Need for Speed races onto PC in March with unlocked framerate, 4K support, and more

The wait for the PC version of Need for Speed is almost here and EA is aiming to reward PC players for their patience with a few extra features.

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EA and Ghost Games have been feeling the need for speed for a couple of months. Well, they have on consoles, anyway. The PC crowd has been waiting patiently for its chance to hit the open roads. Now the wait is almost over, as EA has announced a release date this morning for the PC version of Need for Speed.

The PC version of the franchise reboot has been slotted for a March 15 release. That'll be a little over four months since the game released on consoles, so PC players may be wondering why the jump to their platform took so long. This version of NFS includes a few community-requested features, such as manual transmission and steering wheel support for peripherals from Logitech, Thrustmaster, and Fanatic. More important than that, players can find PC-centric features that cannot be found on consoles, like unlocked framerate and 4K resolution support.

EA is including many of the NFS updates, including Icons and Legends, in this version of the game. The Showcase update will be coming shortly after launch. Those looking to check out the PC version of Need for Speed a little early will be able to do so on March 10, as long as they're part of Origin Access. As for those that own the console version of NFS, they won't be left out in the cold. They'll be getting their own manual transmission update in the near future.

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From The Chatty
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      February 11, 2016 11:25 AM

      Cool I am sure it will be really nice on the PC. Any chance the PC version will have a offline mode?

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      February 11, 2016 11:57 AM

      Sounds great! But I'm sure it's not.

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        February 11, 2016 12:07 PM

        Maybe I'm wrong. Looks pretty great: https://youtu.be/mVA63k_DPNg

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          February 11, 2016 12:15 PM

          Looks awesome and from what I heard it plays good too, but the always online no offline mode is pretty much a no sale for me.

          I wish every game had a offline mode and it was mandatory or some sort of game law.

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          February 11, 2016 12:52 PM

          God I love the radio edit version of that song

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          February 11, 2016 1:41 PM

          Whoah. That song is fused to good NfS memories in my head. Good choice.

          They must have a great product manager on NfS, someone seems to really care about the PC version at EA. And good on them for putting manual transmission back into the game. What a stupid omission that was.

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          February 11, 2016 1:47 PM

          So is this basically a remake of NFSU2?

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          February 11, 2016 1:50 PM

          Interested.

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          February 11, 2016 4:59 PM

          Holy shit. That looks fucking awesome!

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      February 11, 2016 1:50 PM

      No offline means no purchase for me.

      I thought EA had learned a lesson with the disaster that was simcity forced online

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      February 11, 2016 5:23 PM

      VR support?