Battlefield 3 MP Beta Date and System Reqs

Above title says all. The beta will take place on Sept. 29th (next Thursday) and will be available for all three platforms (360, PS3, and of course the PC). Players will play in the Operation Metro map that’s set in Paris with the mode being Rush. It’s essentially attacking/defending of respective M-COM stations for those of you who haven’t played Bad Company 2. Here’s what EA had to say:

“Gamers who pre-order the digital PC version of the game at Origin (powered by EA) will be granted early access to the beta starting on September 27, 2011,” EA said Tuesday. “In addition, all customers that pre-ordered a Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will also receive early access to the beta starting on September 27, 2011.”

We instantly snapped a screenshot of the specs needed for the game when we saw it, and they should be nearly identical for the final release. Check out the beta landing page here for more details.

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Upgrading Your Rig for Battlefield 3 (Feature)

We’ve been getting quite a few questions lately regarding whether your (VS)PCs are “Battlefield 3 ready”, so we decided to write up a feature article to address most of your concerns. First off is how the new Frostbite 2 engine looks from footage EA/DICE has been releasing of gameplay and it’ll surely keep everyone guessing whether they can run it without a hitch especially if you want the full experience (on DirectX 11, Tessellation enabled, etc.). Check out the latest trailer following if you haven’t already, BUT something to keep in mind is that they always mention that the actual gameplay footage is based on ALPHA code. This means that it has yet to be optimized for performance and cleaned up for final retail release.

 

So far we’re well under two months in before BF3 hits, and any system requirements for the game? No, not really. About a few months back in June, Atomic PC Magazine interviewed Patrick Bach – Executive Producer at DICE. He obviously wasn’t keen on going into the specifics at the time, but he did mention that the demo system used to run everything had “standard high-end components” and a single GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. Again this is being run on early code as mentioned before, so there’s definitely a direct correlation of better hardware being used to showcase the demo. Then he continued mentioning that if your PC is able to match the same “output” of current game consoles (we believe many modern systems out there would) then you should meet the minimum requirements.

GameStop almost had us when they released a set of minimum and recommended PC specs about two months back, but unfortunately they were deemed simply false. It started with DICE’s Senior Gameplay Designer, Alan Kertz just saying, “We have not announced any specs.” through Twitter when being asked about it. While Johan Andersson at DICE declared on the Beyond3D forum, “FAKE. We haven’t announced any system requirements yet.” He did later say, “But highly recommend a quad core, just as with Bad Company 2.”

Now for the question that we all wind up asking at the end of the day: “So, should I upgrade?”

What we know for sure is that the Frostbite 2 engine has no support for DirectX 9 thus Windows XP, so if you are still kicking the hardware/software then it looks like you’re due for quite an upgrade if you want to get in on the latest Battlefield action.

If you have an ATI Radeon HD 4800 series or NVIDIA’s GeForce 9800 family based card or later then you should be able to run the game on DirectX 10 settings, however the previous generation products for both companies also support the tech and are ones where they first introduced support for DirectX 10 – having those parts handling BF3 well is in fact questionable and somewhat out of the picture.

DirectX 11 performance on the other hand gets a little tricky with more variables and settings, a mid to high end graphics card like something from at least the ATI Radeon HD 5800 family or NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 460 series might be able to get you very reasonable frame rates. This also depends on the video settings in-game. Note that we can’t make any guarantees however at this stage yet, as it’s just our thoroughly analyzed forecast in terms of game requirements.

Bottom line is that you should sit tight if you are already running any of the above mentioned (or newer) video cards, and see how everything plays out as we get more info. As always, we’ll be striving to keep you all posted as this matter develops.

UPDATE: Some of you mentioned whether memory (RAM) was something to consider for an upgrade. While the minimum of 2GB and recommended 4GB requirements posted by GS are simply inaccurate, so we can’t base our feedback off of that. Although the amounts do similarly translate to the ideal memory capacities a typical system should have today, 2GB being the bare minimum and 4GB as the “de facto” or more common amount. With RAM prices at an all time low and continuing to drop throughout this year, upgrading shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

VSPC Introduces New Opt-Tek Service

Please note that this particular service is no longer available, but is still listed for archival purposes.

First thing’s first and you’re probably wondering what exactly this “Opt-Tek” service is. Well we at VSPC are completely aware that refresh cycles for technology are rather quick, especially when it comes to computing on a desktop or even a laptop. Our goal is simple – it’s to reach out and help individuals to optimize technology hence our effort to create this brand image. In some cases it may be best to replace a system, but before you go scrambling to shell out on a new machine – much can be done prior to that on either the software or hardware level to ensure your current computer is running at its optimal state.

What we’ll be offering:

  • Upgrades and Custom Builds

Sometimes you’ll be able to squeeze some more life out of your computer by swapping out key components including memory (RAM), hard disk or even the motherboard. Or if it’s time for a new system, we’ll point you in the right direction when it comes to picking the one that’s most suitable.

  • Service and Maintenance

“My PC takes a long time to start up.”

“I find it pretty sluggish even when I’m just word processing or browsing the Web.”

“It restarts itself.”

Look like you’re working it too hard, maybe take a day to bring it to a local spa or beauty center. Okay seriously, some of the many indicators like those can be possible virus or malware infections. Anyhow we’ll make an effort to isolate the problem and can reinstall the operating system as a last resort. On the hardware level, we will check components including fans to see if they are in good shape.

  • Recovery and Repairs

Currently we can recover files that are accidentally deleted or formatted from a wide variety of storage mediums, but are currently in the midst of arranging a contract with a data recovery lab to restore files from disasters including physical or water damage done to hard drives.

How we’ll deliver this service:

At this point we can arrive at your door and carry out any necessary work conveniently at the comfort of your own home or you can schedule a drop-off. Since we only recently launched this brand new service, we’ll be undergoing a trial run and will only be catering to select parts of Lower Mainland, BC. Rates start at as low as $29.99 (excluding cost of parts) – please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to contact inquiry (dot) vspc (at) gmail (dot) com for more details.

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