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Just Cause for Upgrading to Vista, 7 for DirectX 10

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Just Cause 2 will shun Windows XP gamers by requiring DirectX 10.

Still gaming on a Windows XP machine? It may be time to move on to Windows 7 if you're interested in playing Just Cause 2.

Eidos today revealed the system requirements for those who wish to play Just Cause 2 on the PC. They are:

Minimum:
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Windows XP is unsupported)
- Processor: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Athlon 64 X2 4200 / Pentium D 3GHz)
- Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce 8800 Series / ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro with 256MB memory or equivalent DX10 card with 256MB memory
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 10
- Hard Drive: 10GB of free drive space
- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM drive
- Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible sound card
- Internet Connection: Internet connection required for product activation
- Input: Keyboard and mouse (Microsoft Xbox 360 controller optional)

Recommended:
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Windows XP is unsupported)
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz or AMD Phenom X3 2.4GHz
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Series with 512MB / ATI Radeon HD 5750 Series with 512MB or equivalent DX10 card with 512MB memory
- Memory: 3GB
- DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 10.1 with Vista SP1
- Hard Drive: 10GB of free drive space
- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM drive
- Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible Dolby Digital 5.1 sound card
- Internet Connection: Internet connection required for product activation
- Input: Keyboard and mouse (Xbox 360 controller optional)

The latest system hardware survey conducted by Steam showed that more 43 than percent of gamers are still using Windows XP. The requirement for DirectX 10 could potentially alienate a huge portion of gamers – though it was inevitable for one developer to eventually make the newer operating systems a requirement.

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    FlayerSlayer , February 25, 2010 3:17 AM
    For a game that REQUIRES a dual core cpu, 2 gigs of memory, and an 8800 or better video card, asking for users to have an OS from the last three years? That's pretty reasonable to me.
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    xenol , February 25, 2010 3:00 AM
    I wonder if this means Just Cause might actually work nicely under DirectX 10 since by these requirements, it might be developed purely for DirectX 10, instead of DirectX 9 with DirectX 10 extensions.
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    Xzar , February 25, 2010 3:08 AM
    Nothing wrong with the game being DX10 only. This means they put more man/hours on improving graphics at the top end, and less on ensuring backwards compatibility with older hardware.
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  • 26 Hide
    xenol , February 25, 2010 3:00 AM
    I wonder if this means Just Cause might actually work nicely under DirectX 10 since by these requirements, it might be developed purely for DirectX 10, instead of DirectX 9 with DirectX 10 extensions.
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    Xzar , February 25, 2010 3:08 AM
    Nothing wrong with the game being DX10 only. This means they put more man/hours on improving graphics at the top end, and less on ensuring backwards compatibility with older hardware.
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    FlayerSlayer , February 25, 2010 3:17 AM
    For a game that REQUIRES a dual core cpu, 2 gigs of memory, and an 8800 or better video card, asking for users to have an OS from the last three years? That's pretty reasonable to me.
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    curnel_D , February 25, 2010 3:21 AM
    How could this be a bad thing. I can't believe studios have still been stuck on 6-8 year old technology. For finally being the first dev to grow some balls and finally require DX10, they've found a customer in me, even if the game isn't that good.
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    drowned , February 25, 2010 4:10 AM
    joeman42If they're still on XP, they're not true gamers.


    I use XP as my primary OS but dual boot 7 for situations like this when a game might not support DX9. I also run Ubuntu for academic work but that's not important.
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    carlhenry , February 25, 2010 4:18 AM
    thank you finally! nuf with the xp already and let it rest peacefully.
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    anamaniac , February 25, 2010 4:22 AM
    We've put DX10 on XP...
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    cloakster , February 25, 2010 4:25 AM
    Other than saying that an 8800 is equivalent to a HD 2600, i see nothing wrong with this. Crysis came out 2.5 years ago with requirements that were nuts at the time and they finally come out with another game that will completely stress your hardware.
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    ravewulf , February 25, 2010 4:29 AM
    It's about time!
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    Sicundercover , February 25, 2010 4:31 AM
    Why are people still flipping out about this. Hey people when XP was being developed Bill Clinton was still president, get over it all ready.
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    Dawgsoverrebs , February 25, 2010 4:39 AM
    I upgrade within the first month to the latest OS if my hardware isn't up to spec then its time to upgrade hardware, simple. Windows version is a good scale of a computer if you have an 8.5 yr old OS then don't expect to run the latest software.

    (And if anyone tries to say my i7 and SLI setup can run DX10 just fine then shame on you for using outdated software.)
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    weilin , February 25, 2010 4:46 AM
    It's interesting how they consider the 8800 to be equal to the 2600, Also, For recommended spec, they ask for are GTS 250... I wonder if they know that they may be stating basically the same chip twice...
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    sidran32 , February 25, 2010 4:56 AM
    Now we have the people who refuse to upgrade start to spout off rationalizations. And they'd think of themselves as power users, heh.

    I'm glad that they are doing DX10 only. Finally, someone embracing a 2 year old technology! Hopefully we'll see this inch up the graphical quality of computer games beyond the minimum of what the current gen consoles can do. We need progress, not stagnation! The consoles can have their 5 year old graphics. Us with newer PCs and graphics hardware want our money's worth!
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    sidran32 , February 25, 2010 4:58 AM
    DX10+, not "only" ^

    My bad.
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    False_Dmitry_II , February 25, 2010 5:02 AM
    I've been using win7 as my primary since the RC came out. Though I do still have XP installed in a dual boot in case something needs it.
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    Gin Fushicho , February 25, 2010 5:20 AM
    DX10 only? Never heard of the game , but I'll buy it just because they will have worked more on DX10.

    Now just need to push DX11.
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    Otus , February 25, 2010 5:58 AM
    Gin FushichoDX10 only? Never heard of the game , but I'll buy it just because they will have worked more on DX10.Now just need to push DX11.

    DX11 shouldn't be a problem after XP is dropped since Vista supports DX11 and the runtime also runs on older hardware. It's just a matter of disabling tesselation and other features on DX10 hardware.
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