This whole optimized crap does not convince me though.
Yes it looks good, but so did Half-Life 2 when it was first shown in 2003 and released in 2004.
The thing is, it's been more than 3 years since Crysis was released and technology has moved further.
Yet, from Geforce.com's analysis, a single GTX580 can run the game at 2560x1600 in hardcore. And that is not the Demo, it's from one of the final builds, using DX11.
Optimized, sure. Looking into the future ? Highly doubt it. If they were really looking into the future, they could have been more ambitious. But no... consoles can't catch it, so let's not widen the gap even more.
Remember 2007, when Crysis was released ?
- You could buy an affordable 19" wide 1440x900 monitor or a bit more expensive, but still affordable 20" 1680x1050 monitor
- The most powerful card you could buy was a Geforce 8800 Ultra and alone it could only play Very High fluidly at 1024x768 or perhaps 1280x800.
- The minimum GPU to play it was a Geforce 6800GT; yet the midrange card from the year before Crysis was launched was the 7600GT, which only had comparable performance to the 6800GS... and it didn't really play all that well.
- People with a 7600GT and a 3 year old single core PC (top of the line 2004 PC) could probably play it at low-medium settings at 1024x768
-Nowadays, someone with a 3 year old top of the line PC (a Core 2 Quad @ 3 Ghz, easily overclockable), and a 1 year old GPU (Radeon HD5870) can play at 1080p, Hardcore Settings, and keep a 40's average framerate. A one year old midrange GPU can game at hardcore settings at 1680x1050 with a 30's average framerate.
Now compare both situations. It's blatantly obvious they dumbed down the game because the consoles are holding it back.
But this strategy is not going to play out well for either Microsoft or Sony. They made so many mistakes in the beginning of the Xbox 360 and PS3 and are now trying to win back the money they lost by keeping outdated consoles on the market for who knows how many more years - it's going to turn against them sooner than they think.
Edited by tpi2007 - 3/1/11 at 3:04pm