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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: Stop repeating this stupid lie
By rdeegvainl on 10/10/2007 6:14:56 AM , Rating: 4
Seriously, stop, breathe, then read what he wrote.
What is the cost of the hardware for crysis. add that up, it is more than 400$, much more.
He isn't talking about the price of software, he isn't talking about paying for xbox live gold, (which isn't a requirement to play games) and he isn't talking about all that extra crap you threw in there.
The required hardware to play crysis. You have to get the motherboard, the proc, the memory, hardrive, videocard, keyboard, mouse, couple other things.
If you already had parts then you already paid for them. you don't just drop them out of the equation.
He's not spreading bs, the statement stands.
All the benifits you listed for PC gaming, that is what you call, Getting what you paid for. Notice you still paid for it.

RE: Stop repeating this stupid lie
By dflynchimp on 10/10/2007 11:15:15 AM , Rating: 3
what the man is talking about is upgrading.

It really isn't any different from Consoles. You buy one, and in five years or so you spill on another.

With PCs, unless we look at the people with exhuberantly thick wallets who splurge every year on the top of the line product release, an average gamer can spend $400 every five years and be perfectly satisfied with his/her gaming experience. And depending on when in a product life-cycle they upgrade (getting a $750 7800GTX 512MB or $280 8800GTS later) they can be very efficient about upgrading.

You might say "hey, in 5 years that 8800GTS will be a piece of crap and will only be able to run games at the image quality of circa 2007" well guess what, in 5 years time the PS3 and Xbox360 will also be considered out of date and only able to run games at the 2007 standard.

The biggest plus is that PC gamers have near infinite backwards compatibility. No emulation involved, just driver updates that makes older games perfectly viable.

With Crysis, it isn't required for one to toss out all the old hardware. If they already own a dual core cpu then all they need is a video card, and possible some ram if they only have 1GB. Hard-drives and all the peripherals could be saved as well. I've been using the same optical mouse, case and keyboard for 5 years and plan to use them until they wither up and die of old age (which they wont). So you can't compare the pricing of a PC rig since there's so much room for savings/backwards compatibility. I'd love to see you try plugging a Xbox controller into the 360...

RE: Stop repeating this stupid lie
By darkpaw on 10/10/2007 11:41:42 AM , Rating: 2
$400 every 5 years won't get you much of an upgrade. With 5 years difference you'd need to replace everything from the Motherboard up, except the case and optical drives. $400 for a full upgrade will buy a low end system that won't get you 5 years of use, it'll be scraping slightly above minimum specs on current software.

My current system is only two years old this month and due changes in sockets and memory I'd have to replace everything to perform a minor upgrade. That would definatey cost more then $400.

By dflynchimp on 10/10/2007 11:54:50 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose $400 is stretching it a little, but one can always frog hop

EG spend $280 on a videocard this year, then in two years upgraded the cpu/mobo/RAM, and wait another two/three years to get a new video card.

Actually, In the end it really is kinda hard to get a PC to price as competitively as consoles, so the main attraction here is really versatility, backwards compatibility and tweaking ability. There's definitely a large market for those three factors, and I'm just one of the many who still endorse PC gaming despite the costs.

RE: Stop repeating this stupid lie
By bpurkapi on 10/28/2007 12:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
if you are smart, 5 yrs is practical to wait for an upgrade. Too often we see rehashes of the same product with inflated retail costs. 5 yrs gives you the amount of time to figure out what is a trend, what is worthwhile, and what is a fluke.

I remember when Nvidia released SLI and thinking that it would be a good deal to pick up a mobo that had it, so that later when my vid card got older i could buy another at a cheaper price and get good results gaming wise. 2 years later I've figured out that SLI is only intended for the bleeding edge and offers no real benefit to those looking for a cheap upgrade solution.

As of now i look at the requirements and am glad that the computer I built 3 yrs ago is close in specs to the recommended settings. Also the core 2 upgrade path is cheap!

I recently went on newegg and created a wish list of a mobo, proc, and ram for 300 dollars. The 8 series nvidia gpus are overpriced right now, but that is because ati's problems at being competitive.

RE: Stop repeating this stupid lie
By Martimus on 10/12/2007 1:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest plus is that PC gamers have near infinite backwards compatibility. No emulation involved, just driver updates that makes older games perfectly viable.

Really? Than why can't I play my old favorite "Under a Killing Moon" under Windows XP. Why can't I pop in "Syndicate" and play a few levels, like I would like to? Because XP doesn't have legacy support for DOS based games. So I need to emulate that support, and amazingly they run very slow. These games are over 10 years old, and my Athlon 64 3500+ can't seem to keep up with the emulation fast enough to make the game playable at an enjoyable rate.

RE: Stop repeating this stupid lie
By Hieyeck on 10/12/2007 5:32:50 PM , Rating: 2
Because that's Microsoft diddling you over, not the hardware. Can a Wii play N64 games? Nope. Can the PS3 deal with PS1 games? Roll the dice. Hell, the PS3 has some bugs with some PS2 games, and that's only one generation back. Dos games are what... THREE generations back (XP/2K - 0, 98/95 - 1, 3.1 - 2, DOS - 3) and FIFTEEN years at youngest. We're talking NES old. XP still has emulation for 98/95 which run some of the younger DOS games, and DOSBOX works like a charm if people bother to read the f...*ine* manual. Hell, on a PC, if you REALLY wanted, you could load up a VM of DOS - VMWare has a free version of its software anyone can use privately.

RE: Stop repeating this stupid lie
By Martimus on 10/14/2007 2:19:12 PM , Rating: 2
DOSBOX is SLOOOOWWWWWW. I can't even play a 15 Year old game at the highest resolutions, because it chunks so bad.

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