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After a few delays, Rockstar has unleashed a truck load of new information and screens of Max Payne 3 on the PC. First up is a ton of eye candy in full 2560x1578 glory. You can view all the screens over at the official Max Payne 3 site.

Next on the list, PCWorld conducted a brand new interview with Kevin Hoare, lead PC designer at Rockstar Toronto. A number of juicy PC details are revealed in the interview. Here's just a snippet revealing the level of graphics customization:

What are you doing to take advantage of the powerful hardware available in a PC?
 
As you can see from the specs list above, we’ve worked hard to make sure the game will run smoothly on a wide range of PC builds. But it’s when you get towards the top end of that range that you can really push a game to its limits, and the game will look and run incredibly on the most advanced current machines around at the moment and well into the near future.
 
You’ll find that screen resolution is scalable, there’s triple and even sextuple monitor support which helps to run higher screen resolutions, there’s various anti-aliasing options, scalable water quality, scalable shadow quality, increased detail for characters and vehicles and a scalable texture filter that further increases visual quality. We’re also supporting DX11 with Max Payne 3, with features including Hull/Tessellation/Domain Shaders (which adds curvature to the character/vehicle models), Gather4 (for optimized shadow sampling / FXAA), Geometry shader / Stream Output and DX11 texture samplers to name a few.
 
As you can tell, there’s a lot for PC fans with higher-spec hardware to sink their teeth in to.
 
Also included in the interview is an updated and more detailed system requirements list.
LOWEST TESTED SPECS
Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ or AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ, or better
2GB System RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce 8600 GT 512MB RAM
or AMD Radeon™ HD 3400 512MB RAM
 
LOW RECOMMENDED SPECS
Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
Intel Dual Core 3GHz or AMD equivalent
3GB System RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce 450 512MB RAM
or AMD Radeon™ HD 4870 512MB RAM
 
HIGH RECOMMENDED SPECS
Windows 7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
Intel i7 Quad Core 2.8Ghz or AMD equivalent
3GB System RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce 480 1GB RAM
or AMD Radeon™ HD 5870 1GB RAM
 
HIGHEST TESTED SPECS
Windows 7/Vista (64 bit)
Intel i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ
or AMD FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ
16GB System RAM
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB RAM
or AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 3GB RAM
Lastly, a new official PC trailer will be coming soon.
 
Many have also been asking about a pre-load of the Steam version as Max Payne 3 will total 28-29GB. In the comments of the Newswire article, Rockstar has revealed that there will be a pre-load on Steam soon. No start date was given. Max Payne 3 PC releases internationally next week Friday, June 1st.

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