Intel and AMD have been producing multi-core processors for years now, but even with the hardware being available, game developers have been slow to implement multi-core support. This has been the case since AMD’s Athlon X2 first hit the market, and continues to reign true today. This has essentially left a bad taste in the mouth of PC gamers, as many have found their expensive high-end processor will achieve the same frame rate as a lesser model.
The slow progression on the software side is not surprising though, as it takes time and a lot of effort to properly write a program to utilize all available cores. So, as of now there has really not been a game, or game engine properly optimized to support anything above a quad-core processor.
The dreaded lack of optimization will no doubt continue, but a report surfacing regarding the new CryEngine 3 shows Crytek is one company thinking beyond just four cores. The new engine is stated to support processors with up to eight cores, which will increase the gaming quality by yielding additional frames-per-second. This will benefit anyone using an Intel i7 system, or AMD hexa-core offering as well.
Still, even with the optimization for eight cores, the CryEngine 3 is going to be a very graphics intensive engine, and will require a good, if not great discrete graphics card. The CPU optimization, however, will improve the performance and could make it easier to run than games using the previous Crytek engine.