Q&A: Crytek CEO specs out Crysis

Cevat Yerli spells out the system requirements for his upcoming first-person shooter, and offers insight on getting the most from the hardware.


As any PC gamer can attest to, the system's lack of uniform hardware that helps distinguish it from consoles is a double-edged sword. Although a high-end PC is often capable of outperforming even the latest and greatest console tech, high-end PC games make a habit of pushing the technical envelope, which forces PC gamers to upgrade regularly in order to meet ever-escalating system requirements.

He's just in awe of the lush environments.
He's just in awe of the lush environments.

The latest such PC game is Crytek's first-person shooter Crysis. With the game set to arrive November 13, Crytek today revealed the minimum and recommended system requirements for the game.

Minimum System Requirements:
OS--Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor--2.8GHz or faster (XP); 3.2GHz or faster* (Vista)
Memory--1GB RAM or 1.5GB RAM (Vista)
Video Card--256MB**
Hard Drive--12GB
Sound Card DirectX 9.0c compatible

* Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz (3.2GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2GHz (2.2GHz for Vista) or faster, and other similar CPUs.

** Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT + or similar GPUs. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

Recommended System Requirements:
OS--Windows XP / Vista
Processor--Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz
Memory--2GB RAM
GPU--NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar

No doubt those specs will inspire a number of gamers to upgrade their rigs. So with Crysis nearing release and countless gamers' credit cards dangerously close to being maxed out, GameSpot took the opportunity to discuss the system requirements with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli.

GameSpot: Let's talk about the minimum system requirements. How would you describe the graphics on this setting, and how do they compare to other games? What do you lose, in terms of graphical fidelity, at the minimum system compared to the recommended system?

Crysis isn't all fun in the sun.
Crysis isn't all fun in the sun.

Cevat Yerli: The quality of Crysis running on [minimum spec hardware] does equal the shading and texture quality of games that are about three years old, but with polygonal detail that is bigger then games from that same generation. The scaling happens in various areas, such as shading-quality, texture-resolution, shadows. View distance and interactivity are close to Far Cry. Our goal was to reach a quality with the game on the various specs to compete with games that are from the last two generations until today's generation, respectively for low, medium, and high [specification setups], with the very high [spec setups] hoping to define the upcoming and introduced generation with Crysis.

GS: Crysis requires a minimum of 256MB of video card memory, which is pretty unprecedented for a PC game. Are you afraid that a lot of PC gamers won't have powerful-enough hardware to run the game? Is there no way around that?

CY: The 256 MB 6800 was [available] in 2004 as the high-end card, so hence we picked this. Further compromises were possible but quality and frame rate would have suffered more. We are not afraid, since we know by statistics from our partners like Nvidia and Intel and from PC manufactures the base to play our game is theoretically bigger than the consoles, plus we hope Crysis inspires people to play at very high configurations that--like in the past with top-tier titles--usually required you to upgrade your PC.

GS: What's more important to have for Crysis: A powerful CPU or a powerful video card?

CY: Actually they should be in sync. Low CPU and high GPU makes little sense, since the game might then become CPU-bound; likewise, if you have a strong CPU and low GPU, your game may not render fast enough. So you should align the generations of hardware when building your PC, in general. If you have a CPU and GPU both from the last 12 months, though, and you want to upgrade one of the components, then it should be the GPU.

GS: How important is system memory to the performance of the game? Are the load times a lot shorter if you have 2GB or more of memory? Does the game run smoother?

CY: More memory means usually less stalls, more stable frame rates, and loading times will speed up indeed. So yes, 2GB or more is better.

GS: The game will ship with support for DirectX 9 and DirectX 10. However, all recent events have shown the game running in DX9. Does the DX10 version offer the same, or slightly better, performance? If gamers have Vista and DX10 cards, do you recommend that they play in DX10 over DX9?

CY: Players who have DX10 will get a better-looking experience, with all of our settings dialed all the way up, but this will take up more of your hardware's resources. This is what our "Very High" settings are reserved for, and if you have the hardware, we fully recommend it. Our "High" settings can be used by DX10 and DX9 users, and will perform better in DX10, though our DX9 players will have nothing to worry about because we are really pushing that technology to new levels.

GS: When we talked last year it was said that Crysis will ship with 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Is 64-bit still in the box? Does it offer any kind of performance improvements as predicted?

CY: Yes, 64-bit in general runs better than 32-bit. In fact I would recommend gamers run 64-bit only under very high configurations. We ship both 32- and 64-bit out of box.

