Modern Warfare 2 PC System Requirements Listed (Updated)

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Update: Infinity Ward has sent along the official specs, which differ slightly from GameStop's list. Check them out below. The GameStop list has been left in for comparison.

OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Windows 95/98/ME/2000 are unsupported)
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor or better supported
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT or better or ATI Radeon 1600XT or better
DirectX: Microsoft DirectX(R) 9.0c
Hard Drive: 12GB of free hard drive space
Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Internet: Broadband connection required for Multiplayer Connectivity. Internet Connection required for activation

Original story: Provided you're not busy signing petitions and making other plans, the minimum specs to play Modern Warfare 2 on your PC are now known.

GameStop has the specs on their site, and sharp-eyed Shacker manlyman alerted us. Check them out below:

Hard Drive Space: 16 GB free hard drive space
Operating System: Windows Vista/XP
Processor: AMD 64 3200+ or Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or better
RAM: 512 MB RAM (XP) / 1 GB RAM (VISTA)
Video Card: Shader 3.0 or better 256 MB nVidia GeForce 6600GT / ATI Radeon 1600XT or better

From The Chatty
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    October 22, 2009 12:35 PM

    Too bad half of your sales were lost with your lack of Ded. Server support.

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      October 22, 2009 12:38 PM

      This is not true...you will pony up for one. That is for sure. You might have to actually buy the game this time but you will do it.

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        October 22, 2009 12:40 PM

        Excuse me? I do not pirate software. I've been PURCHASING COD since the beginning.

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          October 22, 2009 3:01 PM

          I can say the same going back to the Medal of Honor series... but you know how it is, you're a PC user so you're automatically a pirate by association. Just like how all black people steal bicycles.

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            October 25, 2009 10:46 AM

            Bad analogy, because that one is actually true.

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        October 22, 2009 12:51 PM

        Yeah, because pirates totally won't find a way to play this online. They never work around new methods to prevent such activities...

        not that I condone piracy, I don't. But it's silly to think this is going to stop them from deriving a method to play online.

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          October 22, 2009 12:58 PM

          It will be so funny if they find a workaround the first few days.

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            October 22, 2009 1:09 PM

            The way things seem to leak these days, I wouldn't be shocked if pirates were playing multiplayer before street date.

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            October 22, 2009 1:23 PM

            I'm pretty sure the cracked server files from CoD4 (which pretty much are the server files from Q3), with a little bit of Hamachi magic will do the trick. Only thing needed for the equation is an actual tcp/ip client backend for MW2. It's just a matter of time, before they find a workaround for that.

            Xfire can act as a server browser middleware =)

            Yea, wish it was this simple =)

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              October 22, 2009 3:24 PM

              No, don't say Quake 3. Everyone "knows" IF is using proprietary engine since cod2 haha

              seriously, this game surely could use some cpma type of mod

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              October 23, 2009 10:17 PM

              I doubt it's that simple. This isn't a matter of cracking a few local files. Writing a well-functioning server based on analyzing the network traffic your client sends is a lot harder. I'd be very surprised if one gets made in the 1st month after release.

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          October 22, 2009 1:08 PM

          If anything cracking groups will see this as a challenge and be more motivated to crack it.

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        October 26, 2009 9:50 AM

        Yeah, I'm sure he'll want to play a game that he doesn't want to play because they've crippled it..... very good logic there

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      October 22, 2009 1:18 PM

      Agreed,... I won't be buying this game. Don't have time for bullshit like this.

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      October 22, 2009 1:27 PM

      Oh no, 150 thousand less copies sold of a game that is gonna sell many millions, i'm sure they're really sweating losing the worst part of the PC COD4 community.

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        October 22, 2009 1:35 PM

        In your case, ignorance is bliss.

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          October 22, 2009 1:50 PM

          How am i ignorant?

          I don't even own a console, play PC games pretty much exclusively, and this overreaction by the community is a bit much.

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            October 22, 2009 8:20 PM

            I'm just guessing, but from the sounds of it you don't play shooters that much? Maybe you do, maybe you don't, but FPS games are my favorite game genre and for me a the removal of the server browser and dedicated servers is an issue. Perhaps you don't mind the change but for those of us who do you are upset that we let IW know? I don't think potential customers are overreacting when a major feature that was in all previous games was removed.

