It seems that the recently confirmed Battlefield 3 won’t support Windows XP or DirectX 9 From Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). BF3 Blog noted that the new Frostbite 2.0 engine left both Windows XP and DirectX 9 out of the technical specs. DICE developer Johan Andersson then twittered:
Frostbite 2 is primarily developed for DX11. XP & DX9 is _not_ supported, 64-bit OS is recommended. Lots of time to upgrade if you havent!
DICE hasn’t officially stated that Microsoft Windows XP won’t be supported, however, and according to Wikipedia, 44% or so of all PCs out there still use Windows XP. However, BF3 Blog noted that a recent Steam survey showed that 25% of gamers on Steam still uses Windows XP, so that indicates that XP is no longer a viable platform.
Way back when, Links 386 forced PC gamers everywhere to upgrade processors. Battlefield 3 may be indication that the time of WinXP is coming to an end, so now many be the time for some gamers to finally upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7.
(Thanks, BF3 Blog.)
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