1943 in action… we really missed those islands

Now, that?s not all. There are also the recommended system specifications as well and they are as follows:

Recommended Frostbite PC Specifications for BFBC2 & BF1943

Processor: QuadCore
Main memory: 2GB
Graphics card: nVidia GeForce GTX 260
Graphics memory: 512MB
OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
Free HDD space: 15GB for Digital Version, 10GB for Disc Version [BFBC2], 10GB for Digital Version, 4GB for Disc Version [BF1943]

As you can see, the requirements for this game if you want to play it in a half decent way? are no joke. If they recommend a GTX 260 I would say that you?d need a dual GPU card to really run this game at its full potential at the least. The odd thing about this is that they did not mention any ATi products when it came to the recommended specifications which seem a bit peculiar considering the 5970 is currently the graphics king.

That is unless they have better relations with Nvidia for this game, in which case might explain the GTX 260 recommendation. If anything, ATi may try to lobby to get EA to put one of their cards on the finalized boxes. If anything, a game that puts a requirement of a GTX 260 as a recommended videocard paired with a QuadCore processor only indicates that we should expect a beautiful looking game.

Also, if you missed last week?s announcement about the PC Beta of BFBC2 not being cancelled, Gordon Van Dyke further detailed the features of the PC version of the game.