2K reveals PC requirements for BioShock: The Collection

Users who own BioShock on disc or the Games for Windows Live version of BioShock 2 have to jump through a few hoops to get the remasters for free.

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2K outlined PC requirements for BioShock: The Collection, due out on September 15 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. You can view those requirements below, or check out 2K's Steam post.

The collection bundles BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, as well as each title's single-player DLC. (2K decided against carrying over multiplayer modes and servers, hence multiplayer modes getting left behind.)

If you own any or all of the BioShock trilogy on PC, you're in luck: your Steam copies of BioShock and BioShock 2 will automatically be upgraded to the remastered versions found in The Collection. The Xbox One and PS4 ports of BioShock Infinite were derived from the original PC version, so no changes to that version have been made. Meaning, if you already own Infinite, you own the remaster.

However, if you purchased a disc-based copy of either of the first BioShock, or if you own a Games for Windows Live version of BioShock 2, you'll have to take an extra step. To get BioShock remastered, visit 2K's support site and give them your Steam account name and original proof of purchase, such as a scan of your receipt. To get BioShock 2 remastered, just log on to Steam, choose Add a non-Steam Game to My Library from the Games menu, and enter your GFWL key.

Minimum Specs:

  •         OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit. Platform Update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  •         Processor: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHZ
  •         Memory: 4 GB
  •         Hard Drive: BioShock 25GB; BioShock 2 25GB; BioShock Infinite 20GB; Total for all three games 70GB
  •         Video Card: DirectX11 Compatible, AMD Radeon HD 7770 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
  •         Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device
  •         Other Requirements: Software installations required including DirectX and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 & 2012 Redistributable Package.

Recommended Specs:

  •         OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit. Platform Update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  •         Processor: 3GHz Quad-Core
  •         Memory: 8 GB
  •         Hard Drive: BioShock 25GB; BioShock 2 25GB; BioShock Infinite 30GB; Total for all three games 80GB
  •         Video Card: 2GB ATI Radeon HD 7970, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or better
  •         Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device
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    September 9, 2016 2:39 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, 2K reveals PC requirements for BioShock: The Collection

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      September 9, 2016 3:30 PM

      I really hope these are better looking than what has been shown.

      Not that the bs games are bad but the remaster footage doesnt really show any dramatic improvements,

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        September 9, 2016 3:54 PM

        Yeah, I'm excited about the remasters because I already own the games on PC and will get them for free, but I wouldn't spring for The Collection based on media so far. BS 1 and 2 are two of my favorite games ever, too.

        In fairness, it's tough to judge a game's visual quality based on compressed videos. Also, I'd say BioShock's art direction carried more weight for me than its visual fidelity. Its art deco-inspired environments, and the atmosphere created through a combination of a haunting soundtrack, lighting, and artwork, are timeless; I replay the first game every couple of years, and would do so again even if 2K hadn't remastered it.

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          September 9, 2016 3:57 PM

          Yeah i do a replay every year, its usually my wife and Is halloween tradition.

          I am hoping that I will be surprised in a good way, and heck its free so thats super awesome.

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      September 9, 2016 3:34 PM

      dang, i dont own a pc that can run that

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        September 9, 2016 5:58 PM

        What. Time to upgrade!!!!

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          September 9, 2016 6:13 PM

          yeah i dont have money, so that's not a thing.

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            September 9, 2016 6:16 PM

            Whats your system now? You could prob just get the required gpu for like 50 bucks

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        September 9, 2016 6:17 PM

        you don't have a dual core from 2007? or a graphics card from 2011?

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          September 9, 2016 6:19 PM

          2010 mac book pro
          my old PC is now the plex server, only other pc has an matx mobo that only has pcie4 so yeah nope im out of pc gaming for a long time

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          September 10, 2016 5:54 AM

          CoRDs is obsolete. Didn't you get the memo from Apple?