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sl0ppy_sec0nds
07-28-08, 01:45 PM
http://chrisremo.com/bloggin/2008/07/27/ea-wants-to-sell-you-a-pc/

Any thoughts?

Apparently, the rigs will come in various configurations, which will correspond to Crysis Warhead’s levels of graphical detail, with a likely price range being $600-$800 (I doubt EA will want to market a machine that meets only the game’s minimum spec), and they will probably be named accordingly–the Crysis Warhead Performance PC, and so on.

I like the idea of Electronic Arts looking for ways to make the PC platform more approachable, and this idea is sound–buy this PC that says Crysis on it; it’s designed to run Crysis, and you know that if it plays Crysis it’ll play anything else on the market.

delas52
07-28-08, 01:47 PM
hey it cant hurt

ViN86
07-28-08, 01:49 PM
wow, not a bad idea.

methimpikehoses
07-28-08, 01:50 PM
How are they going to build a rig that runs Crysis for that price?

AMC_Duke
07-28-08, 01:52 PM
How are they going to build a rig that runs Crysis for that price?

800X600 :captnkill: ^^

Bearclaw
07-28-08, 01:53 PM
How are they going to build a rig that runs Crysis for that price?

I heard you have to sign off on some collateral in case you can't pay for it. I'm putting down my brothers, Crainger, and Doc.

Tr1cK
07-28-08, 01:53 PM
Barebones?

ViN86
07-28-08, 01:55 PM
How are they going to build a rig that runs Crysis for that price?

theyre making crysis linux native :D

wollyka
07-28-08, 02:40 PM
theyre making crysis linux native :D

:D

hemmy
07-28-08, 03:15 PM
A 800 dollar computer will run it fine

You could build a fine Core 2 duo/8800gt computer for that much which plays Crysis acceptably IMO

K007
07-28-08, 03:21 PM
8800gt replace with 4870

nekrosoft13
07-28-08, 04:35 PM
8800gt replace with 4870

then its not a 800 dollar computer anymore

Dreamingawake
07-29-08, 12:49 AM
right.now.. that is.

by the time warhead comes out it will be.

crainger
07-29-08, 01:53 AM
Basically they are special PCs, they come with embedded Windows with a very strict hardware spec, basically it's a console that only runs Crysis. On boot the PC launches Crysis, quitting the game shutdown the PC.

They are also releasing the machines in arcades setup for multiplayer. Going to be interesting to see if it works. If it does, EA plan to do the same with other games.

methimpikehoses
07-29-08, 02:00 AM
:lol:, beat the game, time to throw away my $800 Crysis PC!

DeusGear
07-29-08, 02:10 AM
Keep in mind warhead won't have crysis very high settings to insure there's no outcries from fans.

ahheadlock
07-29-08, 02:19 AM
except for the outcry over the lack of very high settings of course.

nutcrackr
07-29-08, 02:29 AM
I don't mind the idea, they are bound to make a lot from the hardware sales, and consumers that are pretty dumb in terms of computer knowledge might jump at the chance.

EA can jump into the custom PC market fairly easily and naturally. They have to be careful not to create crap products though.

CaptNKILL
07-29-08, 03:27 AM
I've been saying that someone needed to do this for years.

Low priced PCs built for gaming and sold along side normal PCs.

Something tells me they're going to screw this up though... They'll probably have 8500GT graphics cards and 2Ghz Athlon X2s...

If they do manage to do it right, this could be a very good thing. Hopefully they use at least 8600GTs for low end and 9600GT for high end and at least a 2Ghz Core 2\Pentium Dual Core or 2.5Ghz Athlon X2 for either.

CaptNKILL
07-29-08, 04:07 AM
I posted this in another thread...

On NewEgg I whipped together a system with a 2.4Ghz Pentium Dual Core E2220(basically a Core 2 Allendale with less cache) a 9600GT 512Mb, 2Gb PC2-6400, Gigabyte P31 mobo, 250Gb Seagate 7200.10 drive with 16Mb cache, Samsung S223 SATA DVD burner and an Antec Sonata case with 500W Earthwatts PSU... for $508 shipped.

It isn't top of the line but it'd easily play any game available today at decent settings, even Crysis. For $500.

Its amazing how cheaply anyone can build a good computer these days. I can't even imagine how dirt cheap it'd be for an OEM to buy components wholesale from the manufacturers.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=6656994

They should have no problems making decent $600-$800 gaming systems to play Crysis.

nekrosoft13
07-29-08, 06:43 AM
Keep in mind warhead won't have crysis very high settings to insure there's no outcries from fans.

they moved things around

Crysis very high is gone
crysis high is warhead very high
crysis medium is warhead high

etc...

delas52
07-29-08, 10:12 AM
Basically they are special PCs, they come with embedded Windows with a very strict hardware spec, basically it's a console that only runs Crysis. On boot the PC launches Crysis, quitting the game shutdown the PC.

They are also releasing the machines in arcades setup for multiplayer. Going to be interesting to see if it works. If it does, EA plan to do the same with other games.

Wheres it say this. In the article it says if it will play crysis then you know it will run every other game too.

rudedog
07-29-08, 11:09 AM
The guys I spoke with at EA don't know anything about this (PR marketing). Would be interesting if it turns out to be true.

sytaylor
07-29-08, 11:16 AM
You know an idea is good when you think

"Why didn't somebody think of this sooner".

crainger
07-29-08, 05:01 PM
Wheres it say this. In the article it says if it will play crysis then you know it will run every other game too.

They could play other games easily, but EA are putting hardware locks on them so they only play the one game. It's essentially a beta test for AMDs new system of basically only releasing a few options for video card and CPU, thus cutting down of configurations and giving developers a console like environment. They believe this will appeal to devs so much they can lock Intel and Nvidia out of the market from the dev angle. Given the support console has, they may be right.