| Bioshock: Infinite PC Details - briefly|
|(hx) 11:03 AM EST - Jan,15 2013 |
| BioShock Infinite has just received a whole lot of details about its PC version, the array of features squeezed into the game, as well as the minimum and recommended system specifications required by the title.
One of the big differences between PC and console gaming is the
availability of a mouse and keyboard. You expect it, so we're happy to
confirm that the PC options screens let you remap all the default
action bindings, with both primary and alternate bindings available
simultaneously. Speaking of mice, we've made sure not to alter the
sensitivity of high-end gaming mice by applying artificial mouse
smoothing, and you can control sensitivity or toggle mouse acceleration
in the options screen.
What's that you're mumbling to yourself? You prefer a console
controller? Don't worry, traitor, your secret is safe with us. There
are three separate controller layouts (Default, Marksman, and Retro),
each of which support loads of configuration options. You can tweak aim
assist, sensitivity, vibration, and look inversion. Are you a
left-handed player? Go ahead and revel in your genetic superiority
because all controller layouts support multiple analog-stick
configurations: Default (Look on right stick, Move on left), Southpaw
(opposite of Default), Legacy (for those GoldenEye fans), and Legacy
Southpaw. And for those who truly yearn for an old-school feel, or who
use special controllers for medical reasons, we even let you swap the
left or right analog stick with the D-pad.
All UI's in the game are controllable via either keyboard and mouse or
the console controller, and you can switch back and forth between the
two input paradigms without ever pausing the game.
I know, I know. Why discuss Controls first when we all know that
Graphics Options is the first place you'll be visiting? Because
patience is a virtue. And it's worth the wait.
This time around, we've fully embraced widescreen gaming. With our
implementation of “horizontal plus” widescreen support, the wider you
go, the more you'll see of Columbia's gorgeous vistas. And for the true
aficionado, we support multi-monitor gaming with AMD Eyefinity, NVIDIA
Surround, and Matrox TripleHead2Go. You'll also have separate controls
for aspect ratio, resolution, and display mode (fullscreen, windowed,
and fullscreen windowed).
We have six different graphics presets, from “Very Low” to “Ultra,”
providing a wide range of quality-versus-performance options. Gamers
who want to tweak those further can switch to a Custom configuration,
which gives you control over anti-aliasing, texture detail, texture
filtering, dynamic shadows, post-processing, light shafts, ambient
occlusion, and object level of detail. Many of these options have
setting levels that are only available under DX11.
That's right-BioShock Infinite is a DX11 game. Though you only need
DX10-compatible hardware to play, having a DX11 graphics card gives you
access to contact-hardening dynamic shadows, diffusion depth of field,
high definition ambient occlusion and optimized antialiasing. Each of
these features was developed in close collaboration with AMD's graphics
experts to take maximum advantage of modern DX11 hardware.
Finally, to show off all of that glorious PC pixel-pushing power, we're
shipping with unadulterated, full-resolution textures right in the box.
You may not enjoy the three-DVD install, but we hope you will
appreciate the jaw-dropping detail our amazing team of artists lavished
on the game.
Gaming Wherever, Whenever
So you have a sweet gaming rig at home, but what about when you're on
the road for work, taking a break between classes, or visiting your
relatives? We know that you appreciate being able to bring your gaming
with you and may not always have a beefy machine available. We've
worked hard to include graphics options that scale both up and down, so
you can play BioShock Infinite even on less powerful setups with
Speaking of bringing your gaming with you, did I mention that the game
is on Steam, with Steam Cloud support? You'll be able to get your
BioShock Infinite fix no matter where you are, and your saved progress
travels with you.
Likewise, if you just bought an 80-inch TV and prefer to take your PC
gaming to the couch (or is it a “love seat”?), we've got you covered
with support for Steam's Big Picture mode. Heck, with a wireless
controller and a good insurance plan, you can even play from your
OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 32-bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2
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