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Steam Pre-order + A guide to NBA 2k15 PC System Specs

The Steam pre-order page for NBA 2K15 (PC) confirms some of the rumours that have been surfacing recently, the game will indeed be “a fully featured Next-Gen experience” (at a heavy cost, in terms of hardware). PC gamers will also get the game three days before console owners (compare the Steam screenshot with the previous “October 10th” press release. Amazon is also listing an October 7th release date for NBA 2K15 PC).

It goes without saying that the improvement in graphics has caused a big shift in the recommended system requirements. I suspect the requirements may come as a shock to many (especially those who haven’t seen other next-gen ports, such as Watch Dogs). Those playing NBA 2K14 on an older system or laptop might want to compose themselves before reading these specifications! In short; if you don’t have a fairly modern gaming PC you are going to have trouble running this game!

The recommended spec for NBA 2K15 is:

OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
Memory: 4 or more GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11.0 compatible (2 GB) or better
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad

Note: “recommended” is the PC you need to play the game and fully enjoy all aspects smoothly, you can find the minimum specification at the bottom of the page.

Compare this to the recommended spec for NBA 2K14:

OS: Windows
Processor: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent Video: Shader Model 3.0 support with 512MB Ram (Nvidia(R) GeForce(R) 8800 GT or better)
Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
Sound Card: : 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

Let’s just drill through those numbers a bit: there isn’t too much to say about the need for a gamepad, the DX9 compatible soundcard (pretty standard on any modern PC), or even the 4GB of RAM, (if you fail at the 4GB of RAM stage you’ll almost certainly fail the other requirements!). 8GB is now the norm for gaming PCs (as we can see from the Steam Hardware and Software Survey), with 16GB becoming increasingly popular as memory prices continue to drop and 64 bit operating systems becoming the norm.

The required hard drive space is a massive increase (probably due to the increased textures) and runs close to the install size for NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One. Again, big hard drives are very common on modern PCs and even those with full drives should be able to uninstall stuff (NBA 2K14?), delete things or shift files into the cloud (Dropbox!) in a squeeze. An unwanted side effect of this is that the download size will be significantly larger than ’14 was. Compression will certainly reduce the installer size by a fair amount, but you should still expect a hefty download! This will be more of a problem for people who purchase on release day rather than pre-ordering (as the game downloads prior to release day and unlocks on the day), the download time could potentially run into several days for those without a very fast internet connection.

The install size also raises an interesting question about whether 2K15 will come on several DVDs (dual-layer DVD’s hold a maximum of 8.5GB – perhaps we’ll see something like Windows 95 floppy disk set?) or, as is starting to become increasingly common with other titles, a Steam download code inside the retail packaging?

NBA2K15_SteamNBA 2K15 Steam PC Pre-order. Minimum Specs.

The combination of DX11 and the shift to 64-bit Windows is a really big deal. Put simply; if you’re running anything other than Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 8 you’ll be stuck playing NBA 2K14 until you upgrade your O/S! 75% of Steam users are (thankfully!) now using 64-bit OS’s, but a significant number are still using 32-bit Windows 7, XP or Vista (11.68%, 4.94% and 2.85% respectively, at the time of writing. Note that DirectX 11 only comes with Windows 7 and 8, so even a 64 bit version of XP or Vista won’t save you!).

A DirectX 11 graphics card with 2GB and the requirement for an I7 processor pushes this game firmly into gamer rig territory. I suspect this is going to be the most divisive specification. Fairly cheap DX11 cards do exist, but in reality we’re probably (like everyone else; I’m making an educated-guess based on the very small pickings of information available in the system specs!), talking a minimum of a GTX 560 Ti/HD7850 to meet the recommended requirements (the minimum requirements state a DX10.1 card with 512mb. Needless to say, you will have to dial everything down and you will miss a lot of the next-gen “shiny” and probably see a bit of stuttering if you are only just meeting these requirements!). We won’t know for sure exactly how the game performs with different GPUS/other hardware until release (perhaps even after a patch of two). Still, these requirements are a massive step up from the “Shader Model 3” GPU requirement of old, and will almost certainly necessitate a new system for many current NBA 2K14 PC players!

