Ryse: Son of Rome has brutal PC Requirements

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Last month the Xbox One lost another exclusive, after the struggling Crytek revealed that Ryse: Son of Rome would be making its way to PC later this year. Ryse isn’t known for being a deeply engrossing title, but it is probably the most visually stunning title on the Xbox One. That makes me wonder what type of hardware is needed to get it running smoothly on PC. According to Steam, it’s going to take a lot.

Ryse went up for pre-order yesterday on Steam, revealing not only the PC requirements but also the price. Crytek is thankfully hoping PC players will shell out full price for their port, with Ryse currently priced at $40. That includes all the previously released DLC, as well as the game’s soundtrack for those who pre-order.

But what’s really catching everyone’s attention is the requirements. You’ve got your usual Minimum and Recommended, but if you look closely at the you might see something odd.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (64bit)
  • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.8 GHz/ AMD Dual-Core 3.2 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 26 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
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Recommended:

  • OS: Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (64bit)
  • Processor: Intel Quad-Core or AMD Octo-Core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 4 GB video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 26 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card with latest drivers

A GPU with 4GB of VRAM is recommended? Hands up how many of you actually meet that? Oh, not many? Not any? That’s what I thought.

What the requirements page fails to state is that the recommended specifications are basically what it’s going to take to run Ryse at 4K. That’s the biggest change Crytek has introduced with the port, allowing you to really max out the resolution. It makes sense then that you’d need so much visual processing power to achieve that, but I’m guessing you won’t even need half for standard HD.

It’s either that, or Ryse’s weird boob physics are really taxing on PC hardware. The game is out on October 10th, placing it in and around a month with far more interesting, and newer, titles to steal your attention.

Last Updated: September 5, 2014

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Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Travis

    Yeah Im sure 4GB will only be for 4k as you say, Im sure 2GB will be plenty for 1080.

  • Lord Chaos

    Finally, should push the PC to about 80%

    • Brady miaau

      Yeah, our IT guy has a PC like that at home. Just ridiculous what what it cost, though

      • Sith JJ

        Probably around the same price as an iPad. Or a car.

        • Spaffy

          Car is probably cheaper

          • Brady miaau

            Yeah, but my wife and buy old, good cars. So for us, yeah. Just bought a “new” car two weeks ago, for R45K, which is just a bit more than the IT Guy spent on his PC, 4 TB hardisk and all

          • Spaffy

            I buy a “new” car every year. I also keep in the 50-70k bracket.
            The value of the car doesn’t depreciate much in that price range, so I don’t lose money per se

          • Brady miaau

            But what brands do you buy? We (me) love merc, truly awesome. Comfortable, not sporty, but a bit of power when you want it. I like that. Why buy new? Car payment? Nah.

            2nd HOUSE is the goal now, even with wife not working

          • Spaffy

            European lol
            I currently have an Audi a4 but have owned e46 BMW, Alfa 156 and Jetta CLi to name a few

          • Sith JJ

            Those 156’s are such nice cars.

          • Spaffy

            That’s an understatement. I had the v6, 155kw of awesomeness (mine wasn’t stock). Used to pull Golf 5 GTi’s robot to robot. I miss that car :(. Just the spares are [email protected] expensive. But still, alot of car for little money

          • Sith JJ

            Agreed. Those V6’s were the shiz man. I always wanted one, but always ended up with an Asian car instead.

          • Spaffy

            At the same time as the Alfa I also had a Mazda MX6. Also a v6. Spent a small fortune restoring that car. Had a motor imported etc. Stunning car for it’s age

          • Sith JJ

            That age of Mazda’s were great. I loved the MX6 so much. I had an Astina. Aside from my current KIA Koup, it’s the best car I ever owned.

          • Spaffy

            The Astina was a stunner yes. Loved the “sports car” doors it had

          • Sith JJ

            Any door without window frames is pretty.

          • Spaffy

            I’m looking for a real classic now.
            A guy in the plein had a Mercury Cougar rolling chassis he wanted to sell for 50k. But when he realized how scare it was he got very greedy very quickly.
            My uncle had a Pontiac Fire-am when I grew up. I thought I was going to own it one day, but he ended up selling it to Johan Rupert for his car museum last year 🙁

          • Sith JJ

            Damn that sucks. Those Cougars are crazy cool though.

          • Spaffy

            Yea, lot of potential, and fairly unknown to the masses

          • Sith JJ

            Moer.
            I’m with you on the old-good car thing, but I’m a car nut so most older cars are nicer for me so put some personal touch on them.

