BioShock Infinite PC specs revealed

The anticipated DirectX 11 game requires a quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM; also comes with support for cloud saves and Steam's Big Picture mode.

BioShock Infinite's minimum and recommended PC specifications have been revealed, requiring a DirectX 10 compatible graphics card, 2GB of RAM, a Core 2 Duo/Athlon X2, and 20GB of hard drive space to play Irrational Games' latest on its lowest settings.

To hit the recommended level, however, gamers will need a quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 30GB of hard drive space, and a DirectX 11 graphics card, such as a GeForce GTX 560 or a Radeon 6950.

Irrational Games' technical director Chris Kline notes that no artificial mouse smoothing is applied, the game's UI can be navigated with keyboard and mouse or a controller, and you can switch back and forth between these inputs without having to pause the game.

BioShock Infinite will also be shipping with high-definition textures, though this does mean physical copies of the game will come on three DVDs. The game also makes full use of Steamworks, including cloud saves and support for Steam's Big Picture Mode.

"If I have any regrets, it’s that there are always more features that we wanted to add than we had time to implement," said Kline. "For example, some of the most requested PC features these days are in-game V-Sync and FOV adjustment controls. Unfortunately, given our tight sc--wait, never mind. We added those too!"

BioShock Infinite will be launching for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on March 26.

The specs in full:

BioShock Infinite minimum PC specs:

· 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

BioShock Infinite recommended PC specs:

· 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

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235 comments
Maverick6575
Maverick6575

VRAM minimum is 512 MB, but they say the Intel HD 3000 is compatible? The 3000 is automatically set to divert 318 MB of RAM for VRAM. You would have to go into the BIOS to set aside 512 MB for VRAM

kokoalea
kokoalea

can anyone tell me if intel core i7-3630qm cpu @ 2.40ghz with video card nvidia gtx 670m CAN run this game on ultra or high setting?

Karzovis
Karzovis

ITA: Brag about PC capabilities. 

Stabba_The_Kutt
Stabba_The_Kutt

I'm guessing it will look and play like dishonored. Considering that game ran on its highest settings at 50fps on my system, I'm hoping this is about the same.This is just speculation of course.

Realmjumper
Realmjumper

Well I could upgrade to a GTX 560 TI video card but my Radeon HD 4870 will run this like a champ. This is like one of the best cards every created for the money. (The Radeon HD 4870)

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

Perfect, can't wait to play this game! Finally something that will make full use of my year-old PC!

edinko
edinko

Its a sad time when companies brag about that they added mouse control and v-sync in a game. Its the same like if a chocolate factory would brag that they added sugar in their candy. REally sad when absolute must have standard features are praised like something extra

looooloo56
looooloo56

30 GB seriously I feel that in the end of the year there will massive size for games

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

I'm itching to play this game!!! can't wait for it..!!

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

HMMMMMMMM...like when Crysis came out, I would want to invest my money on other things and just watch kids play and record it on Youtube with 1080p resolution.  Sigh, PC, I miss you so much. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

lol awww,  you PC purists are dropping more cash into your rigs or buying new ones just to play this game. But hey, atleast you get to have the same release date as the consoles...for once ;)

Alt-appy
Alt-appy

Didn't like bioshock a lot but played bioshock 2 a week back just to prep up for this one and i had no freaking idea that my mind would be blown in into pieces by that amazing amazing game,hate me for saying bioshock 2 is better that one i don't even care since i  can't wait to see what irrational has in store for us.

auntbessie
auntbessie

I got it covered from all angles, can't wait for this one

franzito
franzito

Gotta upgrade mine... AFAP

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

If Steam is actually the only DRM on this and doesn't install any 3rd party launchers and doesn't require an account registration on some 3rd party site, then thiw will be bought. (in a sale in a year though, because I'm no die-hard Bioshock fan and my current games backlog is too big already)

I kind of liked the "slutty" version of Elisabeth better, but for some reason they now seemed to have turned her into a primary school kid who's just discovering makeup, but anyways, I hope the story and gameplay are good. (too many "on rails" cutscenes of what was shown so far and not enough actual gameplay)

Another advantage of not buying it on release day - Will be checking out spoiler free reviews and hands-on impressions first.

DemannameD
DemannameD

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guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I really liked both. The first one was a magical experience. The 2nd one was just bad ass playing as a big daddy with eyefinity.. mowing splicers down was fun. I think the 3rd one is going to be a masterpiece.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

I hope this game is as good as the first Bioshock. I didn't like the second one too much. 

JimmyJumpy
JimmyJumpy

"BioShock Infinite will be launching for the PC on March 26" is all that matters to me... another date circled on my calender.

June-GS
June-GS

Hahah, nice one there, @Chris Kline.  XD

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I think it's about time a little more energy was put into optimising games rather than forcing even more ridiculous lighting effects and invisible particle manipulation.

Come on we can hardly tell the difference any more, in 2013 artistic design is way more obvious and important than technical horsepower.  Not talking about the new consoles btw, just PC.

If we're at the point *now* where you need a top-of-the-line $400 card to hit the recommended, then where the hell is it going to go next gen?  The whole thing just seems suspicious and unbelievable.


I think it's time that stuff took a back seat and plateaued for a bit while people work on optimisation.  RAGE just proved all those ridiculous requirements are unnecessary, and there's probably money coming from nVidia to keep it that way.

I still haven't forgotten the under-the-table F.E.A.R. deal.

