BioShock Infinite will fully embrace the current capabilities of PC gaming systems, with full-resolution textures and DirectX 11 features, Irrational Games technical director Chris Kline has revealed.

"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 anti-aliasing," says Kline. "Each of these features was developed in close collaboration with AMD's graphics experts to take maximum advantage of modern DX11 hardware."

He added: "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."

That's not to say you'll need a top-end PC to enjoy BioShock Infinite.

"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," says Kline. "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 integrated graphics."

According to the minimum system requirements the game will run on a HD 3000 Integrated graphics part, commonly found in earlier generation Intel i-Series CPUs.

A complete range of visual tweaking will be available, plus six pre-sets from "Very Low" to "Ultra".

Steam Cloud support means your game save is never more than a log in away, and Steam Big Picture Mode means you're all set to play on a big screen in your lounge.

Minimum system requirements

  • 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

Recommended system requirements

  • 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

BioShock Infinite will be released worldwide on March 26 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Source: Press release