CryENGINE 3, Crysis 2 to Feature Full 3D Support

At CES we learned that 3D displays are all the rage now. While content producers have yet to create the entertainment that we will be viewing on shiny new 3D TVs, the likes of James Cameron's Avatar and support from upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware updates will help pave the way.

Crytek this week announced that its CryENGINE 3 will support stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) and will be demonstrated at this year’s GDC expo in San Francisco on March 11 to 13.

“After the successful introduction of CryENGINE 3 at last year’s GDC, we are really excited to show the latest version of our all-in-one game development solution this year in stereoscopic 3D. Over the past few years, S-3D technology has emerged as one of the key trends both in movies and games. With CryENGINE 3, developers will have the ability to create their content in 3D on all platforms. There are basically no longer any limits to a designer’s creativity. CryENGINE 3 features many innovations to accelerate development, cut production costs and ensure teams are able to maximize their own creativity without delays,” says Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development CryENGINE.

This will open the door for any other developer using CryENGINE 3 to introduce 3D support into its PC, Xbox 360 or PS3 game.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • nforce4max
    Great we have to get upgrades again to not have a slide show but oh well some if they are lucky enough go ahead and land a second 5970.
  • dameon51
    Still haven't played the first one... I guess I'll wait until Crysis 2 comes out on xbox, hopefully it will look as good as the first one did on the PC.
  • shadow187
    Let me guess; because it's a console port, no Dx11?

    Fk the systems, man!
  • dragonsqrrl
    o jeez... so I'm going to build a new computer this year, tricked out with all the latest high end hardware, and it'll just barely be able to run this on high settings (with slide shows to follow at every massive gun fight).

    I just hope it doesn't have ridiculously high hardware requirements like the 1st game. Requirements reasonably-priced high end systems have only now just reached, over 2 years after launch. Here's crossing my fingers CryENGINE 3.
  • steiner666
    This is awesome news. Now that I have the 3d Vision hardware, i just have to wait until Nvidia get around to releasing a GPU that would have a snowball's chance in hell of running any Cryengine in 3D with acceptable FPS.
  • micky_lund
    so it does play crysis?
    they should make this just PC, so consoles can like it or lump it, like we had to do with MW2
  • Swindez95
    I personally hope CryENGINE3 and Crysis 2 are every bit as advanced as the orginal was. I know most wouldn't and won't agree with this but when developers are able to achieve that level of detail to the point where hardware has to play catch-up instead of how 98% of the computer world is today and the software playing catch up, it brings a smile to my face. Just think, we have all kinds of programs even today that still can only utilize only 2 sometimes more cpu cores and with the newest generation of cpu's just around the corner with hexacore processors, all that processing power will just simply go to waste since no software can fully parallelize itself to take advantage of the increased power. Same strategy for games except we all know very well designed games (crysis for example) simply need all the GPU power they can get.
  • Transsive
    Considering it will run on the consoles... and in 3d, the requirements will probably be lower than the first one... unless they have something special in store for the PC version.
  • restatement3dofted
    dameon51Still haven't played the first one... I guess I'll wait until Crysis 2 comes out on xbox, hopefully it will look as good as the first one did on the PC.
    I laughed so hard when I read that I nearly peed myself. There is not even the slightest prayer that an xbox 360 port of a Crysis game could ever look as good as Crysis did on a PC with hardware to support it. Crysis still hammers anything but top of the line hardware at worthwhile resolutions. The 360 just doesn't have the muscle to match that sort of performance. By necessity, Crysis 2 is going to have to be dumbed down to run smoothly on the 360.
  • anonymousdude
    I doubt it will be as demanding as the original simply due to the fact that it needs to be developed for consoles. The 3-d on the other hand will most likely cause it to run like the original due to the fact that it requires double the processing power to display.