Report: Crytek arms $699 Warhead PC

Though most balked at the audacious claim, Crytek said at the Game Developers Conference in February that its technical powerhouse first-person shooter Crysis could be made to run well on a PC that costs about $600. As it would turn out, the exact price of that PC will be $699. As reported by game...

Though most balked at the audacious claim, Crytek said at the Game Developers Conference in February that its technical powerhouse first-person shooter Crysis could be made to run well on a PC that costs about $600. As it would turn out, the exact price of that PC will be $699.

As reported by game journalist Chris Remo on his personal blog, Crytek, Nvidia, and EA have teamed to create the "Warhead PC," a prebuilt machine that will be available for purchase alongside Crysis Warhead through UltraPC next week. Although the PC's exact specifications aren't expected to be announced until next week, Remo noted that the build will feature an Intel Core2 Duo e7300 (@2.66GHz) processor, an Nvidia 9800GT graphics chip, and 2GB of RAM.

As noted by Crysis franchise producer Bernd Diemer, EA and Crytek aren't attempting to make a move on the hardware space; rather, the goal of offering the PC is to prove that high-end gaming doesn't require thousands of dollars in investment.

"When we started working on Warhead, we decided performance was a big issue," said Diemer. "So we said, 'Guys, we're going to build a PC which has a maximum price of six or seven hundred dollars, and it has to run Warhead in high spec at an average frame rate of 30.' We built that PC--Crytek in the Budapest office [where Warhead was developed]--and we put it in the middle of the studio, and every review was on that machine... For us, it was really helpful, because we sort of had a hard cap."

A pseudosequel to the acclaimed 2007 shooter Crysis, Warhead offers a storyline parallel to the original game as well as a greatly expanded emphasis on multiplayer combat. For more on Crysis Warhead, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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VK001thunder
VK001thunder

i think the first one is the best i play it day and night it rocks i got annoyed that i played it to long because i already beat it on dealta once normal three and easy once wel anyways frist ones better w00t w00t

NPCUSER
NPCUSER

The price for this PC is in US Dollars. So in Australian dollars it would be around $850

WarblazerTM
WarblazerTM

Thats a cool thing they are doing here but is that the price for the Australian version? It seems a bit cheap for a pc that powerful

amulbocus
amulbocus

mastiffchild - Its a hard call between MGS4 and Crysis, but i prefer Crysis by a very small margin, they are to me the 1st and 2nd best games that ive played all things considered. MGS4 is tchnically amazing, and the best console game by miles, but when you consider Crysis was released in 2007, it shows how technically amazing Crysis is, sometmes you have to wonder how a game can look almost life like, and play the same way. Crysis MAY be possible to port to PS3 only because of the Cell, but i doubt very much it will happen, as the RSX isnt up to scratch.

mastiffchild
mastiffchild

Look, my rig(I'm not into peeing contests over this stuff so the comps stay in my possession I'm afraid)could handle the original at around 30fps and, yeah, it did look good. however, i'm lucky and most of my mates struggled though on low with huge pop up and anti aliasing probs, not to mention a framerate of around 17. Now, after seeing, with my own eyes, farcry2 on a PS3(and only on a hannspree TV)I don't think the graphics gap is worth worrying or gloating over 'cos it's only a few hardcore PC gamers that get this advantage and if the PS3 can kick out the quality I saw there then the initial cost of getting a rig to play games full of tech and high end visuals(which you'll be buying yet another GC for the next time one comes out etc) makes the choice between consoles and PC gaming very difficult. As I said I'm lucky and played both Crysis and MGS4(which was the better game by about a thousand miles in my considered without even a great graphical advantage to the PC game)-and look forward to Warhead and resistance2(and LBP as well)and I'll like 'em both no doubt. I just get tired of 360 heads bigging up Bungie, PC freaks giving Crytek the big up and PS3 fanboys worshipping Kojima(though I am a fan of his work and it's longevity ansd continued relevance). But all this said I still enjoy an hour on my wii playing SSBB online as much as anything else and considered MP£ the game of 2007. Guess this means I'm more about the actual gameplay and feeling a game gives rather than w***ing over PC rig stats cos they don't always mean great games. And user made mods? 99% dull/cack.

shazam_lp
shazam_lp

If it wasn't for the poor algorithms used in the engine, the game could run a lot faster on today's PC's. Take Race Driver GRID for example. The game runs notoriously smooth and eye catching at full graphics settings on a 7950GT. You can run the game at max res and max graphics on an 8800GTX and get over 60FPS. Codemasters > Crytek. Just saying...

rockatanski
rockatanski

Well monty, look at it this way. A $699 PC or a $699 Playstation 3. I've played games on both platforms and I honestly think that the PC is a total ass kicker of a games machine. One way or another, these big corps were never interested in poor people anyway.

monty_4256
monty_4256

lol rockatanski they're not the best developers in the world if they were they would have realised there first crysis game was ridiculous and nearly impossible to get playing well on a normal persons salary... they didn't until millions complained to them as for their games, they're fun... I wanna play warhead already

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

Yes, Bananasniper you'll be able to play on high with that rig. The cpu is fast enough to not bottleneck the card and the 9800gt is basically a renamed 8800gt which I own and let me plays on high settings @ 1680x 1050 with x2 AA giving me a 30-ish average frame rates. I'm wondering if this build includes a monitor and speakers. If not then I can definitely assemble a Pc from newegg cheaper than this one and overclock the cpu a bit so it gives the same performance.

