FAQs: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Mac/Linux)
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a go for both Mac and Linux! And while we know you must be excited to go shooting and looting on Pandora’s moon Elpis, you probably have a few questions about the game first. If that’s the case, check out the FAQ below, and if you still have questions, let us know in the comments!
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Steam – Mac/Linux)
Q: What is Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel?
A: Here’s a snippet from the official description:
Discover the story behind Borderlands 2 villain, Handsome Jack, and his rise to power. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel gives you a whole lotta new gameplay featuring the genre blending fusion of shooter and RPG mechanics that players have come to love.
Float through the air with each low gravity jump while taking enemies down from above using new ice and laser weapons. Catch-a-ride and explore the lunar landscape with new vehicles allowing for more levels of destructive mayhem.
Q: Will Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac and Linux support Steam Play?
A: Yes! All versions of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Steam will support Steam Play, meaning that when you purchase the game on any supported platform (Windows, Mac, or Linux), you get the game on all three.
Q: Does Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel feature multiplayer? What about cross-platform multiplayer?
A: Yes to both! Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel features cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer. This means that Steam players on any supported platform (Windows, Mac, or Linux) may play with anyone else on any supported platform.
Please note that cross-platform multiplayer may not always be available, including at time of launch. There may be times when the Windows PC version of the game receives an update prior to the Mac and/or Linux version of the game; this will temporarily prohibit Mac and Linux players from playing with Windows PC players. Once the Mac and Linux versions of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel receive the same update, cross-platform multiplayer will be re-enabled.
Q: Will I be able to sync my game saves between the Windows PC, Mac, and Linux versions?
A: Yes, but with a caveat: characters and saved games will NOT sync between Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam Cloud. Since the Mac and Linux versions of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may frequently be in an out of sync with the Windows PC version, syncing game saves across platforms via Steam Cloud has been disabled. This will ensure saved game data will not be lost or corrupt due to incompatible in-game content or other unforeseen reasons. Users do have the option of transferring game saves via physical media (like a thumb drive) if they wish.
Q: What are the system requirements to play Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac and Linux?
Mac System Requirements
- Operating System: 10.9.5, 10.10.2
- CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
- CPU Speed: 2.2 Ghz
- Memory: 4 GB
- Hard Disk Space: 13 GB
- Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
- Video Card (Nvidia): GeForce 8800
- Video Card (Intel): HD3000
- Video Memory (VRAM): 256 MB
- Peripherals: Mouse and Keyboard
Unsupported Video Cards:
- NVIDIA® GeForce® 9400, 320M or older
- ATI™ Radeon™ HD 2400, X1900 or older
- Intel® GMA Series
Linux System Requirements
- Operating System: SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.04
- CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad, AMD Phenom II X4
- CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
- Memory: 4 GB
- Hard Disk Space: 13 GB
- Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 260
- Video Memory (VRam): 1 GB
Note: Intel and ATI GPUs are not supported.
Q: Does Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac and Linux feature gamepad support?
A: Yes. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for both Mac and Linux supports the Playstation 4 Dualshock 4, the Playstation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controllers and the Xbox 360 for Windows wired controller.
Q: What languages does Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac and Linux support?
A: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel features full text and audio support for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. The game also features Russian text support.
Q: What is SHiFT? What are SHiFT codes?
A: SHiFT is a super cool way of delivering special content on the fly within Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Sometimes the code will give you a Golden Key, or sometimes the code could unlock special skins or heads for your characters.
To sign up for a SHiFT account, visit https://shift.gearboxsoftware.com/home. You may then link your SHiFT account to Steam in order to start using SHiFT codes.
SHiFT codes will only work in the Steam version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. SHiFT codes for Windows PC should work for both the Mac and Linux, and vice versa, though there may be special occasions where unique content may not be immediately redeemed on the Mac or Linux.
Q: How do I use SHiFT codes and where do I get them?
A: SHiFT codes are redeemed in-game from the Extras menu on the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel start screen. To get SHiFT codes, follow @GearboxSoftware, @Borderlands, and @AspyrMedia on Twitter. Codes are distributed at random intervals and often have a redemption limit and/or expiration time.
Q: I’m having some technical difficulties with the game/my question wasn’t answered…
If you have general questions about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel not listed above, leave them in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to answer them.
Alternatively, if you’re having any kind of technical issues with the game, such as trouble with downloading, crashes, performance, etc, please contact Aspyr Support at http://support.aspyr.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll be happy to help in any way they can!
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Mac App Store)
Q: Is the Mac App version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel the same as the Steam version?
A: No, there are a few key differences between the Mac App version and the Steam version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel:
- Mac App players are able to play with other Mac App players ONLY. Mac App players are NOT able to play with Mac, Linux, or Windows PC players using Steam.
- The Mac App version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel currently does not support the Quick Match multiplayer feature; Mac App players must invite, or be invited by, other players from their Game Center friends list.
- The Mac App version does not support SHiFT codes.
Please note this list of differences is not final. We will edit this information as more becomes publicly available.
Q: Will the Mac App version feature online cooperative play?
A: Yes! The Mac App Store version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will feature online cooperative play. However, please note that Mac App Store players will be able to play with other Mac App Store players only.
Q: Will the Mac App version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel feature achievements?
A: Yes! The Mac App Store version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will feature all the same achievements as the Steam version. These achievements will be tracked via Game Center.
Q: Will the Mac App version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel feature DLC?
A: Yes! Though there is no DLC to officially announce at this time, Mac App Store players will have access to DLC through the in-app purchase process once it becomes available.
Q: Will SHiFT codes work on the Mac App version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel?
A: No, SHiFT codes will not work for the Mac App Store version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel; this feature requires a Steam account to work. There are currently no plans to enable this feature for the Mac App Store version.