How will Tomb Raider be better on PC? Crystal Dynamics counts the ways…

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With the release of Tomb Raider on March 5th (less than two weeks away!), both console and PC gamers will be able to embark on an all-new adventure with a fresh-faced and under-skilled Lara Croft, but through hard work and unwavering tenacity, we’ll learn to survive and eventually overcome even the most dire situations and dangerous challenges.

PC owners, however, will be in for a few more visual treats than their console counterparts and the team at Crystal Dynamics has worked with long-time partner Nixxes to bring beige box gamers an experience of even greater graphical splendour.

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Crystal Dynamics has released the official system requirements for the PC version of Tomb Raider (which you can browse through below) as well as a list of graphical improvements and features the teams have squeezed into the game over and above the console version:

System 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

PC Enhancements

General Features

  • 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.

Will your PC handle Tomb Raider?

Tomb Raider is out on March 5th, and if you need to know more about this exciting action adventure title don’t miss El33tonline’s previous coverage of the game, and be sure to flip through El33tonline EiC Lisa’s Tomb Raider previews, interviews and hands-on reports, too:

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