Bananasniper
Bananasniper

If I can play it with those components at 1680 x 1050 on high then they have my purchase. @ Ryun511 : They did. Using only 2GB of RAM, a G31 mobo, 500W psu, a 250GB hard drive and a cheap keyboard + mouse. Their processor they are using isn't too great either(3MB L2)...You get what you pay for.

Funkyhamster
Funkyhamster

That's pretty impressive that they actually did it... kudos to Crytek.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Once again, Crytek have proved that they are the best game developers in the world. With this kind of business mentality, we are sure that they will reign supreme very soon, if not already so.

stakex007
stakex007

I give Crytek credit for doing this. Tho I was not a huge fan of Crysis, as I expected more from the original Far Cry developer... they are putting their money where their mouth is, and helping to kill the myth that you need a multi thousand dollar PC to play high end games. Sure, $700 is still kinda high, but its only $200 more then the PS3 originally was, and playing games on a PC is allot better in several aspects. First of all... PC games are at least $10 cheaper (many are even $20)... so if you buy 20 games or so, you make up the diffrence. Also, in order for most 360 games to look good, you need an expensive HDTV, which actually makes the consolke settup MORE then a $700 PC with $300 monitor. Then there is player made content (mods) which can add to games, and extend their life far beyond what it was intended. And sure graphics on a new PC can be far better then current gen consoles... but thats not really a big deal, as were at a point where its not a huge diffrence. The main things are the cheaper games, and player made content... that alone makes PC gaming far better then console gaming.

indyano
indyano

My PC is coming today, I'll play that game with the highest sitting with no problem since I have Core2 Quad @2.40GHz, Nvidia 9800GT and 4GB of RAM.

marvelx3
marvelx3

hey that really neat.coz not every one out there can afford a high end pc when they've already spent countless bucks on crap games for the ps3.

taezer
taezer

$700... still too steep for me

LazyGamer_24
LazyGamer_24

The price, processor, graphics card, and RAM all sound good to me. :)

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

ok...im going to buy a 40 bucks game and I need an aditional $699 warhead pc. That's a really good deal!!

hellrunes2
hellrunes2

i can run the normal crysis at about 40 fps normal and then way down to 25 fps in big fire fights on meduim high, i got a Amd Athalon x2 proccer (sry 4 spelling) which is clocked at 6.1 Ghz on canyourunit.com (i think thats pretty cool) got 4g ram, a 9600 GT nvidia card, and i use a 19 inch samsung LCD widescreen wit a Microsoft sidewinder, does anyone know if the new Warhead will have same spec requiments or will it be higher? (gasp!) Oh, and i got the base comp for 600$ wit a 7600 gs nvidia and so i bought a new 9600 gt for about 120 at best buy. So including the screen total run up is about... $800 including mouse and i got a free xp sp2 pack from my bud., wut fps can all u guys run? and wuts the specs of ur comps?

fatcat13sep
fatcat13sep

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Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

lol I can make a better PC for a cheaper price! www.pricespy.co.nz if you don't believe me!

3Dpaper
3Dpaper

couldnt they just make the game run better for lower grade pcs?

protoroc
protoroc

For $700, I'd want 4 gigs of RAM at least...

Elann2008
Elann2008

fatcat13sep, dont toss around your words as facts. That is not true. Not even close.

irongobbo
irongobbo

@ fatcat13sep: true, but the computer has more programs, compatibility, freeware, and functionality than any other piece of hardware on the market. Yes, one has to upgrade every so often to keep the graphics on par, but if you think about it, it is about the same as shelling out $500 every 5 years on a new system

fatcat13sep
fatcat13sep

im just saying even for 700 bucks this computer is overpriced cause if you think about it they sell xbox 360 for 400 for elite and that has better performance than this computer

runstalker
runstalker

That's not bad at all. Remember, if the machine can handle Crysis Warhead, there's a very good chance it's a strong general-purpose multimedia PC. So for that price, you're getting a games machine and a fair bit of utility horsepower for any PC-related tasks. The motherboard is new, so it would be easy to upgrade with superior parts going forward. This is sort of like buying a PC gaming console, but expandable on a whim. : X-Blaster ATX Mid-Tower Midnight Black G31 mATX Motherboard Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT w/ 512 MB Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 2.66 GHz 2 Gigs of DDR2 memory 500 Watt powersupply DVD drive Integrated network, 7.1 audio. 1 Year parts & repair guarantee

chemeleon_789
chemeleon_789

To be honest, I'd rather have a game that I know will look better if I upgrade. That opinion isn't shared by everyone I know, but I just upgraded from a 7900GTX to a GTX 280 and it's amazing playing through Crysis again and seeing all the detail you missed out on the first time around. IMO Nvidia and ATI should be subsidizing Crytek for selling their hardware for them!

