Transistor Preorder & Soundtrack

Posted by Greg Kasavin on May 6, 2014

Two weeks from today, on May 20, Transistor will be available for the PlayStation 4 and PC!!! Today, we have a bunch of new details to share, starting with the fact that you can now preorder the game:


You can also preorder right here to redeem a Steam code on May 20:

Or you can preorder the game plus the Transistor Original Soundtrack!

Announcing the Transistor Original Soundtrack
We’re pleased to confirm that the Transistor Original Soundtrack will be released on our May 20 launch day for $9.99 for the digital version, and $14.99 for digital + compact disc. It will be available on Steam stand-alone and bundled with the game, and on this web site. The Transistor Original Soundtrack features more than 60 minutes of music created for the game by Supergiant’s Darren Korb, with vocals by Ashley Barrett.

Transistor Original Soundtrack

The OST includes an exclusive bonus track, “Signals”, created especially for this release. We will have the OST available digitally on May 20, and the physical CD will ship soon after. If you preorder the disc, you will get the digital download immediately as of May 20.

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We also have new details to share with you about the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of Transistor. The content of the two versions is identical, though certain aspects are tailored to the respective platforms:

Transistor for PlayStation 4 Features
- DualShock 4 Light Bar flashes in sync with the Transistor’s speech
- More than 30 Trophies (including a Platinum Trophy)
- Remote Play & Share Button support (standard for PS4 games)

Transistor for PC Features
- Full controller support & fully remappable controls
- Steamworks support including cloud saves, achievements, & trading cards
- DRM-free: You can play the game offline if you want

PC Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 or newer
CPU: 2.6GHz Dual Core CPU or greater
RAM: 4GB or greater
GPU: 1GB Video RAM or greater, e.g. Intel HD Graphics 3000, Nvidia 9400 GT, AMD HD 5450
Hard Drive Space: 4GB free

Lastly, we have updated our Transistor FAQ with several new questions and answers:

What is the game’s native resolution?
Transistor runs at 1080p on both the PlayStation 4 and PC. The PC version also contains 720p assets for compatibility with less powerful systems.

Will there be a stand-alone DRM-free version of Transistor for PC?
We have no plans for a stand-alone installer for Transistor at this time. The Steam version of the game includes various features that require Steam, such as cloud saves, achievements, and trading cards, and for launch we did not want to create a separate version lacking these features. Note we have put no DRM in Transistor unless you count Steam as a form of DRM. Once you’ve downloaded the game from Steam, you don’t need Steam to be running in order to play.

Which formats will the Transistor Original Soundtrack be available in?
The Transistor Original Soundtrack will be offered in MP3 and FLAC formats, and in compact disc format on this web site (which includes the digital version).

Can I preorder the game and the soundtrack from this web site?

That’s all for now! Get ready for May 20!


  • Nathan on 6/5/2014

    Are there plans for a Mac version?

  • Tony on 6/5/2014

    The time has come.

  • Yama on 6/5/2014

    I'm very glad, that Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett are again responsible for the Soundtracks... I'm REALLY glad! Yama

  • Liam "Alastiir" on 6/5/2014

    Long, we have waited. But the future so longed for is finally in our grasp.

  • Hunter on 6/5/2014

    I use a Dual Shock 4 on my PC. Will the light bar also flash on the steam version?

  • Marek on 6/5/2014

    I have to say, I'm actually more excited for the soundtrack than for the game itself, but seeing as Bastion was a masterpiece in the sense of music, gameplay and plot, I'll definitely try to get both the game and the soundtrack. Keep it up, SGG!

  • Firefly on 6/5/2014

    I have noted a discrepancy between the PC graphics requirements posted here and those on the Steam page; the latter are quoted below: Graphics: 1GB of VRAM: Intel HD 3000 GPU / AMD HD 5450 / Nvidia 9400 GT Based on the former, I would think a hardware-stock Inspiron 570 (integrated graphics reporting as ATI Radeon HD 4200) would comfortably run this game; it would be dissapointing were this not the case. On another note, are there plans to bring this to the XBox platforms (360 and One) at some point in the future?

  • Greg Kasavin on 6/5/2014

    @Firefly: The Steam minimum system requirements are correct, thank you for noting that. To your other question, we don't have plans for other versions of the game at this time as all our focus is on a successful launch on PS4 and PC. We'll see how it goes from there!

  • Anonymous on 6/5/2014

    When will the linux version be released? Will it the steam version be cross-play?

  • Greg Kasavin on 6/5/2014

    @Anonymous: We don't have an ETA for the Linux version though expect it will be cross-play enabled once it's done, same as our native Mac version. Our focus right now is on our PS4 and PC/Windows launch, and we'll go from there.

  • Sam on 6/5/2014

    So is the $30 transistor + soundtrack bundle only the digital soundtrack or is it both physical and digital? I'll probably buy both I just want to know if I need to buy the physical soundtrack separately from the game.

