Crysis 2 Minimum Specs (and Trailer) Revealed, Can Your Rig Run It?

Here's what we want you to do. Take whichever arm's stronger and clench a fist. Raise it above your head as high as you can, take a breath, and sock yourself in the gut if you've ever posted the question, "But can it run Crysis?" It hardly ever fails -- if there's a story about a next-generation videocard or a new supercomputer, it's a safe bet someone is going to ask that question. The main reason, of course, is because the original Crysis was so ahead of its time, or so poorly coded (depending on who you ask), it brought even the burliest of rigs to their knees when cranking up the screen resolution and eye candy settings.

Here's the deal, folks. Crysis 2 is shipping on March 22, 2011, and if your PC can't keep up, it's because you waited too long to upgrade, not because of insane system requirements. Revealed via a Facebook post, here are the minimum specs to run Crysis 2 without coughing up a hairball:
  • Internet connection for activation and online gameplay
  • OS: XP / Vista / Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2GHz or better
  • 2GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 9GB
  • DVD-ROM: 8X
  • GPU: Nvidia 8800GT 512MB RAM, ATI HD 3850 512MB RAM or better
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
  • Keyboard, Mouse, or the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
In other words, everyone with a modern or even semi-modern rig should be able to run Crysis 2, the only question is, will you want to? Check out this awesome new trailer and decide for yourself:



Yep, we're officially excited. How about you?
Comments
infinityzen1 3 years ago

Only one problem, those are the minimum specs "to run". What I want to know is the minimum specs "to run well".

marco c 3 years ago

@Infinity - general rule of thumb is to double the minimum requirements IMO.

acarzt 3 years ago

That's a pretty buff system to run that game. I wouldn't consider a system with those specs a slouch.

I am curious how Crysis 2 will run on my system... maybe I should upgrade my graphics card lol

Drago 3 years ago

Minimum requirements are what is required to run the game at ALL LOW settings at the lowest resolution possible and still maintain 30fps avg frame rate. Basically a top of the line rig now might stand a chance at running at 1920x1080 max settings at 30-45fps average.

ra1d 3 years ago

my system is ready!

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

[quote user="RA1D"]

my system is ready!

[/quote]

Yeah, my system is ready too, thanks to HotHardware Stick out tongue  !! My last PC Specs:

Core 2 Duo E8400 / Asus P5KPL-CM / 4gb DDR 2 800 / Win Xp 32 bit

PowerColor HD 4650 / generic 500watt PSU

Pathetic isn't it?

Now:

Intel Core i7 950 @3.8  / Asetek Liquid CPU Cooler (240mm Radiator) /Win 7 64Bit

Asus SaberTooth X58 / 6GB DDR3 1600MHz / 1TB Hitachi HD(7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)

ATI Radeon 6870  / 750w PSU      Cool

specjre 3 years ago

I just upgraded from a PC better than that so I guess mine will be fine.

ThunderBird 3 years ago

Well..... I would have been able to run Crysis 2 but now I have to wait until the SandyBridge issue gets sorted out.

The specs look very conservative to me. Can't wait.

Drake_McNasty 3 years ago

Am I the only one still running an old system? I was planning a Sandy Bridge upgrade but not until it's fixed.

I'm rocking a Core 2 Duo E6400 / Asus P5NSLI / 4gb ocz gold 667 / MSI GT 240/ Win XP soon to be 7

dodgers2213 3 years ago

[quote user="Drake_McNasty"]

Am I the only one still running an old system? I was planning a Sandy Bridge upgrade but not until it's fixed.

I'm rocking a Core 2 Duo E6400 / Asus P5NSLI / 4gb ocz gold 667 / MSI GT 240/ Win XP soon to be 7

[/quote]

 

I have a Pentium 4, onboard graphics, and 512MB or RAM Ick!

