If there’s one thing SOE’s president John Smedley likes to do, it’s dropping vast amounts of tantalizing -and sometimes cryptic- update tidbits through Twitter concerning all the developers’ latest endeavors. This time, Smedley’s could barely wait a whole day before informing everyone that SOE had just decided to move Planetside 2 to 64 bit completely.

64 bit operating systems have been in widespread use for quite some time now, but many programs still run in 32 bit and PC manufacturers have had a tendency in the past to use 32 bit operating systems in lower end PCs. However, it seems as though the era of 32 bit is finally coming to a close, at least in the gaming sector. According to a Steam Hardware Survey taken this January, 78% of Steam users utilize a 64 bit operating system. Smedley reaffirmed this conclusion when he later revealed only 6% of Planetside 2 players were actually playing on a 32 bit operating system.

When asked whether the move to 64 bit would increase Planetside 2’s performance, Smedley replied by stating that since 64 bit allows you to use more memory, in theory it would perform better although Smedley did not want to promise anything until the team had tested the changes. In fact, Smedley says it would actually fix the MMOFPS number one crash, which is when the game runs out of usable memory.

No word as to when SOE plans to drop support officially, but if you enjoy Planetside 2 and for some reason still don’t have a 64 bit OS, it may be time to join the other 78% and soon.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. Luckily my is 64 bit but yes those 32 bit ps2 players must be feeling damned. I can imagine a day comes and suddenly cant play ps2 anymore.

    • Too bad so sad? If you can’t afford a gaming computer, you should probably spend your time more wisely such as…getting a raise?

  2. I’m sure they’re already missing out on a lot of players already because of such high demanding specs. While I can handle the game, my friends can’t and playing a game like Planetside 2 without friends, just isn’t fun. I was hoping that maybe they’ll be a little less demanding, guess that isn’t going to happen.

    • That pretty much sums up all AAA MMOs in nearly a decade. In an industry where by far the most common GPU used for gaming is a Intel HD integrated card, going for graphic quality over gameplay and content is an all around dumb move.
      This is, IMO,a big part of WoW’s continued success over the years. People still play because their friends do, and their friends do because they can’t play anything else that’s any good.
      Other games alienate majority of their playerbase with hardware requirements.
      That’s being said, holding thumbs for Wildstar. Please don’t be shit, please don’t be shit.

      • Agree 100%, It’s not that they need to cut down graphic and high specs for all systems but they need better optimization in many mmos so low end pc are actually able to run on low settings. It doesn’t help the required specs listed in most games have people who don’t know about performance testing utilities specific to games purchase them based on listed or recommended settings only to not be able to play it due to it performing so bad it is unplayable. My system can run pretty much anything I throw at it but a lot of my friends aren’t so fortunate with pc hardware. I am a social gamer so any mmo that doesn’t allow my gaming buddies to play as well is out of the question when I am considering trying a new one out.


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