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Need for Speed Unbound

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Need for Speed Unbound
Need for Speed Unbound cover
Criterion Games
Electronic Arts
Frostbite 3[1][Note 1]
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2022
Metacritic 73
OpenCritic 76
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions Boost, Unlock
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Open world
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic, Stylized
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Need for Speed
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Need for Speed Unbound 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 Unbound is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person racing and open world game in the Need for Speed series.

The game's Palace Edition was released on November 29, 2022, with a global release on December 2, 2022.

The game received its first massive update Volume 2 which fixed tons of issues such as save file corruption, freezes/crashes, number of graphical and audio issues, improved UI/UX and more.[3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Palace Edition also available.
Included with EA Play. Palace Edition also available.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
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Included with EA Play (Steam). Palace Edition also available.
All versions require Origin and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Version differences

Standard Edition only contains the base game.
Palace Edition includes the base game plus 4 exclusive cars, gassy driving effects, Mashman decals and license plate, exclusive character pose and banner artwork and exclusive clothing pack containing 20 items. It also granted access to the game 3 days prior to the full release date.
All pre-orders grant a driving effect, license plate, banner artwork and sticker and $150,000 Bank for multiplayer use.


Type Notes
Cross-game bonus Having played Need for Speed Heat will add a custom McLaren F1 into garage and an additional $250,000 of bank into Lakeshore Online account.[4]
DLC DLC includes new cars, customization, clothing, driving effects and other items.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play (EA App only).


Type Notes
Boost EA Play members receive the BMW M3 2006 on Day 1, and recurring in-game member-only awards.[5]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Palace Edition Upgrade Upgrades the standard game to Palace Edition.
Keys to the Map Reveals all collectibles and activities and unlocks the "Fury & Zen" clothing pack.
Vol.3 Customs Pack Unlocks 3 Custom Builds for the VW Golf GTI Clubsport, Volvo 242DL and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Vol.4 Customs Pack Unlocks Eddie’s NISSAN Skyline GT-R V-spec from NFS Underground, Rachel’s NISSAN 350Z from NFS Underground 2 and Joe’s Polestar 1 from NFS Heat
Robojets Swag Pack Unlocks a Legendary Custom for the Mazda RX-7 Spirit R, a clothing pack, driving effects and other items.
Hip Hop Origin Swag Pack Unlocks a Legendary Custom for the Mercedes-AMG G 63, a clothing pack, a driving effect and other items.
Lotus Exige S Legendary Custom Pack Unlocks a Legendary Custom for the Lotus Exige S and a 10-level Speed Pass boost.
Ford Mustang GT Legendary Custom Pack Unlocks a Legendary Custom for the Ford Mustang GT and a 10-level Speed Pass boost.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need For Speed(TM) Unbound\settings
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1846380/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need For Speed(TM) Unbound\SaveGame
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1846380/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
All cloud sync goes through a linked EA account
Lakeshore Online progress is separate from your singleplayer progress.
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay, centered HUD. Story cutscenes seem to be pillarboxed.[6]
4K Ultra HD
Also supports Dynamic Resolution Scaling and static resolution scale.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Texture Filtering
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Off, TAA[7] and FXAA. SSAA through Resolution Scale option.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 3.1, FSR 2.2, XeSS 1.1
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia, Tritanopia and Protanopia.
Some options require a full game restart to apply.


General control settings
General control settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse actually isn't used in gameplay, but is used in inspection of car or player models.
Mouse input in menus
The keyboard/controller is used to navigate the menu.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Uses presets
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Via Steam Input DualSense support currently suffers from issues the developers are aware of.[9]
DualShock button prompts
Use this mod.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless adapter
Generic/other controllers
Steering Wheels[8]
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Car, Speech, Effects, UI, Cop scanner and Music volumes can be adjusted.[10]
Under Music Master Volume, the volumes for Garage music, Event music, Open world music and Pursuit music can be adjusted, and option Free roam music available to control when music plays while in free roam.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Many licensed songs from artists feature in the soundtrack.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.


Upon first launch, the game presents you with an option to enable auto-sign in (for online features); the whole game can be played offline.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Lakeshore Online, supports cross-play with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.[10]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Hosted by developer.

Issues unresolved

List of official known issues.

Flashing/blinking display while playing on Nvidia RTX 40-series GPU

Update motherboard system BIOS[9]

Issues while using DualSense controller

Workaround: use DS4Windows[9]
Developers are aware of the issue. No official word on an upcoming fix.
Disable DS4Windows after playing to avoid unanticipated conflicts with other programs.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 [8]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-8600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
AMD Radeon RX 570
DirectX 12 compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Engine version is 2021-2.3 - close to Battlefield 2042's[2]
  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>/1846380/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1846380) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Exclusive: Need for Speed Unbound Has Finally Been Revealed, And It Looks Very Different - last accessed on 2022-10-06
    "Titled Need for Speed Unbound, Criterion's long-awaited return to the racing scene will utilize new-gen consoles and the Frostbite Engine to deliver 4K 60fps visuals in a free-roaming open world called Lakeshore."
  2. Verified by User:Fearfulwarpii on 2022-11-29
    in Info_Win64_retail.BuildSettings
  3. VOL. 2 PATCH NOTES - last accessed on 2023-03-21
  4. Need for Speed™ Unbound: Under the Hood — VOL. 4 UPDATE - last accessed on 2023-08-18
  5. Need for Speed™ Unbound EA Play - Official Website - last accessed on 2022-12-03
    "Members can drive away with the 2006 BMW M3 Legacy Edition on Day 1, plus enjoy recurring member-only rewards in Need For Speed Unbound."
  6. Verified by User:Fearfulwarpii on 2022-11-30
    Tested with the intro cutscene at 1920x1017 (game is maximized in windowed mode on a 1080p monitor)
  7. Need For Speed Unbound Ultra Settings 4K | RTX 4090 | i9 13900K 6GHz - YouTube - last accessed on 2022-11-30}}
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Need for Speed Unbound PC Experience - last accessed on 2022-11-30
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Need for Speed™ Unbound - Known Issues - last accessed on 2022-12-01
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Need for Speed™ Unbound: Under the Hood GET READY TO RACE Everything you need to know to get ready for launch. - last accessed on 2022-11-23