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Shenmue 3 system requirements confirmed

The latest Shenmue 3 Kickstarter update covers backer surveys, reward tiers, an approaching $7 million stretch goal courtesy of the Slacker Backer campaign, and some ruminations on plans for "AI Battling," a control system designed to make the game more accessible for players who aren't accustomed to fighting games or want "a full immersion battle experience." 

But if you keep scrolling down, down, down, you will eventually come upon information of a more practical sort: The minimum system requirements

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  • OS: Windows 7x64, Windows 8x64, Windows 10x64 (64-bit OS Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460 (3.40 GHz) or better; Quad-core or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better (DirectX 11 card & VRAM 2GB Required)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband internet connection
  • Storage: 100 GB available space
  • Sound card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

This is useful information, but also written in pencil. Ys Net warned that, because the game is in development, "system requirements may change without notice." It's a proviso that makes me wonder why they bothered posting the specs in the first place, especially since Shenmue 3 isn't exactly close to release. There's no release date at all, in fact, but in May the developers pushed it from the second half of this year to sometime (nothing more specific than that) in 2019.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.