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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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RE: DX 9/10
By rdeegvainl on 8/3/2007 2:41:54 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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