A cartoony FPS? Gearbox Software took a design leap with Borderlands and to everyone’s delight, it paid off. The game stood out from the crowd. The stylised black outline around characters and backgrounds, seen traditionally in cartoons, was used to great effect. We are told that part of the reasoning behind this move was so they could push the visual boundaries of console hardware, while lowering the performance hit. Very smart.

What impact does that design choice have on PC gamers in the next game of Borderlands? Well Borderlands 2 system requirements are now available, so lets see shall we...

Borderlands 2 Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows XP SP3

CPU: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor

RAM: 2 GB(XP)/ 2 GB(Vista)

HDD: 20 GB free


GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 /ATI Radeon HD 2600

AUDIO: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

OTHER: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C Redistributable 2005, Visual C Redistributable 2008, Visual C Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)

Borderlands 2 Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Win 7

CPU: 2.3 GHz Quad Core processor



GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon HD 5850

AUDIO: DirectX 9.0c Compatible

We had a chance to play the game first hand recently and it was a good laugh for sure, but whether it would require something as hefty as a GTX 560 to meet recommended we are not so sure. Chances are you will be able to play the game with a lesser GPU and a few things turned down a little.

Speaking of which, we took a picture of the graphics option screen, although a little blurry, you can see some of the options that will be open to PC gamers.

Click the image to expand it for a better view.