Kickable
Kickable

@Stabba_The_Kutt hope so, I got that game running on a super shitty PC.  this looks quite a bit better though maybe it's just me

i_guana
i_guana

@Realmjumper Totally agree!  I've tried upgrading my HD4870 1GB twice and returned both cards because they just didn't offer enough of an improvement to justify the cost.  I can run almost every top title out there with detail settings maxed and at high frame rates.  I run everything at 1080p.  I've never owned a video card this long without almost being forced to upgrade.  Last card I had that came close in longevity was the original Radeon 9700 (R300).

Mercaptan
Mercaptan

@Realmjumper You still should upgrade to a newer gpu , that card is verry old and you are mising on some awsome eye candy :)

Kickable
Kickable

@edinko if I remember correctly it was a few months ago that Assassin's Creed were talking about mouse camera like it's a hassle to bother with so I'm not surprised

MxAa
MxAa

@Gravity_Slave Yes dropping cash into a rig that will play games at way higher textures/resolution for years... and ability to have 64 players in games like BF3? Did I mention mouse and keyboard for FPS? Oh yeah, and a decent rig can cost just about as much as a PS4/720 will cost and have better tech. Yeah, you're owned.

bhmg
bhmg

@Gravity_Slave lol the minimum requirement of pc is better than any console port =X

Realmjumper
Realmjumper

@Gravity_Slave Didn't have to spend anything more here, plus I'll just wait for price drop. PC games got great prices.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

@Gravity_Slave Trolling? My PC is a year old, I spent $500 on it, and it easily meets the recommended specs and then some. Plus I save so much on PC games through Steam sales that I can easily afford a hardware upgrade every few years. Plus with Steam Workshop, I get tonnes of add-on content for FREE! Paying $60 for 1/2 as much game is for console chumps :p

edinko
edinko

classic bollocks of a jealous console stupido. a rig lasts you 5-6 years because there are this embarasing subpar things called consoles that hold back technical advance for years. Try to quit your fast food job and then you can afford 500 bucks for a good PC

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

@Gravity_Slave Troll much? With AMD cards you can use them for bitcoin mining, which is a virtual currency that can be converted to most world's currency denominations such as Euro/CDN/USD. That means AMD cards make $ when not gaming. Thanks for showing that console users can't think outside the box or research various ways PC gaming hardware can be 'subsidized'. Thank you for playing:

http : // www . bitcoincharts . com/

You also didn't mention the superior controls and image quality the game will have on the PC. PC gamers wouldn't be upgrading to play the game, but upgrading to play it at way better IQ than on consoles. DX11-specific features will include contact-hardening dynamic shadows, diffusion depth of field, high definition ambient occlusion and optimized antialiasing. Enjoy your washed DX9, blurry textured, low rez Bioshock 3 on a console :)

Badw0lf1993
Badw0lf1993

@Alt-appy Everytime someone says 2 is better then 1 I get sick to my stomach. Don't get me wrong it is your opinion, but I simply can't grasp why certain people think this... Levine didn't even work on 2, and the game felt like a been there done that kind of thing. It wasn't unique, playing as a big daddy made you feel over powered, and all in the game really didn't need to exist... also I\m sorry but simply adding duel wielding and praise it as a massive increase in quality of game play is in reality just a lazy cheap decision.

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

@Alt-appy I also like bioshock 2 better, I thought the story was more tight and personal. But bioshock 1 was very important to set the world though and make it familiar.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@bloody-hell Can you blame them? All the comments about how hot she was, it was annoying the hell out of the development team and primarily Ken Levine because; A: It's immature and makes their game look bad and B: Elizabeth was based off of Levine's daughter. He's in charge of the game and who wants to hear some 12 year old talk about how he's going to stick his "oh so huge" rod in her ass? Good on them for covering her up and making the game more mature for a mature audience.

wurn
wurn

@youlade Bad form dude, because of your mindset, pc owners are looking at far less games being released and far less quality games being released for pc.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

@naryanrobinson That's not how graphics work. To increase graphical fidelity requires ever exponential increases in GPU hardware. For example, if you wanted to, you can play Far Cry 3 at low everything and at 23-30 fps at 1280x720 on a GeForce 610M:

http : // www . youtube . com / watch?v=843Uio0fG6c

But to max this game out, you need a GTX680/HD7970Ghz. If you don't want to play games at higher IQ than on consoles, you don't need to upgrade to a $400 videocard. You can't say: "Oh it will take $400 GPU to play the game". It's more like if you want much higher IQ than consoles, then sure you'd probably want a $200+ GPU. If you just want console level graphics, a $50-60 GPU will get you that in Bioshock 3 since it runs on an 8800GT....

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

@naryanrobinson its because imo the games are designed for console.. and even if they were developed for the pc it is so hard to factor in all the different hardware configurations. If a company wanted to develop just for AMD's 7000 series or Nvidia 600 series it would be incredible but thats never going to happen.

edgewalker16
edgewalker16

@RogerioFM @Alt-appy Bioshock 1's story was far better and the environments were more interesting, but B2's combat was excellent.  Both good games depending on what you look for in a FPS.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@billlabowski @bloody-hell I liked the other version better as well, but now I understand why the model was changed. It's weird how someone can lack the slightest amount of decency on the internet.

wurn
wurn

@billlabowski @bloody-hell It's a pity cause she did look hot, but yes for this type of game i agree keep it focused on the gameplay and not the chocolate flavours.