Just Cause 2 Won't Support Windows XP

It had to happen eventually. Having wowed people ceaselessly since E3 with a a succession of explosive trailers, Just Cause 2 has finally put a foot wrong. And as far as the PC crowd is concerned, it's a big foot.

It's been revealed that the game won't run on Windows XP. Why? Because it's DirectX10 only. So only those running Vista or Windows 7 will be able to play the game, making it the first high profile release to completely lock out the nine-year-old operating system.

Sure, that makes it old, but as Rock, Paper, Shotgun point out, it also makes it established, the latest Steam hardware survey revealing 42.15 per cent of users were running XP. That's one hell of a market share to freeze out of a game.

The rest of the game's PC specs are below.

Minimum:

- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Windows XP is unsupported)

- Processor: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Athlon 64 X2 4200 / Pentium D 3GHz)

- Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce 8800 Series / ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro with 256MB memory or equivalent DX10 card with 256MB memory

- Memory: 2GB RAM

- DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 10

- Hard Drive: 10GB of free drive space

- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM drive

- Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible sound card

- Internet Connection: Internet connection required for product activation

- Input: Keyboard and mouse (Microsoft Xbox 360 controller optional)

Recommended:

- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Windows XP is unsupported)

- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz or AMD Phenom X3 2.4GHz

- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Series with 512MB / ATI Radeon HD 5750 Series with 512MB or equivalent DX10 card with 512MB memory

- Memory: 3GB

- DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 10.1 with Vista SP1

- Hard Drive: 10GB of free drive space

- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM drive

- Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible Dolby Digital 5.1 sound card

- Internet Connection: Internet connection required for product activation

- Input: Keyboard and mouse (Xbox 360 controller optional)

UnJust Cause: No XP Support [Rock, Paper, Shotgun]


Comments

    Either way it was bound to happen - I guess Just Cause 2 is just starting it properly.

    A lot of PC Gamers whinge anyway about graphics and that PC games could be so much better. I don't know if it ONLY being DirectX10 changes any of that - but i guess the more dev's focus on current OS and make the majority of specs more modern and up-to-date they will have the games that they want to see.

    But - this is just going to be another thing that they can all have a little bitch session about. PC Gamers are the Pensioners of Video-games.

    1. windows xp is 9 year and 2 generations old, people really should have upgraded by now...

    2. this is only 1 game that will be very crap just like the fist one...

    Pretty sure that when you release a PS3 exclusive your cutting out 140 million PS2 user's.

    This whole clinging to XP thing has been holding back PC game development back, I'm glad that they're moving forward with this game. Anyway anyone hoping to play this game on PC already have DX10 hardware anyway. XP is ancient by any tech standard, it's time to let go.

    Anyway I'm willing to bet that the real reason 80% of the "irate" people still havent moved to 7 don't want to is because they may not be able to pirate it as easily.

      "Anyway I’m willing to bet that the real reason 80% of the “irate” people still havent moved to 7 don’t want to is because they may not be able to pirate it as easily."

      How much are you willing to bet? Because i'm sure 74.6% of some generalised group would take you up on that.. Although Microsoft are meant to be bringing out some updates next month to make it difficult, it is in no way difficult to 'pirate' Win 7 now if you were that way inclined, as you so unfairly label 80% of people who like XP are... :S

    1. No one is writing big-budget games for a 10 year old console.

    2. Console exclusives freeze a similar percentage of the console market out of their game.

    This is totally normal and expected, its not JC2's fault that Windows Vista sucked so much that hardly anyone uses it, that's Microsoft's fault. DirectX 10 however is a decent technology platform (apparently, or a visually impressive game like JC2 wouldn't be using it), and re-writing the game engine to work on both... do you want to pay for the extra dollars for that development? So really the message here is for Microsoft: have a long look at your OS and figure out why 42% of gamers prefer a 10 year old platform.

      I doubt it would cost much more to put in DX9 support, they already have a DX9 codebase for the game (the level editors use it) so I doubt it would take too much work to get it working well for the release.

    42.15% may not mean much, how many of that percentage have hardware to run it anyway. There is no real reason not to be using Win7 or even Vista.

    Soon my comp specs will become minimum..
    It's depressing to see that your computer specs start off as well exceeding recommended, then just meets recommended, then just meets minimum....

    - Optical Drive: DVD-ROM drive
    - Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz or AMD Phenom X3 2.4GHz
    - Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Series with 512MB / ATI Radeon HD 5750 Series with 512MB or equivalent DX10 card with 512MB memory

    So... perfectly happy to upgrade these components but not their OS? Okay I'll crack out my classic reply to this sort of stubborn refusal.