When I first heard rumours that 2K15 PC would be a next-gen port I suspected the system requirements may look something similar to this (perhaps because my brow is still furrowed from seeing the PC Watch Dogs next-gen port requirements!). But I suspect many will be caught off guard at just how high the system requirements are for this release.

This does feel the right time for an upgrade. I quite recently went back to NBA 2K12 on the Xbox 360 to play through the Jordan Challenge again (it still beats the pants of 14’s Lebron’s Path to Greatness!). I was stunned at just how good/modern it looks. Recent incarnations of NBA 2K have tended to be refined iterations on the previous year, so NBA 2K14 (current-gen) was really just 2K13 with a new roster, some Euroleague teams, a couple of new modes (and a couple of modes removed). 2K13 was a big improvement over 2K12 (especially the career mode) but you can tell they shared the same lineage. We have really been getting ever increasingly polished/”perfected” (in quotes as the lack of patches for this year’s PC version has been slightly alarming!) versions of the same game engine for a few years. This has meant that NBA 2K14 was playable on fairly humble PC systems. Even laptops! So this news may be especially jarring to NBA fans who aren’t hardcore PC gamers or who don’t own a high-end gaming rig. However, it is time that the NBA 2K PC series received an upgrade, it is starting to feel a little worn and tired. Although, it is unfortunate that the cost of this new release will effectively exclude a large number of current NBA 2K players.

It is worth stating that NBA 2K14 next-gen (and as an extension to that: NBA 2K15 across formats) really is a totally new game and not just a new title/revision; it isn’t NBA 2K14 PC with new graphics! There are new modes of play, a different style of play and it feels totally different to play. Owning both (current and next-gen) versions of 2K14 really does feel like owning two completely different NBA games (and, I should state, although “next-gen” graphics are stunning, it doesn’t necessarily equate to better in all areas in the 2K14 release! Something I’ll expand on in the next post. Next gen got a lot right, but there are a lot of improvements I’d like to see in the 15 release).


NBA 2K15 gamescom Screenshot 2 – Birdman/Haslam

The same Kevin Durant bonus pack mentioned in a previous post is available for those who pre-purchase either the Steam PC digital download or through Amazon.


Please note: these Amazon links are referral links. I’ve never monetized this site before in anyway (if you’ve seen any ads here they were placed by!). I keep this blog up to date because, like you, I’m a big fan of the NBA 2K series. A couple of people have asked in the comment section if they could donate, I’d simply ask that if you are planning on pre-ordering the game from Amazon and have yet to place your order you could help support the site by following one of the links and purchasing it (and I thank you in advance!):

Xbox 360

The full Steam NBA 2K15 PC description:

“Pre-Purchase now to receive the KD MVP Bonus Pack.

The KD MVP Bonus Pack includes:
5,000 Virtual Currency
Kevin Durant Throwback MyTEAM Card
Two MyTEAM Card Packs
MyPLAYER leg sleeves, inspired by Kevin Durant

About the Game
For the first time in franchise history, the PC version of NBA 2K15 will be a fully featured Next-Gen experience!

Nominated for over 70 ‘Game of the Year’ Awards, the NBA 2K franchise returns with NBA 2K15; our most true-to-life NBA experience yet. Every jersey, juke, and pom pon is brought to life with unrivaled realism. To top it off, NBA 2K15’s music has been curated by famed producer and musician, Pharrell. NBA 2K15 has created a truly authentic NBA adventure. It’s up to you to claim your destiny.

System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
Memory: 2 or more GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 10.1 compatible (512 MB) or better
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
Sound Card: 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad
OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
Memory: 4 or more GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11.0 compatible (2 GB) or better
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad”