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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 Anonymous Freak on 10/9/2007 5:08:56 PM , Rating: 0
Really, they need to stop using 'lowest common denominator' anymore.
First they say
Processor 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)

Then they separate out
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.

Now, if a Core Duo 2.0 GHz qualifies, don't say "2.8 GHz minimum". Just say "see list" or something similar. And, heck, the Athlon 64 2800+ is only 1.8 GHz. If you're going to allow a 1.8 GHz processor, yet EXCLUDE a different 2.66 GHz processor, don't just say "2.8 GHz or faster".

Yeah, back when it was Pentium 4 GHz vs. Athlon rating, it was reasonably simple, "2.8 GHz equivalent or faster." But with Core having completely separate GHz ratings, you'd either have to start listing each and every Core family (eg "T7200, E6400, E4400, or higher, or any Q or X-series") or just give up and say "see flowchart".

(Hrm, I wonder if a quad-core 1.83 GHz would be supported? It would be funny if the Intel came out with a quad-core at 1.83 GHz that wasn't supported, yet a single-core 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 was. Although I assume this is just 'paper minimum', and it doesn't actually do any testing.)

By IcY18 on 10/9/2007 5:19:06 PM , Rating: 2
Too picky about something that means very little.

By rogard on 10/9/2007 5:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
I guess by looking at the cpu specs you'll get a rough idea what's needed. I doubt that the program will simply refuse to run on a P4 2Ghz or a 3GHz Quad, even if it does not say so in the specs. At least you get the info that basically every modern cpu will do as bare minimum, the faster the better. Everything else is hairsplitting...

What I find weird with min specs lately is that the minimum AMD/Ati card is always 2 generations older or 2 classes weaker than the nvidia card. Can any of you imagine running this game on a 9800? Sorry, but that's not gonna happen. But that may be hairsplitting too.

By Zoomer on 10/12/2007 12:04:51 AM , Rating: 2
Because ATi actually implements specs properly (fully), not half-assedly like nVidia.

Unfortunately, that's how nVidia get their cooler and cheaper parts.

By defter on 10/9/2007 6:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
Now, if a Core Duo 2.0 GHz qualifies

Actually, also Core Solo 2GHz "qualifies" (just like single-core P4 or Athlon64). Recommended CPU is Core 2 Duo however.

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