Fans of DICE’s large-scale FPS rejoice: the open beta for Battlefield 3 launches on September 29. Anyone who preordered BF3 via EA’s Origin service or purchased the Limited Edition of last year’s Medal of Honor will be able to play the beta early starting September 27.

The beta will feature one map, Operation Metro, in the Rush mode popularized by DICE’s Battlefield: Bad Company series. Though the beta will end October 10, there is no playtime limit. Players are free to rank up as far as possible but DICE has explicitly said that no stats or unlocks will carry over to the finished product.

Xbox 360 and PS3 users need only download the beta software to play, but PC users will need to install and use Origin. The beta should give players adequate time to get accustomed to EA’s service before the full game releases October 25. System requirements for the PC version can be found below.

  Minimum Recommended
OS Windows Vista (SP2) 32-bit Windows 7 64-bit
Processor 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz) Quad-Core CPU
Memory 2 GB 4 GB
Hard Drive Space 20 GB 20 GB
Graphics Card 512 MB ATI Radeon 3870 or NVIDIA 8800 GT 1024 MB ATI Radeon 6950 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
DirectX DirectX 10.1 (AMD) / DirectX 10.0 (NVIDIA) DirectX 11
Sound DirectX Compatible DirectX Compatible

Source: DICE

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  • siberia.shalasaska - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    those "reccomended" only runs about 60-110fps without v-sync / AA turned ON.

    it will be better with gtx-590 or ati-6990.

    PS: "reccomended" are market purpose only to boost the hardware sale.
    in marketing strategy it's called side benefit
    believe it or not, it's the actual happening.
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  • gliebsbx - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    I can run Crysis 2 with all ultra settings maxed out, extra texture packs and everything, smooth as butter in most instances on my GTX 470 OC SLI setup. I am expecting BF3 to play pretty darn smooth.

    i7 950 @ 3.2ghz
    6GB triple channel ddr3 1600 muskin @ 6-8-6-24-88 (stock)
    SLI gigabyte super oc GTX 470 @ 700mhz/1674mem (stock)
    antec 750watt

    I just need a new sound card...thats it...running on board sound since i got my second 470, which left no room for my aged audigy 2 zs. Going to pick up an Auzentech X-Fi forte for that tiny pci express slot above my top 470. :)
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  • Rippley - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    WOW, FINALLY a Game designed for the latest greatest.. Finally my 2007 quad core can have some use..($149) in 07 mind you. It is about time, that a vendor finally pushed the envelope for a game, I realize that i have scene a lot of moans and groans of requirements. BUT if you cannot afford to play this game, then maybe xbox is where you want to stay at. The Recommended system, can be got for under $600 NEW letalone and upgrade.
    We finally got the publishers to push the limit, and lots of belly aching...

    Pro-Gaming is never cheap.
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  • SkyDiver - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    I pre-ordered Win7 Pro, but have some legacy applications, so I've stuck with XP as my main system. I only dual-boot into Win7 occasionally.

    There is a minimum spec for Vista 32-bit. Does that mean that it won't run on XP?
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  • espaghetti - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    It needs a direct X 10.1 video card.
    I'm guessing it's a Direct x 10.1 / 11 game.
    XP doesn't support DX 10.
    Since you have both operating systems, give it a shot on XP and let us know for grins and giggles. If you have that kind of time, of course. :)
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  • gliebsbx - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    No, it wont:

    from Nvidia's site: Most gamers already have PCs equal to or more powerful than DICE’s Minimum System Requirements, as shown by Valve’s comprehensive Hardware Survey, though 18% of the players listed there still use Windows XP, which is not compatible with DirectX 10 and 11.
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