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Fire up those expensive video cards -- Crysis demo is coming on September 25

For diehard PC gamers, Crysis is the game that best exemplifies the PC’s technological edge over today’s consoles. In times where developers must consider the lowest common denominator when making a game, Crysis sets itself apart by targeting gamers with the latest computer processors and video cards.

EA and Crytek revealed today on its official Crysis website that a single player demo will be released on September 25 (also the day that Halo 3 hits the Xbox 360). The demo will consist of the entire first level in Crysis’ single player campaign, “Contact,” giving gamers first-hand chance to experience the open-ended level design and a chance to put their PC hardware to the test.

Even with the game’s nearing release, the developers have yet to announce official system requirements. From what the developers have let on, though, 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

Following the completion of the demo, gamers will have a seemingly long wait for the release of the full game. Crysis is set to simultaneously release in retail stores in North America and Europe on November 16, 2007.

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buy it now, please
By Pirks on 8/28/2007 3:03:54 PM , Rating: 4
Crytek is one of the few PC high-end friendly game studios left. Majority of studios pretty much gone console way, id is doing Rage for consoles, Valve is doing HL episodes for consoles etc. GSC and some other studios are still PC exclusive tho, but to me it seems that they are too small or young to be considered equal to Crytek. I suggest everyone to make an exception for this game and buy it. I download some games, and buy some games as well, but for this one I bought the collector's edition right away (google search found me a nice deal at

Remember guys, that all your wasted money on 8800 GTX XXX Uber Ultra Killa Edition is nothing if you skip on paying for GAMES. If you wasted a couple of grand for the latest SLI setup - consider paying a little to Crytek as well.

I'm saying this because of the rampant piracy on PC. I know ppl download console games as well, but on PC it's much more serious and widespread phenomenon. This is why we lost id and Valve as exclusively PC studios, and this is a MAJOR blow to PC as a gaming platform. If there are no exclusive PC games like Crysis and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - then there is much less incentive for people to buy expensive gaming PC rigs, since they can buy Xbox and get almost the same experience, and most of them won't care about high PC resolution and stuff. So people start buying Xboxes and shit like that and voila - Crytek and the rest will go console way. Do you want to spend the rest of your life sitting with dumb gamepad and watching console shitty graphics? Yeah, probably PC gaming won't die totally, some little hardcore studios will do PC only little hardcore games, but the big budgets and big talented studios will just move to console like id and Valve did.

I dunno, I'm a bit worried about the state of PC gaming market, I see a lot of very nice Xbox (sometimes PS3 too) exclusives like The Darkness and Gears of War and Halo 3, and I don't know when we see PC versions of those, GeoW probably soon, it's been announced, but others? I dunno.

I just wanted to say to anyone who pirates their big-budget PC games - you guys are pushing yourself in direction of shitty consoles. And you pushing other PAYING PC gamers as well, which is even worse!

I started to download games much less, and buy much more. A couple of years ago I'd buy 1 game a year, the rest I'd ddownload. Now I'm buying beautiful PC exclusives right away, and since there are not so many of them anyway - this is not a big financial hole. At least, I think, spending money for games instead of another SLI card is giving me back more.

After all, nVidia does NOT do any games. Please remember that guys! Remember that when you think about your next purchase.

RE: buy it now, please
By Crowbar77 on 8/28/2007 4:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
I second that. I admit ive done the same thing before, but a game like this deserves your money.

RE: buy it now, please
By PrinceGaz on 8/28/2007 4:57:01 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with what you say, but it is worth noting that this period of time -- when the next-gen consoles are more powerful than most people's gaming PCs -- is when it is most tempting for developers to produce cutting-edge games for consoles as well as PCs. In two years time, the consoles will be outdated and PC games will be the state of the art.

The death of PC gaming has been predicted twice before after new generations of consoles, but it has always bounced back. Admiteddly PC game piracy was relatively minor two generations ago, but last generation it was as rampant as it is now. If anything, piracy may be lower now than last time because of the growth in online games which require unique validated keys.

There's life in PC gaming yet. There would be more if everyone bought every game they played, though how much more is debatable because most people buy the games they would anyway, and only pirate those they want to play about with but could do without.

We'll probably be having the same conversation in the year 2012 or so after the launch of XB720, PS4, and Revolution, that consoles will kill PC gaming.

RE: buy it now, please
By Pirks on 8/28/2007 8:59:22 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, Prince, I hope you're right. I doubt progress will stop, after all nVidia and other hardware vendors and MS itself are probably interested in PC gaming as well, so... yea, there's a light at the end of the tunnel :-) I just learned eventually that pirating games is doing disservice to yourself, so I'm definitely going to cut down on downloading even more than now. I have to grow up, adults don't pirate, it's teenish shitty trait... well, now, when it comes to MS, Vista and how MS is treating us PC gamers by releasing buggy Halo 2 crap which is Vista only (I know I know, I finished it under XP but anyway) - this is totally different. For treating me, PC gamer, like this - MS will get ZERO of my money. When they start releasing games at least not THAT shitty as Halo 2 (do you guys know about its E key remapping problem? read forums, this is serious stuff!) and when they start treating PC gamers not as shit - THEN I'll think about buying Vista.

For now all my money will go Crytek, Flaship, GSC and other studios who produce quality product. MS, Halo 2 for Vista, Vista itself? No lunch for you pathetic losers :P

RE: buy it now, please
By Heatlesssun on 8/28/2007 11:11:41 PM , Rating: 2
Hunreds of millions of PC’s are sold every year around the world, dwarfing consoles. Yes, a good chunck are not home systems, but still, the PC is the number one gaming platform in terms of units sold. Yes, most of those systems are any good at high-end 3D gaming. That’s the problem for now.

I just got a retail Q6600 system for $750. Had everything in it to game hard EXCEPT a decent GPU (but I fixed that with an 8800 Ultra – now it’s great gaming rig!). That’s the only component that’s missing from even reatil PC’s. Perhaps technology will solve the problem of cheap gaming performance.

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