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You can update your Bioshock games to HD for free

With the upcoming release of Bioshock: The Collection Remastered, gamers around the world will have a chance to play through the Bioshock trilogy with much prettier textures and models than they originally released with. That includes those who already own the games, as 2K is releasing it as a free update to all Bioshock owners.

Although the Bioshock games were great looking games when first released, they do look a little dated in places, but thanks to the remastering, edges have been cleaned up, the lighting has been massively improved and there’s even more detail added to some scenes, including a graininess to the underwater sequences.

It’s not just Rapture that looks prettier of course, console gamers will be able to experience the full beauty of the PC rendition of Columbia as well. The ‘remaster’ of that won’t really be much better looking for PC players, but perhaps your graphics card is a bit heftier since you last played.

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When the remastered collection is released on the 15th September, the updated version will simply show up in your Steam folder. Better yet, as Kotaku explains, it will appear alongside the originals, so you can play either version depending on your preference.

The only difficulty there is if you own the games on other platforms, like in physical disc form or through Games for Windows Life. You can still get the free update, but you’ll need to either provide 2K with some kind of proof of purchase or use your GFWL key to activate the games on Steam – at which point you should receive the updates without charge.

The system requirements obviously go up with this update, though they aren’t too hefty. 2K recommends that you have at least a 3GHz quad-core CPU and a Radon HD 7970, or GTX 770 or better.

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KitGuru Says: As 2K points out in its detail page, the original Bioshock is nine years old. That seems absolutely crazy. It really doesn’t seem that long ago I was being wowed by that first intro sequence beneath the waves. 

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