  • Greg Kasavin on 6/5/2014

    @Sam, that is for the game plus the digital version of the soundtrack. There is no game + soundtrack CD bundle at this point.

  • Zack on 6/5/2014

    Will there be a way to get the FLAC encoded soundtrack?

  • Greg Kasavin on 6/5/2014

    @Zack: Yes, we plan to offer the soundtrack in FLAC and MP3 formats.

  • Zack on 6/5/2014

    Greg, But does /this/ purchase provide FlAC?

  • Eric on 6/5/2014

    Pre-ordered! Easiest decision I've made all year. You guys are one of the most impressive studios out there and I truly believe you are pushing game narrative ahead in an important and spectacular way. Best wishes to the team and thank you so much for doing what you do.

  • SleepingPanda on 6/5/2014

    Just preordered. I live in the Caribbean where buying games legitimately is tough and honestly, I love you guys' work so much I made damn well sure I could do it. Thank you so much for making my day!

  • Firefly on 6/5/2014

    Hm, so a ATI Radeon HD 4200 wouldn't be enough to run the game at all, even if it does include assets suitable for 'less powerful systems'?

  • tm on 6/5/2014

    Cant wait to get my hands on transistor. The soundtrack for Bastion is so awesome and from what I've heard this one gonna be at least as awesome as the one before

  • DarkSeroX on 6/5/2014

    I am kind of sad that there isn't a pre-order bonus for any of the platforms, but still really happy the game is coming so soon =D.

  • Stephen on 6/5/2014

    At that price and the fact you are using the humble store, I couldn't resist. Would I be right in saying it seems unfortunately likely that there's no plans to allow preloading? I kinda want to play this asap and given that your SF based I'm assuming it will come out late in the day here Also I'm considering this preorder part of my "get Greg back into Dota 2" plan as its been over a year since I suggested to Brad that a Dota 2 TNT might be pretty cool (it was) and would love to see another with all you guys.

  • Andrew on 6/5/2014

    Any chance that there will be a signed soundtrack made available like you guys did for Bastion? I'd love to get a signed Transistor soundtrack!

  • Ford on 6/5/2014

    Congratulations to the whole team for your second release! Playing Bastion and then meeting you all at Pax East (just seven of you at the time I think) was one of my favorite gaming experiences of all time. Thanks for sticking to your mission statement once again, it's an inspiration.

  • dodol on 6/5/2014

    Will the Steam version include Mac in future? Thanks

  • Galmteam on 6/5/2014

    l'll buy as soon as the linux version is released.

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  • Mike on 6/5/2014

    FINALLY you guys let me give you my money!

  • Tom on 6/5/2014

    "DRM-free: You can play the game offline if you want" I think you need to change that comment as Steam is DRM. DRM free should mean DRM free.... There is no inbetween

  • Greg Kasavin on 6/5/2014

    @Tom: To be clear, once you download the game through Steam you do not need for Steam to be running in order to play the game.

  • rasias on 7/5/2014

    Yessss.. OST preorder, i love you <3 Normally i'm against preorders.. but the soundtrack alone makes it worthwhile :D

  • Theo on 7/5/2014

    Great! But no pre-order incentive? Why should someone pre-order if he gets the same thing as someone that get the game on the first day?

  • Velmesh on 7/5/2014

    Been waiting for this! :D I'm so excited. Big fan of Bastion so I have high hopes that this will be amazing too. I wish I could get Jan Zee to sign my cd. ;___; Oh well, still worth.

  • Aeden on 7/5/2014

    Really excited for this, and yeah im seriously looking forward to the soundtrack in this game, the one used in trailer was awesome!! Bastion had great soundtracks and i feel like this one is going to be even better!

  • Ninar on 7/5/2014

    We really want to know if there's going to be a Mac version and when it will come, it'd be lovely to know!

  • Arthur on 7/5/2014

    @Greg: That's great news then, I was worried for a moment! Day 1 purchase :D

  • Tom on 7/5/2014

    Thanks for the reply Greg, though we will have to agree to disagree. If it is being promoted as DRM free, it should mean DRM free. As in no DRM. Just because I can launch it without loading up Steam, it doesnt mean I can play it without Steams DRM installed. I cant load it onto my laptop to play while I am away unless - I install steams DRM. Dont get me wrong, I don't mean to me condescending, I just disagree that you are promoting it as DRM free. You guys make great games. I enjoyed Bastion and wish you guys success with this too :)

  • NexXKinn on 7/5/2014

    i'm curious here... can i help you guys by translate subtitle to indonesian? :3

  • Greg Kasavin on 7/5/2014

    @Tom, for what it's worth in your specific example you would be able to copy the game files to external media such as a USB stick, then copy them to your laptop and run the game.

  • Adrian Oto on 7/5/2014

    Hi! Would you launch a collector's edition? I will love a phsyical artbook of this game Thanks!

  • Andrew Pennebaker on 7/5/2014

    I really enjoyed playing Bastion on my Mac, and look forward to playing Transistor as well. Will Transistor have a Mac version soon?