    I have a hypothetical high end gaming PC with no optical drive, I demand this game to be released on floppy. By my calculation of the 10GB install that would require a mere 7300 floppies at an approximate weight of 14.5kg (assuming my guess of 2g per disc is right)

    The basic mantra of PC Gaming: "Upgrade or GTFO"

      The thing is that up until now, there hasn't been a need to upgrade the OS, therefore the money (if available) that may have gone to a pointless OS upgrade could instead be used to provide better CPU/Memory/GPU/Blueray hardware.

      Unless you're building a completely new PC from scratch or buying of the shelf then you're usually only ever going to upgrade the bits that NEED to be upgraded. That approach has personally served me well over the years across multiple upgrades. I've only upgraded to Windows 7 this year but could've quite happy gone on using XP - I didn't NEED to upgrade - it was just convenient with the 3 home licence pricing specials on offer.

      With Windows 7 it's however no longer unreasonable for people to upgrade as it runs well on older machines, and they've gotten a good run with their XP installs. Having said that though, the point I take from the article isn't that 42% of gamers need to wake up to themselves and upgrade but that Square Enix are quite happy to cut out a large portion of their possible market (admitedly less than 42% as some wouldn't have the specs to run the game, but many would - I've many friends in this later group). That's a decision that does have an impact on their revenue stream.

    Also I find it amusing that the minimum spec is an 8800, and the recommended is a GTS 250, theyre the same card lol.

    For those not in the know Nvidia has been re-badging the G92 (8800GT/GTS512) GPU for years now, that same chip has been the 9800GT/GTX/GTX+ and the GTS240/250.

    People still use Windows? lol... KIDDING... but really, Win XP is closer to windows 95 than it is to Vista or 7, so I don't think it's cruel for them to not include it. I have no sympathy for people still running XP who buy this game and wonder why they can't play it.

    Wasn't Halo 2 Vista only... you could crack it for XP, but strictly speaking it didn't support XP.

    I still run Windows XP and run every game, from DOS to now perfectly... seriously theres a reason why there is a huge camp of XP users still, its because it just works. I can't be bothered to upgrade my operating system until its time to fork out for a new PC.

    Windows XP! win

    Vista got off to a shaky start, but eventually ended up as a good, solid OS (much more stable than XP when gaming). Windows 7 is all of Vista's good points with none of the bad and honestly, XP is a technological dinosaur. If you are too lazy or stubborn to upgrade, that's your fault. Those of us who actually care enough to pay for improved products that perform better in every respect will enjoy those benefits. Do you still use VHS? Floppy drives?

      I don't care much for this topic... but i did read your comment.

      In regards to VHS - yes i still do and A LOT i would actually say a majority of Australians still use VHS..

      Firstly, we are not America, thats fairly obvious. But what I mean is. DVRs which are the future and becoming more and more popular everyday, have been around in the US much longer than what us Aussies have even heard of them, let alone had one released here.

      TiVo is old news to Americans and their spoilt with choice for DVRs. But before DVRs and after VCRs were DVD recorders. Recording to a DVD disc instead of a VHS - they never really took OFF as well a VCR and its all of a sudden skipped right to DVRs.

      Obviously in a technical standpoint, VCRs are ancient. But they still very reliable, cheap and easy to use and replace. VHS have a fairly standard lifetime, but like i said, they're cheap to buy. A lot of the older generation, lets say 50+ use them because they're used to them and not into technology compared to the younger generation. Watching something recorded on a VHS is easily transportable - you can watch it on another, different brand VCR.

      I do use PlayTV for myself, but we still use a VCR for other peoples needs in the house. VHS still has some kick left in it, thats for sure.

        I must disagree, VHS have no kick left. The VHS is on it's deathbed, all my 50+ relatives (and i have a lot of them) have all been convinced and shown the joy of updated technology. I don't think VHS to XP is a fair comparison.

    ive yet to upgrade my pc and i have windows xp on it, all the current games work on my computer just fine, but if push came to shove, ill just go to my xbox. from what ive observed, games have less memory leaks on the xbox than pc.

    I think that the 42.15% figure also includes people who use XP as their gaming machine preferred operating system, but who also have a Vista/Win7 machine available or on the same computer (dual boot).

    I'm proud to say i gave Vista a miss. I'm running Windows 7 now, but i was more than happy to be running XP while Vista had been floating around. By the time i had seriously considered Vista, Windows 7 was just around the corner. Windows 7 is deffinately what Vista should have been, uses the resources to much more efficiency. Although i have updated and happily done so, i would not hold it against anyone who sticks with XP, it works, and i doubt there would really be too many people running XP cut deep about not being able to play Just Cause 2, well on their PC anyway...

    You could download DirectX for Windows XP you know...

    If you are used to the Windows XP you will find Vista and Windows 7 unstable. I tried it and Windows XP still rules.

    stream must be running to play just cause 2

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