Dishonored 2 won’t support Phenom CPUs, time to upgrade

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Dishonored 2 is an amazing game that lets you play as a supernatural assassin. Set in a world of mysticism, the game allows you to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano. Both have particular skills and supernatural powers that help you eliminate your enemies much quicker.

Bethesda released Dishonored 2 on November 11. However, there is still one question that remains unanswered: Will Bethesda add support for Phenom CPUs?

Dishonored 2 and Phenom CPUs

Gamers using Phenom CPU-powered computers asked this question days before the game was officially released. Until recently, Bethesda and Arkane Studios avoided answering this question.

However, Harvey Smith, co-creative director at Arkane Studios, recently confirmed that Phenom CPU support was still in discussion. This is a diplomatic manner of saying neither yes, nor no —  same old, same old.

Dishonored 2 Phenom CPUs

When analyzing Bethesda and Arkane’s stance regarding Phenom CPU support, it becomes clear that Dishonored 2 won’t support this type of processor. First of all, if the two companies thought it would be lucrative to support Phenom CPUs, this feature would have been available since release day.

Second, Dishonored 2 is not the only game that doesn’t support Phenom CPUs. Mafia III is another example. Third, Harvey Smith’s “still in discussion” answer clearly suggests that somebody doesn’t want to pour the time and effort into making Dishonored 2 compatible with Phenom CPUs.

On the other hand, Phenom CPU users don’t understand why the minimum requirements for Intel CPUs seem to be much lower than for AMD CPUs. Also, the fact that only a handful of games don’t support Phenom force many to stick to their good old rig.

many games will use those SSE 4.x instruction as a reason for not supporting older CPUs.  it is simple – HW sales are not growing..
So, we have got 4-6 core CPUs handling Battlefield 1 or Witcher 3, but we can not EVEN LAUNCH this semi-open world game?

The bottom line is that Phenom CPU users should carefully check system requirements before purchasing a game. If Phenom CPUs are not supported, don’t buy the game with the hope that one day Phenom support will be added. If it’s not there from the very beginning, switch to another game.

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  • “The bottom line is that Phenom CPU users should carefully check system requirements before purchasing a game. If Phenom CPUs are not supported, don’t buy the game with the hope that one day Phenom support will be added. If it’s not there from the very beginning, switch to another game.”

    Some of us pre-ordered the game (cue comments about don’t pre-order). The specs weren’t released until *very* close to the release. Not to mention the specs don’t specify that SSE is the issue here – many Phenoms still run current games reasonably well otherwise, so many Phenom owners are assuming if theirs is close to the equivalent of the FX processor (in terms of speed and cores) then they will probably be able to play the game.