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

Sounds promising though i'll wait to hear more.

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

answer to someone's question down in the comment board: According the QA manager from the Team ( I was at PAX10), Cry 2 engine has been optimized a lot. The game itself has been optimized greatly to run on a more diverse spec.

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

Also, i'm not sure why people have been under the impression that PCs HAVE to be 1k-2k to be good. My first machine I put together was 700$ after shopping around, same with my second one which was built in 2004 and thats still running strong (it played crysis on high at 30 fps) today with one upgrade done since. If you buy your parts during thanksgiving season, and shop around different store and online outlets, then you're looking at a very cheap system with very high end specs that will last you a while. Be an intelligent shopper, not an impulse buyer.

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

it doesn't matter what they add into the PC, it'll be customizable, and therefore not a console. As long as it has the usual mobo w/ DIMMS/cpu/case etc.

maden2004
maden2004

this could probably run crysis 1280 x 1024 on high and get 30 fps easy.With some aa turned on.

Ryun511
Ryun511

Seems like a pretty good PC from the looks of it. However, I've worked with Ultra products before and I can't say it was a pleasant experience. The price doesn't really sit right with me either. Buying the same components listed on the TigerDirect.com (used price for E7300 from newegg.com + $100 for an OS) and their prices and came up with about $680 without shipping. I've found that, on average, PC manufacturers like to increase the price by about 15% more than the total cost of buying the parts separately and putting it together yourself. That comes to about $782, which is $83 less then the suggested price; it's $133 less if they throw in a free copy of Warhead. The reason that doesn't sit right with me is because I'm not sure what they're (Ultra and EA) doing to get the parts so cheap, they'd essentially be turning only a $20 profit on each PC they sold. I could be wrong, but like grig said look for something that might be left out. This deal seems to good to be true.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Yeah, this does seem like a console, but I'd be willing to pick it up. I need a new PC badly, so one that runs Crysis and is $700 is extremely wonderful news.

grigjd3
grigjd3

I'd be wary of this. It sounds dangerously close to being a pseudo-console. Start asking what gets left out in order to meet these specs.

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

This is great. I always believed that PC gaming required a PC that had to be at least 1800 or better to play high end PC Games. With Just the right parts it seems you can have a gaming PC for 700 dollars. I like that alot.

Myzz617
Myzz617

wow not bad. my rig tops that price easy and i have not put it together. I would by this..but i bet VISTA is going to be pre-loaded onto this.

KOTORkicker
KOTORkicker

[QUOTE="Williamshattner"] Of course if you are buying parts only... Core duo e8500 3.1 (very overclockable to about 3. $180 motherboard $80 4gig ram $90 9800gtx2 $280 You are running good at that point, just use your old OS, case, drives and powersupply. [/QUOTE] 9800gtx2? Glitchiest. Card. Ever. Get the new ASUS 8800gt-x2. Its much more stable - And less power-hungry.

3minty3
3minty3

if this pc could run crysis wh at high res with 30 fps on a computer worth $699 (£395!!!!) then i will be very impressed. P.S. is warhead more demanding than the first game.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

I guess that means my laptop can run it even better...which I know it can't because it couldn't run the first even close to max. I'm not so sure this is an accurate claim

foxracing1313
foxracing1313

I like what they are trying to do here a lot. It just goes to show you can make a powerful gaming PC at an affordable price nowadays. Not to mention all thet things a PC can do on top of just gaming, and the 9800GT is a much better card than what is in current gen consoles.

williamshattner
williamshattner

Of course if you are buying parts only... Core duo e8500 3.1 (very overclockable to about 3.8) $180 motherboard $80 4gig ram $90 9800gtx2 $280 You are running good at that point, just use your old OS, case, drives and powersupply.

EverestMan
EverestMan

Actually it is probably exactly what they say, as I just put together a similar computer for my neighbor, the only difference is that the graphics card is an 8800gt. He runs the original Crysis at high settings at 1280x1024 at 30 or more fps.

ras2009
ras2009

So can someone tell me if its worth buying?

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

lol thats laughable. its defenitely at a low resolution with settings on low.

shoemen22
shoemen22

Hmmmmmmmmm does this mean that my laptop might be able to run crysis then its got 2.26Ghz with 4gb of ram with a 512mb 9600m gt for only £799 god i love www.meshcomputers.com

jhcho2
jhcho2

ryo1000: [quote]geez, you need Crytek, Nvidia and EA altogether to put an Intel E7300, Nvidia 9800GT and some other stuff into a computer case? what a shame...[/quote] dude, I was thinking the exact same thing....

atopp399
atopp399

The big question is 30FPS at what resolution? I don't want to play a game at 800x600...