EA bungles Need For Speed Rivals system requirements?

System requirements for Rivals are seemingly reasonable – but did EA get them right?

October 16, 2013
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Electronic Arts has released the system requirements for the next installation of the Need for Speed series and they are quite reasonable for a multi-platform title.

MINIMUM System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
  • CPU: Intel 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, AMD 2.6 GHz Athlon X2
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • DISC DRIVE: CD/DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 30 GB of free space
  • VIDEO: AMD Radeon 3870 512Mb or better, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 Mb or better, IntelHD 4000 integrated 512Mb or better
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 10.1 compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse
  • ONLINE CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS: 512 Kbps or faster internet connection

RECOMMENDED System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (Recommended is Windows 8 64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Quad Core CPU, AMD Dual Core CPU
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • DISC DRIVE: CD/DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 30 GB of free space
  • VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD7870 3Gb or better, NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 3Gb or better
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11 compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse
  • ONLINE CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS: 512 Kbps or faster internet connection
Need For Speed Rivals

Need For Speed Rivals

The requirements seem a bit off, actually. Rivals uses the Frostbite 3.0 engine and that is not compatible with Windows XP. The Battlefield 4 requirements specified that Windows XP was not supported and this was the same case with Battlefield 3. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) did not support Windows XP either, so you’ll need to upgrade to 32-bit Windows Vista at the least.

The requirement for a dual-core AMD processor in the recommended specifications is also seemingly incorrect, not least because Most Wanted (2012) actually specified a Phenom II quad-core for the recommended requirements.

DirectX 10 is also a requirement, which means that if you’re still on a GPU that only supports DirectX 9 you’ll need to upgrade. If you’re strapped for cash and need a GPU upgrade, a Geforce GT640 or a Radeon HD6670 would get you playing in no time.

RAM requirements are also a little heavy, but not unexpected. 4GB is now the minimum required to run the game. I’m not sure why we’re seeing the same mistake with the graphics video RAM, because there isn’t a Radeon HD7870 with 3GB of RAM. There is a 3GB Geforce GTX660, though.

Need for Speed Rivals is developed by Ghost Games and puts players in the role of a cop or a street racer, with an always-online element that introduces occasional chaos to any races. The game allows players to join their friend’s sessions and bring the heat with them. Players on the cop side will also be able to track down street racers on their map and jump into their sessions in an attempt to shut them down.

Rivals is a multi-platform title and will be available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, as well as the PC platform, the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. Because EA has always tried to make their games accessible to many players, the minimum system requirements are reasonably low.

Source: Need for Speed blog

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Tags: active, battlefield 4, EA, electronic arts, frostbite 3, Ghost Games, need for speed, need for speed most wanted, Need for Speed Rivals

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