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Port Report: BioShock Infinite

By Andrew Tsai, March 26, 2013 9 Port Report
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Port Reports are a new series of quick first impressions of the technical aspects of a PC game. For an up to date account of BioShock Infinite’s fixes and improvements, please visit PCGamingWiki.

The BioShock series was infamous for its rocky PC launches in the past. The first BioShock was released on PC with the “horizontal-” implementation of the widescreen display, meaning that the widescreen view actually cropped the top and bottom of the display, and there was a huge outcry from the PC community. Back in 2007, gamers were buying widescreen displays so that they could see more, not less of their games. Although Irrational were quick to patch “horizontal+” widescreen for BioShock, 2K managed to release BioShock 2 on PC in 2010 with exactly the same “horizontal-” cutoff, and the added sting of compulsory Games for Windows Life activation.

For BioShock Infinite, Ken Levine and Irrational have made bold the promise that they will deliver us a good PC port, with features implemented such as mouse acceleration toggles, high resolution textures, a field of view slider and all the bells and whistles we expect from a PC game. Have they fulfilled their promises, and is BioShock Infinite a good port? This report will answer this question, and also provide a number of tweaks which will help you play the game exactly the way you want to play it.