Need for Speed (2016)

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Need for Speed
Need for Speed cover
Ghost Games
Electronic Arts
Frostbite 3
Release dates
Windows March 15, 2016
Need for Speed (2016) at Wikipedia
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
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 Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge TBA

For the original 1995 game, see The Need for Speed.

Key points

Game can not be paused, even in singleplayer mode.
Requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.[1]
All DLC is free.[2]


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Green Man Gaming
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
All versions require Origin and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes.[3][4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need for Speed\settings\
All save game data is stored online on EA's servers.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes

Video settings[edit]

Increase render resolution[edit]

Add launch option[6]

Use the -Render.ResolutionScale 1.5 command line argument.


This doubles the render resolution without affecting the display resolution. Can be further tweaked up to 2.0


This mod removes the following effects: fog, rain on lens, chromatic aberration, vignette (black area around screen), and other filmic effects.

Disabling film grain filter[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need for Speed\settings\
  2. Open PROFILEOPTIONS_profile with a text editor.
  3. Change GstRender.FilmGrain 1 to GstRender.FilmGrain 0.
  4. Save the file.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

Map chunks fail to load on time / falling through the ground[edit]

This issue is related to content streaming from hard drive and is likely to occur on slower hard drives.
Installing the game on SSD[8]
Disabling ShadowPlay (if using Nvidia)[8]
Starting the game in Windows 7 compatibility mode[8]
Many gamers still report this to be an unsolved issue[9]
Disabling Windows DVR (if using Windows 10)[8]
Install the game on D: (if pagefile is on C: by default; or reverse)[8]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

System requirements[edit]

A 64-bit system is required.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4130 Intel Core i5-4690
System memory (RAM) 6 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 7850
2 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon R9 290
4 GB of VRAM