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PC killer gaming app "Crysis" to ship November 16, 2007

Console gamers will have many, many amazing games to play this holiday season, but PC gamers will have an exclusive title to make the console crowd jealous. This game, of course, is Crysis – a title that has already wowed anyone who has seen video of screenshots of the gorgeous graphics.

Publisher Electronic Arts and developer Crytek have announced that Crysis will be hitting retail stores in North America and Europe on November 16, 2007.

“Crytek is constantly striving to push the boundaries of both game design and technology, while maintaining quality at the highest bar,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO and President of Crytek. “We’re thankful to our fans for their support and patience, and we’re excited to bring them Crysis this year. It’s going to be worth the wait.”

Official system requirements and recommended specs have yet to be announced, but it is estimated that the lowest-spec PC that will run Crysis will consist of:

CPU: Athlon 64 3000+/Intel 2.8ghz
Graphics: Nvidia 6600/X800GTO (SM 2.0)
RAM: 768Mb/1Gb on Windows Vista
HDD: 6GB
Internet: 256k+
Optical Drive: DVD
Software: DX9.0c with Windows XP

With the recommended system expected to be:

CPU: Dual-core CPU (Athlon X2/Pentium D)
Graphics: Nvidia 7800GTX/ATI X1800XT (SM 3.0) or DX10 equivalent
RAM: 1.5Gb
HDD: 6GB
Internet: 512k+ (128k+ upstream)
Optical Drive: DVD
Software: DX10 with Windows Vista
Although Crysis won’t be the first game to carry with it DirectX 10 visuals, it could be the killer app to entice gamers to make the jump to Windows Vista. Unlike the other DirectX 10 titles Halo 2 and Shadowrun, Crysis will also run with DirectX 9 on Windows XP.



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Sys requirements
By sgun on 8/3/2007 8:41:38 AM , Rating: 2
Aren't they a bit low? I know - optimization and so on, but 1,5 GB RAM, whichever Core 2 Duo? Sure, and FSX runs fine on P3 1,5GHz.




RE: Sys requirements
By omnicronx on 8/3/2007 8:46:36 AM , Rating: 2
1.5gigs should be enough, i would probably recommend 2 gigs but.. and as for cpu power, its starting to mean less and less as mhz stay the same and the core count goes up. Most pc's these days are capable of playing games, its just the vidcard holding them back.


RE: Sys requirements
By xsilver on 8/3/2007 8:52:10 AM , Rating: 2
what would be really funny is if the code optimization is so good that you dont really need a 8800gtx to run it @ 1680 resolution

fingers crossed eh?


RE: Sys requirements
By CascadingDarkness on 8/3/2007 5:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
Good thing you’re crossing your fingers and not holding your breath. Otherwise I'd likely call an ambulance for you. Seems lately everything thing is brute force rather than elegant. Tons of recent games seem to be big hogs on resources just because constant advancements in power let them. (also likely because elegant = more production time/costs)

IMHO BTW


RE: Sys requirements
By dajeepster on 8/3/2007 12:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
in my case of BF2142, it was my processor holding me back. With the 1.25 update, I noticed a lot of lag, where I was losing frame rates. I was running an Athlon64 3000+ with dual 6800gts and 2gigs of ram on XP 64bit... I upgraded my processer to a dual opteron 175 and I was in the game again with no problems. the processor was the cheaper upgrade for me (939 socket).


RE: Sys requirements
By JimFear on 8/6/2007 4:54:35 AM , Rating: 2
Current gpu's from the 8800 range and 2900 range are heavily CPU limited.


RE: Sys requirements
By Pitbull0669 on 8/3/07, Rating: 0
RE: Sys requirements
By probedb on 8/3/2007 9:13:53 AM , Rating: 2
More than likely this is with all the eye-candy etc turned off, I'm guessing the demo was running with everything turned to max?


RE: Sys requirements
By VERTIGGO on 8/3/2007 4:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
the screenshots look like medium/low settings At least there's no AA and only 4xAF if any and they're taken at a low res. to boot.


RE: Sys requirements
By EarthsDM on 8/3/2007 9:36:25 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Giveing [sic] people hope when ther [sic] is none.


