DICE has not officially confirmed the specification for PC users to run Battlefield 3, but our friends at GameStop have spilled the beans, so to speak, if their information is accurate (which we believe that it is, based on discussions with our sources).
First off, as we have been suspecting for some time, there isn’t going to be any support for Windows XP with this release. Battlefield will apparently require Windows Vista or Windows 7, and it apparently does not matter if it is 32bit or 64bit, as both will work with the 64bit version being preferred. The drop of Windows XP we think has more to do with its lack of support for DirectX 10/11.
The minimum suggested processor 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processor with 2GB of RAM and a graphics card that supports DirectX 10 or 11, but the resolution and performance will be tied to the performance of the graphics card; and if you only have a 2.0GHz CPU, we suspect that you will be dialing more than a few things back to make it playable.
For the ultimate Battlefield 3 experience you will want 64bit Windows 7 with a quad-core processor north of 2.5GHz and 4GB of RAM with a higher end DirectX 11 graphics card. They are recommending at least the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6850 as the lower end starting point. Of course, more power will equal more eye candy and better performance.
The game itself will apparently need 15GB of Hard Disk space if you are doing the install from the retail DVD install or 10GB of Hard Disk space if you opt for the digital download version.
DICE and Electronic Arts are still confirming that Battlefield 3 will arrive on retailer shelves on October 28th for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and (of course) for the PC. It is expected that a number of retailers are already planning midnight launch events for the release of Battlefield 3 and we expect to start hearing more about those plans in late August or early September.