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Crysis demo released; gamers lament the weakness of their PC hardware

Gamers who recently spent a considerable sum of money on a high-end video card will finally find that their piece of hardware is no longer overkill. That’s right, the Crysis single-player demo is here as promised by the developers late last month.

The demo was originally set for release on September 25, but developer Crytek decided to push the public debut date back a month in the interest of quality. The retail date of November 16 still appears to be on-track.

“We are taking some extra time to make sure you that you have an amazing experience but also we did not want to risk the release date of Crysis at this stage,” Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, explained regarding the delay. “To get the game into your hands by November the 16th, we had to make this call.”

The demo may be downloaded directly from an EA Canada web server. The 1.77GB download includes the entire first level and the CryEngine 2 - Sandbox 2 game editor, giving the community an opportunity to get familiar with the tools before the retail game ships.

As should be well known by now, Crysis is the most hardware-demanding game to ship this year. Those who are interested in diving into the demo should read the official system requirements and recommendations before downloading.



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RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By Sahrin on 10/28/2007 9:58:37 AM , Rating: 4
The Ars memory article was about the 32-bit memory allocation limitation - NOT Vista (though 32-bit Vista was mentioned to demonstrate the limitation, so was XP - and Vista x64 resolves the issue). The article was about how Vista fixes the problem, not about Vista's "memory allocation issues."

Please stop spreading Vista FUD - if you don't know what you're talking about shutup. Real people are coming to this site taking your bad information and making the wrong decisions because of it.

http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=30...


RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By semo on 10/28/2007 10:40:31 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
1. Vista is using more address space than XP in all situations
2. The amount of address space used with Vista seems to be related to the amount of video memory on our video card
3. XP on the other hand does not fluctuate at all, the address space usage is the same no matter what card we use.
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?...
it doesn't matter what the issue is. "real people" would find their game using quite a lot of memory if they installed a recent game on their shiny new dell xps running vista instead of winxp
quote:
Unfortunately the fix is not all roses at this time. Microsoft classifies this as a hotfix which may still be undergoing further testing, which means they aren't recommending that most users install this fix, nor are they even making the fix easy to get.
http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=30...
i.e. not for "real people" just yet.
quote:
i don't mean to start a flame war (i mean it, fanboys need not reply) but i find it interesting how demanding pc games have become.
you've totally missed the point of my post


RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By DesertCat on 10/28/2007 11:28:47 AM , Rating: 5
While it's still considered a hotfix, that patch fixes the issue and has been out since August (which is the date of the Anandtech article). For most people gaming on Vista, that's old news on a resolved issue. Thus, bringing it up again sounds like Vista FUD, whether that was your intent or not.

Yes, it's not officially released for everyone through windows update, which is MS being conservative (e.g. average Joe business user doesn't need it anyway). Gamers should go get the hotfix. Nvidia even includes the link on their recommended hotfix page for Vista.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/windows_vista_hotfixe...

For Vista users that keep their rig patched, seeing posts that claim "Vista is struggling with memory allocation in games" is bringing up an issue that was resolved months ago.



RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By DesertCat on 10/28/2007 11:35:46 AM , Rating: 5
As to the original intent of your post, there have always been demanding PC games that push people to upgrade their rig. It's part of being part of pushing things to the next level.

Kings Quest (1984) got people interested in VGA graphics over CGA

Wing Commander (early 90's) got people to upgrade to a Soundblaster card so that they could buy and hear the optional "voice packs"

Diablo was the "killer app" that finally got me to upgrade to Windows 95.

Yes, consoles are nice because they provide platform stability. Some people prefer computer games, however, and these days it's where the tech is being pushed.


RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By semo on 10/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By hubajube on 10/28/2007 12:17:14 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
i'm not mentioning ms or their products in my posts ever again on this site.


"Screw you guys I'm going home."


RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By aos007 on 10/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By Ringold on 10/28/2007 3:01:50 PM , Rating: 5
It has to at least be accurate.

For example: Game performance sucks in Vista.

That'd be FUD.

The truth, but never often said by detractors, would be: Game performance sucked for about two months, and now it's geat.


RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By Screwballl on 10/29/07, Rating: -1
RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By DEVGRU on 10/30/2007 11:36:29 AM , Rating: 1
I call BS.

Game performance in Vista sucks compared to XP.

Which, in shorthand, and IMHO, means it sucks.

If Microsoft wants people to shell out insane amounts of money for an under-performing, DRM'd, asinine EULA'd, bloated, and promise-broken featured OS - then it sure as hell better perform head and shoulders above their last OS released 5+ years ago (nevermind "tying" DX10 to Vista, FORCING people to 'upgrade' instead of a general release which would have benefited everyone.).

It doesn't. And its Microsoft's fault. THEY wanted to change the driver model and layering. Nevermind if the majority of vendors are having serious issues coding them, thats MS's ball to drop - which is not surprising as they decided to change the rules of the game - and now they get to pay for their shortsightedness.

Vista has EARNED and deserves most of the bad rap its received.

All that being said, I LIKE Vista. I don't use it, but I have - because I'm not one of 'those' people who bag on something they've never actually tried or used. I did, and I liked it - in 2 or 3 years I'm sure it will be a worthy upgrade to XP. As it stands now, its just too much BS to worry about. I'm a gamer. And DX10 aside, and all things being equal (i.e. PC hardware) Vista simply doesn't cut it for compatibility, reliability, or SPEED.


RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By Targon on 10/28/2007 6:27:01 PM , Rating: 4
There are also the "true" computer people who will have their preferences, yet still dislike seeing FUD spread about ANY product. Too many people bash Microsoft because it's Microsoft, not because of any other reason.

There are valid issues with Vista, and it's fair to comment on those, but at the same time, too many people who have never used Vista(other than for a few minutes) will say how horrible it performs.

I am NOT a fan of Microsoft, but many of the issues we see are related to the limits of 32 bit. Linux may not have the memory footprint of Vista, but even then, if you managed to get some of these games working under Linux, you would STILL run into memory issues at some point, if not with the current games, then with games that get released in another 2 years.


RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By codeThug on 10/28/07, Rating: -1
RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By Aikouka on 10/29/2007 6:40:49 AM , Rating: 4
If you don't have that hotfix installed when you run the Crysis setup, it will alert you to this and even send you to Microsoft's page for the hotfix.

Personally, I never installed it because I had no problems as I have 4GB of RAM (in Vista Ultimate x64) anyway. So the entire point of your post is really not a big deal.


"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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