In lieu of Tomb Raider‘s release, Square Enix has seen fit to release the specifications for the PC version. Thus, to honour the hype, here are the details as they stand:
Minimum system requirements for PC
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)
Recommended system requirements for PC
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
- Support of Steamworks for cloud storage of save files, multiplayer matchmaking, player achievements, updates and new content
- Support of Steam Big Picture Mode
- Configuration of mouse and keyboard
- Support of gamepads
- Wide range of scalability options
- High quality shadows, resolution textures, depth of field, etc.
- Improved effects like cloth, quality wetness and post-filter
- Support of Windows XP
It should be noted that Tomb Raider‘s PC version is being co-developed by Nixxes, as part of a long-existing partnership with Square. This pairing has seen the release of over a dozen PC games in the past decade, including the acclaimed 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The PC version will also support AMD HD3D and AMD Eyefinity technology, the latter allowing six simultaneous displays off a single graphics card.
Clearly, all companies involved have faith in the success of this version of the game. Nixxes’ Director, Jurien Katsmann said that “[t]he team at Crystal intended to make the game of their careers and we are extremely proud of the part we have played in the project’s development.” Darrell Gallagher, Studio Head of Crystal Dynamics commented that “with over a decade of experience working alongside AMD and Nixxes at Crystal Dynamics alone, we had rock solid partners on board to create a superb Tomb Raider experience for PC gamers around the world.”
AMD Graphics’ corporate VP and GM, Matt Skynner, also had a say in the matter, stating that his company’s partnership with Crystal Dynamics would help to “capture the realism of one of video gaming’s most iconic characters. By leveraging the power of AMD Radeon™ and Graphics Core Next, Lara and her environment have come to life like never before.”
We’ll see if this partnership works out when Tomb Raider releases on Tuesday, March 5th for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.