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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
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

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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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 In two years time, the consoles will be outdated and PC games will be the state of the art.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


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