Battlefield 3 System Requirements

Battlefield 3 Box Art

 Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts has provided both the minimum and recommended Battlefield 3 system requirements which includes information on what operating system, CPU, memory, and graphics card are required.

All are important to look at and compare to your system especially if you want to get the most out of the game. Running games on PC hardware that is below the recommended minimum system requirements can cause a number of issues during gameplay. This can include graphics stuttering, inability to render all objects in a 3D environment, low frames per second, and much more. 

To confirm that your PC gaming rig is up to the task of running Battlefield 3, a good option use the CanYouRunIt utility. This site will scan your PC hardware and match it up against the official, published Battlefield system requirements.

Battlefield 3 Minimum System Requirements

Spec Requirement
Operating System Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-Bit
CPU 2 GHz dual-core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
Memory 2GB RAM
Hard Drive 20GB of free disk space
GPU (AMD): DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series, with ATI Radeon 3870 or higher performance)
GPU (Nvidia) DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (Nvidia GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500 series with Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance)
Sound Card DirectX compatible sound card

Battlefield 3 Recommended System Requirements

Spec Requirement
Operating System Windows 7 64-bit or newer
CPU Quad-core CPU or better
Memory 4GB RAM
Hard Drive 20GB of free disk space
GPU (AMD) DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (ATI Radeon 6950 or better)
GPU (Nvidia) DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (GeForce GTX 560 or better)
Sound Card DirectX compatible sound card

About Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is the seventh full release in the Battlefield series of first-person shooters. The game includes both a single player campaign which centers around four different characters including a U.S. Marine, M1 Abrams tank operator, F/A 18F Pilot and a Russian operative. The story takes place primarily in the Middle East/Iran-Iraq but includes missions in New York, Paris, and Tehran.

In addition to the single-player campaign, Battlefield 3 offers a competitive multiplayer component that includes multiple game modes and dozens of different maps players will fight on. There are a total of five different game modes that vary in the number of players. They include Conquest, Squad Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Rush and Squad Rush.

When released Battlefield 3 included nine multiplayer maps. That number has grown over the years with the release of expansion packs, DLCs, and patches. There are now thirty different multiplayer maps available.

Battlefield 3 Features

Battlefield 3 includes many of the popular features and gameplay mechanics that have helped make the Battlefield series a success. The game includes new features such as more destructible environments and mountable weaponry as well as some popular features from previous titles.

  • Fully destructible environment
  • Full single-player campaign - first for the Battlefield series.
  • Modern day setting with open landscape and city environments including Paris & New York City.
  • Full Vehicle warfare with players controlling land, sea and air vehicles.
  • Multiplayer component features dedicated servers and support for up to 64 players

About the Battlefield Series

The Battlefield series got its start in the World War II multiplayer shooter, Battlefield: 1942 in 2002 and the gameplay and features introduced there have remained consistent and have improved throughout the series. The Battlefield series has also remained a staple on the PC platform with every release having a PC version either before or at the same time as the console release. Other popular titles in the series include Battlefield 4, Battlefield 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2.

The latest title, Battlefield 1 was released in October 2016 and is the first game in the series set during World War I. It features both a full single player storyline and competitive multiplayer modes.

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