Dedicated servers in "Call of Duty: Black Ops" won't mean a whole heckuva lot if your machine won't run the new game. Fortunately, Treyarch's PC requirements for "Black Ops" have been revealed, and they don't seem to be too over-demanding. You'll need at least a 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT or ATI Radeon X1950Pro, but beyond that your DirectX 9.0-running system will probably be good to go after downloading the game via Steam.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops" Download Minimum System Requirements:
• OS: Windows Vista / XP / 7
• Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 or better
• Memory: 2GB
• Video: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT / ATI Radeon X1950Pro or better
• Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
• DirectX: 9.0c
Yes, you'll have to cough up a few gigs of hard drive space, but I don't think that's going to be a huge problem for many PC gamers. Barring any eleventh-hour surprises that are received like the lack of servers was for "Modern Warfare 2," "Black Ops" seems to be flying in for a smooth launch-day landing and pre-order numbers that will please its developers and retailers alike.
Is your computer's hardware sufficient for running "Call of Duty: Black Ops"? Do you feel like Treyarch is making better or worse decisions in prepping "Black Ops" than Infinity Wards made releasing "Modern Warfare 2"? Share your opinions with us in the comment section below.