GS: As demanding as Crysis is in terms of technology, Crytek has always stated that the technology serves the gameplay. So what does all of this power let you do with Crysis?

CY: Higher interactivity with physics, [and] more intense analysis of artificial intelligence for dynamic obstacles, since obstacles are created through breakabilities. Shadows and lighting impact gameplay perception and decision making; so does the environmental art. Impacts in general exist in all aspects of Crysis gameplay.

GS: Finally, any last thoughts on Crysis' technology and its system requirements?

CY: My final thoughts are, I am happy that we managed to scale down Crysis--which is on average 10 times more pushy than Far Cry--down to Far Cry specs. But Crysis is a high-end game that shall define what's now and in the future. Enjoy it as such as much as you can. It's like a concept car available and affordable now. I like also this quote somebody gave: "It's like a sexy blond girl with a PhD degree," upon which I said, "But with curly hair."

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Cevat Yerli is a real game developer unlike say Greg Broussard who BS every year with disappointment and false promises about a game that doesn't exist. Oh, yeah his ONLY & last real accomplishment was in 1996 with Duke Nukem 3-D. When confronted about his incompetence all he and Scott Miller can do is crack lame jokes. He spits on you and probably is laughing at you behind closed doors and you still support him? You still reading this? LOL.

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I'm wondering... Will Geforce 9600 be capable to play this fast or 8800 will be better for this????? This is gonna turn out great...

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i run quad core 2.4 ghz and 8800 gtx with 4 gig corsair ddr2 ram. and the demo version of crysis would run very very slowly on my rig... hrm... i wonder what this means...

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Crysis is going to take advantage of high end gaming rigs that is the price gamers have to pay if you want the most out of your PC. It seems like everyday something is coming out for the computers lol. I just brought a brand new computer i have Window Vista Home Premium 32 bit edition along with (AMD Athlon 5000+ Dual Core Processor running at 2.61 Ghz, at the performance ratio of 7.50 Ghz, 2gigs of RAM (I would have to upgrade my PC at least 1 or 2 gigs more to run Crysis smoothly along with having a powerful Direct X 10 graphics card from Nvidia. I am going to go with a 512MB graphics card. Plus my PC can hold up to 8 gigs of RAM so i am set for Crysis . I want to place a soundcard in my PC for Crysis as well. When the price goes down a little bit for the 640MB graphic cards i will make my purchase and play Crysis on high settings i can also achive that with the 512MB card but with some frame rates being an issue. But i recommend anyone that is upgrading their PC's to make sure you have enough power because this game is going to put your computers to the test. So be prepared!!!!

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that quote from GFW?

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I'd like to tell everyone that most requirements, minimum or recommended, are usually not completely accurate. For example, the game Infernal shows that my system failed the 'recommended' levels so the playing experience will suffer if I turn up all details and whatnot. It said that the recommended CPU should be a Dual-Core, running at 3.0 GHz. My system has a single core, operating at 2.4 GHz, but is clocked at around 4.5 GHz. Also, the recommended GPU nVidia 7300, in which I have a nVidia GeForce 7600 GT. Suffice it to say, my system was not up to the task. But I took a chance anyway. I installed the game and pushed everything to the highest detail and low and behold, it ran PERFECT on my system. So don't be fooled by the recommended specs....they're usually a little off. They say dual-core at 3 GHz, but mine operates over 4 GHz. They say my videocard is too weak, but it worked! Keep in mind that PIXEL PIPELINES are probably the most important factor on your card. 256 MB of memory is good and whatever MHz is operates at is fine, but look for high PP first! Also, make sure it's PCI-Express (that makes a big difference). I hope I helped some of you out if you're wondering whether or not your system will handle this game. I can say with the utmost certainty that if your system is similar to mine, it'll do just fine. You might not be able to turn everything to the 'very high' level, but that doesn't matter anyway. It was designed to look and run great at any level. Thanks for reading!

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well i have a computer that meets those but as cod2 and bf2142 already showed me, those stats are a lie. my 1400 dollar pc is obsolete in comparison w/my 360. i give up on pc fps.

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FPS huh? is it like a killzone?

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To give some people a good gauge of performance I am running Crysis on this system. Pentium D 915 @ 3.35Ghz 2MB DDR2 @ 800Mhz Asus P5N32 SLI Deluxe Motherboard Cheap SB soundcard Geforce 7900GS overclocked to 590Mhz core and 670Mhz memory. MicroSux Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit. The settings I am using are Medium on everything except for Textures, Post Processing, and Shaders, which are on high. (Keep in mind that the settings go to Very High, and are not even able to be enabled in a DirectX 9 setup. I am getting framerates that stay between the low twenties to the about the mid thirties. This is not exactly silky smooth, but is certainly playable.

