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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
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
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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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
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.

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