Star Citizen system requirements

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Can I run Star Citizen is one of the most frequently asked questions. The system requirements aren’t known yet but CIG recommends an up to date system to play the current Alpha. Because the game is aiming for the high-end PC market you probably need a high-end PC when the game releases. You don’t need a PC from outer space, but a next-generation video card, a good amount of RAM and a decent CPU are likely going to be needed.
I can’t give you the exact PC specifications for a game that’s not released yet. I can share some insights into what system configuration you need to play Star Citizen Alpha 3.0.

Minimal requirements to play Star Citizen


In general, the advice is to have at least 16GB of ram and a quad-core CPU as 8GB doesn’t really perform well anymore in my experience. Robert space industries recommend the following PC system requirements:

The current (as of version 3.0.0) minimum requirements are:

  • Windows 7 (64bit) with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 (64bit), Windows 10 – Anniversary Update (64bit)
  • DirectX 11 Graphics Card with 2GB RAM (4GB strongly recommended)
  • Quad core CPU
  • 16GB+ RAM
  • SSD strongly recommended

Persistent Universe frame rate issues (Crusader)

One thing you need to know is that the current performance in the Persistent Universe is bad for everyone. The main problem right now is that server network code is causing performance issues. No matter how good your system specifications are, you’ll have frame rate issues and experience frame rate drops when you enter Star Citizen multiplayer. The single-player mode is pretty smooth and when Alpha 3.2 arrives many frame rate issues will be fixed to improve the online experience.

Optimizing your current system to increase performance

There are a few tricks to increase the performance of your current system. One of them is creating a custom configuration file. The user.cfg can be found in your Star Citizen installation folder: \Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\Public. You can choose to backup your current user.cfg however the game will automatically create a new one when you remove it. Below are some presets that might help you get better performance.

  • Disable motion blur, DOF & Tweaks
  • Ultra Quality settings
  • Performance settings

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