Crytek and Electronic Arts have announced the minimum and recommend system requirements for the upcoming FPS Crysis, and unsurprisingly, premium performance comes at a very high price.

The minimum system requirements are as follows:

  • 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, 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.”

“Our vision for Crysis has always been to create the most stunning, immersive FPS experience ever, and 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,” said Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli. “And while these specs affect how Crysis will perform now, we have also optimized Crysis so that the game scales forward 1-2 years –we want to make sure that Crysis’ gameplay, visuals and performance improves as technology does.”

Scheduled for release on November 16, Crysis is based around an alien invasion of Earth during a conflict between the United States and North Korea. The player will take the role of a Delta Force operative equipped with a prototype Nano Muscle Suit, capable of giving the player increased speed and strength as well as cloaking capabilities. Like its predecessor Far Cry, the game has attracted considerable attention for its highly-advanced game engine; Crysis is built around the CryENGINE2, one of the first to make use of DirectX 10.

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