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Information on the technology and technical requirements of BioShock 2.

Engine Edit

Note: This information applies to the original release of BioShock 2.

BioShock 2 runs, as the previous game did, on the Vengeance Engine, a modified version of Unreal Engine 2, with some enhancements.

As an advancement from the previous engine used in BioShock, stereoscopic support will be added for PCs with an Nvidia graphics card, allowing users to play in 3D.[1]

Official requirements Edit

Original Release Edit

Announced on Cult of Rapture[2] and VE3D IGN[3] 01/20/10, the official system requirements for BioShock 2 are as follows.

Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
CPU AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz or better, Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor or better. AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz
System RAM 2 GB 3 GB
Video card NVIDIA 7800GT 256MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon X1900 256MB graphics card or better NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD4830 512MB graphics card or better
Sound card 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card or onboard sound
Internet connection Initial installation requires one-time internet connection;
Ability to earn achievements, receive title updates and online play requires log-in to Games for Windows LIVE;
Software installations required including Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries, Games for Windows LIVE client, Games for Windows LIVE Client Patch, Sony DADC SecuROM, Microsoft DirectX.
Hard disk space 11 GB of free space
Protection SecuRom: to check for executable and date; GFWL: 15 account activations[4]

BioShock: The Collection Edit

Announced on Steam[5]

Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and higher
CPU Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz 3 GHz Quad-core
System RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Video card DirectX 11 compliant card, AMD Radeon HD 7770 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7970, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or better
Sound card DirectX Compatible Sound Device
Other Requirements Software installations required including DirectX and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 & 2012 Redistributable Package.
Hard disk space 25 GB of free space

References Edit

  1. "BioShock 2: We speak with 2K" article by Dan Cheer at Gameplanet
  2. Official Bioshock 2 PC Specifications at the Cult of Rapture
  3. System Requirements by VE3D IGN
  4. "Scaling Back BioShock 2's DRM" article at the Cult of Rapture
  5. .BioShock: The Collection PC Upgrades

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