If you have a DirectX 11 compliant gaming computer we have some great news for you, Crytek has launched two new downloads which will greatly improve Crysis 2’s visuals, one of which enables the full DX11 feature set, whilst the other greatly sharpen’s the game’s textures. Things are a little unclear at the moment, however it looks like you will need patch 1.9 installed beforehand to ensure that Crysis 2 is ready for DX11 Ultra Upgrade, patch 1.9 is an automatic download which starts when you launch Crysis 2, this suggests that you will have to start up Crysis 2 before installing these patches.
You can download the DX11 patch for Crysis 2 here, it is 545.9 MB in size so shouldn’t take too long to grab, once installed you should see more realistic shadows (thanks to variable penumbra), displacement Mapping and also DX11 brings improved tessellation support (you can find out why this is so important here). On the whole Crytek say that you should witness a more “outstanding visual experience” and if you check out our previous post you can see how much better Crysis 2 looks with DX11. Below we have embedded an image which shows exactly what this patch brings.
Even if you do not have a DX11 compliant PC don’t worry too much as the high res texture pack supports both DirectX 9 and Direct 11 versions of Crysis 2, you do require a a 64-bit operating system and 768MB of memory on your graphics card, if you meet these requirements you can download this patch here, it is quite large (1,695.1 MB). Once installed Crytek say that Crysis 2 will have “higher resolution textures for many critical assets”.
You can find out extremely detailed information regarding the DirectX 11 patch via this PDF file, this features lots of information regarding all of the new features which DX11 brings along with lots of screenshots, at the end of this post we have embedded an image which shows DX9 vs DX11, seeing it a higher-resolution would do it much more justice, however our site layout only allows for a 600px width.
Currently there has not been too many PC games which have launched with DirectX 11 support, however with Crysis 2 now adding support and Battlefield 3 coming with DX11 support out-of-the-box we think that other developers will be keen to follow suit with their games, this is a great thing for PC games and will undoubtedly play a big part in next-gen consoles pushing boundaries even further.
Have you installed the DX11 patch? If so, are you happy with the improved visuals it brings?