Daily Bits 7/16/10

In today’s daily bits: StarCraft II Specs, Spec Ops beta, Kane and Lynch 2 plus Valve may be getting a bit nosy.

StarCraft II‘s system requirements announced

Blizzard has announced just how powerful your PC or Mac will need to be to play the biggest PC game releasing this summer, StarCraft II:

Minimum System Requirements*:

PC: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX 9.0c
2.6 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card or better

Mac: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
Intel Processor
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon X1600 or better

PC/Mac: 12 GB available HD space
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista/Windows 7 users, 2 GB for Mac users)
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution

Realistically, these requirements are not bad. Blizzard continues the trend of not forcing people to have top of the line systems to play the company’s games. Only part I’m not overly thrilled with is the Broadband Internet connection, but we all knew that was going to be there. StarCraft II releases July 27th.


Sign ups open for Spec Ops: The Line Beta

Want to get a taste of 2K’s new take on the Spec Ops series? Then this may be your lucky day. 2K has opened sign ups for the demo for Spec Ops: The Line. The demo is only for the 360, and there are no garauntees you will be selected, but you can’t win if you don’t try, right?

I was really impressed with what I saw of this game at E3, and I have already signed up.


Kane and Lynch 2 demo hits early for PlayStation Plus subscribers

Remember how Sony mentioned PlayStation Plus subscribers would get access to demos before normal PSN members? Looks like the first one will be the demo for Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days. PS+ members will gain exclusive access from July 20 through the 27, with normal PSN members gaining access after that.


Valve wants to know what is on your computer

Valve’s Steam service has been taking the specs of member’s computers, but now the publisher wants to know a whole lot more. The latest Steam update has a survey members can allow to run that will check out what is in your program folders file to see what you have installed on your system. The company states they are doing this to learn how people use their computers to see what services it can provide for its consumers.

Now I know these are voluntary, but I really do not like this idea. What worries me the most is if Valve chooses to set the survey to run as default, forcing you to un-check it to keep it from running. Many gaming companies are starting to go down paths I really do not like, and I hope Valve is not joining them.



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