The Need for Speed

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The Need for Speed
The Need for Speed cover
Pioneer Productions
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS August 31, 1995
Windows 1996
The Need for Speed guide on StrategyWiki
The Need for Speed on Wikipedia
Need for Speed
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 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
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 2017
Need for Speed Heat 2019

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


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

Essential improvements[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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Mouse support is limited only to navigating menus.

Audio settings[edit]

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


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]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Software renderer
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) 75 MHz Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 12 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) 512 K of VRAM
DirectX 2.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) 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)