 

lmao

marco c 3 years ago

Looks like these specs, even though they came from the German Crysis 2 FB page are not official...

http://www.mycrysis.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=110701&sid=3bb4ae47723218f8889e0e7c4a6ea2e2

dadodgeson 3 years ago

when the first one came out it had a downloadable content that would tell you if you can run the game or not does anyone know if they have it this time

soldier1969 3 years ago

Im ready, 2560 x 1600 res, quad at 4ghz, 8gb ddr 3, Asus 5870 but upgrading to a AMD 6990 4Gb card the end of this month when they hit online. Will look excellent!

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="News"]Raise it above your head as high as you can, take a breath, and sock yourself in the gut if you've ever posted the question, "But can it run Crysis?" It hardly ever fails -- if there's a story about a next-generation videocard or a new supercomputer, it's a safe bet someone is going to ask that question.[/quote]

Actually, my question has always been, "CAN IT RUN CRYSIS ON FULL?"

Joel H 3 years ago

The Crytek game engine actually scales much better than people give it credit for; people can play Crysis on some surprisingly low-end configurations.

With that said, the minimum specs are a joke. 2GB of RAM and a Radeon 3850 / 8800GT? Minimal, I'd believe--but I expect it'll be one of the first games that shows the difference between a 1GB and a 2GB GPU at settings we can still call "High" as opposed to resorting to a 2500x1600 Ultra Detail configuration to spot clear gaps.

Then again, folks who don't care about DX10/11 will hopefully be able to shut it off and pick up a lot more GPU oomph in DX9.

coolice 3 years ago

Ah... Mine wont run it at all...But, i have a ps3... so that should be interesting.

Two questions in the online world that always are entertaining.

1) But will it run Crysis?

2) But will it blend?

Anywho... my wonderful AMD x2 5000, with 3gb's of mix-and-match ram + a Sapphire 5450..... i'd rather not complete the sentence haha.

realneil 3 years ago

I look forward to trying it and Duke Nukem out soon.

coolice 3 years ago

realneil.... you must make an awesome dad. the only game my old man plays on the computer... and he can go on for hours and hours, is freecell. Dont know how he does it.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="coolice"]the only game my old man plays on the computer... and he can go on for hours and hours, is freecell[/quote]

There are  tons of people addicted to FreeCell. I have one lady who goes into some sort of withdrawal when her PC stops working due to that game. The last time it broke, she had me fix it, and then she had me build her a new PC that had all of the latest, greatest parts, just for that game. She demanded that the PC would be able to play today's games and never balked at the cost.

So now, just imagine that there's an elderly lady in Virginia with an AMD Phenom II X6 1100T, a Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5, 16GB of DDR3-1600 GSKill Flare Series RAM, a 1TB WD Black hard drive with a 64MB cache, and a Radeon HD 5870 card in her computer and all she does with it is play FreeCell, check her e-mail, and surf the web.

As for me being an awesome DAD, I don't think so,........I just try to listen to my kids when they want help, and stay out of the way when they don't. (this sure as hell isn't always easy to do) I'm always honest with them too, no matter what I think the result may be.

I do keep 3 Gaming PC's here for when they show up. We can all play at the same time and THAT'S a blast!

coolice 3 years ago

elderly lady with a 6core cpu and 16 gigs of ram and a 5870....

wow.... all that to play free cell... i'm speechless.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="coolice"]all that to play free cell... i'm speechless[/quote]

She sat down at the computer with me on NewEgg and started picking parts. I would tell her when things didn't work together and she would ask me for ideas. I tried to tone it down a lot, but she wouldn't hear of it. She said, "This is the last computer that I'll ever buy, and I want the best!"

She was over last night for a few minutes to talk to my wife about something to do with the church service today. She saw my new ASUS 27" LCD screen and had me order one for her on the spot. Smile


mentaldisorder 3 years ago

I'm glad we won't be on an island for this one.  Urban games are fantastic.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="mentaldisorder"]I'm glad we won't be on an island for this one.  Urban games are fantastic.[/quote]

Yeah, I agree with you,......it seems to be much more involved and lot's more is happening too.

 

p8ragon 3 years ago

lololol I bought a second gtx 570 just in case xD

ma_deuce 3 years ago

I can't wait. I just put a 64 meg VooDoo card in my 286 with 256k of memory.

