PC Tomb Raider Will Be So Much Better Than Console, If Your Rig Is Up To It

Rejoice, computer gaming Tomb Raider fans -- when Lara returns to her home turf this May she'll be bringing along a treasure trove of PC-centric bells and whistles that'll make the console versions look downright sad in comparison. Let's see if your system has the juice to run them.

Tomb Raider started on the PC and Crystal Dynamics and Nixxes have every intention of giving the loyal keyboard-and-mouse set their just rewards this autumn. PC gamers with the right specs will enjoy high resolution textures with up to 16 times the data of the console versions, detail tessellation to make surfaces pretty, higher quality shadows, some sexy HQ bokeh depth of field effects and improved cloth, SSAO, wetness and post-filter effects.

In short, it's going to be gorgeous, as long as your system falls within the recommended spec range.

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 RAM

You good? If not you've still got plenty of wiggle room between those lofty goals and the minimum requirements. Crystal Dynamics promises plenty of scalability options for folks with older machines. They even support Windows XP. Talk about raiding a tomb.

Minimum system requirements for PC • Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, 7, 8 (32-bit/64-bit) • DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM: AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT, NVIDIA 8600 • Dual core CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.1 GHz (4050+), Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz (E6300) • 1GB RAM (2GB on Vista)

Where do you fall in the system spectrum?


    There is nothing lofty about those system requirements.

      The minimum requirements in particular is surprisingly low. At least that means I can probably run it smoothly on Medium with my weaksauce system.

    Looks like her ankle is broken.

      Once I've seen it, I can't un-see it.

        Yeah, the shoes need a bit more flexability there.

      She needs to be on the ball of her foot in that position. Not flat footed.

        Thats probably a screenshot from the console versions, the PC enhancements will make her feet behave normally

          That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! Considering Virtua Fighter 3, on Dreamcast, was one of the first games to have character animation adjust for changes in terrain.

    My rig is almost 2 years old, and far exceeds those specs except maybe my GTX 570.

      Yep, 4, going on 4 and a half years (minus my HD6950 2gb Crossfire) for my main PC components and they still hammer these recommended specs.

    i dunno you tell me :)


      Are you taking loan applications?

      Magically Delicious Holmes :P

    Welp, I guess this means the girl is gonna take over my machine for a while.

    I just usually wait, build a medium spec rig for 700 or so and catch up on the games I've missed on the last year or so now that my pc can run them at max settings with no worries lol.

      I take a similar approach - I'll basically use a rig till it can't play a game at all. At which point I'll do a modest upgrade. For me its about bang for my buck.

    I agree. Nothing lofty whatsoever about those "requirements". I think it's funny how the developers always put 4 year old specs as the RECOMMENDED system requirements, as if to say, hey guys if your PC has an i5 750 and a Radeon HD 4870 you'll enjoy this game in all its prettiness. Pfft...yeah right. Lucky my PC has an i5 3570K @4.5GHz and an HD 6990.


    "DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM: AMD Radeon HD 4870, NVIDIA GTX 480"

    The 4870 is NOT DX11 compatible. It's also half as powerful as the GTX480. I assume it's meant to be a 5870?

    My 6970 should do the trick, although 1GB VRAM is starting to hurt on a 2560x1440 monitor.

    While we're at it:

    "Quad core CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 565, Intel Core i5-750"

    The Phenom II X2 is a dual-core CPU. The appropriate comparison would be the Phenom II X4 965.

    EDIT: Looks like every other news website copypasted the same incorrect listings. I haven't found the original yet, because no-one thinks they need to cite a source...

    EDIT 2: It was from the official TR blog: http://tombraider.tumblr.com/
    They've fixed the entries there (HD5870 and AMD 955), so it might be time to do the same.

      Man look at this guy
      I vote Ethan for Kotaku editor

      *Claps* Excellent work.

      Someone, I'm not naming names, knows how to use the Internet ;)

    Nixxes did the PC port for Deux Ex Human Revolution, which was the best ps3-pc port this generation. So this game is in good hands then.

    cannot wait to play this in nvidia surround on my 3 x u2711's powered by sli 670's... should be sweet :)

    It makes me happy to see games getting some PC love instead of sub-par console ports. Looking forward to this game more and more.

    "Tomb Raider started on the PC"

    Wasn't it a Saturn game that was ported to the PC and PS One about the same time?

      Yes. You are absolutely correct.

      Glad to see someone who can remember things past yesterday ;)

    Hot damn, 2 years old and my rig is still in the recommended settings range, I DID buy well! Looks like I know what platform I'm buying it for then...

    Well at least I'm good, a core I5 3570 and 1x 7870 overclocked

    I'll piss it in with an i7 3770k and a 2gb 7850 overclocked.

    Looking forward to it.

    Oooh tempting! But I think I'll still get this on the PS3, to go with all my other Tomb Raider games - for old times' sake and all that.

    I may just wait for the Xbox720 version. But I'll probably play it on 360, then again on 720 for the increase in fidelity.

    I could play it on PC with the 360 wireless dongle, but I don't want to. Just so you all know and can discuss it over dinner with friends... :P

    Good to know Kotaku is above taking sides just to generate page views in the ongoing console war.

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