EA lists Crysis 2 minimum hardware requirements

Much-anticipated first-person shooter Crysis 2 is known to be a bit kinder to systems than its notoriously power-hungry predecessor, but a minimum specification checklist released by publisher Electronic Arts suggests it's still going to be a meaty game.

The first-person shooter, which will be released for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 later this year, builds on the amazing visuals of the original title - which was a PC exclusive - with what Crytek executive producer Nathan Camarillo claims will be "the best graphics you've ever seen."

With Crysis being famous in gaming circles for bringing even top-end systems to their knees - leading to the meme 'but will it play Crysis?' - gamers have been eagerly awaiting news of exactly how much they'll have to spend in order to make the sequel playable.

The good news is that the same work done to the scalability of the engine in order to make it run on consoles as well as PCs means that the overall experience should be enjoyable even on mid-range hardware, but you'll still need a decent rig to get the best out of the game.

According to EA, Crysis 2 will require a dual-core processor of at least 2GHz - with the Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz and AMD Athlon 64 X2 2GHz chips name-checked in the official release - and an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB or AMD Radeon HD 3850 512MB or better graphics card.

The ability to run on DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 hardware means that Windows XP is supported alongside Windows Vista and Windows 7, although the best visuals will only appear in the latter two platforms. You'll also need 2GB of RAM, or 3GB for if you're playing on the notoriously bloated Vista. The game will take up 9GB of hard drive space when installed from DVD.

The minimum specs list doesn't appear to be to onerous at first glance, but it's always worth remembering that Crytek's games are all about the visuals - and if you want the true experience, you're going to need some seriously powerful hardware in your gaming rig. That goes double if you're hoping to take advantage of the game's stereoscopic 3D support.

Crysis 2 is due to launch on all platforms in March this year.