BioShock 2 PC Specs And DRM Revealed


Posted January 20, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

New Bioshock 2 Multiplayer Details Revealed

2K has released the "required and recommended" PC specs for BioShock 2 via Steam, and has also revealed their plans for DRM.

As you'd expect, BioShock 2 won't run on your  Pentium 1 machine. You'll need at least an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz or an Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor. In a perfect world, you'd be running an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz.

Seems pretty standard for a PC game, but the DRM info is interesting. According to 2K, playing the game after downloading it from Steam requires:

  • Initial installation requires one-time internet connection.
  • Ability to save game, 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.

It's been awhile since I've been super into PC gaming, so piracy protection has changed. It looks like they've removed the limited number of installs that bedeviled players of the first PC BioShock, but it's still a pain in the ass, eh?

In a sense, I feel like most (all?) copy-protection schemes for PC games only serve to punish legit gamers who purchased the titles, where pirates, with a minimal amount of trouble, seem to get around most (all?) copy protection schemes. I know one thing: If I ran a development company, I'd make games for consoles, where piracy is far less common.

BioShock 2 PC Specs And DRM Revealed


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