The long wait is over. Crysis Remastered has officially been released today, and now, everyone will have the opportunity to see what improvements have been made. After a tumultuous road, more than a few people are curious to see how modern hardware will fare with the various upgrades made to the PC version. Yesterday, there was a Crysis Remastered pre-launch stream. In it, folks got to see some real gameplay in action. We also got to hear a little bit more about the new “Can It Run Crysis?” mode.
Well, the stream brought us back to 2008 again. It seems the developer’s rig was challenged in both 1080p and 4K, and ultimately unable to provide a consistent average of 60 FPS in either resolution using the new max settings. The stream was broadcast in 1080p, which affects the visual fidelity of their presentation, but here’s a screen capture from the demo.
In it, we can spot a couple of things right off. Firstly, this demo is being run at 1080p and using DirectX 11. As Crysis is already known to be both CPU and GPU dependent, this could be impacting performance. Furthermore, DirectX 12 offers a number of features that could help leverage usage for both. Here’s another screencap showing the end results from four demo run-throughs.
They never fully display the exact specs of the rig being used. You can just barely make out an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X in Task Manager behind the results. It is also believed the GPU may be a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but that is not confirmed. We can also see memory usage sitting around 10 GB on the previous screen capture. If this is VRAM, then it could actually be the brand-new GeForce RTX 3080, since it has 10 GB of VRAM. If it’s not VRAM, then the rig is using a minimum of 16 GB RAM. The benchmark launcher is also seen behind the results. From there, it is evident they are running with ray tracing and other settings on very high at 1080p using TSAA. Lastly, even though the run-through saw peak FPS in the 80-90 FPS range, it was only averaging around 38 FPS.
“No card out there…”
Ultimately, this had led the developer to claim that “there is no card out there” that can run the game above 4K/30 FPS currently. So, for better or worse, once again the answer is “no” to that iconic meme. In the video, the developer also explains how the PC had a separate pipeline from the Xbox/PS4 versions. These versions, in turn, were separate pipelines from the Nintendo Switch. He also states how the “Can It Run Crysis” mode enables unlimited view distances. Combine that with some 8K texture upgrades and ray tracing, and it becomes obvious why this new remaster is able to punish even the most powerful GPUs.
Crysis Remastered is currently an Epic Games Store exclusive. It is not yet known if this is a timed or permanent exclusive. The full retail price is $29.99, but some lucky people may be able to get it with a $10 Epic coupon for a limited time, bringing the price down to $19.99.