BioShock 2 PC System Specs Revealed, Steam Pre-Purchase Now Available


New info has emerged concerning the PC version of BioShock 2, including a list of the game’s system requirements and its ties to Games for Windows Live and SecuROM, along with a couple pre-purchase offers available now on Steam.

First, let’s check the system requirements. Go on, hit the jump already!

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz or better, Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor or better
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA 7800GT 256MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon X1900 256MB graphics card or better
  • Hard drive space: 11GB
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card w/ onboard sound

  • Recommended System Requirements:

  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Video card: NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD4830 512MB graphics card or better

  • Other Requirements (Retail version):

  • Initial installation requires one-time internet connection; Ability to save game, earn Achievements, receive title updates and online play requires log-in to Games for Windows LIVE; requires disc-in-drive to play; software installations required (included on disc) include Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries, Games for Windows LIVE client, Games for Windows LIVE Client Patch, Sony DADC SecuROM, Microsoft DirectX.

  • 2K Games’ Community Manager, Elizabeth, also posted additional clarification on the above info to the 2K forum. She also states that more questions about the PC version will be answered in an upcoming podcast, and that new screenshots are on the way. Check out that thread here.

    In other BioShock 2 PC news, the game is now available for pre-purchase on Steam, with two offers in place to entice early adopters into a purchase. First is the basic offer: a 10% discount and a free, giftable-if-you-already-own-it copy of the original BioShock. Then there is the BioShock 2 Four Pack, a $134.97 bundle including four copies of BioShock 2 and four copies of the original. Not quite sure why you’d want to buy four copies of the same game, but hey, if you have a few buddies to pool some cash together with, maybe it’s a deal to consider. Or maybe you’re just really generous and want to gift the extra copies around, I don’t know.

    BioShock 2 ships on February 9th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

    BioShock 2’s PC Specifications [The Cult of Rapture]
    BioShock 2 Pre-Purchase Now [Steam news]

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