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Battlefield 4, Bad Company 3 on PC may require 64-bit OS

We recently spoke about the possibility of Battlefield: Bad Company 3 already being in development after details were revealed on LinkedIN, but now we have some interesting news regarding the future of the Frostbite 2 engine which currently powers Battlefield 3 and will be seen again in Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

If you have been playing BF3 on PC, you’ll know that the Frostbite 2 engine makes a considerable difference in terms of graphics quality, compared to the same game on console using the Frostbite 2 engine. DICE has confirmed that they plan to make enhancements to their new engine and these improvements in the future will require the need for PC players to be running a 64-bit operating system.

Johan Andersson, rendering architect at DICE has also suggested that when DICE does carry out these changes, it would be a good idea for all 32-bit players to upgrade to Windows 8 and experience the Frostbite 2 engine on 64-bit instead. It’s important to note that this change won’t be happening until sometime in 2013, so those of you on Windows 7 32-bit and are thinking of getting the PC version of Medal of Honor: Warfighter shouldn’t worry for now.

Since the majority of PC players run most games fine on 32-bit, convincing consumers to upgrade to a 64-bit OS may not be an easy task, especially when players can find workaround methods using executables. Now that DICE has come out and stated that this will be a requirement on PC in the future, will it now lead to other developers following suit and practically forcing consumers to make the upgrade?

With Medal of Honor: Warfighter taking primary focus for EA during the latter stages of 2013, it is logical to assume that the likes of Bad Company 3 and Battlefield 4 will be just some of the titles that require a 64-bit OS on PC. Will you make the upgrade when the time comes, or are you already happily running a 64-bit system, and wished that more gamers did the same?



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