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StarCraft 2 Beta System Requirements Revealed (Update: Not Accurate, Says Blizzard)

by Alice O'Connor and Chris Faylor, Jan 29, 2010 10:20am PST

Update: Though the specifications emerged via a now-removed Blizzard Support Page, the company now says the below requirements are not accurate. In addition, Chandler55 points out that the specs are near-identical to those of World of Warcraft, reinforcing Blizzard's claim that the posting contained placeholder information.

Original Blizzard has unveiled the system requirements for the closed beta version of its much-anticipated and long-coming PC real-time strategy sequel StarCraft 2.

Of course, exactly when the beta will begin has yet be disclosed.

At last official word, Blizzard expected the first StarCraft 2 release, Wings of Liberty, to hit store shelves within the first half of 2010. Two other games, the Zerg-centric "Heart of the Swarm" and Protoss-heavy "Legacy of the Void," will later round out the trilogy.

    Minimum

      Operating System

        Windows XP / XP64 (Service Pack 3)

        Windows Vista / Vista64 (service Pack 1)

        Windows 7 Home Premium

      Processor

        Intel Pentium IV 1.3GHz

        AMD XP 1500+

      Memory

        (Windows XP) 512mb

        (Windows Vista) 1024mb

        (Windows 7) 1024mb

      Graphics

        3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM

        such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better

      Hard Drive

        15Gb (of free space)

      DirectX

        DirectX9.0c

    Recommended

      Operating System

        Windows XP / XP64 (Service Pack 3)

        Windows Vista / Vista64 (service Pack 1)

        Windows 7 Home Premium

      Processor

        Intel Pentium D

        AMD 64 X2

        Memory

          (Windows XP) 1024mb

          (Windows Vista) 2048mb

          (Windows 7) 2048mb

        Graphics

          3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM

          such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better

        Hard Drive

          15Gb (of free space)

        DirectX

          DirectX9.0c

    In addition to the above hardware requirements, you must have:

    • a valid e-mail address and internet connection (for registration)

    • an active Broadband Internet connection (for Battle.net play)

    The final requirements for StarCraft II have not yet been determined; due to ongoing development the minimum requirements listed above are subject to change at any time.

    Unfortunately, during this phase a Mac version will not be available.