Mass Effect 3 PC specs and demo details

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Forgive us for the abundance of Mass Effect 3 stories lately, but the news has been non-stop. With the demo less than a month away, and the retail launch of the game less than seven weeks away, we at Save Game are pretty much frothing at the mouth at this point. Yesterday, Bioware’s evil community director Chris Priestly started a thread on their official forum packed with all kinds of useful information. Most importantly, minimum and recommended specs for the PC version of the game. Read on for the details.

So here we go. The full PC specs for Mass Effect 3, taken right from the origianl thread.

Minimum Spec:

OS – Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7

*Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better.  Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350.   Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

CPU – 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM – 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive – 1x speed

Hard Drive –  2.5 GB of free space

Video – 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)

Sound – DirectX 9.0c compatible

DirectX – DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)

Recommended Spec:

OS – Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7

CPU – 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM – 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive – 1x speed

Hard Drive – 2.5 GB of free space

Video – AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater

Sound – DirectX 9.0c compatible

Now I’d be lying if I said I understood all of that, so don’t go asking me to explain anything. I’m a console gamer for a reason.

But that wasn’t all Bioware revealed. They also disclosed some serious details about what will be included in the demo. The single player component of the demo will contain two levels; the opening level featuring the Reaper attack on Earth, and a level further in the game which takes place on an alien world. The multiplayer side of the demo will also include two levels: Slum and Noveria. While character importing will not be available in the demo, it will include all six classes, both male and female Shepards, and full appearance customization. The demo will also allow players to try out the different game settings new to Mass Effect 3, namely action, story, and role-playing modes. And for all of you Kinect fans looking forward to its inclusion in Mass Effect 3. the demo will contain full voice command support.

All of this awesomeness gets underway February 14th. The single player demo will be available on that day, and will remain open indefinitely. The multiplayer component will be open to those who have the Battlefield 3 Online Pass on February 14th as well. For those of us (like me) who didn’t take advantage of that cross promotional treat, we will have to wait until February 17th to try out the multiplayer missions. But don’t worry, that still gives us a solid two and a half weeks of sweet multiplayer goodness, since it will remain open until March 5.

Half of me can’t wait to play. The other half is scared sh*tless that it’s all coming to end. Kepe checking back to Save Game for all of your Mass Effect news. We’re sorta obsessed. As if you couldn’t tell.


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    Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.