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Battlefield 4 Alpha Doesn't List Support for Windows 8

A number of fans are reportedly receiving their invites to the Battlefield 4 Alpha Trial. A screenshot of the invite can be seen on Neogaf along with the system requirements. Interestingly enough, the present game does not support Windows 8 or a 32-bit platform.

According to the recommended system requirements, alpha testers will need Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7, a 64-bit platform, a DirectX 10 or 11 compatible GPU, 1 GB of RAM or more, 25 GB of HDD space and the latest Origin client from EA. Naturally these requirements do not necessarily represent the requirements for the final game.

"The selection process is completely random, and though some might suggest that a high Battlefield Veteran status or BF4 pre-orders, this is simply not the case as the selection process is, once again, random," said Neogaf user RoKKeR who posted the invite screenshot. "For those that remember the Battlefield 3 Alpha trial, the amount of play testers will be increased as the trial progresses, so if you don't get an invite now, there is a chance you will get one in a few days or even next week."

According to the invite, the purpose of the Alpha Trial is to perform a number of server-related tests in preparation for game launch, and to generate feedback from players to better fine-tune the upcoming shooter. The Alpha Trial version will be available to download in the tester's "My Games Library" section in Origin on June 17. The trial will only run for two weeks, and will only be up and running between 9am and 3pm Pacific each day.

"Please note that this is a highly tech-focused, white-boxed Alpha Trial that does not represent final quality of the game," states Patrick Bach, executive producer of Battlefield 4 at DICE. "Most of the level textures will be white (except Soldiers and Vehicles), and performance at this early stage of development will be potentially choppy, with possible issue such as server lag and downtime."

The Alpha Trial comes with a NDA, meaning no screenshots, no videos and no blog posting about the trial.

  • kcorp2003
    You hardly see games doing alpha test. kudos to DICE. i heard the alpha test only have textures on the solider, guns and vehicle everything else is white.
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  • weierstrass
    Why support a marginal OS? ;)
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  • littleleo
    In the 1st 6 months since they were released I sold:
    100pcs Vista,
    300pcs Win7,
    6pcs Win8.

    Windows 8 is not relevant, and Office 2013 is a disaster too. Don't get me started on Server 2012 vs 2008. Now the XBox One that spy's on you and records your every move and expression and sends to MS. I'm sell my MS stock this company is tanking big time.
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  • airborne11b
    Windows 8 as far as I could tell was just Windows 7 with a better looking and more functional start menu. The desktop, and just about everything else you do in windows 8 is exactly the same was Windows 7.

    I don't see where all the hate is coming from frankly. Probably people who've never used windows 8.
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  • Liam Ripley
    So does this mean that they will be getting more alpha tester cause i really want an invite ?
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  • airborne11b
    Also, every game does Alpha testing. It's normally just kept in house and not advertised. Alpha simply means when you're done, or almost done adding new features to a game, and you're now debugging it and working on the kinks with all the features and content you've put in the game. In many cases, Alpha phase takes up almost half of the development time.

    However, the terms are kind of subjective. What one company might call alpha, another company might call production. Look at google and how it uses the term "Beta".
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  • HTDuro
    10994269 said:
    You hardly see games doing alpha test. kudos to DICE. i heard the alpha test only have textures on the solider, guns and vehicle everything else is white.

    well if its like BF3 alpha, you will have more than that, there was some missing texture in BF3 alpha, but most of it was there, but not the final one, alot of things changed in the alpha, like in the beta too

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  • madjimms
    10994470 said:
    Windows 8 as far as I could tell was just Windows 7 with a better looking and more functional start menu. The desktop, and just about everything else you do in windows 8 is exactly the same was Windows 7.

    I don't see where all the hate is coming from frankly. Probably people who've never used windows 8.

    Not having a start menu makes you jump through hoops just to do normal things that were quick in all the previous versions. I tested Windows 8 and it made me want to smash my head into a brick wall.
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  • SirTrollsALot
    ITS EA, WHO FAKKIN CARES! CAUSE EA ONLY CARES ABOUT YOUR MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS!!! THEY ARE THE SCOURGE!! THEY ARE THE DARK SIDE, I BET THEY ARE IN BED WITH THE NSA, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND MANY OTHERS, WATCHING YOUR ASS AS YOU PLAY. EA IS THE GOVERNMENTS BITCH. WAKE UP YOU ZOMBIEFIED IDIOTS!!! OR CAN EA REALLY CHANGE THEIR OUTLOOK??? I CHALLENGE THEM!!! I BET I COULD FRAG EA's CEO ANYTIME ON BF4, COD, OR WHATEVER, ANDCOME ON WINNING 90% OF THE TIME.
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  • sarinaide
    I got a Alpha testing invite, installing the game now :D
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