So you’re all familiar with that wonderful line, “Can it play Crysis?” It all started with the release of Crytek’s wonderful, magnificent shooter with you dropped on an island wearing a suit more befitting the Million-dollar Man than Army Delta Force Officer Jake “Nomad” Dunn. Nomad’s journey from the first parachute drop to the finale of the game that made history as the PC title with the prettiest graphics and best physics simulations will be forever etched into history. We took control of Alcatraz in the second game that was less resource-intensive and found one of the most epic tragic stories we’ve yet seen in the genre. And soon the story will continue with Crysis 3, once again putting Alcatraz in New York and doing what he does best: kicking ass. But what will it take to play the latest in the epic trilogy?

Crytek let loose the system requirements over the weekend. This time, it gives gamers less reason to pause and consider if they have strong enough hardware to play it at acceptable settings.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows Vista, 7 or 8 (64-bit recommended)
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM
  • Dual-core CPU with minimum 2.5GHz clocks
  • 2 GB Memory (3 GB on Vista)
  • Example 1: Nvidia GTS450 and Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
  • Example 2: AMD Athlon 5200+ and Radeon HD5770

Firstly, the Minimum Requirements are pretty low. While Crytek doesn’t specify resolution settings, the above-mentioned hardware will probably be able to power the game along nicely at high settings with no AA and a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720, keeping frames around 40fps minimum. AMD’s APUs aren’t mentioned here but 720p with medium settings should be pretty playable, considering that just the Radeon HD7660D inside the A10-5800K is as powerful, if not more powerful, than Nvidia’s GT440. Pair it with a discrete HD6670 and you’ll be meeting more than the minimum requirements with ease. So that puts the budget gamers’ fears to rest, Crysis 3 will be nicely playable on most systems with discrete graphics.

Concerned that your system would be too weak? We’ll obviously see some benchmarks with a range of components as the game is released or previewed, but I’d guess that if you have an AMD A6-5300 or Intel Pentium G850 and either a Nvidia GT630 or AMD HD6670 you’d be able to run the game at 720p with medium settings with comfortably playable framerates.

Recommended System Requirements

  • Windows Vista, 7 or 8 64-bit
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM
  • Dual or Quad-core CPU with minimum 3.0GHz clocks
  • 4 GB Memory
  • Example 1: Nvidia GTX560 and Intel Core i3-530
  • Example 2: AMD Phenom II X2 565 and Radeon HD5870

Note how the Recommended requirements suggest that the game will be heavily graphics-bound. The processors themselves change a little but we see a much bigger jump in graphics horsepower and recommended RAM. Playable settings would be 1080p resolution with high settings and 2x or 4x AA, depending on how much RAM your GPU has. At these settings it would pretty much render those peeps with systems more like the Minimum requirements with low frame rates in the 30fps region. At the very least, the recommendations made above would provide for a good single-player experience – multiplayer, like games based on the Frostbyte 2.0 engine, would require a quad-core CPU.

For example, I have a AMD Athlon X3 445 at stock clocks, 4GB RAM and a Radeon HD6870 1GB. Being based on the exact same CryEngine 3.0, the experience for me at the same settings shouldn’t be too different. I was pretty much able to play Crysis 2 online without any lag or slow-downs, although being in the middle of the country with an ADSL line that didn’t have extremely impressive stats didn’t help much if there was lag for a second or two. Boom! Headshot by some ass using a sniper rifle with a tactical scope and firing from the hip at point-blank range. I hope you get a rocket launcher to the face, you spineless cretin.

Note that Crytek recommends a Phenom II chip here. That implies that those of you running a quad or hexa-core Phenom chip or anything from the Core 2 Quad stable won’t be in the running for the High-Performance requirements meant for playing the game at Ultra. Rest assured, the only enabler for playing at those settings would be a good graphics card. Strange how they don’t mention a GTX480 or the GTX580 in this segment. Maybe its more suited for…

High-Performance System Requirements

  • Windows Vista, 7 or 8 64-bit
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM
  • Quad-core CPU with minimum 3.0GHz clocks
  • 8 GB Memory
  • Example 1: Nvidia GTX680 and Intel Core i7-2600K
  • Example 2: AMD FX-4170 and Radeon HD7970

Hooray, the game will be GPU-limited. That’s going to be great news for those of you who have the babies in the multi-core range from both AMD and Intel. On the AMD camp, the FX-4100 will hold its own and the Core i5-3330 will also be a viable option. Those of you using the older Nehalem chips, Core 2 Quads and the Phenom II X4 and X6 processors will still be in the game at the highest settings, provided your GPU can handle it. Its also interesting that Crytek specifically listed the FX-4170.

We know from previous experience that high-frequency clocks on a processor usually matters little on a game that’s GPU-limited. In this case, however, does that mean that pairing a FX-4170 with a GTX680 would yield the same performance as if you were using a Core i7-2600K? Does that mean that a octo-core Bulldozer chip would run the game better, or would it have the same performance because the game is tailored to use not more than four physical cores? That’s a question I’m hoping others will answer as time goes by, but with more games being tuned to run well on both PCs and consoles, will this mean we’ll be forever GPU-limited?

What are your thoughts on the system requirements? Do you have any questions about whether your PC would run Crysis 3? Let us know in the forums and the comments section below.

Discuss this in the forums: Linky

More stuff like this: