Starting today Battlefield fans will be able to check out the latest title in the series, Battlefield Hardline, as part of a global open beta program. EA is hoping that by running an extensive beta program they will be able to avoid many of the launch issues that plagued Battlefield 4 at the end of 2013.

While the Battlefield Hardline beta will be available to gamers on all platforms - PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 - if you are planning to run the game on a Windows machine, you might want to check out the system requirements.

Naturally, EA has stepped up the graphics in this Frostbite 3-powered game, so you'll need more powerful hardware in your system. Only 64-bit capable machines are supported, and in the final version of the game you'll need 60 GB of free hard drive space.

For the beta, EA advises that systems with just 4 GB of RAM may struggle to run the title, although the game should be optimized for entry level systems come launch time.

  Recommended Minimum
CPU Intel "Quad Core"
AMD "Six Core"
AMD Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz
Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
GPU AMD Radeon R9 290
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
3 GB of VRAM
AMD Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
OS Windows 8 64-bit (with KB971512 update) Windows Vista SP2 64-bit (with KB971512 update)
Storage 60 GB

The final version of Battlefield Hardline will launch in North America on March 17th. The open beta will run from February 3-8.