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BioShock: The Collection - info on how to upgrade your copy on Steam, and specs detailed

2K Games has provided information on how to upgrade BioShock and BioShock 2 to the remastered version on PC with the release of BioShock: The Collection.


Along with the instructions, the company also provided the minimum and recommenced specs.

As previously reported, those who already own the games on Steam will be automatically upgraded to the remastered versions upon launching the title.

It gets a bit tricky for those who purchased BioShock on disc. Since most physical copies didn’t come with a CD key, owners of a disc version will need to provide their Steam profile information along with a proof of purchase of the original PC game to 2K Support. Instructions on how to submit a support ticket can be found through this link.

BioShock 2 owners who purchased the game digitally through Games for Windows Live will need to find the key included with the digital or physical copy. The key can be activated through Steam, and the steps needed to do so can be found through the FAQ.

Both BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Minerva's Den will start updating to the remastered versions on Steam at 3pm PT/6pm ET/11pm UK next week on September 15.

Now, as far as the minimum and recommended system specs for BioShock: The Collection are concerned, you won't need a super computer to run it.


  • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit. Platform Update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Processor: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHZ
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Drive: BioShock 25GB; BioShock 2 25GB; BioShock Infinite 20GB; Total for all three games 70GB
  • Video Card: DirectX11 Compatible, AMD Radeon HD 7770 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device
  • Other Requirements: Software installations required including DirectX and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 & 2012 Redistributable Package.


  • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit. Platform Update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Processor: 3GHz Quad-Core
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: BioShock 25GB; BioShock 2 25GB; BioShock Infinite 30GB; Total for all three games 80GB
  • Video Card: 2GB ATI Radeon HD 7970, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or better
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device

BioShock: The Collection comes with the aforementioned titles as well as BioShock: Infinite, upgraded to display at 1080p and run at 60fps for current-gen consoles. It also comes packed with all single-player DLC.

It releases on September 13 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America. It comes out on September 15 in Australia and September 16 internationally.

As stated in the launch times listed above, it releases on PC on September 15. BioShock: Infinite owners on PC are not getting an upgrade because the game is only three years old, and already optimized.

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