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We are aiming to give you as much notice as possible for our plans to change our Minimum Supported Specs! If you’re still running Windows XP, DirectX 9 or a 32-bit operating system, these changes will be especially relevant to you. We are discontinuing support for these PC Specs.
There's a bit of history here, so let's look at why!
Four years ago, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP and 32-bit operating systems from 2001, which meant no more security updates or technical assistance. NVIDIA has also announced that they are halting 32-bit OS GeForce this month.
Right now, Warframe's official Minimum Specs still include Windows XP, DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems but with Microsoft and NVIDIA looking to phase out 2001 tech, we are also making changes to Warframe’s Minimum Specs for PC!
DirectX11 is more compatible and robust than older versions, and we would like to make full use of that! We have started to think about this with our new GPU particles - they aren’t supported by DirectX 9 but are a great visual feature supported by newer versions. Maintaining DirectX 9 compatibility can limit Warframe’s development, especially when we keep in mind prep for future releases after DirectX 11.
There are quality and security motivations too. Raising the Minimum Specs means Warframe will perform better and be more reliable on all supported systems. We want to keep player experiences safe and stable on operating systems that are up-to-date, secure, and supported by the companies that make them.
With all of this in mind, we plan to change Warframe’s Minimum Supported Specs to Windows 7, 64-bit operating systems, and Dx10. We don’t have set a date for this change yet, but we’ll keep you posted!