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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 Ringold on 10/28/2007 2:57:29 PM , Rating: 3
I don't get the point. You can run these games with the IQ you find on a console, or with high end hardware can run it at an IQ level that blows away consoles and won't be matched until 1080i is replaced with a higher resolution and the hardware to drive it all.

I don't predict the demise of consoles, they'll be as popular as ever, but it doesn't negate the fact that for plenty of people PC gaming is vastly preferred. Higher potential image quality, wider variety of games, etc. And yes, higher cost, but every other component beyond the vid card is easily justified without gaming.

Of course, much easier to get the girls in to it with a Wii.. the platforms can all co-exist, I think.

RE: 25 Fps average on my setup..
By wallijonn on 10/30/2007 2:41:57 PM , Rating: 2
wider variety of games, etc. And yes, higher cost, but every other component beyond the vid card is easily justified without gaming.

Wider variety of games? I would think the consoles have greater variety and greater number of games released than PCs.

As for costs, upgrading to a PCI-E vidcard will necessitate a whole new PC (versus an older AGP system.) You're looking at about $1200 to $1500 then ($100 psu, $200 mobo, $300 vidcard, $300 cpu, $200 RAM, $100 SATA HD, $50 DVD burner, $200 VISTA.) Other than gaming there is little justification for a PCI-E vidcard since most people don't do CAD/CAM at home. And if you're upgrading from AGP to PCI-E, then you may as well throw in a $700 23" wide screen flat panel display. That will be about $2000 to play 4 or 5 PC games a year.

By Shadowmaster625 on 10/31/2007 4:14:56 PM , Rating: 3
or you could pay $80 for a mobo, $110 for a cpu, $60 for a psu, $60 for ram, $60 for a HDD, $30 for a DVD burner, get an old case, mouse and kb for free, and finally spend $200 on a video card. There you have it. $600 for something much much more powerful than a PS3. :O

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