If You Don't Have 64-Bit Windows in 2013, You'll be Missing Out

Not in an advertising sense, "missing out" on pointless features. You will quite literally be missing out on some games, as EA has revealed that come 2012 a whole range of titles using DICE's Frostbite 2 engine - the one powering games such as Battlefield 3 - will need a 64-bit operating system to even run.

"We'll have Frostbite-powered games in 2013 that will _require_ a 64-bit OS," Frostbite 2 dev Johan Andersson said yesterday on Twitter. "If you are on 32-bit, great opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8."

If you've already got a 64-bit system and a 64-bit operating system, nothing to see here! But a lot of people don't. Indeed, Steam's latest user survey indicates that only 53% of gamers are running a 64-bit operating system. That's a lot of people who will need to buy at least a new copy of Windows, if not a new CPU, if they want to keep playing DICE's (and many of EA's) games.

Some Frostbite games will require a 64-bit OS in 2013 - DICE [Eurogamer]