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PSA: PC Minimum Supported Specs Changes Coming in 2023

In 2023 (specific date TBD), we will be changing our minimum specs to require the following CPU features: SSSE3, SSE4.1 and SSE4.2*. 

*Your CPU must support SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2. 

These are CPU-instructions that were first added to processors like the Intel i7 860 (Nehalem microarchitecture released in 2008) or the AMD FX-4170 (Bulldozer microarchitecture released 2011). As you can see, even computers that are a decade old support these features so you probably have nothing to worry about! 

If you’re still rocking a vintage machine that doesn’t support these instructions, you’ll see a warning in the Warframe launcher so you know it’s time for an upgrade. 

These changes will finally let the PC version of the game get optimizations we’ve had on the Xbox and PlayStation versions for years and will make it easier to do more optimizations, since  all developers will be using them all day every day (as opposed to only when testing on some consoles). 

In true minspec PSA style, we want to give our PC Tenno a very early heads up. While 2023 is still a ways away, we don’t want any surprises when it comes time to implement these changes. In addition to the Launcher warning, we will post another PSA as a follow up to this one once we have a date to share of the updated minspec. 

Thank you, Tenno! 

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I can confirm I5 3570 supports it but you had me worryed for a bit XD

For general intel processor its in the Instruction Set Extensions section you will see the supported SSE in specifications ^.^ 

 

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2 minutes ago, --i9-- said:

they mentioned specific SSE's so idk if it had to support all or what

The purpose of this update is to say "old machines may not be able to play warframe properly anymore"

The answer to your question is yes. Your CPU supports SSE.
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The free CPU-Z utility can be used to quickly check processor support. SSE implementations are listed under the Instructions field on the CPU tab.

 

On 2022-09-07 at 5:10 PM, [DE]Danielle said:

Veilbreaker: Hotfix 32.0.1

General Changes:

  • Enabled launcher warnings for systems that won't meet the minspec changes coming in 2023. To learn more, read our PSA: PC Minimum Supported Specs Changes Coming in 2023.
    • Note: If you do not see a launcher warning, congrats! You’re in the clear and meet the minspec requirements. 
Edited by de1337er
Hotfix 32.0.1 release notes indicate the launcher will now check the processor for the upcoming requirement support
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46 minutes ago, Sannidor said:

This will mean end of Warframe journey for thousands of players.

But of course DE is aware of that.

What's next, game not working on Windows7 ?

Please reconsider, this is a bad move.

I would like to see the game pushed forward technologically on par with features introduced in recent years. Windows 7 is 12 years old (13 by the time this update requirement goes live) and does not support DX12, DirectStorage, raytracing or HDR. Pushing forward means cutting down on technological hard-walls from legacy systems because at some point the new features are otherwise held back just so compatibility is retained.

The forum had this conversation last year when support for DX10 ended. 

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15 hours ago, [DE]Danielle said:

If you’re still rocking a vintage machine that doesn’t support these instructions, you’ll soon start to see a warning in the Warframe launcher so you know it’s time for an upgrade. 

In true minspec PSA style, we want to give our PC Tenno a very early heads up.

Appreciated.

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32 minutes ago, Jarriaga said:

Pushing forward means cutting down on technological hard-walls from legacy systems because at some point the new features are otherwise held back just so compatibility is retained.

FWIW, as someone who's going to have to upgrade or say goodbye, I support this move.
Unless the game was 'sold' as guaranteed to work with X, there comes a point where maintaining backwards compatibility is detrimental.

Hell, I'm amazed (and obviously pleased) that Warframe's worked, and well, on my (mostly) 14 year old computer for as long as it has.

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2 hours ago, Sannidor said:

This will mean end of Warframe journey for thousands of players.

But of course DE is aware of that.

What's next, game not working on Windows7 ?

Please reconsider, this is a bad move.

I don't see how this is a bad move.  I don't believe that this will affect thousands of players (maybe hundreds sure, thousands?).  Given the age of these cpus being unsupported it's very unlikely this will be a bad thing in the long run for both the players and the devs.  I don't know how anyone can play warframe  (given it's size and "internet" requirements) and not have access to a 7~8 year old CPU.  Those ones aren't really that expensive.
As for windows 7 I left that one a long time ago, but do understand many have not upgraded for a variety of reasons.

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3 hours ago, --i9-- said:

does the intel i9 10900k work for this?

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16 hours ago, [DE]Danielle said:

*Your CPU must support SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2.

... Yeah, I believe I've got that covered for the next 2 decades... 👍

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3 hours ago, Chroia said:

FWIW, as someone who's going to have to upgrade or say goodbye, I support this move.
Unless the game was 'sold' as guaranteed to work with X, there comes a point where maintaining backwards compatibility is detrimental.

Hell, I'm amazed (and obviously pleased) that Warframe's worked, and well, on my (mostly) 14 year old computer for as long as it has.

pending regional availability, but thesedays there are some remarkably good deals for CPU performance. a 12100 will blow old stuff out of the Water, and it's really cheap. well the MSRP is, so in theory it should be cheap everywhere.

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6 hours ago, --i9-- said:

they mentioned specific SSE's so idk if it had to support all or what

Look at this 👇🏻

20 hours ago, [DE]Danielle said:

*Your CPU must support SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2. 

 

 

6 hours ago, Sannidor said:

This will mean end of Warframe journey for thousands of players.

But of course DE is aware of that.

What's next, game not working on Windows7 ?

Please reconsider, this is a bad move.

Intel i7 860, that's for around 2009, processors older than that model are incompatible with most current hardware, it's impossible for someone to be dragging that processor until now

Rest assured that if a computer has that processor, it is very likely that it will not be able to run Warframe, neither in 2023 nor now nor before

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4 hours ago, de1337er said:

The free CPU-Z utility can be used to quickly check processor support. SSE implementations are listed under the Instructions field on the CPU tab.

Beat me to it.

2 hours ago, Digressive said:

Oh no, time to upgrade my Amiga 500

Ooh, fancy pants over here.

*reassures the C64 that it's still loved and plays some nice crunchy SID tunes*

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I have played this game on Intel Core 2 Quad (15yo CPU) years ago and was surprised with the performance and optimization of Warframe. Even now I still play this game in 1080p on my i5 2400 (11yo CPU) which support the aforementioned instructions. At this point if there is still someone rocking those decade old CPUs then it's about time they upgrade as almost every new game require those instructions.

I'm very happy to see how much work DE has done to optimize this game and let potato PC users also enjoy it.

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Wow, I'm cutting it close on an AMD FX-8350! I am happy you still support Windows 7 as well. The only games I've played that truly have issues with it are ones that use Win10 gimmicks like Cortana or games that explicity check for the OS version.

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oof thats not nice... 
price hiking still going on where i live, older motherboards (am3+ and such) just vanished (thanks cryptominers)
still trying to upgrade my motherboard.

there is definetly no funds remaining to upgrade my phenom II x6... cant we squeeze some sse4A in there?

very big oof.

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