Need for Speed on PC: Here’s what you’ll need under the hood

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The last Need for Speed, released on consoles last year, really wasn’t terrible. It was an attempt by Ghost Games and EA to go back to the series roots a little and it was mostly successful. A few issues (and a few really, really annoying characters) let the game down a little, but they’ve since largely been fixed, and much of the annoying stuff’s been excised too. If you’ve not played it, it’ll certainly be worth taking for a spin – especially on PC.

The PC version is coming mid-way through March, bringing with it a host of improvements only a platform like the PC can provide:  4K visuals, Manual Transmission, Wheel Support and an unlocked framerate. The question, of course, is what sort of hardware you’ll need to run the game. Ghost Games has answered.

Here’s the sort of machine you’ll need.

Minimum Requirements for 720p30 at low settings:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB, AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 2GB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free space

Recommended Requirements for 1080p60 at high settings:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 or equivalent with 4 hardware threads
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB, or equivalent DX11 compatible GPU with 4GB of memory
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free space
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They don’t say what sort of hardware you’ll need to be packing to hit those sweet, sweet 4K visuals. On top of that, they’re released a list of the wheels that the game will support.

Supported Wheels

  • Logitech G27
  • Logitech G29
  • Logitech G920
  • Thrustmaster TX
  • Thrustmaster T150
  • Thrustmaster T300
  • Thrustmaster T500
  • Fanatec CSR

In our review, Darryn said:

“Not the best of reboots, but certainly not the worst, the latest Need For Speed plays it safe with a reborn franchise that is focused on finding the lust for momentum that it had lost in previous instalments. A solid start, even if it doesn’t finish ahead of the pack.”

From all of the patching though, his stance has softened a bit, and the game is decidedly more fun to play. It’s coming to Pc on March 17.

Last Updated: February 19, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    That’s a pretty wide range of cards from the 750 to the 970, and from the HD7850 to the R9 290… should give a lot of play room for many people to be able to play and enjoy the game… if they don’t have it on a console already.

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    Support for a fanatec wheel in an arcade racer… Ok…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Er… Am I misunderstanding something… or does the PC version get manual transmission while console version only has automatic? Because…if so… um… BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA OMG BWHAHAHAHAHA OMG *dies*

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      xD

    • Umar

      They’re updating the console versions with manual transmission. Find it funny it was omitted at all

      • Captain JJ and his ensigns

        It was the only reason why I refused to go near the game.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          I thought it was because you are intimidated by proper cars?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I know I’m intimidated by German engineering. Particularly the software engineering. That shit can kill me.

          • Captain JJ and his ensigns

            Proof why I don’t find you intimidating.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Most other cars >>> KIA

          • Captain JJ and his ensigns

            One day you too will understand how mechanics and design work.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Mechanics + design + KIA = bwahahahahahahahaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

          • Captain JJ and his ensigns

            Shame

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Friends don’t let friends drive crappy cars, hence why I constantly rag you about it

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Is he still in the one litre brandy, two litre coke, three litre Cortina phase?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’m not close enough to the western parts of SnorToria to qualify

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            From where we are, it all looks the same.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Sorry, forgot, the republic of cape town thinks everything outside is strange

          • Hammersteyn

            Not strange, scary as f**k

        • Umar

          It’s incredible. What’s the thought prcess behind leaving out manual, something that’s been in racing games even in 90’s games.

          • Captain JJ and his ensigns

            Well, EA said themselves that the game is complex enough as it is.
            An arcade racer
            complex
            ……
            ….
            then the execs over at EA probably all wear shoes with Velcro, because tying shoelaces must be just too complex.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Ergh, Uhm, that’s like saying a BiebBLURGH, urgh, this again, a pop song is too complex, so they left out the song writing…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Oh good. Kinda silly not to do that if they’re doing it for the PC.

      • HairyEwok

        It’s their next selling point for the game… NFS, now with manual transmission!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          We should all be grateful they’re not charging for it. Gearbox (heh, the irony) would.

      • Hammersteyn

        Because it would f**k up the AI rubber banding when you shift from 2nd to 5th

        • Hammersteyn

          fixed

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            When I shit from 2nd to 5th, the toilet paper better be in the fridge

          • Hammersteyn

            Its FIXED, leave me alone!

    • Captain JJ and his ensigns

      XD

    • Hammersteyn

      I read it as micro transaction and not manual transmission O_o

  • Captain JJ and his ensigns

    They actually put in manual transmission.
    Looks like EA actually do read some of their customer rants after all.
    Only took them 5 years to figure it out too.
    That must be a new record for EA.

    • Viking Of Science

      But Didn’t Most Wanted (2005) and Carbon have Manual options? I’m fairly sure they did…

      • Captain JJ and his ensigns

        The first Most Wanted and Carbon did have manual in, yes. And both were decent games. But that’s more than 5 years ago. 😀

        • Viking Of Science

          Christ now I Feel old as Balls!

  • The Sten

    “Thrustmaster”

  • Captain JJ and his ensigns

    Only thing is, even considering all the improvements. The game is kind of old news now that it’s been out on console for so long. So I’d rather wait longer and buy it on sale than fork out full price for a game that’s hype has come and gone already.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Oh for fork sake

      • Captain JJ and his ensigns

        It’s the truth man. It wasn’t a timed exclusive only because they didn’t call it that, but it’s the same thing.
        Besides it being EA and me not buying anything of theirs unless it’s dirt cheap.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          What if it comes with a day-one make-up bag?

    • VampyreSquirrel

      I’d rather get it like I got the “newer” Most Wanted… free from EA themselves. 😛

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      I’d rather go with a new and more realistic racing game for now, wait it out and when it has a price reduction of about free, then I’ll consider getting it, rubber banding opponents is the most simplistic form of describing how little effort was put into creating a racing game, no matter how you look at it…

      • Captain JJ and his ensigns

        Yea man. True

  • HairyEwok

    That is the most in-depth system requirements list I have ever seen, It gives you the fps you’ll get at that certain resolution AND even how many hardware threads you need woot!

  • Pariah

    … K this graphics card stuff is making me sad. To play at 1080 you need a 970? Dafuq man…

    • Viking Of Science

      You Could Probably get the same on a 780…. i Believe what they listed, are just what they actually tested on… I mean, this is still EA we’re talking about

  • Very Good………..

  • Dane

    I wish I had just bought myself a R50 soccer ball when I was 13. A R50 freakin’ soccer ball.

  • Fox1 – Retro

    Game is often going on sale for R299 on XBL. Still not worth it after playing the early access. There’s more “juice” in Forza Horizon 2 pres. Fast Furious.

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