Fans of DICE’s large-scale FPS rejoice: the open beta for Battlefield 3 launches on September 29. Anyone who preordered BF3 via EA’s Origin service or purchased the Limited Edition of last year’s Medal of Honor will be able to play the beta early starting September 27.

The beta will feature one map, Operation Metro, in the Rush mode popularized by DICE’s Battlefield: Bad Company series. Though the beta will end October 10, there is no playtime limit. Players are free to rank up as far as possible but DICE has explicitly said that no stats or unlocks will carry over to the finished product.

Xbox 360 and PS3 users need only download the beta software to play, but PC users will need to install and use Origin. The beta should give players adequate time to get accustomed to EA’s service before the full game releases October 25. System requirements for the PC version can be found below.

  Minimum Recommended
OS Windows Vista (SP2) 32-bit Windows 7 64-bit
Processor 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz) Quad-Core CPU
Memory 2 GB 4 GB
Hard Drive Space 20 GB 20 GB
Graphics Card 512 MB ATI Radeon 3870 or NVIDIA 8800 GT 1024 MB ATI Radeon 6950 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
DirectX DirectX 10.1 (AMD) / DirectX 10.0 (NVIDIA) DirectX 11
Sound DirectX Compatible DirectX Compatible

Source: DICE

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  • realmike15 - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    Couldn't agree more. I won't be buying anything other than BF3 from Origin. Anything else that comes out will be purchased through Steam or physical copy. Not interested helping make EA fatter and more greedy than they already are.

    On a good note, Skyrim can be Pre-Ordered through Steam though!
  • michal1980 - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - link

    my 8800gt is now min specs. :-(
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - link

    All the videos you see online from EA are on a GTX 460, and it looks fantastic.
  • xsilver - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    Usually recommended specs = can run everything at near max no? hasnt that always been the case for games?
  • Capt Caveman - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    As I already posted, Devs are saying that you will need GTX 580 SLI to run the game at Ultra settings.
  • Assimilator87 - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    What's with the DX 10.1 minimum for ATi? I'd imagine that two 2900 XT in Crossfire would be able to at least run the game.
  • gliebsbx - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    interesting! ....I should be able to run ultra settings with my SLI'd GTX 470s...factory OCd @ 700mhz. These graphics should be insane...cant wait
  • Lunyone - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    Well I used to be okay with my x1800 xt 256mb, but since I got lucky and upgraded to at 6850 I hopefully should be good to go (assuming I want to play the game)!
  • Mugur - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    Until I played Crysis 2 in DX11 + extra textures (with those 2 gigantic patches), I thought that my Phenom II X2/3,4 Ghz + 6870 were good enough for BF 3...

    I just hope it's more optimized, because I would hate to lower the settings too much. I've already pre-ordered 3 month ago the Limited Edition (DVD, not digital)... :-).
  • siberia.shalasaska - Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - link

    if you can play crysis2 in "very extreme" graphic mode, then u can play this...SMOOTHLY

    dont worry : : ) )

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