For those of you that have been holding off on upgrading your computer from Windows XP may have to consider doing the upgrade to Windows 7, especially before Windows 8 comes out. If not simply to keep those system updates running but do it in the name of playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Why? Simply put, it won’t run on XP.
Activision confirmed that the game will not be compatible with the old-school operating system simply because it requires the use of DirectX11for the game’s engine, which isn’t supported in XP. According to GameSpot, Activision states that they tested the game “extensively” on minimum specifications and is “very confident” in the game’s performance in the minimum system requirements.
The minimum system requirements for Black Ops II. As mentioned above, gamers will need Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7, as well as an Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz CPU. As for memory, players will need at least 2GB for 32-bit OS or 4GB for 64-bit OS. Finally, Black Ops II requires a Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB video card.
Activision has, also, confirmed that there will not be a framerate cap for the game on the PC. It is reported that it will come with an adjustable frames-per-second cap slider in the game’s options menu, with the minimum setting being “off,” which means there is no cap.
As we know that Windows XP is slated for no further updates in 2014 and they are making the push to get people to upgrade to eithers Windows 7 or the upcoming Windows 8. However, if you are holding on to XP simply because you don’t want to upgrade, just do it for Windows 7 because I think Windows 8 will be their new Vista.