For PC fans who have waited for Rise of the Tomb Raider to hit their platform, the wait is almost over. Coming later this month, Rise of the Tomb Raider will come to Steam and the Windows 10 store for PC fans on January 28. Now, thanks to a report on PC Gamer, players can see if their rigs are up to the task of playing the latest installment of Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider reboot.
Already out on Xbox One thanks to a Microsoft exclusivity deal with publisher Square Enix, Rise of the Tomb Raider shows the next evolution of Lara Croft as she braves the snows of Russian winters and actually adventures through tombs this go around. The game has received critical acclaim on Xbox One already, so players on other platforms have been eager to get their hands on the title. While there are no recommended requirements as of yet (this includes the Steam page listing), the minimum requirements are pretty manageable by today’s standards.
- OS: Windows 7 64bit
- Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 650 2GB or AMD HD7770 2GB
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 25 GB available space
Pretty manageable to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on your system, so it’ll be interesting to see what the fully “recommended” requirements will be. Rise of the Tomb Raider will support unlimited 4K resolutions and unlimited framerate, unlike its console counterpart, which runs at a dynamically scaling resolution and a target 30 frames per second, which Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has shown has plenty of instability. At minimum, though, Rise of the Tomb Raider can run on some pretty respectable machines, which is understandable given the less-than-powerful nature of the consoles. Both the Intel i3 and the graphics card requirements are pretty low, given the cards listed released a few years ago.
Microsoft made waves when they originally announced the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal a few years back at Gamescom. Many fans wondered what this meant for PC and PlayStation 4 users, with many people speculating that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a platform exclusive. Turns out, the deal of exclusivity is simply timed, though PlayStation fans still have quite a ways to wait for the game. While PC fans will be able to play the game this month, PlayStation 4 users will be waiting till Holiday 2016 to get their hands on Rise of the Tomb Raider, thanks to Microsoft’s deal. Many have maligned Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics for entering this type of exclusivity deal, as it simply locks gamers out of playing the game purely because they own the “wrong” console — Phil Spencer has defended that decision in a comment to Forbes because they are publishing the game themselves. This mirrors the deal PlayStation and Capcom have concerning Street Fighter V, with Sony fronting some of the development cost for the next installment of the fighting game franchise. Street Fighter V will never find itself on an Xbox One, though PC users will get the game.
Rise of the Tomb Raider has gotten so many great reviews since launching in November, even though many thought the game would be drowned out thanks to launching the same day as Fallout 4. Early sales numbers of the latest Tomb Raider didn’t show much promise, though Microsoft has released that the game has sold over a million copies, according to Xbox Wire.
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[Images via Square Enix/Microsoft]