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System Shock (2023)

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This page is for the 2023 remake. For the original game, see System Shock. For the 2015 remaster, see System Shock: Enhanced Edition.

System Shock
System Shock cover
Nightdive Studios
Prime Matter
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows May 30, 2023
macOS (OS X) TBA[2]
Linux TBA[2]
Metacritic 77
OpenCritic 76
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, RPG, Shooter
Art styles Stylized
Themes Horror, Sci-fi, Space
Series System Shock
System Shock (2023) on HowLongToBeat
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System Shock (2023) on Wikipedia
System Shock
System Shock 1994
System Shock 2 1999
System Shock: Enhanced Edition 2015
System Shock (2023) 2023
System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition TBA
System Shock 3 TBA

System Shock is a remake of the 1994 game of the same name. The remake was developed by Nightdive Studios and published by Prime Matter.

The development of the game started on the Unity engine and was first announced in 2015 for Windows and consoles. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Linux and macOS ports were also confirmed. In 2017, the development moved from Unity to Unreal Engine 4. The Windows version was released on May 30, 2023.

The Linux and macOS ports are still under development and will be released at a later date.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Humble Store
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A pre-alpha demo was released for Windows and Linux. It was removed from official digital distribution after the switch to Unreal Engine 4 as it no longer represented the final product. A newer demo using Unreal Engine 4 was released in 2020. On February 5, 2023, a significantly updated demo was released and can still be downloaded from, Steam, and Epic Games Store.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
No microtransactions The game does not contain microtransactions.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\SystemShock\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <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

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\SystemShock\Saved\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/482400/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing


Display settings
Display settings
Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Ultra-widescreen resolutions are supported, but the image is Vert-. This can be partially compensated by increasing the Field of view (FOV) setting.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Adjustable slider: 65° to 120°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen setting also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales with Texture quality setting.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA is always on. SSAA up to 200% through the Resolution scaling option is also available.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 3.1
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On/Off toggle.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.


General controls settings
General controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
No support for remapping the hotbar or using mouse side buttons.
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker look sensitivity) and Cyberspace (Avatar look sensitivity).
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker invert look Y-axis) and Cyberspace (Avatar invert look Y-axis).
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker look sensitivity) and Cyberspace (Avatar look sensitivity).
Controller Y-axis inversion
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker invert look Y-axis) and Cyberspace (Avatar invert look Y-axis).
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
No option to disable.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Prompts switch based on the last pressed button.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Speech, Effects, Environment, UI
Surround sound
On/Off toggle.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese

Issues fixed

Black screen

Launch the game with -ngxdisable parameter.[3]

Other information

Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings
Accessibility and Interface settings
Accessibility and Interface settings


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX, APEX PhysX v3.4.0.0, APEX v1.4.0.0
Audio XAudio v2.9

System requirements

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


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build:[1]
  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.


  1. Verified by User:Jigen123 on 2023-05-29
    Verified with the final version of the game.
  2. 2.0 2.1 System Shock by Nightdive Studios — Kickstarter
  3. How to Fix Black Screen - last accessed on 2023-06-03