Shenmue I & II

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Shenmue I & II
Shenmue I & II cover
Original games Sega AM2
Remastered D3T
Microsoft Store Ultimatum Games
Release dates
Windows August 21, 2018
Shenmue I & II guide on StrategyWiki
Shenmue I & II on MobyGames
Shenmue I & II on Wikipedia
Shenmue I & II 2018
Shenmue III 2019

Key points

Port of the Dreamcast version of Shenmue I and the Xbox version of Shenmue II, featuring an updated user interface and the option to switch between new and classic controls.[1]
A Japanese audio option is included for all regions.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1]

General information

Official site
Steam Community Discussions


Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\7904SEGAEuropeLtd.Shenmue-GamePass_zs7esxpzd8d5c\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\758330\remote\sm1saves\Settings\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/758330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\7904SEGAEuropeLtd.Shenmue-GamePass_zs7esxpzd8d5c\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\758330\remote\sm1saves\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/758330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics options.
Graphics options.
Graphics options.
Graphics options.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are 4:3 letterboxed.[1] Use Special K for 16:9 cutscenes.
Supported in patch 1.01.[2]
Supported in patch 1.01.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Cutscenes are 4:3 letterboxed. Use Special K for 16:9 cutscenes.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use Special K.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, up to 2x SSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default. Can be forced off through the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 30 FPS.[1]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

16:9 Cutscenes[edit]

Use Special K for 16:9 cutscenes.

Does not remove letterboxing in Shenmue 2.

Edit executables

Cutscenes are limited to 4:3 by default. By editing the game's executables, they can be forced to render in 16:9 instead. Multiple ways of doing this can be found here

Shenmue I and II - 16:9 Widescreen patch has fullscreen cutscenes without black bars support in Shenmue 2.

Input settings[edit]

Controls options.
Controls options.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options.
Audio options.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music, Speech
Surround sound
Shenmue 1 is 3.0, Shenmue 2 is 5.0[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Use Special K and enable Mute on focus lost.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot get past the launcher[edit]

It is possible to bypass the launcher if it does not work properly (usually related to .NET Framework issues on the system).
Create a launcher bypass file[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Open either the sm1 or sm2 subfolder, i.e. the binary folder of either game (which will include either Shenmue.exe or Shenmue2.exe).
  3. Create a blank text file within that folder called steam_appid.txt.
  4. In that text file, enter 758330 and then save the file.
  5. Create a shortcut to/run the game via the aforementioned Shenmue.exe or Shenmue2.exe.
  6. (Optional) Repeat for the other binary folder if required.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-560
AMD FX-4300
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 6990
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
The Microsoft Store version requires Windows 10 release 1903 (18362).


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/758330/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (758330) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.