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Can You Play Duke Nukem Forever?

Now, this is not do you want to play Duke Nukem Forever, as that is an entirely different question. This is — can you play Duke Nukem Forever. (From the looks of the specs, you can.) That is, if you planned on playing the PC version. Gearbox has released the System Specs, so off we go:

Minimum Specifications
* OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 Ghz
* Memory: 1 Gb
* Hard Drive: 10 Gb free
* Video Memory: 256 MB
* Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600
* Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended Specifications
* OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.6 Ghz
* Memory: 2 Gb
* Hard Drive: 10 Gb free
* Video Memory: 512 MB
* Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850
* Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft DirectX, Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (ATL), Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, and AMD Dual Core Optimizer. (AMD optimizer required only for specific AMD processors to run the game correctly, but installs for all of them.)

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Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

7 thoughts to “Can You Play Duke Nukem Forever?”

  1. I get how they get the minimums (turn down all the settings to their lowest points and find the oldest crap system the game will run on), but who comes up with the recommended specs and what criteria do they use for those? If I was a game dev making a high end AAA game I would “recommend” you have the highest end machine possible, just because, but that isn’t very realistic.

  2. I bet that recommended specs are really easy for multiplatform titles. Just whatever specs will run the game with visual parity to the xbox! They’re a lot more dubious with PC only titles, obvs

  3. Though I don’t plan on ever playing the game, but the recommended specs are basically my computer from two years ago …

  4. I always assumed that they’d use minimum as what the game will only just about run on technologicaly, but the recommended was the minimum the developer recommended you have to enjoy it to a level they feel is acceptable.

    Saying that, your idea of visual parity to other platforms on multiplat games makes a hell of a lot of sense. Seems like the most obvious thing in the world when someone points it out for you.

  5. I was pretty excited about this game coming out. Way back in the late 20th century. Now, not so much. With The Witcher 2 and then the summer and all the amazing stuff coming out this fall I have no interest in making the time to play this.

  6. Same here. I suspect that if I rooted around the bags of old junk in the attic I might find my pre-order receipt, from before the first delay. Now I don’t even remember how many years ago I lost interest in it…

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