With a ton of games coming out in 2015 sporting some hefty requirements on the PC platform, it may come as a surprise to you that Battlefield: Hardline isn’t going to be one of the tough ones. The system requirments are quite modest for the most part with the exception of the storage requirements, but if you’ve been able to play Battlefields 3 or 4 on reasonable quality settings with good playability, Hardline will be just more of the same. Hit the jump for the details and marvel at the fact that this game will run on Windows Vista without complaining.
Battlefield: Hardline Minimum System Requirements
Windows Vista SP2 (with KB971512) or Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz, AMD Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8GHz
Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 or better, AMD Radeon HD5770 or better
Free drive space
Battlefield: Hardline Recommended System Requirements
Windows 8 64-bit
Intel Core i5 3.0GHz, AMD Phenom X6 or FX-6100 or better
Nvidia Geforce GTX 760, AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
Free drive space
There are some interesting things to take away here. For the minimum requirements, it specifies Windows Vista Service Pack 2 with the KB971512 update. That update specifically contains upgrades to the Windows Graphics, Imaging and XPS library, which basically means that it allows Vista to run and fully support any games relying on DirectX 11 and/or Direct Compute, something that’s been around since the launch of Nvidia’s Fermi graphics architecture. This may be a sign that this is the last time that Battlefield will grace Vista with its support – next time, it might not be so lucky.
With the default renderer set to DirectX 11, its odd to see the GTX 260 in the mix there. Given this requirement, its likely that Battlefield: Hardline will run on older GPUs that only support DirectX 10 technologies, but it will disable some DX11-specific features that may require dedicated hardware to run. Looking at the recommended requirements, its implied that a GPU with 2GB of VRAM isn’t going to cut it, so perhaps that GTX 760 should be specified as the 4GB model.
Considering the recent issues surrounding the Geforce GTX 970 and using up more than 3.5GB of VRAM, it’s going to be interesting to see how Nvidia works around optimisation for this particular game and what they do to avoid using the second pool of slower RAM. Playing Hardline at 4K with a single GTX 970 is going to be problematic anyway, so it’ll likely only be a serious concern when you’re using two in SLI.
For those of you paying attention to the free space requirements… yeah, 60GB is going to hurt no matter how much you slice it. At launch Battlefield 4 was pegged at 30GB with just the vanilla install, ballooning up to just over 50GB with updates, DLC packs, and extra content. Could this be the one game that finally breaks the 100GB install barrier? I forsee it being a problem for anyone who has to juggle a 240GB SSD and only has Battlefield 3, BF4, and Hardline installed.
Are you looking forward to the release of Battlefield: Hardline? Have you upgraded your rig just to support it? Is this the Cops & Robbers game you’ve always wanted? Let us know in the comments below.