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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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RE: Foolish developers
By kinnoch on 10/10/2007 2:55:44 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think most companies do it well. Quake Wars at a moderate detail level looks worse and runs worse on my system than TF2 does. I have an AMD 4200+ X2, 2 gigs of ram, Gefore 7600 GTX.

You don't need the latest tech to look good, you just need good art direction. So it just seems like a bad business decision to drastically limit your market, when you can make a great looking and fun game with moderate technology. I do appreciate the advances in technologies so its not so much complaining, instead its a lack of understand of how companies who target the high end survive in the PC gaming market.

RE: Foolish developers
By Blight AC on 10/10/2007 8:54:58 AM , Rating: 3
Well, the games are... playable on lower end machines still. The experience won't be the same as what's advertised, but you can still play.

The nice thing about it however, is when you later on upgrade your machine down the road, you can really start to crank up the options, helping older games stay appealing.

One of my favorite things to do when upgrading to a newer PC is to break out some of my older games, especially ones that had higher hardware requirements during their release and see how good I can make it look.

Doom 3 is like this, and the original Far Cry. Course.. in Doom 3, once you have to start swapping weapon for Flashlight you remember that the single player campaign still is annoying to play.

RE: Foolish developers
By murphyslabrat on 10/10/2007 1:51:39 PM , Rating: 3
Of course, it's more than the actual enjoyment of better quality graphics: there is also the thrill of seeing exactly how much your system has improved in the past couple years. Kind of like how kids like to measure themselves as they grow, particularly during growth spurts, it's fun to say, "wow, I only got 30FPS on my MX440, and now I get over a gazillion frames at max settings!"

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