During our recent analysis of the new Frostbite 2.0 engine, it became more and more apparent that Windows XP and DirectX 9 weren’t mentioned in any of the technical specs, which made us question whether Battlefield 3 would support Windows XP at all.
Then we found this interesting tweet by DICE developer Johan Andersson:
Frostbite 2 is primarily developed for DX11. XP & DX9 is _not_ supported, 64-bit OS is recommended. Lots of time to upgrade if you havent!
While DICE hasn’t officially dismissed Win XP as a platform, a tweet like than from a Frostbite developer does carry some weight. According to Wikipedia, 44% or so of all PCs out there still use Win XP.
The Steam survey, which samples data from millions of Steam users, shows that 25% of gamers on Steam use Windows XP, a number which has been in steady decline. One things is certain: a lot of people will upgrade their hardware and OS once Battlefield 3 hits the streets, as it was the case with Battlefield 2 5 years ago.