That's a bit of an over statement on your part. Since DirectX 9 (and before) most games have come out with code paths for DirectX 8 (or even 7!) using Shader Model 2.0 instead of 3.0. Crysis might not look as good on a two or three year old system, but it should run fine without eye candy. It may even be 'only' as pretty as FarCry without DX10 pushing it. Besides, that's only graphics. Even on a Pentium 4 2.4 GHz (which, lets face it, has been outclassed since Sep 2003) bullets will go just as fast, your character will jump just as high, etc.


RE: Sys requirements
By Screwballl on 8/3/07, Rating: -1
RE: Sys requirements
By caboosemoose on 8/3/2007 1:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
Hate to rain on your parade, but the X1950 isnt going to rock your world with Crysis.


RE: Sys requirements
By Screwballl on 8/8/2007 11:56:29 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
by caboosemoose on August 3, 2007 at 1:13 PM
Hate to rain on your parade, but the X1950 isnt going to rock your world with Crysis.


I am also using XP so its not like I will have the entire DX10 library on my hands either to see all the extra eye candy... I am one who buys a game for gameplay, not cinematics. I am part of the Commodore64 and Atari and 8-bit Nintendo generation, I play games with content, not eye candy.
I have so many games through the years, most of which I played for a few days and shelved it because it sucked so bad. I still have them sitting there as far back as some 486 games and console stuff back to the PS (before it was called PS1).


RE: Sys requirements
By EarthsDM on 8/3/2007 1:19:55 PM , Rating: 2
From what I hear, the last C&C game was really good. I've been considering getting Crysis as well, despite my boycotting EA. I guess I'll just have to see how happy ET: Quake, UT 3, and HL, episode two can make me, not to mention my addiction to Medieval: Total War II ;)


RE: Sys requirements
By Samus on 8/3/2007 4:25:36 PM , Rating: 2
EA's coming back around with quality games, but their business politics are always questionable.


DX 9/10
By mdogs444 on 8/3/2007 8:32:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Although Crysis won’t be the first game to carry with it DirectX 10 visuals, it could be the killer app to entice gamers to make the jump to Windows Vista. Unlike the other DirectX 10 titles Halo 2 and Shadowrun, Crysis will also run with DirectX 9 on Windows XP.


We've all been hearing about this game for quite some time. The article states it will play DX9 on XP and DX10 on Vista. But will it play DX9 on Vista because I am only using a 7600GT? I will not upgrade just for a video game.




RE: DX 9/10
By stubeck on 8/3/2007 8:37:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yes.


RE: DX 9/10
By omnicronx on 8/3/2007 8:43:27 AM , Rating: 2
min video card specs: Nvidia 6600
recommended : Nvidia 7800GTX

yours is right in the middle, you should be fine ;)


RE: DX 9/10
By aznstriker92 on 8/3/2007 10:47:23 AM , Rating: 1
Where would the ati 2600xt fall in for the Direct X 10 equivalent?


RE: DX 9/10
By caboosemoose on 8/3/2007 1:17:05 PM , Rating: 1
I don't know about fine. It will run, sure, but you'll be ramping down a lot of options to get smooth frame rates with something like a 7600. Let's be realistic about this kids...

I expect Crysis to be well capable of bringing something like an 8800 GTX to its knees without even completely maxing out the settings.

Crytek are smart cookies, so the engine will scale, but you'll lose a lot of detail in the process.


RE: DX 9/10
By rdeegvainl on 8/3/2007 2:41:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I expect Crysis to be well capable of bringing something like an 8800 GTX to its knees without even completely maxing out the settings.

Based on what? like you said, lets be realistic about this.


RE: DX 9/10
By afkrotch on 8/4/2007 3:06:33 PM , Rating: 1
Based on history. What Triple A title hasn't be able to bring the current top hardware to it's knees, without being fully maxed?

Crytek's own Farcry did such. Now DX10 is suppose to relieve pressure on the gpu, due to it's design, but the only example we can follow as of now is Lost Planet. When moving to DX10, there were huge performance drops. The problem with this is, we don't know where the problem is. Bad game, bad Vista, bad DX10, bad gpu, etc.

Odds are high that Crysis will be able to bring an 8800 GTX to it's knees, without being maxed out. That's a realistic outlook on things.


RE: DX 9/10
By MaK2000 on 8/5/2007 11:51:36 PM , Rating: 2
Actually LP saw a performance increase on the top NVidia cards in DX10. So if the game developers do what Microsoft wants them to we will see the performance gain. CAPCOM showed it.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3029...


