The thing about Bioware is that all their games are highly decent, but none are really good (from my PoV). Most of all they lack imagination. The craftmanship level is high but you're rarely suprized/amazed.
Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.
* OS: Windows XP with SP3 * CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.4Ghz or greater * AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 1.8Ghz or greater * RAM: 1GB or more * Video: ATI Radeon X850 128MB or greater * NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater * DVD ROM (Physical copy) * 20 GB HD space
Windows Vista Minimum Specifications
* OS: Windows Vista with SP1 * CPU: Intel Core 2 (or equivalent) running at 1.6Ghz or greater * AMD X2 (or equivalent) running at 2.2GHZ or greater * RAM: 1.5 GB or more * Video: ATI Radeon X1550 256MB or greater * NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB or greater * DVD ROM (Physical copy) * 20 GB HD space
* CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz Processor or equivalent * RAM: 4 GB (Vista) or 2 GB (XP) * Video: ATI 3850 512 MB or greater * NVIDIA 8800GTS 512 MB or greater * DVD ROM (Physical copy) * 20 GB HD space
On Bioware's boards, been a lot of questions from different kind of processors owners about if the game will run on different kind of processors and whatnot -- such as single-core P4's, Intel Core 2 Single Core processors, AMD 64 X2's, etc etc.
So, here's Ross Gardner of Bioware -- who is a Principal Designers on DA -- on some of this stuff.
Speaking to the single core questions, the game actually runs OK on a single core depending on the clock speed. We change the threading model slightly to take that into account and Andreas is saying it is about 20% slower, with likely a few dips in a larger heated combat. The min-spec was actually supposed to be an Intel Core 2 (single core) although that is not very clear. If it was a single core though, I'd want to run at higher than 1.4Ghz.
To the older AMD questions I ran the game all through development on the following system:
AMD 64 X2 Dual 4400+ 2.21Ghz w/ 3 gigs of RAM which I assume is DDR 2 without pulling the box apart. I tried and it runs really well on 1.5 Gigs but I constantly had a crapload of other apps running so hence the 3. The video card I had was a 256MB 7800GT. OS was XP
I ran on medium settings and the game ran really well - 99% of the time about 20fps and usually between 25-40.
Most of our single core work was done on a similar system with 1 core disabled.
We did a lot of work to make it run on lower end PC's well and if you have the minimum you will have an OK gaming experience. If anything I'd recommend closer to a 2Ghz and above processor before upgrading to a dual core (or a quad) if you can do that cheaply. And before upgrading you should try the game - because it might just surprise you
That is some good feedback, and we certainly have a chance to change what min/recommended specs actually make it onto the box. Based on the feedback we are getting for the min and recommended one change that comes to mind is lowering recommended to 3Ghz+ dual core. Another might be to specify single core, but with 2Ghz. We have some time still to do some more in depth tests in-house.
It is always tough as min and recommended mean different things to different people and from developer to developer. Our goal for these specs was to give playable specs (not runnable) if that makes sense. So minimum is actually playable, even though it will run on less. And for recommended you will get 100% of the game at an FPS that never drops below 30 (and frequently sits well above 40).
In any case our goal is to be as up front as we can about what sort of machine you will need to run the game, so keep the questions coming and we'll take the feedback to heart.
An exchange b/t Ross and Bob McCabe on Bioware's boards. For the quotes, it's nested as follows -- Ross, Bob, then Ross, BTW.
I ran the game all through development on the following system:
AMD 64 X2 Dual 4400+ 2.21Ghz... it runs really well on 1.5 Gigs... The video card I had was a 256MB 7800GT. OS was XP ... I ran on medium settings and the game ran really well - 99% of the time about 20fps and usually between 25-40.
That's my home PC almost exactly (I have 2 GB of RAM, not your 3, and I run Vista). Thank you for sharing the average FPS totals. Makes me feel confident that I can get it on the 360 or the PC. Decisions, decisions.
Hey Bob. Ya, you're good to go buddy - at least at 1024 by 768. Oddly enough it runs slightly better in windowed mode on the 7000 series due to the way our renderer works with that series of Nvidia cards.