This week we dive once more into the depths of Rapture and the heights of the floating city of Columbia as BioShock: The Collection hits PC. Comprising the original BioShock, the, ahem, much better BioShock 2, and the divisive BioShock Infinite, BioShock: The Collection is one heck of a lot of BioShock, and surely a must buy for anyone who hasn't given these titles a go yet. Infinite remains much the same on PC, but the first two are being given the remastered treatment on PC, with updated visuals and higher quality audio. The best bit? It's all free if you own the original games.
Anyway, free's all well and good, but can you actually play them in their remastered form? Here's the official BioShock: The Collection system requirements so you can find out for sure.
BioShock: The Collection Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ 2.7 GHz
- RAM: 4 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7770
- DX: DirectX 11
- HDD: 70 GB Available Hard Drive Space
BioShock: The Collection Recommended System Requirements
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0 GHz or AMD FX-4320 4.0 GHz
- RAM: 8 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 or AMD Radeon HD 7970
- HDD: 80 GB Available Hard Drive Space
Considering 2K Games said it wasn't bothering with a BioShock Infinite remaster on PC because it said Infinite didn't need it, it's quite surprising to see the system requirements for BioShock: The Collection run far higher than those for BioShock Infinite.
Both BioShock Remastered and BioShock 2 Remastered have the same set of system requirements, both games taking a leap presumably in an effort to accommodate DirectX 11 support. In terms of DirectX 11 capable graphics cards we're right out the low end for the BioShock Collection's minimum system requirements. A GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 7770 will do you fine, and in truth I really doubt you need much more than this to really begin cranking those settings up. Recommended graphics cards required for both BioShock Remasters are considerably more powerful than the minimum, but it's likely only necessary if you're intent on driving high resolutions.
Other than this there's not a great deal that's surprising. The CPU's required to play BioShock: The Collection aren't an issue, and anyone with an i3 or equivalent and greater should be good to go without a hitch.
If that 80GB installation size has you worried too, remember that's if you want to install all three games at the same time. The individual breakdown is 25GB for BioShock, 25GB BioShock 2, and 30GB for BioShock Infinite.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the BioShock: The Collection System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the BioShock: The Collection GPU benchmark chart.