Take a good hard look at BioShock 2’s system specs, DRM

After yesterday’s news about the incentives for pre-purchasing BioShock 2 on Steam, it’s probably wise for us to look over the system requirements and the DRM specifics, which are probably more important than anything else to a good number of you.

For the minimum and recommended specs, you can either hit up the game’s Steam page again, or simply click through past the break. It’s standard stuff, really. Anyone with a gaming PC that’s a few years old or newer should be just fine.

BioShock 2‘s DRM is none other than everyone’s favorite SecuROM; we’re getting unlimited activations on up to 5 PCs. Installing the game requires you to be connected to the Internet, while Games for Windows LIVE is needed for saving, Achievements, title updates, and online multiplayer.

A seemingly high number of hoops to jump through, sure, but did you honestly expect anything different?

BioShock 2 PC Requirements, DRM Revealed [Shacknews]


  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • 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
  • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 11GB
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card or onboard sound
  • DRM Information: SecuROM offers unlimited activations on up to 5 PCs.


  • 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.


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