Infinity Ward sparked a skirmish of sorts with PC gamers last week, when it announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 wouldn't support player-run dedicated multiplayer servers. This week, the Activision-owned studio doled out more PC-centric announcements, offering the final word on Modern Warfare 2's minimum system requirements as well as confirming integration with Valve's Steamworks back-end technology.
To get Modern Warfare 2 airborne on PCs, gamers will need to be running Microsoft's Windows Vista or XP, as well as have 16GB of available hard drive space. The minimum CPU requirement stands at AMD 64 3200+ or Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz, while GPUs will need to be the shader 3.0-equipped 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600GT or ATI's Radeon 1600XT. XP users will need at least 512MB of RAM, and Vista owners must have 1GB of memory, at the least.
[UPDATE] Infinity Ward community manager Robert "FourZeroTwo" Bowling has also confirmed that Modern Warfare 2 will support Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7.
As for Activision's deal with Valve, MW2 on the PC will be supported by Steamworks, which offers a range of publishing and development tools ranging from product key authentication to social-networking functionality. As it pertains to MW2, Activision said that the game will make use of Valve's auto-updating and anti-cheat technology. MW2 will also include 50 Steam achievements.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will mobilize on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 10, with separate editions also confirmed for the Wii and DS. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Modern Warfare 2.
Minimum System Requirements:
Hard Drive Space: 16GB free hard drive space
Operating System: XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
Processor: AMD 64 3200+ or Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz or better
RAM: 512MB RAM (XP) / 1GB RAM (Vista)
Video Card: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600GT / ATI Radeon 1600XT or better