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Need for Speed Heat

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Need for Speed Heat
Need for Speed Heat cover
Ghost Games
DLC Criterion Games
Electronic Arts
Frostbite 3[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows November 8, 2019
Metacritic 72
OpenCritic 72
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions Boost
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Open world
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Need for Speed
Need for Speed Heat on HowLongToBeat
Need for Speed Heat on IGDB
Need for Speed Heat guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed Heat on MobyGames
Need for Speed Heat on Wikipedia
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (series)
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Underground (series)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (series)
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift (series)
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge 2017
Need for Speed Heat 2019
Need for Speed Unbound 2022

Need for Speed Heat is a singleplayer and multiplayer open world racing game primary developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the twenty-fourth entry in the Need for Speed series and the last game in the series to be developed by Ghost Game.

Heat takes place in the fictional Palm City, where players can takes part in sanctioned race events during day period, while takes part in illegal street racing during night period. Like most titles, players can also be chased by cops during free roam and illegal street race. The game's story mode has players assumes the role of an unnamed street racer who arrived in the Palm City.

It was released worldwide on November 8, 2019

General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Deluxe Edition.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Deluxe Edition. Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Deluxe Edition included with EA Play.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
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Deluxe Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
Humble Store (unavailable)
Deluxe Edition also available.
All versions require Origin and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.


Type Notes
DLC The DLC includes new cars and a side campaign.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Keys to the Map Reveals all activities, collectibles and locations on the game map.
McLaren F1 Black Market Delivery Adds the McLaren F1 and a side campaign revolving around it with unlockable visual parts and clothes.

Version differences

Digital Deluxe edition content includes the K.S Editions of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Starter Car, BMW i8 Coupe, Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport; 4 Character Outfits, REP Boost, and BANK Boost. The latter three cars are unlocked as the player progresses

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need for Speed Heat\settings
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222680/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need for Speed Heat\SaveGame\savegame
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222680/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Graphics Settings
Graphics Settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay and rendered cutscenes. FMVs are pillarboxed.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Under Texture Filtering, options to choose are Low, Medium, High & Ultra.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and TAA. SSAA via Resolution Scale (up to 200%, 5% increments).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Spectator animations are capped at 30 FPS and may appear stuttery.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Detects and uses HDR10 or Dolby Vision (Nvidia only; broken on modern drivers).
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia, Tritanopia & Protanopia.


Disable sharpening, film grain, and/or vignette
  1. Download any version of the mod here.
  2. Extract the chosen *.fbmod to <path-to-game>\Mods\NeedForSpeedHeat\.
  3. Download compatible Frosty Mod Manager here.
  4. Install Frosty Mod Manager, select the game and use the encryption key included in Read Me.exe to let it build the necessary data and configure files, then apply the mod and always launch the game from there.
Disable vignette[3]
  1. Download NFSH Camera Toolkit, and run it alongside the game.
  2. In the UI under Visuals tab, enable Color correction. Press F1 to close.
Use Need for Speed Heat 3D Vision fix[citation needed]
Toggles for HUD, bloom on car headlights, lens flares/lens effects, and the rain droplets on the screen effect.


Controls Settings
Controls Settings


Audio Settings
Audio Settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, Music, Speech, Cop Scanner & VOIP.
Surround sound
5.1 and 7.1 supported.
Speech-to-text available for VOIP.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Radio music is licensed.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
12 Versus
Crossplay can be enabled with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP

VR support

Issues fixed

Black screen on launch and broken controller bindings

Turn off Logitech G HUB Software[citation needed]

HDR does not work on Dolby Vision capable displays

Nvidia driver version 400.00 and later has broken Dolby Vision support, resulting in black screen or broken/pink colors.[9]
Windows 11 users can use borderless window mode which will engage Auto HDR instead.
Force the game to use native HDR10 mode:[10]
It is possible to work around the enforced Dolby Vision support by manipulating the EDID data of the display which will trick the game into not recognizing the display as Dolby Vision compatible, and instead it will use the functioning HDR10 mode.[11]
  1. Download Custom Resolution Utility.
  2. Check at the bottom of the program for Extension blocks, and edit CTA-861.
  3. In the data blocks find Dolby Vision and delete it..
  4. Press OK and restart the PC.

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Turn off any overlay software like MSI Afterburner, Origin overlay, Steam overlay etc. Article

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat Unknown Uses inventory synchronization and anti-trainers (even cheating while online in solo mode can potentially result in a ban or a progress reset).


Relatively large modding community with wide variety of mods ranging from gameplay enhancements to car modifications, to even granting access to the promotional and console-exclusive Red Bull Nissan 370Z (should you not have it).
All mods are available from NexusMods and require Frosty Mod Manager (some mods require the Alpha version of Frosty).
Should the game not launch, use Extreme Injector and inject cryptbase.dll into the game executable (issue seems to have been fixed as of August 2022.)
There is a tutorial on how to add your custom decals.

Heat has multiple mods that improve or change the game experience.


Adds many improvements to the game, including stance, handling, visual and gameplay improvements.
Extended stance and handling overhaul are separated from the main mod.
If you're still progressing through the story or driving missions, use the story mode-compatible version. This prevents compatibility issues with cutscenes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3570
AMD FX-6350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon HD 7970
AMD Radeon R9 280X
DirectX 11 compatible
Other 320 kb/s internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Frostbite 3 version 2018.2 - Same as Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1222680/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1222680) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Troubleshooting EA games on Steam - last accessed on 2020-06-04
  2. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2022-07-12
  3. Verified by User:Keith on 2023-06-15
  4. Verified by User:AlRayes BRN on 2019-11-09
    Verified by testing the game with a Microsoft Xbox One Controller with a USB cable
  5. Verified by User:AlRayes BRN on 2019-11-09
    Verified by testing the game with a Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 V2 Controller with a USB cable
  6. Verified by User:Sleaker on 2020-03-06
    All buttons except option button work by default. Use InputMapper or X360CE to fix. Verified with Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller connected via USB cable.
  7. Verified by User:AlRayes BRN on 2019-11-07
    Verified by hot-plugging 2 different controllers
  8. Verified by User:Sleaker on 2020-03-06
    Verified by using keyboard and PlayStation 4 DS Controller at the same time
  9. guru3D Forums - Will Nvidia Admit someday that they broke Dolby Vision HDR on 4xx drivers? - last accessed on 2022-11-08
  10. Steam Community - Need for Speed Heat - Dolby Vision fix(workaround) - last accessed on 2022-11-08
  11. HDR issues on PC - last accessed on 2022-11-07