Der Meister 3 years ago

IM guessing since it can run on a console it wont really take much....

rapid1 3 years ago

mine will handle it easily it seems I am looking forward to SWTOR though not Crisis.

LLeCompte 3 years ago

i need to get a 6950. My 4850 still runs stuff fine, but i think its time i get a new one. I mean in only paid $80 with it after a rebate, and she has done awesome for a year and half of gaming.  Besides that my 8 gigs of ram and my AMD x6 will handle it fine :)

Sergeimm 3 years ago

Hey guys, I am planning to get my build very soon. Was going to get SB, but you know what happened and I have to either wait or go with something else. Now my question is what would be the best monitor to run Crysis on and what video card should I get in a current market. I feel I would feel too guilty if I paid more than 350.00$ for the video card. The monitor, if it makes the difference I am ready to pay 400$. Thats a lot of money. HH do you guys have monitor articles? I heard there is LG monitor coming out E2370v is there something better on the market right now?

Thanks,

Sergey

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

The E2370v isn't out yet , but I definitely wanna see a review of it pronto, since its an IPS panel geared towards gamers.

Since you want  a monitor for gaming, I recommend the Samsung PX2370 it wont disappoint.

If you want to go bigger, say a 27 inch, there's also the Samsung  P2770FH or The P2770HD  with a built in TV Tuner.

Video Card? Go for the GTX 570 $350 Free Shipping

 

 

Sergeimm 3 years ago

Thanks! PX2370 does look good and has good reviews.

fat78 3 years ago

I finally got my new mouse now I need that computer from the sweeps to be fully ready LOL. Can't wait to try my rat 9 on this game (saved 50$ on it).

munich719 3 years ago

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AKwyn 3 years ago

Now the only problem that remains are what are the maximum specs?

Those are relatively respectful minimum specs posted, it makes sense that a game would require this much memory in this day and age. I'm getting a new GTX 580 this month, I just hope that it will be enough to even run this baby at 30 FPS.

coolice 3 years ago

Maximum specs is an odd question.... it would require that all computer manufacturing stop... and the best gpu u could buy at this very moment is the one that is the most powerful.

Like... there is no cap that exists as computer hardware keeps enhancing. Especially GPU's... man, they change FAST!

coolice 3 years ago

oh i think i just understood your question..

what are the minimum specs required for a maximum performance? tough question to answer.

JZarcone 3 years ago

| Mobo: ASUS M4A78-E| CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black| GPU: 2x Radeon HD 4890| Ram: 4GB DDR2 1066| HDD: WD Cavair Black 1 TB|

Its not the top of the line, but it'll get the job done

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="JZarcone"]it'll get the job done[/quote]

Sounds like it will do just fine,.........

SManda 3 years ago

Honestly I think they need to worry more about the CPU than the GPU. In today's generation the CPU is the bottleneck for most games. They keep just adding cores where in fact they need to just work the the programming and design.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="SManda"]Honestly I think they need to worry more about the CPU than the GPU. In today's generation the CPU is the bottleneck for most games. They keep just adding cores where in fact they need to just work the the programming and design.[/quote]

I think that they're adding cores and changing core designs on CPU's because they ran into a MHz. speed wall. It's how to get better overall performance at lower clock speeds and cooler temperatures. There are plenty of other innovations that are having good effect on game play, such as SSD's Better GPU's, 120MHz. LCD Screens, and entire platform advancements that integrate many new features on  a new CPU/Mainboard design. (Sandy Bridge, Bulldozer)

As to programming, they kind of have to code their games to run well on older, slower PC's so that more people can buy their games. It makes them work harder, but the benefit is a better quality code in their game. It's just an added bonus that a fast machine can run it with the bells and whistles turned on and not suffer slow frame-rates.


rachit2588 3 years ago

with the specs for crysis2 they should also provide the fps that you will be getting ?? but they wont cuz after seeing that even GTX users will be disappointed and they wont buy / download the game..!! :p :p ;)