            The CoD series isn't even my favorite FPS series, but seeing a company remove what to many is a standard feature in PC games in the shooter genre is reason enough to voice your displeasure with the company making it IMO. Personally, I'm speaking with my wallet, no sale of future CoD products to me.

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        October 22, 2009 2:59 PM

        It is going to have a significant effect on sales of the PC version which is already the poorer selling version. I would almost guarantee the next CoD game won't have a PC version because of this.

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        October 22, 2009 3:12 PM

        That would be a loss of $9,000,000

        Chump change...?

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          October 23, 2009 1:26 PM

          Pretty much. :( A single map-pack will probably bring in more than that. And since users are pretty much forced to buy new maps from them now, they'll recoup their costs easily.

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            October 23, 2009 1:27 PM

            recoup their losses, I mean. Or mitigate. or whatever the word is I'm looking for!

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      October 22, 2009 1:41 PM

      lol

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      October 22, 2009 1:47 PM

      Judging by internet stories they will lose half of their sales. Judging by the PC version's continued climb up the best selling list on amazon, not so much

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        October 22, 2009 1:51 PM

        How is that an indicator of lost sales?

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          October 22, 2009 2:56 PM

          how do you track something that may or may not have happened?

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        October 22, 2009 1:55 PM

        For every person that signed the petition there's probably on average, a half dozen people buying it because of or in spite of whatever changes. It's the sequel to one of the best shooters of the last 5 or 10 years, which has amazing multiplayer to boot. Plus, it's infinity ward, and uh, they don't miss.


        So yeah, way to go vocal minority, when there's many thousands of hardcore pc gamers like myself who are (mostly) excited about the changes.

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          October 22, 2009 2:17 PM

          PC sales are in a minority themselves. This game will clean up on x360 and more than the previous on PS3's because there will probably be more of them around this holiday.

          What some people dont agree, is the absurd pricetag and an additional slap in the face of no dedicated will actually end up not getting pirated more. It seems like plain logic that they are only angering people that might have picked it up otherwise.

          My point to which many disagree, this will get pirated much more than MW1.

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            October 22, 2009 2:39 PM

            I think the reasonable thing will be to see if we get a demo or wait to see IW's response to the massive unhappiness from the PC community (rightfully earned, I might add) before going down that dark path. It's simpler just to write the series off as a waste of money and play other better games down the road. But I wouldn't blame anyone who went that route - no sir, not at all.

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              October 22, 2009 3:53 PM

              I agree and that is the approach I will take (go DICE...I hope?). Not an advocate of piracy but I see it happening all over MW2's face.

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          October 22, 2009 3:18 PM

          Wait Crysis 2 is coming out?

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          October 22, 2009 3:38 PM

          Hopterque1987 aka stock-holder in Activision said, "So yeah, way to go vocal minority, when there's many thousands of hardcore pc gamers like myself who are (mostly) excited about the changes."

          Fail for trying to make the detractors a smaller sized demographic than they are - 120, 000 petition-signers is a bit more than just a vocal minority as you can figure that just as many more were too lazy to sign a petition. That's a significant loss of money. You can try to paint it to be a minor thing but you're failing to achieve believability here.

          If you're a PC Gamer who is ostensibly "excited about these changes," I'd have to say you're not much of a PC gamer or at best you're a badly misinformed and confused PC gamer. None of these changes is in any way a good thing. But hey, if you like blowing extra money on your PC games, feel free to buy a bunch of us some STEAM gift certificates or something - clearly money doesn't mean much to you.

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            October 22, 2009 4:12 PM

            I call bullshit on him being a hardcore PC gamer or else he's be on our side. He just like being a douchebag.

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              October 22, 2009 5:22 PM

              Well, I haven't owned a console since I sold my 360 like 16 months ago, play and own exclusively PC games, and built my own computer.


              So, idk, if that doesn't qualify me, I don't know what does.


              Oh, and i've been gaming primarily on pc since windows 3.1.

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                October 22, 2009 5:28 PM

                Last that I recall, there are no qualifications on being a douchebag so you got me there.