By Domicinator on 8/3/2007 10:38:59 AM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on that one. I bought an 8800GTS, a Core 2 Quad, and a 680i motherboard just because of this game. I'm disappointed that the September 11th release is now not going to happen, but oh well. I'm too busy at work every September to play games anyway. I'm hoping Bioshock and ET:QW will hold me over until Crysis comes out.


By Jeffree on 8/3/2007 12:00:32 PM , Rating: 2
Im with you! I got the exact same components: Q6600+8800GTS+680SLI+2gigDDR2@800mhz. This game is going to revolutionize the FPS genre.


By bigpaw on 8/3/2007 4:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This game is going to revolutionize the FPS genre


I laughed out loud when I read this. I've just heard it before many of times. Maybe I'm jaded, but from seeing some of the *actual* gameplay footages, yes the foliage is cool with depth of field and whatnot and textures look nice, but a lot of it to me looked like the same ole DX9 stuff (*high quality DX9, I'll give it that*).

Regardless, nice comp man - I have the same. I will reserve further judgement on Crysis until it comes out, maybe it'll blow me away.

All this coming from a amateur CS Source player, so what can you expect, right?


By Domicinator on 8/5/2007 9:52:56 AM , Rating: 2
Some of you guys don't seem to be "up" on current hardware/software.

Crysis will not revolutionize FPS games, it will revolutionize ALL games. Why? Good graphics are not the reason. It's going to be the gameplay. You can use almost any object in the game to your advantage. For example, you can pick up a tree limb and hit someone with it. You can pick up a dead enemy and use him as a shield. The possibilities are endless. It's been said that there is more technology in one tree in Crysis than there was in the entire game of FarCry. The physics engine alone is going to change the way you think of how you accomplish a mission in a game forever. And by the way, this is all being done using extra cores on the CPU, not a fancy PhysX card or a third GPU.

Also, if you know anything about hardware you will know that the Q6600 can be had for relatively cheap. Intel has been slashing prices to knock AMD down a few more notches. Since Q6600 is the sweet spot as far as price vs. performance, a lot of people are buying them now. If you know anything about overclocking, you can get a lot more performance out of a Q6600 than stock speed. And there are really good deals out there for 8800GTS 320 AND 640 MB versions.

It's time for people to wake up and accept the major changes that are happening in PC gaming right now. Games coming out THIS YEAR will be able to utilize more than 2 cores at a time. DirectX 10 will get fine tuned and run a lot better on Vista by the time Crysis comes out. It's one of the biggest titles in the headlines for the last 2 years. Microsoft and Crytek will make sure that it runs well when it comes out. I wouldn't expect anything less from Crytek.

And as far as anyone saying they're "boycotting" EA, good luck. You're not doing anyone any good by doing that. You're just missing out on some good games. BTW, EA is only distributing Crysis, not developing it. So get over yourself and give credit where credit is due. Some games are just simply good. You're not teaching anyone a lesson by staging your own personal little boycott. That's just plain ridiculous. If you want to hate EA, fine, but whether or not you like their business practices, they do put out some gems every now and then. I love how people are all "down with EA", but then when a game like C&C comes out, they temporarily suspend their principles and buy the game. It's all a bunch of BS.


By afkrotch on 8/4/2007 3:28:03 PM , Rating: 1
Better graphics doesn't revolutionize a genre. The things you do in the game will be what revolutionize it.

From the looks of it, it's just another FPS with higher graphics. Like what's been going on for the past few years.

Closest thing to revolutionary is the suit that changes to speed, power, and whatever else. Course, it's just an adaption of games like BF1942. Being able to pick up another person's unit package. Going from heavy to assault, to medic, to whatever else.

The Darkness is more revolutionary with the darkness thing attached to the Italian guy and that's not even a good game.


By Hoser McMoose on 8/3/2007 4:31:22 PM , Rating: 2
Way too much money wasted on bragging rights: check :)

Seriously though, that's some SERIOUS cash you spent on your system. I really hope it's worth it for ya!

