Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit cover
Criterion Games
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 16, 2010
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Edge TBA

For the original game from 1998, see Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit.

Key points

No DLCs for the PC version. DLC content can still be accessed by modding the game, see How to get DLC events and DLC cars.

General information

Need for Speed Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Must be activated to play

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch is the last patch for the game. It is only required for retail version of the game. Digital versions are already patched.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit\Save\config.NFS11Save
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit\Save\Default\controls.NFS11Save

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit\Save\Default

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Menus remain scaled to 16:9 and the in-game HUD extends out of the primary screen, but the FOV scales well.
Menus remain scaled to 16:9. However, both the in-game HUD and FOV scale well.[1]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Racer_S Camera Hack can tweak this.[2] Doesn't work with the last patch.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center. Perhaps due to the game's deferred rendering implementation Super Sampling AA seems to have better performance than MSAA, if using a utility such as Nvidia Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Vsync is on by default and there is no option to turn it off. Forcing VSync off via drivers does not get rid of the 60 FPS cap.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.

Input settings[edit]

Controller and Keyboard bindings.
Controller and Keyboard bindings.
Steering wheel support can be achieved via a Racer_S mod

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, and Sound Effects sliders
Surround sound
5.1 and 7.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Stuttering Fix[edit]

By default, the game places its processing load on the first CPU core only, which causes occasional framerate dips on most systems. To fix this, you must change the affinity of the NFS11.exe process to exclude CPU 0; after doing this, it places its load equally across the remaining cores.
Fix for occasional stuttering on modern systems[3]
  1. Enter the Task Manager via the Ctrl+Alt+DEL shortcut.
  2. Move to the 'Details' tab.
  3. Right-click on the 'NFS11.exe' process and click on 'set affinity'.
  4. All of the cores will be activated by default. Left-click the 'CPU 0' entry and its tickbox should clear.
  5. This process will need to be repeated upon every launch of the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable


How to get DLC events and DLC cars[edit]

This method causes crashes and bugs at some points and does not provide access to events and cars DLCs at the same time.
Follow this guide: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit PC - How to get DLC events and DLC cars.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz
AMD Phenom II X3 720
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista+) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7800
ATI Radeon X1900
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 or Higher support
Nvidia GeForce 9800
ATI Radeon HD 4850
1 GB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0 compatible
Other 512Kb/s or Faster Broadband connection for Activation and Online Play


  1. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Steam Community :: Screenshot :: 4:3 vs 16:9 vs 16:10 vs 21:9
  2. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit - Dead End Thrills