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With Crysis, they're not just system requirements, they're system demands

Crysis will be the landmark game this year for hardcore PC gamers to prove that their platform of choice is technically superior to the newest consoles. Of course, the required hardware to run Crysis costs far more than a $400 console, but that’s always been the case with the cutting edge of PC gaming.

After months of guess work surrounding the system requirements of Crysis, the official specifications were released today. Gamers running Windows Vista will need slightly faster systems with more memory than those still using Windows XP.

Minimum System Requirements
OS Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)
Memory 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
Video Card 256 MB
Hard Drive 12GB
Sound Card DirectX 9.0c compatible

Supported Processors:
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster
Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster
AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster.

Supported Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

Recommended System Requirements
OS Windows XP / Vista
Processor Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Memory 2.0 GB RAM
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar

Unfortunately, those with minimum spec machines can expect Crysis to look nothing like what they’ve seen so far in video and screenshots. Crytek’s CEO, Cevat Yerli, explained to GameSpot, “The quality of Crysis running on [minimum spec hardware] does equal the shading and texture quality of games that are about three years old, but with polygonal detail that is bigger then (sic) games from that same generation. The scaling happens in various areas, such as shading-quality, texture-resolution, shadows. View distance and interactivity are close to Far Cry.”

Yerli later added, “I am happy that we managed to scale down Crysis--which is on average 10 times more pushy than Far Cry--down to Far Cry specs. But Crysis is a high-end game that shall define what's now and in the future. Enjoy it as such as much as you can. It's like a concept car available and affordable now. I like also this quote somebody gave: "It's like a sexy blond girl with a PhD degree," upon which I said, "But with curly hair."”

Crysis is set to release to retail on November 16, with the playable demo available on October 26.

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By thejez on 10/9/2007 5:06:12 PM , Rating: -1
I wonder what kind of resolutions you can run at even with the recommended? I need to run 1680x1050 smooth and I somehow doubt being on the bottom end of recomended would achieve this... hrmmmm

RE: Resolutions
By thejez on 10/9/2007 5:12:02 PM , Rating: 2
this is pretty cool though:

"GS: When we talked last year it was said that Crysis will ship with 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Is 64-bit still in the box? Does it offer any kind of performance improvements as predicted?

CY: Yes, 64-bit in general runs better than 32-bit. In fact I would recommend gamers run 64-bit only under very high configurations. We ship both 32- and 64-bit out of box."

--- glad i have 64 bit!

RE: Resolutions
By Polynikes on 10/9/2007 6:13:02 PM , Rating: 4
Crap... Maybe I need to upgrade sooner than I thought. (My very good though slightly dated gaming rig fell down in writhing pain in the Crysis beta with full detail.) Damn Crytek for forcing me to upgrade to Vista and DX10!

RE: Resolutions
By rogard on 10/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Resolutions
By Polynikes on 10/9/2007 10:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
I see the sarcasm was lost on you, and everyone who modded me down.

RE: Resolutions
By rogard on 10/9/2007 10:48:18 PM , Rating: 4
Well, you might have intended it to be sarcasm, but tell me honestly you did not mean what you least that's exactly what you are considering. And you wouldn't be the first one. Right? :-)
I've done it twice: when Unreal came out, and then for UT2003. So you see, I am beyond sarcasm.

RE: Resolutions
By ebakke on 10/9/2007 6:00:00 PM , Rating: 2
I need to run 1680x1050 smooth

I wish I had enough money to have such outrageous requirements for my computer. I mean, sure... I'd like to run 1680x1050 smoothly, but I can only afford so much.

RE: Resolutions
By cyriene on 10/9/2007 6:17:46 PM , Rating: 2
I need to run 1920x1200 resolution and I don't think my 7900GS OC is gonna cut it at all. I still think I'll wait until the next gen of DX10 cards hit the shelves before I upgrade though.

RE: Resolutions
By scrapsma54 on 10/9/2007 6:35:51 PM , Rating: 2
Just went to system requirements lab, they have updated the specs and It says that Pentium 4 with hyper threading is supported.

RE: Resolutions
By shabby on 10/9/2007 7:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
A x1900xtx with a c2d can get you around 30fps at med detail at that res.

RE: Resolutions
By rerecros on 10/9/2007 7:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
in my case, for the MP Beta; 8800 GTS320 can run half the settings on High and the other Medium for a smooth 1680x1050 of avg 40 fps.

when everything on High, you can only get up to ~22 fps with that card... and there's a 'very high' setting which you cant even choose and I will stay away for in Beta lol

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