Crysis is probably one of the best-looking games to be coming out this year and many PC gamers eagerly awaiting its release have been wondering what exactly they'll need to run the game. Now that the game is nearing its November 16 release and with a demo coming in two weeks, EA and Crytek have announced the minimum and recommended system specs for the highly anticipated first person shooter.

At the bare minimum, gamers must sport an Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista), an Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista), or an AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) with 1GB of RAM - 1.5GB for Vista. On the GPU front, video cards must have 256MB of memory and be at least of the Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 Pro chipsets, with Vista-owning ATI users requiring at least a Radeon X800 Pro. Crytek's recommended specs includes an Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+, 2GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar.

Even though Crysis will be pushing the boundaries of all of the latest technologies and will no doubt prompt a number of gamers to upgrade their rigs, the company claims they have managed to scale down Crysis to be playable on gaming rigs up to 2-3 years old - although those with minimum spec machines won't get to experience the game's jaw-dropping visuals.