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Earlier today on the official Call of Duty website the PC requirements and detailed enhancements were shown in a community blog. These requirements and enhancements are as follows:


  • 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
  • The game CANNOT run on Windows XP


  • The Black Ops II engine: "builds upon the Black Ops engine with a number of improvements including performance optimizations, enhanced graphics, and proprietary anti-cheat technology."
  • The game engine has been moved from DX9 to DX11. The DX11 requires less CPU time to do the same amount of work as the DX9. A "quality over performance" option has been added to let the player customize his Black Ops II experience
    NOTE: these benefits still extend across many GPUs, not just DX11 hardware
  • The PC version also features enhanced graphic quality. This enhances: " 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."
  • There will be no framerate cap unless the player wants to enable one

The entire blog and information can be viewed here.

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