System Shock (2020)

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System Shock
System Shock cover
Nightdive Studios
Unreal Engine 4[1]
Pre-alpha/demo only Unity 5[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows 2020
macOS (OS X) TBA[3]
Linux TBA[3]
System Shock (2020) at Wikipedia
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Humble Store
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This game is not available yet.
A pre-alpha demo was released for Windows and Linux, available to download here. It was removed from official digital distribution after the switch to the Unreal engine as it no longer properly represented the final product.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Nightdive Studios\System Shock\GameSettings.xml
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Nightdive Studios\System Shock
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/482400/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/482400/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Field of view (FOV).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
65-90° horizontal. See also Field of view (FOV).
Set in options or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable windowed mode and use the -popupwindow parameter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Lacks any filtering as part of the artistic design.[4]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set custom FOV[5]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Nightdive Studios\System Shock\GameSettings.xml with a text editor.
  2. Find the line starting with <m_VerticalFov> and change the value as needed.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Gamepad settings.
Gamepad settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Dialogue.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Demo doesn't start after changing display mode to borderless[edit]

Change display mode back to fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Open the config file with a text editor.
  2. Change <m_WindowMode>Borderless</m_WindowMode> to <m_WindowMode>Fullscreen</m_WindowMode>.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2400
AMD FX-8320
Intel Core i7-3770
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon R9 290
4 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unity engine build: 5.4.0f3[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/482400/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (482400) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.