And actually I should probably be thanking you for spending so much since you're helping fund R&D efforts to bring reasonably priced computer hardware to the masses such as myself ;)


It will own consoles!
By Soldier38 on 8/3/2007 2:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
This game even on low settings will make consoles look like toys. Anyone who has upgraded in the last year should be fine with this game. Im adding 2 more gigs of ram just to be sure, up from 2 gb now. DDR2 ram is cheap enough now in paired sticks why not. 8800 GTS 640 and X2 6000+ and 4 GB of DDR2 800 ram will run it at 1920 x 1200, if not I will get the next gen Nvidia cards by then, they should be out in Nov.




RE: It will own consoles!
By ryandmiller1 on 8/4/2007 2:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'm just gonna get a 9800GTX in nov, with my FX-60(at 2.95) and 4GB of regular DDR400 XMS both a year old i think it will still be able to handle it just fine.


RE: It will own consoles!
By Domicinator on 8/5/2007 10:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
There is not going to be a 9800GTX this year. They always refresh first. It will likely be a 8900 line or something like that.


Hurrah
By rdeegvainl on 8/3/2007 8:35:00 AM , Rating: 3
They did the right thing with allowing it to use Win XP and directX 9. Though I already have Vista, I currently can't afford a DX10 video card. I am also sure that a lot of other potential customers will be happy with this decision.




RE: Hurrah
By Martimus on 8/3/2007 10:38:48 AM , Rating: 2
At least you have 4 months to wait for a refresh of DX10 cards. Maybe you can get something better than what is out now, for a little less money at that time.


Incorrect statement
By darkpaw on 8/3/2007 10:39:19 AM , Rating: 3
Unlike the other DirectX 10 titles Halo 2 and Shadowrun, Crysis will also run with DirectX 9 on Windows XP.

Repeat after me:

Halo 2 and Shadowrun are not DX10 titles
Halo 2 and Shadowrun are not DX10 titles
Halo 2 and Shadowrun are not DX10 titles

They are DX9 titles limited by MS to run only on Vista. They have nothing at all to do with DX10.




RE: Incorrect statement
By Screwballl on 8/3/2007 10:59:45 AM , Rating: 2
Correct!!!

Halo2 and Shadowrun are DX9 games... of course there have been cracks already that allow for these to be run on XP though


Does anticipation make you spend more money?
By danz32 on 8/3/2007 8:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
There is also a collector's edition of the game which additionally includes a Making of Crysis DVD, Official soundtrack audio CD, and a 16 page concept art book

Plus, an individually numbered box - with plastic Crysis sleeve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(PS: I'm excited for this game)




RE: Does anticipation make you spend more money?
By Pirks on 8/3/2007 5:10:31 PM , Rating: 1
ya I just ordered one through Amazon

$65 US holy smoke

expensive

but who's gonna make PC games if people continue pirating them? I don't want crytek to follow id, valve, ubisoft and everyone else and become a console gaming company

so I'd suggest you guys pay for it, just to keep at least ONE exclusive PC studio alive

'cause after console Geras of War and The Darkness I was seriously considering getting Xbox360, fortunately there is crytek... which will go the id/valve/console way if YOU guys don't pay them NOW

no, I'm not promoting their games, I just don't want PC gaming to die because PC gamers pay much less than the console gamers since it's sooo easy to go demonoid and... you know... too bad PC games are so much easier to pirate compared to console ones :-(


By afkrotch on 8/4/2007 3:54:08 PM , Rating: 1
Valve still makes PC games and they come 1st and foremost.

Ubisoft has ruined the the R6 games. They did a great job with R6:3 and after that, all downhill. Now we have R6: Vegas, that shouldn't even be considered an R6 game at all. They were onto something with Critical Hour and from there, just jacked it all up with R6: Vegas.

Id. When have they turned console gaming company? Again, PC games first. Just cause they decided to take the PC game and port it over to console to make more cash, doesn't make them a console gaming company.

All of their latest games have been PC first, cept for some cellphone games from ID. Ubisoft is sucks, so who really cares that they are both a pc and console gaming company.

I didn't really like Gears of War and The Darkness sucks.

Also, PC games are easier to code, as the hardware/software doesn't change a whole lot between the years. We've been on WinXP and DX9 for how long? We're going to be on it for how much longer? Even then, how much does Vista change things? You can still run DX9 on it.

Where as a console, they are stuck trying to figure out how to code well for it. By the time they are proficient in it, it's already time for a new console. There's also the problem of working on porting the game between multiple consoles. Or getting stuck with a broken Unreal 3 engine.

