Bioshock 2: System requirements released - Update: DRM less restrictive
Just recently the Bioshock 2 system requirements have been revealed. The list also contains information about the copy protection.
Original article: January 20, 2010
The system requirements of Bioshock 2 have been published on Steam. Besides the minimal and recommended hardware specs you can also find information about the copy protection. It is for example required to be log in to a Games for Windows account to save the game, receive achievements and similar things. Besides that an internet connection is required when you install the game for the first time. Above all that, Securom will be applied to your system during the installation of Bioshock 2.
Below you can find the system requirements of Bioshock 2 as they are listed on Steam.
• 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
• 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
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.
Update: January 21, 2010
New information about the DRM of Bioshock 2 has become available. The Steam page has been updated with a note about the maximal number of Securom installations:
3rd-party DRM: SecuROM
5 machine activation limit
Furthermore 2K published a statement in the Bioshock 2 forum.
BioShock 2 is using a standard Games for Windows Live activation system, much like other games you have played in the past. That doesn't mean you always have to be online to play or save the game - you can create an offline profile for the Single Player portion of the game (you just won't earn achievements and you can't play Multiplayer, of course.)
We are using SecuROM only as a disc check method for the retail copy of BioShock 2. That is it's only use.
Update: January 25, 2010
After continuous critique on the DRM system of Bioshock 2 2k Games apparently gives in. A new, official post of the developers describes that security system for the forthcoming action game has been loosed up.
Accordingly there will be no activation limit via Securom for the retail and download version of Bioshock 2. It is only used to check if the executable file of the game is valid. Furthermore the guidelines will be aligned to the standard model of Games for Windows Live. This means that you can make up to 15 activations until you need to reset, what is done quickly by calling Microsoft.