Tomb Raider “Extensively Optimized” For PC

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Crystal Dynamics has worked very closely with Nixxes in order to ensure that Tomb Raider is “extensively optimized” for PC. The enhanced PC version of the game will benefit from platform-exclusive features such as Steamworks, higher resolution textures and increased detail tessellation. Darrell Gallagher of Crystal Dynamics had the following to say about Tomb Raider’s enhanced features:

With over a decade of experience working alongside AMD and Nixxes at Crystal Dynamics alone, we had rock solid partners on board to create a superb Tomb Raider experience for PC gamers around the world.

At Crystal we approach each of our projects with the sole intention of creating the best possible consumer experience for that format, and we are proud to have worked alongside two great partners who hold the very same values.

Below you’ll find a detailed list of changes/additions to the PC version of Tomb Raider:


  • Full integration with Steamworks to offer cloud storage for saves, multiplayer matchmaking, achievements, as well as automatic updates and new content
  • Support for Steam Big Picture Mode
  • Configurable mouse and keyboard support
  • Gamepad support

    High-end graphics

  • Very high resolution textures with up to 16x the amount of data
  • Detail Tessellation to enhance the detail on many surfaces in the game
  • Higher quality shadows
  • High quality bokeh depth of field with near-blur
  • Tessellation algorithms used to smooth out geometry
  • Improved cloth, SSAO, quality wetness effects, and post-filter effects
  • LOD quality is adjustable for better quality on higher-end machines

    Low-end graphics

  • Crystal care about TR fans being able to run on older systems, unlike many other games they still support Windows XP
  • A lot of scalability options to suit a range of machines

After all that info, I’m sure you’re wondering what kind of setup it’s going to take to run Tomb Raider. We have the minimum and recommended specs for you to look over.

Minimum system requirements for PC

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM:
    – AMD Radeon HD2600XT

    – nVidia 8600

  • Dual core CPU:
    – AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+)

    – Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)

  • 1GB Memory (2GB on Vista)

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 Memory

Tomb Raider is set to release on March 5th.

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Josh Garibay