Is your PC capable of playing 'Crysis'?

The minimum system requirements for 'Crysis' have been revealed.

'Crysis' is set to launch November 16, raising the bar for PC gaming. Gamespot

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli says the company's vision for Crysis has always been to create the most stunning, immersive first-person-shooter experience ever. And from our early looks at the game, it appears Crysis will be just that. However, we also assumed that to play the game in its full glory you'd need a super high-end PC. How high-end? Well, The Escapist is reporting that Crytek and Electronic Arts, the publisher of the game, have announced the minimum and recommend system requirements for the game, which hits stores November 16.

According to The Escapist, the minimum system requirements are:

  • 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, Nvidia 6800 GT or higher, or ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (X800 Pro for Vista) or higher
  • Hard Drive - 12 GB
  • Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible

However, the article goes on to note that "for optimum performance and visual quality, Crytek recommends an Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS/640 'or similar.'"

Crytec's CEO is also quoting as saying, "We've been working hard not only to do that on the high end, but also in pushing current generation hardware so that everyone gets the maximum experience. And while these specs affect how Crysis will perform now, we have also optimized Crysis so that the game scales forward one to two years--we want to make sure that Crysis' gameplay, visuals, and performance improves as technology does."

Crysis is the successor to Far Cry and uses the new CryENGINE2, "one of the first to make us of DirectX10." Check out the screenshots.

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