          • Brady miaau

            We buy German (not BMW or Opel) and now bought a Japanese sports wagon, n STASIE WAA vir die kind en al haar, um, goed

          • Sith JJ

            Haha. I like my Asian cars. Usually stick to Nissan, Mazda and Toyota, but recently tried a KIA. Wow, am I impressed. 20 times a nicer car than the Merc I had before it.
            I think one of my favourite stasie wa’s to date are those old Audi’s. Man those are cool.

          • Spaffy

            Geoff’ll be so proud of you 🙂

          • Sith JJ

            looool

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Me too. I like my current Hyundai & the previous Toyota way more than the Volkswagen & Ford.

          • Sith JJ

            They’re so refined but kept simple. Love it.

          • Skoobaz

            Run X baby yeah! Love love love. And I’ve gone through the jetta range and opel’s including one very cool Super Boss.

        • Brady miaau

          More like two Ipads and an Ipod

      • Lord Chaos

        Luckily I buy direct from the supplier, so not that much.

        • Brady miaau

          as does the IT guy, of course.

          At home my desktop has a R150 graphics card, the cheapest I could buy that dual screens. Awesome!

          • Sith JJ

            I so badly want a dual-screen setup. The previous owner of the house I bought left their 40″ tv behind, but that seems like overkill 😉

          • Spaffy

            I use a 40″ as my monitor.
            With a wireless keyboard and mouse.
            It’s fine for casual play, doesn’t work so well for online though

          • Sith JJ

            My problem is that I’ll have to put it on the desk, there’s no space on the wall. I play a lot of strategy games, so I enjoy watching something while I’m playing a casual game (hence the need for two screens)

          • Brady miaau

            Ah, I play Civ V at night on my laptop, in the TV room on a small table (ok, our 2nd dining room at the back of the TV room) and watch TV like that, you are right about that

          • Sith JJ

            Playing come Civ (or most turn based strategy) and watching TV is what Fridays are all about. 😉

          • Brady miaau

            Indeed, I like that. Sometimes Master of Orion 2. Or Galciv. But I always come back to Civ

          • Sith JJ

            If you haven’t yet, try Warlock. Pretty much a medieval Civ. But get it on special if you can.

          • Skoobaz

            What about pip? ( picture in picture )

          • Brady miaau

            I tried that with Starcraft 2, play on TV. Found it very difficult somehow, it seems as if the mouse and keyboard were too “far” away or something and I kept looking down and up, so hurt neck is a risk too. (do not tell me to learn the keys, I touch type)

          • Sith JJ

            I think strategy games become an issue if you’re not sitting right in front of the screen.

          • Spaffy

            My problem wit SC2 (or any other RTS) is that I can’t see everywhere at the same time lol

          • Brady miaau

            If at a desk, yes, is overkill. Tried an HDMI switch? PC to TV or DSTV )or whatever to TV on a swtich or something

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Yeah, everyone’s banging on the 4K drum, I’ll stick to 1080p for this generation thanks, I’m on a budget.

        • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

          1080p is just fine. 4K is over the top in my opinion.

          • geelslang

            With that attitude we would still be on 640×480

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            No. Not at all. I am saying currently. 1080p is just fine for now. 4K is enthusiast and doesn’t need to be in everyone’s living room.

            Once 4K capable devices come down in price to current 1080p standards then 4K will be fine.

            It’s not attitude, it’s realism

          • geelslang

            1080p is for phones!

            Its over the top but awsone, but I agree its just too expensive for what you get at the moment. Maybe in 3 years is will be realisitc, but by then we will all have VR sets strapped to our heads.

          • zeemonkeyman

            Wow, you’ve got no idea

          • geelslang

            Time to get a sense of humor, untill then you will ‘have a bad time’ on the internet.

          • zeemonkeyman

            I’ve got a sense of humour, your comment was just stupid and it is you who will have a bad time if you keep up with the dumb comments!

          • geelslang

            Ugh, if you say so, We had a perfectly civilized conversation untill you arrived and insulted me.

            The bit you added, everybody knows that, so dont think your teaching anybody anything, believe it or not we are not idiots.

            If you visit these comment sections regularly you would know to not take things so seriously. Now try to relax.

          • zeemonkeyman

            I’ve got close to 2000 comments and you haven’t even got 200…so maybe you need to start visiting these comment sections more regularly?! Also take a step back and have a look out our conversation…you are the one that needs to relax, I said one little thing to you and you have done nothing but cry about it since! I think you really do need to get a bit more experience in here because you are going to get eaten alive lol. Don’t say dumb fuck comments and you won’t get people like me calling you out on them, simples.

          • geelslang

            Ag this is pointless and Im done wasting time here. You sound like a very angry person, so good luck with that.

          • zeemonkeyman

            Haha I’m the complete opposite of an angry person, I’m on of the nicest people you’d ever meet, you are just overly sensitive and like I said you need more experience with the internet.

