DICE has Frostbite-powered titles for 2013 that "will require a 64-bit OS"
Posted: 21.05.2012 12:06 by Simon Priest Comments: 17
Battlefield developer DICE has its own fancy engine technology that goes by the name Frostbite 2, and now the studio teases that some 2013 titles using it will need a 64-bit OS.

It's a "great opportunity to upgrade" to Windows 8, says DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson. The majority of PC users don't use 64-bit, but do PC gamers? Let's hope so.

Upcoming titles powered by Frostbite 2 would be BioWare's Command & Conquer: Generals 2, as well as any future DICE game like another Battlefield.

EA has also increased the usage of the engine tech outside of DICE because of its advantages and to save on Unreal Engine 3 licenses. Need for Speed: The Run and the new Medal of Honor: Warfighter use Frostbite 2. If you have a 64-bit capable CPU powering your PC it won't be utilised unless you've got a 64-bit operating system. 64-bit CPUs are much more efficient and run rings around their old 32-bit brethren, allowing for many more computations.

"We'll have Frostbite-powered games in 2013 that will _require_ a 64-bit OS," twittered Johan Andersson. "If you are on 32-bit, great opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8."

DICE flaunt Frostbite 2 the most in Battlefield 3, where the whole environment is subject to abuse by players and their extensive arsenal. It's one of the reasons it was chosen to power the new C&C: Generals 2.

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By djole381 (SI Elite) on May 21, 2012
"It's a great opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8"

Yeah, right. Nice try M$. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the mentioned titles become Win 8 exclusives much like Halo 2 was for Vista. I'll rather stick to my Win 7 and I'll upgrade to 64-bit version ONLY for C&C Generals 2. After I'm finished with it, back to the 32-bit.
By FarCry25 (SI Newbie) on May 21, 2012
Why? Not supported 32 bit
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on May 21, 2012
Are you kidding me?The grand majority of pc gamers have windows seven for 32 bits because the 64 version is a major pain to play games with.I know,i tried it myself and i kept having problems over problems with running games,so no thanks M$ if it can only be played on a 64-bit OS then your game can die as far as i`m concerned.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 21, 2012
32-bit, once a wonderful system - who the hell has it as their main OS now?
As for upgrading to Windows 8 - good try M$, but not good enough.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on May 21, 2012
I do hero,i simply can`t play games on 64-bit for the life of me.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 21, 2012
What a shame. I mean 32-bit is a great standby system for games that won't run on 64-bit (or have problems with it) but 32-bit is being phased out with next gen GPU's and Consoles.
By darranged (SI Newbie) on May 21, 2012
@danfreeman I'ld love to know what games you have problems with with Windows 7. I have over 200 games on steam I have almost 2 Tb's of games I play and I have had zero issues associated with playing on Windows 7 64bit. I have even played games as old as Wasteland and The original Bard's tale within the last 3 months. Every gaming fried I have uses Win 7 64bit as well, so at a loss of what problems you or anyone else here has had.
By LukeDion1987 (SI Core Member) on May 22, 2012
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on May 22, 2012
Darranged i can`t even remember,i`ve switched to 32-bits about 2 years ago,i just remember i kept having errors upon errors when trying to play games.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on May 22, 2012
Yay to 64bit, nay to Win 8.

Well actually I'll see about Win8, so far nothing i've seen is an actual upgrade from Win7 not to mention the silly metro.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on May 22, 2012
More yes votes than I expected! 64 bit windows 7 here.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 22, 2012
64 bits been out some time and most computers sold today have it to benefit from larger RAM deals etc.
I think it is about time to lift PC gaming a bit further and start optimising this crap for the computers.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on May 22, 2012
64bit here as well, only have problems with really old games and compilers (think Warcraft 1/2 and Borland C) It's going to get pretty impossible to own a 32-bit system in a couple of years when RAM requirements will push more people to 8GB builds.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on May 22, 2012
Yea, you can't have more than 3gb ram on 32bit and after all these years software compatibility is not an issue aynmore so there is no reason to stick with 32bit.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 22, 2012
Windows 7 reqyires 4 GB alone, and 8 GB is the least a good rig should have. I have that (while only having 3 GB with XP), but will be going to 16 GB when I get my next GPU.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on May 22, 2012
16gb is complete overkill as far as i'm concerned, unless you plan to setup a ramdisk or do some specialist work. I have 8gb and it's more than enough for gaming, even 4gb is still enough in 99% of the time.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 22, 2012
I agree for the time being. However, by the time I can afford my 600 series Nvidia GPU 16 GB will be well used in both running 3D applications, gaming and sometimes both in tandem on different screens, one in 3D.
4 GB is recommended for simply running Windows 7 with it's Aero Theme running in the background. I fin doubt, check the TweakGuide.