Course developers also know that there's a limited number of companies willing to pay to make games for specific consoles. Not a whole lot of competition.

How many FPS, RTS, RPG, etc games come out for PC in any given year? I'm talking all of them, even the crappy ones. How many for console, even the crappy ones?


By archcommus on 8/3/2007 8:56:19 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't upgraded in over two years and with college and a job really don't play games much at all anymore. But, it would be sad to let Crysis and HL2 Ep 2 pass me by and officially let my gaming days be over. I just may dump $800 or so into the PC this fall to ready myself for these games. Might be the last upgrade I do for a looong time.




By kilkennycat on 8/3/2007 11:23:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I just may dump $800 or so into the PC this fall to ready myself for these games.


Don't. Wait for the 2nd gen Dx10 graphics-card refresh, (expected late 2007 from nVidia).

Anyway, in general it is performance and money-wise to wait as late as possible before upgrading PC hardware and NEVER upgrade before the target software is actually shipped. How long does it take to purchase the hardware and upgrade a PC anyway? Only a few days. It is not exactly rocket-science

Remember all those who upgraded their PCs for HL2 only to find two months before the widely-publicized release-date that it was to be delayed for at least 6 months, which turned out to be a year -- the reason given was the "stolen code" --- and of course not because Valve's security-lock on HL2 (and real money-maker) the Steam delivery-system was not ready for prime-time.


Minimum Requirements?
By Flunk on 8/3/2007 9:26:34 AM , Rating: 2
CPU: Athlon 64 3000+/Intel 2.8ghz

I think they actually mean 2.8 Pentium 4 or Celeron D. I sure hope my new system with a 2.4 Core 2 quad can handle this game. If not, I'm not sure who will be buying it.




RE: Minimum Requirements?
By Fenixgoon on 8/3/2007 9:41:33 AM , Rating: 2
the ghz wars ended a while ago - a 2.4ghz core2 will be fine, although as someone above said - crysis will take advantage of additional cores (as well as clockspeed, no doubt)

now to kill 4 more months. where are my gpu revisions? daamit, nvidia! =D


By bigpaw on 8/3/2007 12:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
CPU: Dual-core CPU (Athlon X2/Pentium D)
Graphics: Nvidia 7800GTX/ATI X1800XT (SM 3.0) or DX10 equivalent
RAM: 1.5Gb
HDD: 6GB
Internet: 512k+ (128k+ upstream)
Optical Drive: DVD
Software: DX10 with Windows Vista


This is a bit absurd. The software says DX10 Vista and the graphics say 7800GTX/x1800XT or DX10 equivalent. What does that mean? There is no DX10 equivalent of those cards. And you can use those cards to play anything DX10.

Only Nvidia's 8 series and ATI's newest batch can do DX10.

That's the only weird thing I noticed, as far as Crysis is concerned, *yawn*, we'll see if it lives up to the hype once it hits.




By FuzionMonkey on 8/3/2007 1:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is a bit absurd. The software says DX10 Vista and the graphics say 7800GTX/x1800XT or DX10 equivalent. What does that mean? There is no DX10 equivalent of those cards. And you can use those cards to play anything DX10.


They are talking about an GeForce 8 series card with the equivalent power of a 7800GTX, but DX10. Maybe something like an 8600 would be similar to an 7800.


lol
By Tiamat on 8/3/2007 8:58:21 AM , Rating: 3
Guess my Athlon 1800+, 9800pro, 1GB DDR3200 ain't gonna cut it anymore :(




Well
By ascian5 on 8/3/2007 2:09:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm as psyched as anyone for this game, but I sure hope it's not as buggy and quirky as FarCry was (is). Though the first CryEngine iirc was simply a tech demo originally and not intended as a game. Hopefully things are different this time around.




specs
By jeffery on 8/4/2007 9:39:08 AM , Rating: 2
My system is starting to show some age, but I can still run Lost Planet with everything but AA turned on, and max out older games like HL2 and Oblivion.

Specs:
X2 4200+ @ 2.6GHz
7900GT
3GB DDR-400
WD Raptor
Creative X-fi Pro
Corsair HX620W

I have a theory that much of the gorgeous footage that everyone is drooling over is actually "only" DX9 Crysis. While the dynamic foliage stuff is definitely DX10, pretty explosions and motion blur effects can be just as readily accomplished with DX9.




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