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Need for Speed: World

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Need for Speed: World
Need for Speed: World cover
EA Black Box
EA Singapore
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows July 27, 2010
Metacritic 62
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres MMO, Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Need for Speed
Need for Speed: World on IGDB
Need for Speed: World guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: World on MobyGames
Need for Speed: World on Wikipedia
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Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
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Need for Speed: World is a multiplayer MMO racing game co-developed by EA Black Box and EA Singapore and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fifteenth entry[Note 1] in the Need for Speed series and the first online-only title in the series.

Just like recent Need for Speed titles, World focuses on illegal street racing and features an open world where players can freely roams around. Player can also be chased by cops during free roam and race.

After five years of running, official servers for the game were shut down on July 14, 2015.[1] However, it is possible to play the game with the use of a server emulator.

General information

Official EA Forum


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website (unavailable)
Origin (unavailable)
Not available anymore to play on official servers, but it's possible to play on community servers.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Need for Speed World\Settings\UserSettings.xml

Save game data location

System Location

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
The HUD/GUI elements will be very small.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Borderless Windowed can be achieved by putting the resolution to desktop resolution and windowed on.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
8x on High, 16x on Maximum settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA, 2x on Low and Medium, 4x on High and Maximum settings.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is unlimited when the in-game v-sync option is disabled.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Fan-made translation available in Soapbox Race World.
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The official multiplayer service was shut down on July 14, 2015.[4] It is possible to play online on community servers. [5]

Issues fixed

Playing online

To play the game after July 14, 2015, a server emulator is needed.
Server emulator[5]
  1. Download the game files and Soapbox Race World from this website. This is an unofficial open-source project that currently has functioning online servers.
  2. Extract the game files (Need for Speed World folder) anywhere (Documents or Program Files recommended).
  3. Extract the Soapbox Race World launcher inside the installation folder, run the launcher and follow the instructions.
  4. Run the launcher, select a server, create an account and play.
Different (alternative)server emulators are available[5]
  1. There are different community servers available and their sites can be easily reached as available options in the "Download" section of NRZ, affiliated with the developers of Soapbox Race World.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1300
Intel GMA 950


  1. After Need for Speed: Nitro on Nintendo Wii


  1. Battlefield Heroes - Support ending for free-to-play PC games - last accessed on May 2023
  2. NEED FOR SPEED™ WORLD (INCL. $20 OF SPEEDBOOST) - last accessed on 7 June 2022
  3. World™ version of XtendedInput may not always work - last accessed on 27 April 2024
  4. [missing title] - last accessed on 2022-11-12
    "July 14, 2015

    Need for Speed World
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Soapbox Race World - last accessed on 2022-12-05
    "Return to the streets of Need for Speed: World!"