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?