The Nintendo Switch is Powerful, But Can it Run Crysis?

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But can it run Crysis? Fans of first-person shooters vividly recall the late 2000s benchmark of video game hardware. Crytek’s revolutionary series elevated the genre to new heights, but the demands on consoles and quality PCs was notorious. A decade later, the gaming community is still asking the same question; however, the target of concern is Nintendo’s hybrid console. Recently announced for all platforms, Crysis Remastered offers significant gameplay upgrades. Yet fans are still wondering: will Crysis run on the Nintendo Switch? On Friday, Crytek released a two-minute tech trailer with footage of the game running on the inferior console. Let’s dive in.

Small But Powerful

Although inferior to the PS4 and Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch continues to garner support from third-party studios. While games, such as The Witcher 3 and Doom, are graphically compromised on the hybrid system, the portability of the Switch is still the primary attraction. But with Crysis Remastered releasing next week on all platforms, Nintendo fans were curious how the game would stack up to the competition. On Friday, Crytek responded with the trailer below.

Throughout the trailer, Crytek draws attention to many graphical improvements. However, the key piece of information is at the top of the video: Crysis Remastered runs at 720p and 30fps on the Nintendo Switch. In addition to HD graphics and stable frame-rate, Crytek also demonstrated the following:

  • The vegetation is interactive and bends whenever the player walks or shoots through the greenery.
  • In a similar fashion to the Half-Life series, destructible environments make a return. Players can destroy almost everything in the game to include both interior and exterior surroundings.
  • Dynamic lighting is also interactive, which suggests that light bulbs will interact as they would in reality.
  • Voxel-Based Global Illumination is Crytek’s term for advanced sun-ray technology. Depending on the time of day, light from the sun will light up different areas of the island.
  • Motion blur will help to smooth out resolution issues.
  • Finally, sharks. Just lots of underwater sharks.

Although the trailer provided evidence of the graphical fidelity, several questions remains. Most notably, we still do not know how the game will run in handheld mode. Also, Crytek did not reveal the stability of the frame rate and resolution. For games like The Witcher 3 and The Outer Worlds, the resolution can drop to 374p. Will Crysis experience a similar dip in resolution?

Thankfully, fans do not have to wait long to discover the answers. Crysis Remastered releases on July 23 for all platforms, which includes the Nintendo Switch.


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