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Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box is a re-release of Burnout Paradise with all of its free updates and Game Changing Content Packs at the time of release; Astaire, Bogart, Cagney, Burnout Bikes, PlayStation 3 Trophies (PlayStation 3 release), the Party Pack, and the Free February Update. It is the first Burnout game to be released on the PC.

Its multiplayer servers were shut down on August 1, 2019.[1]

It was released on February 5, 2009 for PC in North America, and on February 6, 2009 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in Europe and Asia. Users who bought the game via the EA Downloader Store were able to gain access to the game 4 days before its worldwide release.

A 10th anniversary Burnout Paradise Remastered definitive release in March 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One includes all downloadable content, which still has it multiplayer servers running.


In February 2009, a demo for Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box was made available for download for PC from Criterion Games's and EA's websites as well as from discs that were distributed worldwide. In the demo, you start the game with the first vehicle (Hunter Cavalry) and progress to unlock the second two (Hunter Mesquite and Nakamura SI-7). All areas of Paradise City are accessible. Every event in Burnout Paradise is also available. You can even play online. However, the player will only be able to play the demo until the 15-minute time limit runs out.

PC System Requirements[]

Minimum Requirements

Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista 

CPU 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent (3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 for Vista / 7)
CPU Speed 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista / 7)
RAM 1.0GB (1.5 GB for Vista / 7)
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 6600+ / ATI Radeon X1300+
Video RAM 128MB
Direct X 9.0c
Pixel Shader 3.0
Vector Shader 3.0
Disc Space 4GB (8.16GB for EADM version only)
DVD-ROM 8X speed DVD-ROM drive (Disc version only)
Multiplayer 512kbit/s Broadband Internet Connection
An internet connection is required for product registration.

Higher Spec computers will receive better quality.

Quality Comparison[]

All images have been taken at 1280 x 1024 in a 5:4 aspect ratio.
Click images for a higher resolution.
Settings Low Medium High Highest Ultra
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Textures Standard High Highest Highest Highest
Env Mapping Low Low Standard Standard Standard
Shadows Low Medium High High High
Anti-Aliasing 0 0 0 x8 x8
SSAO Off Off Off Off On

Ultra System Specifications
OS Windows 7 (64-bit)
CPU AMD Phenom 9150e Quad-core
CPU Speed 1.8 GHz (rated at 3.6 GHz)
RAM 4GB (1066 MHz)
Video Card ATi Radeon Sapphire HD 5770
Video RAM 1GB (GDDR5)
Direct X 11
Pixel Shader 4.0
Vector Shader 4.0
30 frames per second with SSAO On.
60 frames per second with SSAO Off.

Increasing Quality[]

Nvidia and ATi graphics cards come equipped with software which can edit the final displayed quality. This software can be usually accessed via a manufacturer logo displayed on the right hand side of the taskbar.

ATi also offer a program called AMD Fusion Utility which can offer greater quality for those with AMD processors and ATi Graphics cards although this program can have negative effects on overall PC performance if used incorrectly.

PC Version Additions[]

During the development of the additional content for the console version of Burnout Paradise, a number of additions were added to the PC version of the game. These additions are only available for the PC version.

  • Motion Blur available for 3rd person camera.
  • Soft shading along shadow edges & within normal maps
  • Increased texture detail
  • SSAO lighting effects
  • Support for 4:3, 5:4 & 16:10 aspect ratios
  • Support for resolutions above 1280x720
  • Support for Dual & Triple monitors
  • Additional Anti-aliasing (4x & 8x)
  • Adjustable in game Contrast & Gamma settings
  • Advanced self-shadowing textures


  1. Article: engadget.com (2019) Original 'Burnout Paradise' servers shut down August 1st. Available at: https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/18/burnout-paradise-server-shutdown/