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Battlefield 4 beta on Windows PC requires 64-bit OS

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To further test the 64-bit version of Battlefield 4, the game's beta for Windows PC is only open to 64-bit OS machines, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson wrote on the official Battlefield blog, saying the full version will run on both 32- and 64-bit systems.

Troedsson also outlined that the upcoming shooter will use anti-cheat solution PunkBuster, alongside Gameblocks' anti-cheat engine FairFight. The two anti-cheat measures will be tested during the beta "to make the experience as good as possible for our players."

Under the measures, players will potentially see messaging in the chat box in-game when a cheater is caught, according to Troedsson. Players can find more information on the anti-cheat solutions on the server browser pages on Battlelog and DICE is expected to share further details Battlefield 4's anti-cheat improvements at a later date.

Available across PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, the multiplayer-only beta will feature the Siege of Shanghai map in Conquest and Domination Modes. Battlefield 3 Premium members, and those who pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 Origin-exclusive Digital Deluxe/Limited Edition or Medal of Honor Warfighter, gain access to the The exclusive beta beginning Oct. 1. The open beta commences Oct. 4, with testing for both beta tiers concluding Oct. 15.

Battlefield 4 is slated for an Oct. 29 release on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The shooter is set for launch on Nov. 19 for Xbox One and Nov. 12 for PlayStation 4.