BioShock 2: PC system requirements and DRM revealed

Wednesday, 20th January 2010 16:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


2K has released the required and recommended PC specs for BioShock 2 via Steam, which also reveals the inclusion of SecureROM DRM.

Unlike the original PC version though, there’s no note in the specs mentioning a limited number of installations, which was a major issue with the original game before limitations were removed.

Here’s what you’ll need to run the game:


  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz or better, Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor or better
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 7800GT 256MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon X1900 256MB graphics card or better
  • Hard Drive: 11GB
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card or onboard sound
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • DirectX: DirectX 9.0c


  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD4830 512MB graphics card or better

Other Requirements

  • 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.

That’s the full list, there, which you can view on Steam.

While you’re there, you should check out the different pre-purchase offers that were revealed last night.

Don’t forget – it has a twist that you won’t see coming.

Game’s Out February 9.



  1. AHA-Lambda

    OUCH you need GFWL? That’s not going to go down well.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley


    #2 5 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    “Ability to save game, earn achievements, receive title updates and online play requires log-in to Games for Windows LIVE.”

    Would this be mandatory or like fallout 3 were you can still use the game but albeit slightly crippled :P

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    securom! GFWL!


    #4 5 years ago
  5. Bulk Slash

    Ugh, this is why I can’t stand PC gaming and barely bother with it. Last time I used GfW it was with Gears of War and it kept losing my saves. As for SecuROM, I thought the whole point of Steam was that it provided its own DRM?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. AHA-Lambda

    that’s up to the discretion of the publisher but most publishers will just use steam as a distribution platform and nothing more and will toss on their own drm for the sake of it anyway >_>

    #6 5 years ago
  7. SunKing

    I don’t mind GfwL, but SecuROM? They just lost a sale :(

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    Glad I will be buying it on the console.

    #8 5 years ago

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