Treyarch Drops Black Ops 2 Minimum PC Requirements, Other Info

We know the minimum of what it’ll take for your PC to run Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and as you might expect, it’s not much in the way of extraordinary computing power.

Here are the minimums:

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 2GB for 32-bit OS or 4GB for 64-bit OS
  • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB

All in all, pretty reasonable, and perhaps even something of a low bar. Makes sense, really — Activision has a huge audience in Call of Duty and wants to keep things as open as possible. You’ll need at least Windows Vista, however, because Treyarch has upgraded the engine from Black Ops to use DirectX 11 (rather than DX9).

The information comes from an FAQ Treyarch posted that answers a few questions about the PC version of the game. It’s not overly specific, but the FAQ does say Treyarch is building in even more performance and graphics controls than it did with Black Ops 2, so you’ll have a great set of optimizations available to you.

“Black Ops II PC features enhanced lighting, shadows, antialiasing, bloom, depth of field, ambient occlusion, and other enhanced effects that are still in the works. And the game can run at higher resolutions and higher framerates on the PC,” the FAQ says. There’s also no framerate cap, and Treyarch says you’ll be able to adjust the framerate of your game with an in-menu slider.

Read more from the FAQ right here.

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