BioShock: The Collection System Requirements Go Into Rapture

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:31 AM
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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.

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00:17 Sep-13-2016

As long as I can play Bioshock 1 on PC without it crashing constantly on modern systems, I'll be a happy man.

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00:03 Sep-13-2016

i prob wont install infinite i just want the first 2 games

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18:39 Sep-12-2016

Hmm.. I got the original Bioshock from retail back when it was released. I'm sure I still have the CD key for it, but I think the original release used games for windows live, which is now defunct. And Bioshock 1 doesn't show up on my Steam games list, so I guess there's no way to prove that I have it...

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09:05 Sep-13-2016

Same here. :(

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13:52 Sep-13-2016

Thank god GFWL is dead. That thing was cancer through and through.

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16:17 Sep-13-2016

100% agree... unfortunately I guess this is an instance where we who used gfwl for some games...won't be able to do things like pick up this collection of all three (and the first TWO remastered..) at no extra cost...

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16:59 Sep-14-2016

Yeah. Another example is GTA 4, my internet speed is very slow and when I bought the game it already had many updates pending so when I ran it first it took me 3 hours to first update gfwl, then update the game version in 1 day then I could play the game.

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15:39 Sep-12-2016

"The Collection" = All Bioshock game + DLCs, right? No extra add-on?

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15:39 Sep-12-2016

Bioshock is one of those games that made me "come" after "finishing" it. I "came" to a conclusion that I have to "play" it more in order to further "understand" the philosophy behind it.

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15:06 Sep-12-2016

This they will give a discount if you already own all 3 games?

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15:13 Sep-12-2016

Then it's free

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21:36 Sep-12-2016

lol guess i should have read the whole story xD wow...

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14:37 Sep-12-2016

Huh, that's rather surprising. I really wasn't expecting them to put too much effort into the remaster. I guess we'll see what they look like when they launch.

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12:52 Sep-12-2016

Does the Remastered version will replace the old one in my steam library?
I'm afraid if i can't run it, so maybe i'll prefer the old one then.

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12:55 Sep-12-2016

No, like the Metro games, the remasters will co-exist with the originals.

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16:44 Sep-12-2016

Good to hear that. Unlike Dead Island which ruined it by replaced the old one with unplayable Definitive Edition.

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12:12 Sep-12-2016

BioShock Infinite's the best IMO
If its on sale, i'll definitely buy it :)

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12:00 Sep-12-2016

It's free? Damn. I would've bought it even if it wasn't.
The Bioshock series is a must-play! Especially BioShock 2.

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11:38 Sep-12-2016

if the final release have the same graphic like the one they introduce in video few weeks ago , this recommended req are too damn high , so i agree with the article

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11:44 Sep-12-2016

I do not find that the requirements are high!

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12:02 Sep-12-2016

high compare to what they show us in demo video they release few weeks ago

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