Gaming Weekly – Crysis Specs, Playstation in your Hands and Nintendo 3DS fondling

"You Lookin at my Specs?"

Crytek Unleashes Crysis 2 Specs… And it’s not amusing.

So you may have heard of the original Crysis title requiring umpteen megabytes of Memory, RAM and CPU and additionally a contract with Satan to even run the game at half the graphical detail it was designed to emulate.

Well, be prepared for more system requirements based japery. Using high-tech superluminal anti-gravity matter template holding devices, or ‘tables’ we can directly compare system requirements for Crysis 1 and 2 and check out that there difference there.

Item and Requirement Crysis 1 Crysis 2 Result
RAM

(Memory)

1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista) 2Gb (Vista requires 3Gb) MOAR
GPU

(Graphics)

256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Nvidia 8800GT with 512MB RAM, ATI 3850HD with 512MB RAM MUCH MOAR
CPU

(Processor)

2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista) Intel Core 2 Duo at 2Ghz, or AMD Athlon 64 x2 2Ghz DUAL MOAR
HDD Space

(Hard drive space required)

12GB 9GB Less… but who cares?
DirectX

(graphics rendering software)

DX9.0c / DX10 DX9.0c Vague. Not really important, but still, no improvement.

Wait, hang about, these Crysis 2 specs are higher than the original… but didn’t we all hear Crytek saying stuff about the new game requiring less hardware in order to run than the first…

Yes, look! Here’s this incriminating little snippet from Tom’s Hardware:

“During his keynote speech at the India Game Developer Summit 2010 last month, Carl Jones, director of global business development at Crytek, said that Crysis 2 will have lower system requirements and better graphics than the original Crysis PC game. We also learned last week that the game’s engine (CryENGINE 3) will support stereoscopic 3D which will be demonstrated at the Game Developers Conference in the next few days.”

Okay now, I’m calling you out Mister Carl Jones, for preaching untruth unto the gamers. It’s not that the Crysis 2 specs are too high, but saying they’d be lower than the original and then releasing them as higher than the original is just a no-no.

It’s this kind of deception could have decided whether some of us would buy the game, and now, looking at the compared specs for each game it looks like you’re a liar trying to influence our decisions from a marketing point of view.

Now I’m raging a bit but still, come the hell on Crytek, get your shit together and, I’m sorry to say it but…

(Thanks to Tom’s Hardware by the way, they have provided many unique computer-fixing solutions over the years that nearly always work.)

NGP

Analysis from EEDAR Puts PSP2/NGP Prices at High, High and High

Tech analysts at EEDAR have had their hands on the PSP2 (or NGP, depends if you’re Gawker’s bitch or not…) and have deemed us worthy to hear their first ever notion of the price of the groundbreaking new handheld

“[We] expect the NGP to handsomely surpass sales of its predecessor, the PSP. This is based on assumptions that the NGP: (i) is competitively priced, (ii) third‐party publishers provide sufficient long‐term original content and (iii) retail shelf space is adequate.” Said a positive EEDAR recently.

The handheld’s price is predicted to be around and between 259 U$D and 399 U$D, so not necessarily a final price but an okay start for those looking to save their hard-earned wealth.

Additionally, EEDAR gave some revelations (Ugh, I can’t use that word in good conscience after Wikileaks arrived…) based on price differences between 3G and Wi-Fi only models, which apparently means a steeper price for 3G.

The analysts also had this to say about 3G on the NGP, apparently it is primarily for “multiplayer and social functions,” but “will not provide sufficient bandwidth for large game downloads” interestingly.

SE Play

NGP vs Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play

Now we know that Sony’s two new gaming related devices don’t really compare… one is the next gen handheld console capable of blowing the pixels off of Mario’s head and the other is an Andoid device which has the capabilities of a Playstation 1. So no real fight there.. but the question we want to pose is: Which one will be more popular?

Now we have no doubt that the price and newness of the NGP or PSP2 will make it a big seller but we are kind of excited about the Sony Ericsson XPERIA play.

The thing that separates the two is the idea that your mobile phone is a gaming device, were not talking a 20 minute App or flinging a bird at a wall repeatedly, we are talking about Exploring the depths of Hyrule or kicking Yoshimitsu in the face repeatedly. What we want is fully immersive gaming, and gaming that is available in our hands at any time.

As a modern day gamer we are also more inclined to have the latest Mobile phone with the latest software on it so adding these two things together the Sony Ericsson Play becomes more appealing. With the Android Operating System being a great OS anyway, adding the gaming functionality will make the Play a very appealing device.

Simply you will have your Phone, Email, Gmail, Messaging, Social Media, GPS, Bluetooth, Internet Browser and Gaming all in one handheld device. Now that’s screams win to us.

And  to answer the question originally posed; Which one will be more popular?

Well, it’s going to be the NGP (or PSP2) by all accounts, as new normally wins out over practical, but we wouldn’t write off the Sony Ericsson Play just yet, it may just be the dark horse.

Touch it

So I Heard You Like 3DSes.

Okay, not the best title ever…

Alright, so you want to get your mitts on the new 3DS eh? Well, good luck, because unless you manage to rob one straight off the boat when they get here or by some miracle find one on the street you’re out of luck, buddy.

Okay, okay, I kid. Nintendo, in order to raise the hype-o-meter to the maximum, have deemed us all worthy of their new 3DS at specific events being held around the country. You can meet the 3DS at Manchester and London on February 5th and 6th, and Glasgow and Bristol on February 12th and 13th.

Go check out Ninty’s website for specifics and booking, since this ain’t no hoe-down, and you can’t just turn up in just your best britches, boy. Y’all gonna have to pre-register with the other young ‘uns.

Wait, what?

Okay, here’s a link to the registration page for the events, and good luck trying to get in there. Usually they attach the console to a guy with nylon and aluminium ropes, so you may need a body bag and some chloroform to get a stolen 3DS past the guards. Or some wire cutters. Or even arm cutters. Depends on how much you want the 3DS.

http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/events_31044.html#get-events/h/n


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