It won’t be long before BioShock: The Collection‘s release date comes about next week, so a lot of PC fans of the dystopian titles are surely wondering if their respective rigs will be able to support the games’ newly enhanced visuals. Thankfully, 2K has now published a brief FAQ about the upgrades the developers at Blind Squirrel Games have made, as well as a list of of all the minimum and recommended specifications necessary to run BioShock: The Collection on the platform.
Of course, with BioShock: The Collection containing three games in total, in addition to every piece of post-launch content developed for each of the releases, fans should not only expect their PCs to be pushed to the limits in terms of technical specs, but also when it comes to hard drive space. Players on the platform can get a gander at the detailed hardware and software specifications for BioShock: The Collection right here, and will then need to start clearing out at least 70 gigabytes of memory in order to install the trilogy pack.
Furthermore, 2K has also provided upgrade instructions for players who bought the Games for Windows Live versions of BioShock and BioShock 2. Should fans own the first two games of the franchise on Steam, then they will simply receive the remastered versions upon their release, but in order to upgrade the Games for Windows Live copies to BioShock: The Collection‘s standards, players will have to go the extra mile.
For the original BioShock, gamers will have to submit a ticket to 2K Support with a scan of the purchase’s original receipt, a confirmation email, or any other way in which one can prove that the purchase of the first entry in the series was legitimate. Getting BioShock 2 prepared for the upgrade won’t be as demanding, though, for players can just enter their Games for Windows Live key into Steam, and it will be added to their libraries once BioShock: The Collection officially drops.
As previously announced, BioShock: Infinite will not be receiving the remaster treatment on PC, for according to developers, “it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings.” That said, players should expect the graphics for Infinite and the first two titles in BioShock: The Collection to display at 1080p and run at “up to” 60 FPS.
Those fans who are still not completely sold on purchasing BioShock: The Collection because of the refinements made to the original titles can make a more educated decision by watching this graphics comparison trailer to get a better idea of how the games look next to their standard iterations. Hopefully, if BioShock: The Collection‘s sales are favorable enough, 2K will decide to move forward with the development of another entry in the franchise, as many are of the opinion that it’s time for a new game in the series.
BioShock: The Collection is set to release on September 13, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while its PC version becomes available on September 15, 2016.