Crytek Reveal Crysis 2 System Requirements For PC

By Ishaan . February 2, 2011 . 5:30pm


Crytek’s German Facebook page for Crysis 2 has a rundown of the game’s system requirements on PC. Blue’s News caught a glimpse of these via a tip and took the liberty of translating them.


We assume these to be minimum requirements for Crysis 2, given Crytek’s focus on future-proofing their games against PC hardware. Recommended requirements would, naturally, be higher.


  • Internet connection for installation and to get online
  • OS: XP / Vista / Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2Ghz or better
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 9 GB
  • DVD ROM: 8x
  • GPU: nVidia 8800GT 512Mb RAM, ATI 3850HD 512Mb RAM or better
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
  • Keyboard, Mouse or the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows


Crysis 2 is slated for a release on March 22nd on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Europe gets the game on March 25th. Electronic Arts are publishing Crysis 2 in Limited and Nano editions.

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  • Should be able to run it on high, getting the 360 version for cheevements

  • malek86

    These requirement sheets are often useless.

    The requirements for the first Crysis only said “a 256Mb RAM video card”, which doesn’t mean anything, considering that entry level video cards will usually have as much memory as powerful models (or will be advertised as having a lot more, considering HyperMemory and TurboCache). Well, at least this time they are outright saying that it should be at least a 8800GT.

    I’ll have to try the demo to see if it works fine on my E5200 and HD5750. I’m hoping for smoothness on High detail level, like the first one.

    • Yea, I’m going to have to agree. I wish publishers would just bite the bullet and release realistic requirements for their games. In a lot of cases, there’s no demo or benchmark tool to help you judge whether or not a game will run either, so you can’t be certain what you’re getting into.

      • Ereek

        Thirded. I don’t have much to add, but these types of requirement listings are more than a bit ridiculous.

      • alundra311

        I don’t think it would be easy to just give realistic requirements since there are so many possible hardware combinations that would give different results (RAM, GPU, CPU, HDD). And the hardware used to make the game is probably very high-end (not sure though).

        • Completely understandable on the hardware front. Different machines can definitely make it hard to give accurate requirements, especially when you consider that a lot of people play games on laptops nowadays, and in the case of laptops, even if they’re at the recommended specs, they still don’t perform as well as a desktop PC would.

          But I do think it’s possible to provide more realistic specs than the ones publishers give out now. The term “minimum requirements” almost has no meaning any more. It means you can get the game to boot up on your system and you can watch a bit of a slideshow. It isn’t really indicative of whether the average user will be able to run the game at a decent framerate or not. :p

          • alundra311

            Yes, I understand that the minimum requirements doesn’t guarantee a decent framerate. And I also wish they would give realistic requirements. But the easy thing they can do is to release those “minimum requirements” and a demo for customer’s to try out (which they usually do with PC games).

  • kupomogli

    My PC fits all the requirements. Won’t be picking it up though.

    *watches trailer*

    Awesome trailer though.

  • SolidusSnake

    I think my laptop would asplode the second I pressed the install button. Thank god for the 360 eh?

    • What’s makes you think your 360 won’t explode at the thought of running Crysis 2?

      • SolidusSnake

        Gotta have faith, dood!

  • New geek 60FPS meme incoming!

  • Tatsuya1221

    Heck a 400$ pc would meet those requirements, i should know, since i built one stronger than that XD.

    If these are to be trusted, it’s probably got lower requirements than crysis 1, which to be honest, i expected.
    Not my kind of game though.

    • Ereek

      The requirements are a good deal higher than Crysis 1’s. These are just the bare minimum requirements for the game to run. If you can even consider it “running” on minimum with Crysis and its bad optimization.

      Here are Crysis 1’s minimum:
      Supported OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
      Processor: 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)
      Memory: 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
      Graphics: 256 MB
      DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (included)
      Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
      Hard Drive: 12GB

      • Tatsuya1221

        Hmm well, then it makes me wonder what they are thinking, but meh i’ll admit when i’m wrong, even though unless they really messed up i have a feeling it will run better than crysis one did.

        Anyway thanks for those req.

  • thaKingRocka

    The minimum specs for running state that body and mind are necessary. I have both, but I sure as hell don’t run well … unless you ask the Crytek team. They have very different ideas of what it means to run well.

  • Apache_Chief

    I…can run it? I never would have thought.

    • GVmanX

      Me too.

      This is a weird sensation, being able to run a PC game.

  • Comes out the same day as Duodecim. No Deal, Crytek >:O

  • Would an HD 5770 run this on very high?

    Couldn’t do it on crysis one because of bad optimization so I wonder if I can do it this time around.

    i7/8gigram/1tera hard etc etc

    • tubers

      ofc it can… but to run it smoothly.. now.. that depends on your resolution.

      It ran pretty well with my 4870 512mb and Phenom 9950BE on 1080p very high settings with no AA. Yours should run at least 15% better than my setup.

      Check out config mods as well from community if you’re still having significant amounts of trouble.

      IMO, it wasn’t that badly optimized considering how well it looks and how it could still run with huge level of details and far draw distances.

      Even when the FPS starts chugging, the engine seems to give you an illusion that it ain’t running that slow.

      Must be the advanced motion blur during it’s era.

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