Need for Speed: Shift

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Need for Speed: Shift
Need for Speed: Shift cover
Developers
Slightly Mad Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Madness Engine
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2009
Need for Speed: Shift guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Shift at Wikipedia
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Key points

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

General information

Need for Speed Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Requires online activation
SecuROM PA DRM.
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Exotic Racing Series Never officially released on PC; ported by modders (see How to get DLC cars and tracks).
Windows
Ferrari Racing Pack Never officially released on PC; ported by modders (see How to get DLC cars and tracks).
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest version is 1.0.2. It can be downloaded here for European players, and here for American players.

Community overhaul[edit]

Requires you have previously patched the game to 1.0.2.
Users of NoGripRacing forums, made a community patch that fixes many of the bugs left in the game and improve driving experience. Remember to follow carefully the installation guide.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies.
  2. Delete or rename Attract.bik and Franchise_Ident.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS SHIFT\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS SHIFT\<user-id>

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Polish
Russian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Added in a patch (see Patches).[1]
Online play
8

Issues fixed[edit]

Microstuttering on Windows 8[edit]

NFS Shift will experience fps stuttering when running on Windows 8.[citation needed]
Windows compatibility mode[citation needed]

Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows Vista (SP2).

Insanely slow loadings on Windows 10[edit]

NFS Shift can experience extremely slow loadings when running on Windows 10.[citation needed]
Windows compatibility mode[citation needed]

Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows Vista (SP2). Right click on icon and click on "troubleshoot compatibility".

The game always restarts with default graphics settings[edit]

Change the refresh rate option[citation needed]

Don't set the Refresh Rate to 144Hz in the game options.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Mods[edit]

How to get DLC cars and tracks[edit]

Install the DLC files[2]
  1. Install the NFS Shift 1.02 patch for your region.
  2. Unpack your game with Shift unpacker.
  3. Copy JSGME to the installation folder. Run the executable and allow it to create the MODS folder.
  4. Download the DLC files (cars and tracks) and extract them in the MODS folder.
  5. Run JSGME again and click the right arrow button to install the DLC files.
  6. Add -loose to your NFS Shift shortcut/launch options.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz
AMD X2 3800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support

References

  1. Need for Speed SHIFT PC Patch Release - LAN Play Update now available | Need for Speed
  2. NoGripRacing forum - DLC conversion link thread