Monday, July 19, 2010

StarCraft 2 system requirements out now

Hullo third world nerds, today is a good day to be a StarCraft 2 fan. The launch date is a week away and Blizzard has just released its official system requirements, which you'll see after the jump. And I'm talking about the Philippine launch date. Place your orders at Datablitz, folks.

A year and a half a go, I considered buying a desktop PC because StarCraft 2 was supposed to come out soon. The thinking behind this decision went something like this: buy a basic desktop and it will be able to play StarCraft 2, or buy a laptop and risk not being able to play the game at all. I kid you not, my decision on what computer to buy hinged on Starcraft 2. I'm that big a fan.

Seems like I made the right decision with my laptop because the game didn't come out soon at all. If you followed the news, the game hit countless delays, making it the butt of jokes for a while. It's coming out just this July 27 with the following specs requirements:
Minimum System Requirements*:

PC: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX 9.0c
2.6GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
128MB PCIe NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card or better

Mac: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
Intel Processor
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon X1600 or better

PC/Mac: 12GB available HD space
1 GB RAM (1.5GB required for Windows Vista/Windows 7 users, 2GB for Mac users)
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution

*Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.

Recommended Specifications:

PC: Windows Vista/Windows 7
Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon HD 3870 or better

Mac: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
4 GB system RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4670 or better

Translation for those who don't speak geek? These are very friendly specs. The game should be able to play on a wide variety of systems, at least on low settings.

Most moderately-specced desktop PCs up to a few years old should be able to play this game with no problems whatsoever.

For Macs, anyone with a MacBook Pro or iMac from not more than one or two years ago should be ok. MacBook owners are left out in the cold. And dammit, I'm one of them.

There's an outside chance that my laptop, a 2009 Aluminum MacBook, may be able to play it, but I wouldn't put too much stock in that Nvidia 9400. It's been a massive disappointment so far.

I am a LAN-playing, hardcore StarCraft player, who used to memorize upgrade trees and study how to make the most out of my siege tanks. But I will pass on StarCraft 2 for now.

1. The wait was just too long, Blizzard. The excitement and anticipation have passed and all that's left is a festering mound of resentment. You've trained me to wait, with your false starts, lies and delays, and now I can wait for dog years.

2. I will not succumb to PC/Mac upgrade madness. Constant upgrading is the price you pay for PC gaming. That's a fact of life. And that's why my main games machine is my PS3. Half the price. Twice the fun.

Don't get me wrong. When I buy a better computer -- and according to Moore's Law, I'm just about due for one -- I'll probably pick up the game. But I won't let the game push me into upgrading ahead of schedule. I may be a big fan, but I'm not that obsessed. Besides, StarCraft 2 is a trilogy, so I might as well wait for all three. No (Zerg) rush.

UPDATE: Some forums online are saying a MacBook with a Nvidia 9400 will be able to run Starcraft at medium settings. If that's the case, I will take back everything  I said and line up at Datablitz. Anyone out there tried it yet? How's it running on your system?


Jelly Bean said...

hi vince,

i'm no gamer but my guy is and he's a huge fan of starcraft. he was able to download the game for free at utorrent and he was not impress. ten years of waiting and there's nothing so special about it.

for a big gamer, he is not a fan of mac. you know lots of compatibility issues with just about every software available (in his opinion).

back to starcraft, after downloading the game, he make yabang at the office telling everyone his fake copy can play campaign and skirmish. and the gamer guys in the office were all asking for a copy. hehehe.

I can ask him to make a copy for you if you'd like :-)

The Third World Nerd said...

don't worry Jelly Bean, I am savvy in the dark arts of the torrent. Starcraft is one of the few games where I am actually competitive though, so for me, the real deal is important so I can get the most out of I suck at everything else, but I will pay to kick ass online! (Or get my ass kicked. My reflexes aren't what they used to be...)