So, you’re looking to get some high-definition Kevin Spacey on to your monitor and by that I mean buying and playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, not buying the first two seasons of House of Cards on Blu-Ray (though that’s an equally fulfilling purchase). COD: AW is going to go down in history as the COD to change all future COD‘s. I eel-ey think that this will be a good fin for the gaming industry, as we’ve not had anything that changes the formula for the first-person shooter in a long time. All things considered, this looks to be a whale of a time for fans of the long-running series.
Stupid puns aside, the PC system specs are really interesting because there’s a general trend now towards more CPU-limited performance inside the Call of Duty series. Before, many instalments in the series were GPU-limited with Modern Warfare being a perfect example of a game that ran well on two cores, but needed more GPU horsepower to run well. Activision has done well in terms of keeping the series playable on a wide range of hardware, but this may be the first sign of an imminent jump in hardware requirements thanks to the latest generation of consoles.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare PC Requirements
|Operating System||Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 64-bit|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-530, AMD Phenom II X4 810 or better|
|System Memory||6GB total|
|Graphics||Nvidia Geforce GTS450 1GB or AMD Radeon HD5870 1GB or better|
|DirectX Version||DirectX 11|
|Free Storage||55GB available|
So first off if you’ve been living under a rock for the past three years, you probably don’t know this already, but playing modern first-person shooters these days requires you to have a modern OS and be running the 64-bit version of it. This has been a thing since the launch of Modern Warfare and gamers have been cautioned by myself and many others over the past few years that running 4GB of RAM in a system designed for gaming just won’t cut it in the AAA titles.
The system memory limitation still remains, however. Despite the fact that Activision later patched in an update for Call of Duty: Ghosts to make it run on systems with 4GB of RAM, this doesn’t seem to have transferred over to the development of Advanced Warfare. If you want the game to even launch to the menu screen, you’re going to need 6GB of system memory as a minimum. Don’t bank on them adding in patches later.
GPU-wise, the game will run on most systems. If you’re still running a Geforce GTS450 or Radeon HD5870 things should be fine at medium settings and 720p resolution, probably. I don’t expect the game to use more than 2GB of video memory for even 1440p, so most GPUs up to and including the Geforce GTX770 will handle it pretty well. Optimisation has also been a staple for the series (aside from the launch issues and stutters present in Ghosts) so even a single Radeon R9 290 or a Geforce GTX970 would be enough for playing the game at UltraHD 4K resolution.
Are you looking at buying Advanced Warfare for your PC? What kind of hardware are you running? Are you excited? Let us know in the comments below.