It's been 18 long years but Shenmue is almost back. Shenmue 3 broke Kickstarter records when it was revealed in 2015, and since then we've seen Yu Suzuki and the team at Ys Net have been cooking up an experience that's very true to the franchise's roots. Unfortunately for some, Shenmue III is now a confirmed Epic Games Store exclusive. If that doesn't put you off though, then here are the system requirements needed to run Shenmue 3.

Shenmue 3 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon R7 260
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 100 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Shenmue 3 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 2500X 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 100 GB Available Hard Drive Space

As my grandma used to say, ahhh that's a lovely spread. Shenmue III's PC system specs run the full gamut from bottom-rung graphics card at the minimum all the way up to a fine specimen of a gaming PC for the recommended specs. It doesn't exactly look like a game which is pushing Unreal Engine 4 to its absolute limits but you wouldn't kick it out of bed either.

The latest episode of Ryo Hazuki's notoriously slow-paced adventure likely won't benefit much from high frame rates. As long you can achieve a locked 30 frames per second in Shenmue 3 you should have a satisfactory gameplay experience. You'll need to meet at least the minimum specs to achieve this though, which means a 1GB VRAM DirectX 11 graphics card paired with a reasonable quad-core processor. The one main thing to keep an eye out for is that incredible 100GB installation size. It might be time to start making room.

Should you want Shenmue 3 looking its graphical best then you'll be needing a considerably faster PC. Ys Net hasn't specified which resolution the recommended specs are targeting but we have to assume it's either 1080p or 1440p with all the graphical bells and whistles turned on.

Playing Shenmue 3 on Ultra will require an 8GB graphics card, a high-end quad-core CPU, and a chunky 16GB VRAM. This is a high-end system so Shenmue 3 could end up quite a demanding game. 

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run Shenmue 3 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to Shenmue 3 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Shenmue 3 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.