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                  October 22, 2009 5:30 PM

                  I'm pretty sure reacting like everyone is to this whole situation makes people a lot more of a douchebag than I could ever be.

                  Seriously, automatically assuming the worst?
                  *shakes fist* PC COMMUNITY

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                    October 22, 2009 5:47 PM

                    Do you know the value of running a server for PC gaming?

                    How are people douchebags for asserting themselves?

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                      October 22, 2009 6:54 PM

                      I've got a friend that hosts around a half dozen COD4 dedicated servers and rents them out, he didn't seem particularly perturbed.

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                        October 23, 2009 3:12 AM

                        That's a lie on two counts, you have no friends.

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                          October 23, 2009 11:04 AM

                          Alright, no need to go that far. Sheesh.

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                      October 22, 2009 6:59 PM

                      Well I wouldn't call him a douchebag or whatever - I just think he's badly missing the big picture here - either that or he simply doesn't care about dedicated server support and doesn't play Multiplayer (because anyone who did play MP would probably care a LOT about MP Dedicated Server support). Frankly I was surprised more people aren't as pissed about the rip-off $10 increase for the PC version. That already had me ready to drop this game. I don't mind sneaky, somewhat legitimized reasoning for raising a price - but to not mention the price hike and casually hope that people don't really notice it on Gamespot AND to not have any other justifiable reason for the increase?? I'm sorry but that makes ActiSUCK look just gawd-awful.

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                        October 22, 2009 7:53 PM

                        I would call him that because the majority of his comments were more to incite reaction than create meaningful discussion. Hey, I'll be the first to admit that I definitely went down just as low as he did by calling him a douchebag. Sometimes it needs to be said.

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                          October 22, 2009 8:24 PM

                          I haven't been trying to incite this kind of reaction, i've been trying to get everyone to see that they're going super duper overboard with this stuff.

                          Which you are.

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            October 23, 2009 11:43 AM

            120,000 VS THE MILLIONS THEY SOLD = VOCAL MINORITY

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              October 23, 2009 12:06 PM

              Millions over all platforms sure. But 120,000 vs the amount sold on PC is a substantial amount of people. I am beginning to think the people that think no dedicated servers is a good thing are people that play console shooters where they don't have a choice or PC users too ignorant to understand what it means.

              Sure some of you may be excited to not have to play mods or deal with over zealous admins, but what you don't realize is that the game will be seriously crippled by the P2P system the consoles use. Who wants to play with someone hosting the game from their PC with a connection that has far less bandwidth than a dedicated server would have access to. And to the people thinking IW will host the games on their servers with anything other than a listen server to facilitate match making, they are delusional.

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        October 23, 2009 11:08 AM

        Yea, but it's scaling up amazon's best seller list because amazon has essentially dropped the price $20

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      October 22, 2009 2:01 PM

      Nah, quarter of their sales were lost with their price increase on PC version.

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        October 22, 2009 3:30 PM

        More like a quarter of the PC sales. It won't stop it from doing well even on the pc front. The hype machine is Halo-esque. Even if it was pure garbage it would sell a couple million copies before anyone got wise.

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      October 22, 2009 2:01 PM

      Half? Not quite my friend.

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      October 23, 2009 1:39 AM

      Well, according to numbers I saw during recent years and from several industry sources, an average of less than 10% of all customers ever touch the Multiplayer if a game offers SP and MP modes. Now, with a title like CoD: MW, where the MP was very popular, it would be safe to say that a higher percentage (probably between 35-40% of all customers) tried Multiplayer at least once, but even if all these people would not buy MW2 because it lacks Dedicated Servers (which is highly unlikely), your prediction would still be wrong. In reality, only a couple of self-proclaimed "hardcore players" will actually not buy it because of no Dedicated Servers - but I also don't believe this will reduce piracy, because it gives people another excuse for getting it for free...

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        October 23, 2009 3:30 AM

        Since when do people need an excuse to get something for free other than it being free?

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      October 23, 2009 11:39 AM

      They will blame it on piracy.......

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      October 23, 2009 12:11 PM

      im just going to buy the xbox version instead, which means they get less money from me.