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            Lol…. I hope you are joking about 1080 being for phones.

          • geelslang

            jip, its a joke

          • zeemonkeyman

            What a stupid comment from you.

          • geelslang

            Real deep comment from you there champ. I made a light hearthed comment, you just insulted.

          • zeemonkeyman

            It’s all about screen size ratio, if you don’t play on a monitor any bigger than say a 24inch you don’t need 4K and to be honest I’ve got no idea why anyone would want a bigger screen than 24inches at desk?? I’ve got a 23inch and it’s perfect, any bigger and I’d have to move my head from side to side! C’mon people bigger isn’t always better…..

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            I play on a TV…. heh…

      • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

        Apart from the 4gb GPU, I paid around R8k about 5 years ago for a machine like this. Your IT has been seriously ripped off.

    • Johan du Preez

      Yup star citzen is the only game I can see thats really going to push pc’s in the near future.

  • Sith JJ

    Score!
    Putting my sound on high for this one.

  • PestControl

    My 780 Ti only has 3GB 🙁

    • That fine i got a 770 4gb, but still want a 780, those things are beasts

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’m more interested in getting this than DR3. After the upgrade, even though min specs are fine.

  • Brady miaau

    Is it not lucky the game did not review well then? Seems a good idea from the developers to me. Game did not review well on Xbox One, so limit the amount of potential haters on PC. Or something

  • th3SiCn3ss

    my pc is ready 🙂

    • Spaffy

      Liar 😛

      • th3SiCn3ss

        my credit card disagrees my good man, every body part I have 2 of is in the process of being sold…. I will be using 1 right hand & 1 left foot for my gaming 🙂

  • th3SiCn3ss

    The Xbox gameplay footage looks awesome so for the MasterRace I’m sure it’s going to be insane, also I’m a huge fan of the Spartacus series as well…. by Jupiter’s c0ck I do pray to the gods that this digital picture entertainment will be worthy of a keyboard gladiator…..

  • FoxOneZA

    Recommended:

    OS: Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (64bit)
    Processor: Intel Quad-Core or AMD Octo-Core
    Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 4 GB video RAM
    DirectX: Version 11
    Hard Drive: 26 GB available space
    Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card with latest drivers

    4K Requirements:
    CPU: Intel Quad Core or AMD Eight Core CPU
    CPU Details: SSE1-3, 8+ logical processors
    Memory: 8 GB RAM
    GPU: DirectX 11 graphics card with 4 GB video RAM
    OS: 64 bit Windows (Vista, 7, 8)
    HDD: 26GB
    Display: 4k Monitor (3840×2160 resolution)

    Basically the recommended and 4K requirements differ by 2b of VRAM.

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    The specs aren’t actually that outrageous if you consider it all.

    The 4GB video ram is a real laugh however. That’s some seriously bad optomising going on there.

    I am pretty sure that a DX11 card with 1 – 2 GB Vram will be able to run it at ultra on 1080p or at least close. Most definitely will be able to run it as good if not better at the same visual quality of the XBox

    • Sith JJ

      A lot of these guys have been letting the games almost solely run off the gfx cards, using less RAM. There’s reasons to it (so my engineer friend tells me), but I can’t remember what it was.

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        VRam is much, much faster than DDR3 ram. GFX card Ram is GDDR5 and is extremely fast.

        The problem is the cost of GDDR ram. Hence why the more VRam a GFX card has the more expensive it becomes.

  • Sk3tz0

    isnt this a kak game ??

    • Spaffy

      Only if you believe the reviews

      • Sk3tz0

        I heard this game got more QTE in it than a battlefield Single player campaign ??

        • Spaffy

          That might be stretching the truth abit lol

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Mmmm.. that port requirements….

  • Kensei Seraph
    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      That’s like every single BF4 squad I join these days…. :/

  • Labey-Kun

    Those system requirements are pretty standard if you look at games like, Crysis 3 and BF4, but the 4GB requirement is just for 4k gaming, a graphics card with 1gb or 2gb should run this just fine on 1080p, from what I have seen the game looks fun despite the reviews being so cruel.

  • Khaan

    My question here, is Ryse worth it? I remember a lot of horrid reviews for the game when it first came out, Metacritic seems to place it at 60/100 now though. running 780ti with 570 for physX, so will be interesting to see how it holds up.

    • Johan du Preez

      Its a tech demo for cryengine …. expect it to be crap but a good benchmark tool ….

      • Khaan

        Yeah thats pretty much what I remember from the reviews.

  • MakeItLegal

    i have a 4 gig msi gtx760 i think , paid 4 k for it , was a choice btw a 2gig card or extra 1000 bucks to get 4gig ? future proofing my friends 🙂

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