Find Out If Your PC Can Run BioShock Infinite (And Has Room For It!)

Here are the minimum and recommended specs for running BioShock Infinite PC. We can't say for sure whether you should run the game on PC, as opposed to Xbox 360 or PS3. But, judging by how good the first 4.5 hours of the game are, we recommend your run it on something.

These specs are from Infinite studio Irrational Games' official site:


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

If you want to know about control options and other PC options, read the full post.

PC Specifications for BioShock Infinite Announced! [Irrational Games]


    That's a big ass game. Makes me think twice about just downloading it via steam.

      What you require and how big the download will be are quite different. Depending on compression used youll get this with a ~15gb download

        Means you need 15GB for download and 30gb for extraction (45GB to install via steam)

    Max Payne 3 was a 27GB download... no idea how big it ended up on the HDD.

      At the present time with all Steam updates, MP3 game is at:
      29.6 GB (31,851,862,350 bytes)

      Just a matter of time before the first 50GB game :/

        Considering console games like Uncharted and God of War are already that size I would think PC games will be there Very, Very soon.

    I thought my 6850 might have a bit of trouble with this one.

      I am a bit worried also but then again isn't 6950 almost the same thing?

      You'll be fine at it's heart it's still just an Unreal 3 engine game with a bit of modification and nice artwork.

      Ahhh my 6750 is going to struggle! Maybe it's upgrade time...

    the difference between the required / recommended hard drive space makes me think that there could be a HD texture pack involved?

      Or where the videos are stored

        on the steam page, its got the same 20GB / 30GB thing.

        that makes me think that the extra 10GB is gonna be an optional part, so my money is still on HD textures.

    Seems like my PC will run it pretty well which is good.

    And geez games are getting big these days :/

    I remember back when Pharaoh used to max out my HDD...

    Here's a question, with this franchise. Would it be fine to jump in with this game?

    I never played 2. I played 1 for a bit, but life got in the way.

      Not necessarily, story-wise ... but to get a context for where the gameplay has come from and how it's evolved, I'd definitely play Bioshock before getting stuck into Infinite. And anyway ... it's a fantastic game which is well worth playing, irrespective of the motivations behind booting it up.
      I really liked 2, but I wouldn't say it's "necessary" to have played it first before tackling Infinite.


        Also looking in steam I seem to have Bioshock 2 as well as 1. I've got to stop buying games unless I am going to play them soon after purchase!

          Definitely check out Bioshock, at least play the first 3-4 hours (though it's really a very good game, well worth playing to the end, even if the end itself is a bit lacking).

          Bioshock 2 was an improvement in most ways, but I found it less interesting. Still, Infinite seems to be mostly unconnected story wise and the gameplay seems interesting.

            One issue I seem to remember with the first game was that the environments and everything were awesome. However it was kind of repetitive. Walk around do some hacking or whatever that thing was. Some loud crazy people run past and shoot. Repeat in a different environment.

            Anyway, reinstalling now.

              There's much more to it than that. If you can, though, turn off the Vita-chambers and crank the difficulty. You'll spend more time setting traps and strategically dealing with enemies. It forces you to experiment with plasmids, and every encounter is different.
              Playing with Vita-chambers turned on - ie, no consequences - would make it repetitive because you'll find one tactic which generally tends to work, and stick with it. The blustery, firepower-based approach. I found Bioshock to be most rewarding when you watch patrol patterns, set traps, attack, and disappear.
              And that context, story and writing ... damn, I wish I could play through Fort Frolic again for the first time.

                I ended up playing about an hour and a half or so today. Really liking it. That stuff you're saying is awesome, but I never got to it, and am not there yet. So far I am just walking around, listening to the guy on the radio looking for his family.

                Thanks for the reply!

    I'm out, I still run XP. First game to be blocked by the OS.

      You could, of course, stop running a 12 year old operating system?

        But it works for everything my PC does why do I need to replace it. My PC is pretty old I keep telling myself I'll update when I build a new PC, but then the fridge needs to be replaced or the car wants money.

        Upgrading an OS that is working perfectly doesn't seem like a good idea.

      Just Cause 2 & Battlefield 3, are another 2 titles that don't run on XP. Beats me why you're still using XP.

        As said above, old PC and my money has been going elsewhere especially since the X-Box does most of my gaming for me. BF3 I had no interest in and I've got so much stuff in the pile o shame I never even looked at JC2.

        Oh and looking at the hardware my PC can run it even though my OS can't.

    30 gigs?Won't someone please think of the SSD users?
    It makes you wonder about the viability of that steam box thing with only flash ram, because once you add an external HDD it negates the point of a tiny all in one box.

    looks like ill be playing it on Ultra :D

    How would a GTS 450 perform?

      See my videos man,i have GTS 450 but with my super driver

    So.... "new game requires fairly average up to date specs".... not really a smashing headline.
    30GB HHD space is a fair bit but that's pretty normal these days. BF3 has released 15GB of expansion packs since the original (see what i did there?) release.

    The minimum specs are pretty low, recommend specs are on par with most new releases these days.
    What's the story here?

    By the looks of these specs, I'll still slaughter this game with my 4.5 year old PC.

    Thanks, consoles!

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