You're going to need a microphone to play Dark Souls multiplayer on PC. That's strange, because the Playstation and Xbox versions went out of their way to prevent players communicating with one another. Dark Souls hates you, you see, and that voice of yours could be used to garner some sort of advantage. The Steam page for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition has been updated with minimum system requirements, of which a microphone is one.
Here are those specs, to save you an entire click.
- OS: Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, or newer
- Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual-Core
- Memory: 1 GB (XP), 2GB (Vista/7)
- Hard Disk Space: 4 GB
- Video Card: 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon 4850 or higher, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher
- DirectX®: 9.0c
- Sound: Direct Sound Compatible
- Additional: Multiplayer requires microphone headset support
Developer From Software has been fairly candid about its approach to developing the PC version, which includes a host of new content. "To be completely honest, we're having a tough time doing it due to our lack of experience and knowledge in terms of porting to PC," producer Daisuke Uchiyama told Eurogamer. "First we thought it would be a breeze, but it's turned out not to be the case."
The game will also have minimal mouse and keyboard support, though Daisuke hopes that PC gamers can look past that and enjoy the game itself. "We're really looking forward to see how PC gamers will feel when they play the game more in-depth," he said.
Oh, bless them. The port of the game has come about following an internet petition to develop a PC version, to which Namco Bandai have dutifully responded. You made them do this and they're trying their best.
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die edition launches on August 24.