Crysis Warhead System Requirements Unveiled, Nearly Identical to Original Crysis

By Chris Faylor, Aug 14, 2008 7:57am PDT With Crytek's open-world sci-fi shooter Crysis Warhead (PC) due out September 16, publisher Electronic Arts' online store has pulled back the curtain on the standalone expansion's minimum system requirements.

The specifications are nearly identical to the minimum requirements of the original Crysis, with the only significant difference being a 3GB jump in required HDD space. However, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has repeatedly noted that the game-powering CryENGINE 2 has been "optimized to run better on a wider range of PCs."

  • CPU
    Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista), Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista), AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or better
  • RAM
    1GB (1.5GB on Windows Vista)
  • Video Card
    NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or better
  • VRAM
    256MB of Graphics Memory
  • Storage
  • Sound Card
    DirectX 9.0c Compatible
  • ODD
  • OS
    Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Vista
  • DirectX
    DX9.0c or DX10

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  • My guess is, that Crysis high will be Warhead Ultra High, and Ultra High in Crysis can only be achieved by some .cfg twaks. But we should just wait for the initial benchies and IQ of the final build performance accross the platforms, before we state anything of the sort about Crytek actually lying... I mean wtf Shack?! These are only the min specs anyhow. It doesn't really say anything conclusive on how the game will scale on the upper echelons of pc hardware, or how the game will generally perform in the first place.

    It's almost as if you're begging for the flaming commentary with these punchlines. The fact of the matter is, that any pc gamer should have enough common sense to take system requirements with a grain of salt, and for a completely fluid experience (constant >60 FPS) at least double the recommended should be applied =)

    While I'm aware that the advertised quadcore performance advantage for Crysis was bs, and shader optimization was skewed toward nvidia hardware, I'm still willing to give these guys the benefit of the doubt that my 4870X2 will completely destroy Warhead, and come september I will enjoy this game, alot. Whiners can keep whining; that's what jaded pc- gamers mostly do these days anyhow. But it won't kill my gaming pleasure.

    My only wish is, that if the engine has truly been optimized, they should patch Crysis as well. After all the performance woes of Crysis, that would be just a decent thing to do.