Tomb Raider PC features, system requirements revealed

With Tomb Raider only weeks away, publisher Square Enix has detailed the bells and whistles added to the PC edition, including high-res textures and better shadows. It also confirmed the minimum and recommend system specs. The port is in good hands, made by Nixxes Software, the folks behind the respectable PC edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

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With Tomb Raider only weeks away, publisher Square Enix has detailed the bells and whistles added to the PC edition, including high-res textures and better shadows. It also confirmed the minimum and recommend system specs. The port is in good hands, made by Nixxes Software, the folks behind the respectable PC edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Here are shinies Nixxes has crammed into the PC edition, not found on consoles:

  • Very high resolution textures with up to 16x the amount of data

  • Detail Tessellation to enhance the detail on many surfaces in the game

  • Higher quality shadows

  • High quality bokeh depth of field with near-blur

  • Tessellation algorithms used to smooth out geometry

  • Improved cloth, SSAO, quality wetness effects, and post-filter effects.

  • LOD quality is adjustable for better quality on higher-end machines.

None too shabby! Tomb Raider's also a Steamworks game, with the usual support of Big Picture Mode, achievements, cloud saves, and whatnot. Square Enix revealed the minimum PC system requirements before, but here they are again if you've missed them (Windows XP support! Adorable):

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)

  • DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM:

    • AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT

    • nVidia 8600

  • Dual core CPU:

    • AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+)

    • Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)

  • 1GB Memory (2GB on Vista)

If you want to turn on some of those fancy PC features, though, you'll probably want something more like this recommended spec, or probably a fair bit higher:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM:

    • AMD Radeon HD 4870

    • nVidia GTX 480

  • Quad core CPU:

    • AMD Phenom II X2 565

    • Intel Core i5-750

  • 4GB Memory

Tomb Raider comes to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 5.

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    February 22, 2013 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Tomb Raider PC features, system requirements revealed.

    With Tomb Raider only weeks away, publisher Square Enix has detailed the bells and whistles added to the PC edition, including high-res textures and better shadows. It also confirmed the minimum and recommend system specs. The port is in good hands, made by Nixxes Software, the folks behind the respectable PC edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

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      February 22, 2013 6:24 AM

      Nixxes? Awesome.

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      February 22, 2013 6:27 AM

      I hope this game turns out well. I've held back from pre-ordering, but if the reviews are good I'll pick it up post-launch.

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        February 22, 2013 7:33 AM

        I'm cautiously optimistic as well. I haven't played TR since... 2, maybe? Three? In any case, the reboot is exactly what I've always wanted from an Indy Jones-style adventure game: cool protagonist, action, survival, puzzle-solving, and for perhaps for the first time, the ability to show an interest in Ms. Croft for more than her double-D polys.

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          February 22, 2013 11:22 AM

          The last few Tomb raider games were pretty great actually. Don't dismiss them out right.

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            February 22, 2013 11:58 AM

            Yeah. Underworld was a bit of a letdown, but Legend and Anniversary were great. Highly recommend them. The XBLA one was great too.

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              February 22, 2013 12:09 PM

              If you preorder the new one on steam you get a free copy of Guardian of Light (the XBLA game, just the pc version)

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          February 22, 2013 12:18 PM

          David you have to play Tomb Raider: Legend, even though it's a bit old now (April will be 7 years, 2006)

          I really regret trading in that game. I bought it on release, sight unseen, having never played through an entire TR game before, and not really liking the franchise that much (but really wanting a puzzle-solving 3rd person action game) and just loved it.

          They did an "Anniversary" game as well, like a graphical update to the original TR, but because they kinda stuck to the original level design I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as "Legend".

          It's got a fair share of "quicktime" events, but other than that the puzzle solving is great, the controls are great, the graphics were very good (at the time) and I really enjoyed the hub aspect of it (Lara has a proper mansion in this one, that you return to, and it becomes like an extra huge level of the game with its own secrets and puzzles).


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            February 22, 2013 12:23 PM

            The balance between puzzle solving and combat is really good, too. It manages that so much better than games like the Uncharted series, which hands you a few really dumb puzzles that don't require any thought and then uses waves upon waves of bad guys to slow down your progress from point to point.

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              February 22, 2013 12:25 PM

              TR: Legend's puzzle solving is more like God Of War, IMO, yeah.

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            February 22, 2013 8:24 PM

            Thanks for the recommendation! I'd like to catch up on some of the old games, actually; maybe I should start with Legend.

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          February 23, 2013 11:54 PM

          Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (2010), while not a real Tomb Raider game, is extremely good (I played it on Xbox, not sure if the controls would work well with a keyboard).

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      February 22, 2013 6:29 AM

      Squenix has really released a lot of great games over the past year, so I have high hopes for this. The preview footage looks amazing.

      If DE:HR is any indication, this will likely be a day one purchase for me.

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      February 22, 2013 8:13 AM

      Does anyone else think the recommended system requirements are strange? The 4870 is not even close to the Geforce 480..... It just seems a bit strange

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        February 22, 2013 8:45 AM

        Square Enix, or shall I say, EIDOS, games of late tend to run a tag better on AMD hardware than NVidia one. DX: HR, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution... that might be the reason though comparing a HD 4870 to a GTX480 is still quite a stretch.

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          February 22, 2013 11:02 AM

          What really catches me is that the 4870 doesn't even support DX11. Tessellation and Bokeh filters are DX11 features, so I'm unsure how that will handle. As an owner of the 4870, I can say it's fairly powerful but it doesn't stand up to the GTX 480 on a power-to-power basis. If I buy Tomb Raider I might throw my 4870 back in for round 2 to see how it runs!

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      February 22, 2013 8:21 AM

      Tomb Raider was the breast game ever when I was a kid

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      February 22, 2013 8:40 AM

      Nixxes has cred. Make it good.

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      February 22, 2013 10:20 AM

      Actually getting some decent ports/games on the PC lately - all with high resolution textures. I am actually happy again to be a PC gamer. Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, and now Tomb Raider. (now just get rid of Uplay!).

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      February 22, 2013 3:11 PM

      Those are very reasonable recommended specs. Now I just hope the game is good, and not entirely a mainstream dude-bro QTE fest.

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      February 22, 2013 9:40 PM

      Ahh Yesss.. Feels good when the world starts to remember PC gamers again! REJOICE AND BUY EVERYTHING TO ENCOURAGE THIS TREND!! (looks at bioshock infinite as well)

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        February 22, 2013 9:47 PM

        They'll forget about us again when the new consoles come out. People will predict the death of PC gaming. The cycle will repeat itself again over the next 8 years.

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      February 24, 2013 6:13 PM

      Ever since the ACM debacle I'm not willing to pre-order anything but the best (GTAv)

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