In a recent interview with Dark Side of Gaming, Nicolas Schulz, principal rendering engineer at Crytek's main studio, admitted that it's getting hard to impress gamers with real-time visuals.
Why? Perhaps because the visual aspect of gaming is beginning to level off. There's no huge jump as we saw in the late 1990s and 2000s. Still, developers have tricks up their sleeve that should force a few jaws to drop as realism is pushed to the limits.
"As opposed to the times of the original Crysis, we as an industry have reached a quality level now where it is getting increasingly more difficult to really wow people," he said. "That said, there's still enough areas to explore and we will definitely keep pushing the boundaries as much as possible."
The interview pointed out that Ryse: Son of Rome is pushing 900p and 30 frames per second on the Xbox One, whereas the PC version will support 4K and 60 frames per second. He said that the current generation of high-end GPUs is still a long way from reaching 60 frames per second at a 4K resolution. He added that for 4K resolutions, you have four times the number of pixels that need to be shaded.
"This is very quickly saturating the available bandwidth," he said in the interview. "The consoles are clearly behind high-spec GPUs in terms of raw horsepower. However, on the positive side, they share the same modern architecture which enables a wealth of interesting optimization techniques."
He admitted that due to the console differences, the Ryse: Son of Rome team had to work harder on the final optimizations. The good news here is that the team didn't have to make any sacrifices in the visual quality of the product.
Specifications for the PC version of Ryse: Son of Rome appeared back in September. This version will require at a minimum a quad core processor or a dual-core processor with HyperThreading technology. The game will also require 4 GB of RAM, a DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB VRAM, a 64-bit operating system, and 26 GB of hard drive space.
Got a 4K monitor and a high-end PC? The game's recommended specs for 4K gaming include a quad-core or eight-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, a DirectX 11 graphics card with 8 GB of VRAM, a 64-bit operating Windows operating system (Vista, 7, 8) and 26 GB of hard drive space.