The Need for Speed

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The Need for Speed
The Need for Speed cover
Developers
Pioneer Productions
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS August 31, 1995
Windows 1996
The Need for Speed guide at StrategyWiki
The Need for Speed 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

This page is for the original 1995 game. For the 2016 reboot, see Need for Speed (2016).

Key points

Re-released as The Need for Speed: Second Edition, featuring extra content and improvements.
(Special Edition) Windows version will not run on Windows NT versions. Run MS-DOS version in DOSBox instead.

General information

Need for Speed Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check DRM for Windows version. DRM-free for MS-DOS.
DOS
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

All patches are available from The Need For Speed SE Patches (Archived from original).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Mouse support is limited only to navigating menus.

Audio settings[edit]

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

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Via modem or IPX (use DOSBox for TCP/IP or UDP/IP).
Online play
Use DOSBox modem/IPX emulation.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 4.0 (5.0 for Special Edition) or later[2]
Processor (CPU) 75 MHz Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 color VESA-compatible SVGA-compatible
512K of VRAM
Sound (audio device) Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster 16, Sound Blaster AWE32, Sound Blaster Pro and 100% compatibles, Gravis Ultrasound/ACE and 100% Compatibles, Ensoniq Soundscape, Microsoft Sound System[3]
Other Modem (For Two-Player Online Play), Null-Modem Cable (For Two-Player Local Area Play)

Special Edition Windows Version[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 95, 98, ME (NT versions of Windows not supported)
Processor (CPU) 75 MHz Intel Pentium 100 MHz Intel Pentium[4]
System memory (RAM) 12 MB 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB 50 MB
Video card (GPU) 512 K of VRAM
DirectX 2.0 compatible
1M of VRAM
DirectX 2.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 2.0 compatible DirectX 2.0 compatible
Other IPX-Compatible Network Card (For 2-6 Player LAN Play), Modem (For Two-Player Online Play), Null-Modem Cable (For Two-Player Local Area Play) IPX-Compatible Network Card (For 2-6 Player LAN Play), Modem (For Two-Player Online Play), Null-Modem Cable (For Two-Player Local Area Play)

References