  • Jean-Luc on 7/5/2014

    For the PC version, would you guys say there's a preferred choice between mouse and keyboard vs. a gamepad? Also, let's say I were to use a DualShock 4 on PC, would the Light Bar still flash in sync with the Transistor's speech? And finally, for the Steam release of the soundtrack, does that include a FLAC version? The description seems to suggest it's just the MP3 version: Thank you! I'm really looking forward to Transistor.

  • Alex Holyoake on 7/5/2014

    Just when I thought I was going to save some money, you folks go and 'make' me pre-order my most anticipated game of 2014! Ah, it was worth it though...

  • Greg Kasavin on 7/5/2014

    @Jean-Luc: Good questions! 1. We do not have a preferred choice as all supported control options are important to us. We expect the most players will use mouse-and-keyboard on PC, and on PS4, gamepad is the only option, so we have good reason to invest in both. You can switch between the two on the fly on PC. 2. The DualShock 4 should work on PC though I am not 100% sure if the light bar will work on PC, since that requires Sony drivers that I don't think have been publicly released at this time. 3. For the soundtrack, we know some customers really want a FLAC version and are looking into providing that in addition to MP3.

  • Jostein on 8/5/2014

    I'll be getting this when the linux version is mapped somehow. Not incredibly keen on having to buy the game twice to get there.

  • JMalk on 9/5/2014

    I checked Steam every day until I could pre-order Transistor. The team at Supergiant Games is amazing not only for their talent in producing pleasant art, scene-setting music, and diverse yet simple game mechanics into small packages of entertainment, but also for the provoking stories these games present. With that stated, I am highly curious about the entire process of the game, from conception through development and into release. Will the game be including some sort of commentary section (possibly overlaid with playing the game itself as a specific game mode), or at the very least a section for concept art and descriptions? Perhaps just as exhilarating as a fantastic game is seeing how it came into being. Now for an off-topic thought - it would be awesome to get a functional USB drive that is a miniature replica of the sword. Is there any way to make that happen?

  • David K. on 10/5/2014

    Great news! I can't wait to buy this game! However, I'm wondering if my computer will be able to run Transistor :s I was able to play Bastion, will I be able to run Transitor as well (even in a lower resolution)?

  • Robert on 10/5/2014

    Eh, guys there is any chance for a demo on Steam? My PC is less than powerful and barely make the spec, I do want to try it out before purchase.

  • boballen on 10/5/2014

    I was excited but no linux version...

  • Nep on 11/5/2014

    I wanted to preorder the game on Steam, but i guess i will wait for the Linux port to be out to buy the game. I could even do with a public beta... I'm curious though, because PC, Mac and Linux versions all run on a monogame fork, so why not a simultaneous release if it's basically the same engine ?

  • Greg Kasavin on 11/5/2014

    @ Nep: We're a small team and the quality of our game is the most important thing to us. Launching on too many platforms at once for sure would stretch our resources thin, which we're not willing to do. The Mac and Linux versions of this game are not trivial to create, and will require thorough testing and a focused effort. We also need to be ready to respond to customers of those versions. We're committed to making Linux and Mac versions of Transistor post-launch, and we think those versions will ultimately benefit from us having focused on them when the time comes.

  • Greg Kasavin on 11/5/2014

    @ Robert: We don't have plans to release a playable demo of Transistor at this point. We didn't see that much demand for it and it would have taken resources we would have rather poured into the main game. That said, we'll continue to look at feedback around this in case it's something we see a lot of people asking for post-launch. It feels like demos are less common these days due to how much game video and other new sources of information are out there these days.

  • Mads Borlund on 13/5/2014

    Will there be a cross-buy option to get the game on both PS4 and Steam?

  • Joseph on 13/5/2014

    Will there be a way to purchase the PC version without using Steam in the future? I understand you dont want to do this at launch, but i'd be willing to wait for a version that doesnt give steam money.

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  • Brad on 13/5/2014

    Super excited for this game and the soundtrack! Looks like you guys put a ton of hard work into it and I'm excited to enjoy it. However, just to add my voice to the many - Will buy when mac version is released.

  • Nikita on 15/5/2014

    One of my personal most anticipated games of this year! The problem is I'm on a Mac. Can we mac users have some kind of mail list to get a notification when the mac version is out?

  • Kyle on 16/5/2014

    Do you guys get more of a percentage of the purchase price if we pre-order here vs Steam?

  • @denym_ on 17/5/2014

    Pretty disappointing that there is no Linux version... Since I played Bastion way to much and the announcement of transistor I was looking forward to the day of the release but now I only can see this sad windows logo :( regards

  • Steve on 18/5/2014

    I really hope you guys release a tablet version. The iPad version of Bastion somehow magically played better than the PC version, and it's really rare to see mobile games get that kind of polish. I hope Transistor is a huge hit for you guys!

  • Steve on 19/5/2014

    Oh, also? I would pay cash moneys for a vinyl version of the soundtrack. Real live cash moneys.

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