If you haven't updated your computer since the days of Windows XP, you may be in trouble come next week when Planetside 2 shuts down the 32-bit client:

We wanted to let you know that with the next Game Update (tentatively scheduled for next week), PlanetSide 2 will no longer support the use of the 32-bit Operating System client. We do note, based on our internal metrics, that a very small group of folks are still using this client. We hope this doesn't prove too inconvenient to anyone impacted, and we appreciate your understanding.

Alright, so first you're going to ask, does this impact you? Well, let's find out. Two ways to do this, the first is to simply just wait and see if you can't use Planetside anymore, or the longer way which is find out if you need to do something now (most likely you won't). First go to "My Computer" or "This PC" in Windows. You can find it either sitting on your desktop or searching the start menu. Right click it and choose "Properties."

This is going to bring up a screen that you can also access through the Control Panel by going to "System and Security" and then "System." In Windows 8 you can find this info even easier by searching your start menu for "PC Info."

Anyway, look for where it says system type:

If it says 64-bit operating system, you're good to go! If it says 32-bit operating system, well, you and Planetside 2 are going to be having some troubles. You'll need to update to a 64-bit operating system and, while I'd love to explain all of the details, that's a bit long in the tooth for a news post. There is a ton of information online on how to accomplish this. Basically, if your PC can run a 64-bit operating system then you will need to just upgrade to that operating system. If your processor can't run a 64-bit operating system, then you may be in some trouble, as to continue playing Planetside 2 you'll need to either buy a Playstation 4 and play there (none of your gameplay will transfer over) or upgrade your processor (and most likely your motherboard and ram) on your PC.

32-bit processors are very, very old at this point and I think the last one I used still was called a Pentinum. I did some Wikipedia footwork and it looks like 2003 was the last time 32-bit processors were slightly relevant. The CORE 2 series and above are all 64-bit. Most processors made after 2004 are 64-bit. Core 2, i3, i5, and i7 should all be in the green for a 64-bit operating system.


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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016

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