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This is going to play alot better on Nvidia then ATI, so for you that went out and returned your Nvida 8800's cards for ATI 2900 512's, go back and get your cards back. I like ATI don't get me wrong, but we all know what happens when developers partner up with manufacturers. The 8800GTS 640 is a good price now, match it up with Intel E6850. And you will shed happy tears playing Crysis. Good luck !

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I am going to get a Radeon X1950 XTX I just hope it will be enough to get relatively high detail settings.

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Crysis Day on October 26th

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Run the system lab Crysis test on the second page of the Incrysis homepage if in doubt.

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i hope i can get a good game play experience i just made it to recommended specs(sorta)... think i can run this on med / high settings with a 7800 GT,FX-60, 2gb of Ram?

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w00Tz! Crysis will rock! Hope that we all enjoy the demo everyone and good luck with upgrading your PCs before the launch of the game on the 16th nov.

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Thanks for replying. I appreciate it.

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Yeah, your specs exceed recommended requirements so you'll be fine. If you want go here: << LINK REMOVED >> It is an analyzer that checks your hardware for running certain games. Just pick crysis from the drop down menu.

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I just got a new PC with these specs and was wondering if you guys think I will be able to run this game on very high settings??? Thanks for answering. Intel Core2 Duo 2.66 GHZ 550 watt ATX power supply Intel D35 motherboard 2 gigs Nvidia 8800 GTX 756 mb

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I think so. I'm not sure what's tommorow. But if its the 26th then yes.

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The single-player demo's out tomorrow, right? I haven't heard anything about this game since, well, this news story. Somebody confirm!

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I guess i will have to buy vista just to play on dx10 servers i just hope there will be a few players from Australia -This game is going to own

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This game is going to own.. too bad 8800's are so expensive still :(

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Not as good as something like core 2 E6850. If you have the funds that is...

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how about the AMD CPUs? im concidering AMD 6000+ 64 X2 for this game, do u guyz think it will be a good one?

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you know what tho. I think far cry 2 looks like a bit more fun. Maybe the graphics won't be as good but they still look amazing and it doesn't have aliens or any shyt like that. But i also can't wait to play crysis to see if they actually made it as good as it sounds.

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When i watched the latest interview, it said that the game was too advanced for consoles. He said that the consoles didn't have the RAM for the game. Anyway, after console-bashing, i need to overclock my 3800 X2 for this... hope i don't mess up or i might have to buy a 6400+ ;). Crysis > Halo 3

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My hopes and fears. From what i can see from cryEngine 2 they can pretty much drop in a tank anywhere, add a few hills here, forest, people, houses, huts. So basically they can make a pretty solid story or movie sort of game, wow. Gameplay where adding armor and throwing people around to nano suit functions is a dozen combinations of style. I hope they got good story tellers like i herd they got army experts to handle ai stuff. So when u set it to really hard things must be intense. My fear is they didnt do exactly what i just but i hear it is what the did! Mostly :) Oh dont forget graphcs part is too much already. Will i cry if it is the game of my dreams. Maybe. The Demo this 26th will prove me wrong or right. Ill tell u guys what i think once im finished it. Trust me my opion is full proof accurate.

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4 days left for demo! Last time i was here i trashed talked about crysis beta. I dont care about the beta and take back everything i said. I think i wont play betas from now on. Crysis the full game from videos is shockingly amazing. Beta is so bad i guess beta=bad really. Specs at 2.2ghz core duo 2 is such a relief. I got a good cooler and overclocked to 2.87ghz with my e4300 core duo 2. Brightbo.......2 cores running side by side at 2.2ghz doesnt mean its 4.4ghz.. Ur maths is all wrong no offence cause u dont add the numbers. Certain jobs are given to different processors. For example 1 core couid run gun phyics while the other core can do the explosion physics. Its 2 people with different tasks, there not doing the same thing so where (a) and (b) represent jobs, 2.2a+2.2b not possible.only possible if b=a so 2.2a+2.2a=4.4a. Understand

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I-like-sticks you right, becuase at least with the pc every game i got is for free from torrents and such, i don't even have to burn the game and spend money on cd's just play it of my hd then delete it or store it on a seperate disk, so even a 10-20 dollar difference and sometimes more, between ps3 and pc games make a big difference if you buy a lot of games.