AKwyn 3 years ago

[quote user="rachit2588"]with the specs for crysis2 they should also provide the fps that you will be getting ?? but they wont cuz after seeing that even GTX users will be disappointed and they wont buy / download the game..!! :p :p ;)[/quote]

Those are the minimum specs, as in the specs required to run it at all (though at the lowest level possible.) Don't fear just yet, just wait until the Crysis 2 benchmarks come out.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="TaylorKarras"]Those are the minimum specs, as in the specs required to run it at all[/quote]

The original Crysis brought many high-end gaming PC's to their knees when people tried to run it on 'very high' settings. These were people who were used to cranking up the "Eye-Candy" in all of their games, and it came as quite a shock for many of us. It just needed more ass at very high settings than most of our PC's had at the time.

I'd be willing to say that Crysis was responsible for many a computer upgrade back in the day.

These days, many of us have much faster and more capable computers on our desks, (the latest PC computing and video card developments are fantastic and available on less expensive parts too) so this latest version, while it may have some challenging features, will not come as the technical shock that the original game did. While it may not be possible for some of us to crank the game's settings to MAX, I think that overall, we're ready for this version of the game.

It does look like it will be a marvelous time waster! Smile (and of course, Duke Nukum too)

MMcCutcheon 3 years ago

i wish they would post minimum specs for a specific resolution..depending on the cpu and gpu...800x600 would run it...but 1920x1080 has no chance..todays resolution are kinda limited though unless you want an extreme BLURRY picture.

AKwyn 3 years ago

[quote user="MMcCutcheon"]

i wish they would post minimum specs for a specific resolution..depending on the cpu and gpu...800x600 would run it...but 1920x1080 has no chance..todays resolution are kinda limited though unless you want an extreme BLURRY picture.

[/quote]

Haven't people forgot they could adjust the graphical settings, I get that they can get an extremely blurry picture or something that was playable at medium but I think those are the minimum specs for any resolution (depending on graphical power).

JBraun 3 years ago

I won't be playing it. While I appreciate the technical achievements from Crytek, I disagree with the direction they took with the game. I was such a big fan of the original Crysis... it had the elements of Half-Life (with the parallel story from Warhead, similar to HL:OF)... but instead they, IMO, sold out and decided to go for easy console money. Imagine the game had they NOT gone the console route, technically with the engine and creatively with the story. The potential is all gone now. I'm no console hater, I love my 360 in fact... but at heart I am a PC fanboy and I see the PC blockbuster exclusives slowly disappearing.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="JBraun"]but instead they, IMO, sold out and decided to go for easy console money[/quote]

Isn't that what selling games is all about? Aren't they supposed to be making money? I imagine that they have to pay the bills too.

I don't even own a console, but I don't begrudge them selling games to console owners. And if the game, when it comes out, is not as good because they're porting to consoles, I'll get over it,...............while I'm playing it.

EDIT: You can download the demo starting right now at this link.    Crysis II Demo Link

Der Meister 3 years ago

I have a agree with JBraun on this one RealNeil. Any time a game starts out as PC only then evolves for the console the PC's always get a sub-par game.For reference see COD starting with first Modern Warfare, Farcray 2, and Crysis 2 will be right along there with them.... 

realneil 3 years ago

The Crysis II demo is downloaded while I went to a doctor's appointment. Now I'll go and Play it a little.

Papapak 3 years ago

honestly i think a low end dual core and some low end DDR2 ram + a mid range video card like 5770 can already handle it ... my system is running it on max at more than 60 FPS

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="Papapak"]honestly i think a low end dual core and some low end DDR2 ram + a mid range video card like 5770 can already handle it ... my system is running it on max at more than 60 FPS[/quote]

I tried it on the i7's and the i5 and it's flawless. Running with everything maxed out and smooth too.

Then I fired it up on the extremely inexpensive Phenom-2 X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz system with a MSI N430GT budget Fermi card in it. Same result, smooth as silk. So I don't think that it's gonna be such a hard game to meet the basic requirements, and a high end system will shine.

 

Der Meister 3 years ago

^Its a console port, so if you computer is better then a console then it will have no problems running it. 

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