Oct 20, 2011

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New Modern Warfare 3 PC Information and Min Specs Released

New Modern Warfare 3 PC Information and Min Specs Released

It’s no secret that Activision didn’t support the PC audience with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. With Battlefield 3 coming out next week, which has always had a huge PC following, Activision knew they couldn’t ignore PC gamers with MW3. Today Activision’s Robert Bowling released a ton of new information about MW3 and answers some questions that many PC gamers might have about the upcoming title.

According to Bowling, Activision has taken a lot of feedback from gamers ever since MW2 released and will be aiming to provide everything that gamers want to see in the PC version of Modern Warfare 3. They will have dedicated servers this time and will feature PC specific features like Custom Game Saving, Voice Chat and SSAO.

But I’m sure all you Modern Warfare fans have more questions about MW3 so hopefully this will help you out:

Does the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 support the same Private Match options?

Yes! PC players can fully customize their private /dedicated server games through full control over Class Restrictions, Custom Game mode creation, access to unique private match modes like One in the Chamber, Gun Game, and Infected, as well as save their custom games for future use.

Will Modern Warfare 3 have Dedicated Servers?

Yes! Modern Warfare 3 supported matchmaking as well as Dedicated Servers, allowing players to find and filter via an in-game server browser or set-up their own Dedicated Server for complete control, without being restricted by any 3rd party hosting requirements. If looking for a Dedicated Server to join, if you choose not to set up your own, you can filter and favorite by Ping, Map, Gametype, Hardcore Variants, Voice, Password, and many other options.

Will MW3 on PC have unique graphic options available?

Yes! You have a lot of graphic options, including enabling and disabling of new rendering features such as SSAO, you’ll also be able to modify DOF, Shadows, Anti-Aliasing, Texture Resolution and more.

Will Remote Console (RCON) be available to server admins?

Yes! You’ll be able to admin your server using RCON. We’ll support all things you’d expect, such as Kicking & Banning players, map rotation, private chat to players, reloading the map, and more.

Does Modern Warfare 3 on PC support an in-game Server Browser? Can you also use matchmaking?

Yes! In addition to the public matchmaking system for finding Ranked public games, you can use the in-game server browser to find and favorite unranked Dedicated Servers to join, which can be filtered by a number of options mentioned above.

How is Modern Warfare3 on PC handling anti-cheat?

Security is a major focus for Modern Warfare 3, especially coming out of Modern Warfare 2. We will be utilizing multiple methods of Anti-cheat and Security methods, including Steam’s VAC system, CEG, and our own propriety methods implemented to provide multiple layers of defense in keeping online multiplayer fun, fair, and secure for all players without limiting the control they expect on PC.

Will Modern Warfare 3on PC support STEAM?

Yes! MW3 is fully integrated with Steamworks, including the Steam Friends List (in addition to the in-game friends list), Steam Server Browser (in addition to the in-game one), Steam Achievements, and the ability to join friends matches.

Will Spec Ops have matchmaking on PC?

Yes! As well as Spec Ops specific leaderboards and a full progressive ranking system.

What is the Max player count for Modern Warfare 3 on PC?

Currently it is 18 players max (in Ground War) but it may increase post launch.

Will Modern Warfare 3 on PC have LAN support?


What is the overall design philosophy regarding PC? How is IW/SH providing for the unique needs of PC players?

We value the PC player and have gone to great lengths in providing a more rich experience for our players.  We keep our ear near the ground and try to deliver items most requested.  The big feature for MW3 we are supporting is Dedicated Servers, this includes a server browser, voting, RCON, and more.  Also we’ve implemented some PC only rendering features including SSAO.  Lastly we are embracing the STEAM platform by integrating fully with Steam including friends list, STEAM achievements.

How is the game being optimized for PC hardware?

We do wide testing across all tiers of PC, in our office we have an old min spec machine that receives just as much care as our top tier PC.  We’ve also engaged the hardware manufactures for wider compatibility testing for us to ensure an optimized bug free launch.

Can we set our max FPS?

No. Setting Max FPS is not a user controllable option.

Will ‘lean’ be in the game?

No. We chose to keep lean out of the game to keep the gameplay experience universal across all platforms. This was a gameplay design decision.

Will there be Mod tools for Modern Warfare 3 on PC?

Mod Tools will not be shipped at launch.  As always we are continually evaluating features to support post launch and this is one requiring further discussion.

What is the Minimum Specs for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on PC?


  • OS: Windows® XP / Windows Vista® / Windows® 7
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X38750 processor or better
  • Memory: 16 GB free hard drive space / 2GB RAM
  • Video Card: Shader 3.0 or better 256 MB NVIDIA®GeForce™ 8600GT / ATI® Radeon™ X1950 or better
  • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0C or later

If you still have some lingering questions, head over the the official MW3 community forums and demand some answers. MW3 will be releasing for PC on November 8 and will soon be available for pre-loading on Steam.

[Source: Community.Callofduty.com]