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1080p tvs arent so expensive. Picked up mine for 2000. Gonna have to get another one for the new pc. Make the 2 8800 ultras worth while. course, it'll need to be a bit smaller.... Cos omfg I love PC and PS3 gaming!!!!!!!!!!

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Antezecevic1 where are you gonna get that money for a hdtv that can display 1080p??. PS3 games are nearly double the price of some pc games, console gaming isn't as cheap as people think it is, from a PS3 point of view. This game is staying on pc cause first person shooters were meant to be played with a mouse and keyboard!

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great, i see all of you have enough money to buy beasts of PC's. I wonder if you would be so kind and buy me that "cheap" 8800gtx, cos i gave a hell lot of money few days ago for x1950pro, or even better, i could use some good 4-core processor cos it's so "cheap". guys, ps3 will be able to run this game on very high and in 1080p so stop **** around with this insane G P U /C P U /R A M prices, cos PS3 is cheaper than 8800gtx.PC is good, consoles rules.

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i agree with vgleo34, it would be stupid not to bring over to consoles. FPS are meant for consoles anyway.

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will i be ok with a pentium 3, 256mb ram, and a 64mb graphics card? Can i run the game on medium settings with that? Just fukin around. Yeah just finished building my comp. I got put in a amd dual core 3.5 ghz (over clocked), 3 gb ram, 8800 gtx. Now i just gotta get me a dime bag and i'll be set for gaming.

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well, i might be able to run on medium in DX10

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hmmmm.. not bad at all. i expected it to be a lot higher. though i must admit im not getting all that excited about the game right now. it looks really good but it seems that thats about it. i mean the plotline doesnt seem very deep. if you watched the videos VERY carefully you may have noticed that the enemy AI (the soldiers only) aren't exactly the most fantastic in the world. after all these months of being hyped up about the game i actually stopped to think and wonder if this game isnt just an advertising media for the cryengine2. anyone else out there thinking along this line?

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maverick806-"... i built my pc just for this game and some of the developer aided mods.... I cant wait. C2D e6850 | 2GB DDR2-800 | eVGA 8800GTX | 850W PSU | Acer 22" |" aww man you should have pumped the ram to 4gigs :P oh well i guess maybe you could upgrade later if you wanted. awesome system though.

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got the game pre-ordered and I fit the specs with an 8800GTS and a quad core

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I can't wait till it comes to the 360, they'd be foolish not to bring it to consoles. But, yes I know the graphics won't nearly be as good as PC

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Ah sweet. I got a dual core 2.8....so I'm pretty much settled for it :D

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... i built my pc just for this game and some of the developer aided mods.... I cant wait. C2D e6850 | 2GB DDR2-800 | eVGA 8800GTX | 850W PSU | Acer 22" | As for Pilch's comments, yeah, hardware prices are low, you can get an 8800GTS for pretty cheap, and quad core for even less

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WooT! Ill be a playin. Still, these figures are really well done. Face it, if you cant play the game, your machine is ancient, and a fairly decent machine to play it would be so cheap with the cost of PC hardware being as low as it is. So dont be slack, cough uo a few hundred bucks you cheap swines! I still play my snes too, but cmon, PC's are the future, get in gear . . .

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Replying to DonutTrooper (btw buy a real comp). Its because a 2.8 GHz processor is single core. The Core 2 Duo one is 2.2 GHz per thread so each has 2.2 running, therefor 4.4 GHz. Before overclocking that is :D

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Upgrading next week- getting 2 more gig of RAM (making 4 gig), 2 8800 ultras, core 2 quad 2.66 ghz and I'm gonna be doing some heavy overclocking (all water cooled of course). Now, how high do the settings go.....? I love physics, HDR, AA, AF.This is my kinda game!!!!

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Dual core = 2 cores, thus 2 cores each at 2.2 GHz, total of 4.4 GHz, at least I think that's how it works anyways.

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Because the 2.8GHz is referring to a single-core Pentium 4 processor, whereas the 2.2GHz is referring to a dual-core Core 2 Duo processor. Even though it is clocked 600MHz slower, it will easily outperform the Pentium 4.

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Ouch, this will definitely not work on my Macbook with Boot Camp. But I just have one question: Can anyone explain to me why the MINIMUM requirements require a faster processer (2.8 GHz) while RECOMMENDED say a slower one (2.2 GHz)?

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I`m ready...gogogo!

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My compy was ready for this game back in April. Bring it on!