BioShock Infinite’s PC specs and features announced

BioShock Infinite

By on January 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

2K and Irrational are one of the few companies actively promoting their PC experience for BioShock Infinite, and it’s telling that they’re so confident in their product. They’ve now released not only the PC specifications for what you’ll need to run it, but a big explanation of why they made the choices they did and the other support that PC gamers can expect.

“We’re happy to confirm that the PC options screens let you remap all the default action bindings, with both primary and alternate bindings available simultaneously,” says Ken Levine over on the official site. “Speaking of mice, we’ve made sure not to alter the sensitivity of high-end gaming mice by applying artificial mouse smoothing, and you can control sensitivity or toggle mouse acceleration in the options screen.”

BioShock Infinite will fully embrace widescreen gaming, offer six different graphics level presets with complete customisation, and full DX11 level support as well as high-resolution textures included right from the get-go. “You may not enjoy the three-DVD install, but we hope you will appreciate the jaw-dropping detail our amazing team of artists lavished on the game,” says Ken. The game will also support FOV control, multi-monitor gaming, cloud saves, and even Steam’s Big Picture mode.

But what about those PC requirements? Read on, dear friends.

MINIMUM

  • OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 32-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB free
  • Video Card: DirectX10 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
  • Video Card Memory: 512 MB
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

RECOMMENDED

  • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit
  • Processor: Quad Core Processor
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free
  • Video Card: DirectX11 Compatible, AMD Radeon HD 6950 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
  • Video Card Memory: 1024 MB
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

OTHER REQUIREMENTS & SUPPORTS

Initial installation requires one-time broadband internet connection for Steam authentication and Platform Update For Windows Vista (KB 971644 required on Vista only for DirectX 11); software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft DirectX Runtime, Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2008 SP1, and Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2010 SP1.

Source: Irrational Games

13 comments (Leave your own)

I wonder if it will still have the (ugly) Unreal Engine 3 look that most UE3 games have.

 

I think ‘ugly’ ue3 look is a bit harsh. Yes alot that’s made in unreal looks similar – the less professional the studio, the more alike the games look, and it isn’t pretty. But games being ugly is hardly the fault of the engine. Yes it’s shaders do behave in some unique ways, but unreal by default having an ugly look? No – that’s the inexperienced artists and programmers doing that. You want an engine that has an ugly look, Unity3D has got you covered.

I think the fact that Irrational have got mouse acceleration AND smoothing weeded out is a good sign that they know what they’re doing.

 

Yikes! That’s half the free space on my D: drive gone.

Will have to start deleting old versions of graphics drivers and other programs.

EDIT: Also, games like this are better stored on 1 Blu-ray disc rather than multiple DVDs. I don’t get why companies haven’t embraced Blu-ray as a storage medium for PC game install discs.

 

palzer0,

While lots of people have blu-ray players in the lounge rooms, not a great deal have blu-ray drives in their computers so it’s a matter of not instantly slashing the amount of customers that want to buy a physical copy.

 

I don’t even have a optical drive in my PC, however I’m a huge BioShock fan so I’ll be trying to get the collector’s edition. Guess now is the time to go out and get a blu-ray drive.

 

I thought this was the digital age where everyone just downloaded games anyway, in this case Steam, it being a steamworks title. Think the last physical PC game I actually (imported) was L4D2 to bypass the censorship.

In anycase, good to see a promise of a Proper PC port with basic PC features that should really be expected at this point. Will be looking even more forward to this one without the niggling thought of having to fight the controls/mouse accel/consolitis FoV etc.

:)

 

spazowacky,

You can release both. I remember when you could buy Far Cry in either CD or DVD format.

 

palzer0:
EDIT: Also, games like this are better stored on 1 Blu-ray disc rather than multiple DVDs. I don’t get why companies haven’t embraced Blu-ray as a storage medium for PC game install discs.

Lol, physical media. Get with the times man.

 

With that said though, 30gb is pretty huge. I hope there will be a pre-load option.

 

I find it extremely sad and frustrating when they say things like “we support FOV control, you can toggle mouse accel on/off” etc. These options should be in any PC game regardless and further reinforces how i feel about the PC gaming industry at this present time :(

I am really really looking forward to this game though :D

 

gattsberserk,

well for a long time they werent, probably between 2001 and 2010, when nearly everything was a console port. Now just be glad pc gaming is back in vogue and the options are back. no point being extremely sad or frustrated about this.

 

palzer0,
I’m personally glad it didn’t come on blu ray; otherwise I’d have to get a blu ray player for my PC to install it.

Of course, if 2K didn’t price gauge in Australia I would have happily gotten it off Steam.

 

storm84:
palzer0,
I’m personally glad it didn’t come on blu ray; otherwise I’d have to get a blu ray player for my PC to install it.

Of course, if 2K didn’t price gauge in Australia I would have happily gotten it off Steam.

They can be had for as little as $54 for a Blu-ray reader/DVD burner combo drive.

 
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