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Tomb Raider’s PC Specs Come Out of Hiding

Tomb Raider

Are you a PC gamer looking to play Tomb Raider but don’t know if your rig is capable? Wonder no longer and take a look at the game’s PC specs, courtesy of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics!

The good news is that Lara’s debut adventure won’t be too power-hungry, letting gamers with amazing machines play everything out beautifully while still giving support to players with older machines. The bad news is — well, there is no bad news.

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have teamed up with Nixxes to bring Lara to the PC. The Director of Nixxes, Jurjen Katsman, said, “The team at Crystal intended to make the dream of their careers and we are extremely proud of the part we have played in the project’s development.”

According to a press release, the PC version of the game will have, “full integration with Steamworks, increased detail tessellation, improved SSAO and post-filter effects, and very high resolution textures, shadows and cloths.” The game will also support AMD HD3D and AMD Eyefinity technologies, which will allow a single graphics card to use up to six displays. We’re not hip on all of the technical lingo, but we recognized a few of the words, like “very high resolution textures” and “cloths,” so that must mean these are all good things. Yay!

Here are a few of the PC version’s enhanced features:

General

  • Full integration with Steamworks to offer cloud storage for saves, multiplayer matchmaking, achievements, as well as automatic updates and new content.
  • Support for Steam Big Picture Mode.
  • Configurable mouse and keyboard support.
  • Gamepad support.

High-end graphics

  • 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.

Low-end graphics

  • Crystal cares about TR fans being able to run on older systems, unlike many other games they still support Windows XP.
  • A lot of scalability options to suit a range of machines.

It’s good to see that the game will support Windows XP, since there are a number of gamers out there who prefer it over a lot of the newer operating systems.

And finally, here is the full list of PC requirements:

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
  •  4GB Memory

Is your rig ready to take on Lara when Tomb Raider comes out on March 5th, 2013? Let us know in the comments below!

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