I’m sure we can all agree that games are (in general) more visually impressive on the PC than on console thanks to the upgradeable nature of platform. Once a PC’s video card is older than six months, it may as well be considered ancient as game developers concoct new and better ways to take advantage of the raw power that these beasts of technology provide.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on PC from Activision and Treyarch will be no different, sporting a host of visual niceties not included in the console version of the game – and you don’t even need to have the latest hardware to see the difference!
In a recent community posting, Treyarch revealed just some of the graphical improvements that the team is bringing to Black Ops 2 on PC, while also revealing the game’s minimum system requirements.
So what’s new in Black Ops 2 PC?
“Performance has been a top priority for Black Ops II PC from day one,” writes Treyarch, “and we have achieved significant improvements. We’ve improved the way the engine handles multiple threads. Additionally, we moved the engine from DX9 to DX11.
“The DX11 API is leaner than DX9 and requires less CPU time to do the same amount of work. It is important to point out that this benefits the entire range of supported GPUs, not just DX11 hardware. We have also added more “quality vs performance” options than ever before so you can customize your experience to either run faster or to satisfy your taste in eye candy.”
And what of that eye candy, Treyarch?
“Black Ops II PC features enhanced lighting, shadows, antialiasing, bloom, depth of field, ambient occlusion, and other enhanced effects that are still in the works. And the game can run at higher resolutions and higher framerates on the PC.”
Here’s that list of requirements:
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2GB for 32-bit OS or 4GB for 64-bit OS
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB
In addition, here’s a quick list of Q&A’s from Treyarch:
“Can I run the game on Windows XP?”
No, sorry. Since we upgraded the engine to use DirectX11, Windows XP is no longer supported. It requires Windows Vista or later.
“Will the game actually be playable on my minimum spec machine?”
Absolutely. We have tested extensively on a variety of hardware and we are very confident in the performance even at the minimum specs.
“What engine is used for Black Ops II?”
The Black Ops II engine builds upon the Black Ops engine with a number of improvements including performance optimizations, enhanced graphics, and proprietary anti-cheat technology.
“Will there be a framerate cap?”
No. Unless you want one. We have included an adjustable FPS cap slider in the game options. The minimum setting is OFF (no cap).
Source: Call of Duty Community