Tomb Raider PC specs promise stunning visuals

Ladies, Gentlemen, Tomb Raider edges ever-closer to release – the glorious return of Lara Croft is just over one week away. To celebrate, here, have some PC specs for the game, and rejoice that the developers at Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix and Nixxes have gone to great lengths to make sure the PC version of the game is every bit as good as – if not better than – its console brethren.

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…of course, there’s a catch. Tomb Raider simply won’t look great if you play it on your old, dusty PC. It might not even work. But. If you’ve got a swanky, pimped out machine? You’re in luck. Expect high-res textures with up to 16 times the data of the console versions, plus higher quality shadows, detail tessellation, HQ bokeh and improved visual effects on things like cloth and liquid.

So what do you need to run this bad boy girl?

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

If that’s a little bit above what you’ve currently got (and no budget for improvements at this late stage), Tomb Raider developers are lookin’ out for the little guy, offering a bunch of “scalability options” for older PCs – even if you’re still stuck running Windows XP.

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)

So: After all that, are you happy? Are you rushing down to your local PC retailer to pick up a few more bits and pieces for your rig? (Or are you just going to play Tomb Raider on console like you always intended?)

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