The good folks at Irrational are going full-out with the PC version of BioShock Infinite.

The question is not what kind of iron you’ll need to run BioShock Infinite; the question is, do you have what it takes to run it as it should be? For the answer, we turn now to Irrational Games, which released the PC system requirements today as well as a few other tidbits about what we loyal members of the Order of the Mouse and the Keyboard can look forward to.

The PC version of the game will let you remap all of the default control bindings, and won’t mess with the sensitivity of high-end gaming mice by applying “artificial mouse smoothing.” Controllers will also be supported, although why you’d want to do something like that is beyond me, with multiple layouts on tap including reversed-stick configurations for lefties.

The game will include six different graphical presets out of the box, ensuring that it can be played on a wide range of systems, with options to adjust antialiasing, texture detail and filtering, post-processing, V-sync, POV and more. It will run on DirectX 10 cards but also supports DX11 options including contact-hardening dynamic shadows, diffusion depth of field, high definition ambient occlusion and optimized antialiasing. And if that’s not enough, it will also include “unadulterated, full-resolution textures” straight out of the box, which has the unfortunate downside of turning it into a three DVD installation.

Finally, the actual system requirements:


  • OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 32-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 20 GB free
  • Video Card: DirectX10 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
  • Video Card Memory: 512 MB
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


  • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit
  • Processor: Quad Core Processor
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free
  • Video Card: DirectX11 Compatible, AMD Radeon HD 6950 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
  • Video Card Memory: 1024 MB
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

The PC version will also ship with a benchmark tool that will help die-hards squeeze every last drop of performance out of the game that they can.

“For many people, the benchmark mode will be a way of testing out the impact of various graphics options, finding a good settings level for their system, testing out new hardware, or maybe just a fun curiosity. But for the enthusiasts, this tool lets them gather data in a controlled way so they can analyze the results and tweak their rig to its fullest potential. And maybe even brag a little,” Irrational Technical Director Christopher Kline told PC Gamer. “Does this mean Irrational is trying to cater to a niche PC enthusiast crowd and make special features for the PC gamer? Well, guilty.”

BioShock Infinite comes out on March 26 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Source: Irrational Games

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