Payday 3 launches in September, and here's what you'll need to run it

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In brief: Developer Starbreeze Studios has shared the minimum and recommended PC system requirements for Payday 3, the first-person shooter due out later this year. At the bare minimum, Starbreeze recommends a system equipped with at least an Intel Core i5-9400F CPU, an Nvidia GTX 1650 (4 GB) graphics card, and 16 GB of RAM. Recommended specs call for at least an Intel Core i7-9700K CPU, an Nvidia GTX 1080 (8 GB) GPU, and 16 GB of memory. Windows 10 or better is also required, we are told.

It is unclear at this time what sort of graphics settings Starbreeze is targeting with its recommended specs. We also do not know how much space the game will eat up on your HDD or SSD. For reference, Payday 2 requires 83 GB of storage space according to its listing on Steam.

Starbreeze started developing Payday 3 using Unreal Engine 4 and will launch the game using that engine. In a FAQ for the game, however, the dev said they have an upgrade path to Unreal Engine 5 post launch but did not mention how long it would take to roll out.

Payday 3 is a direct sequel to Payday 2, which launched in 2013 (itself a sequel to Payday: The Heist from 2011). The series features fast-paced crime-based gameplay played from a first-person perspective. Payday 3 will play out in New York whereas the last game was set in Washington, D.C.

Both mainline entries have overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam and are available at fair prices ($14.99 for Payday: The Heist and $9.99 for Payday 2) should you want to familiarize yourself with the franchise before the new game arrives.

Payday 3 launches on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, Windows, and Linux on September 21. Interested parties can pre-purchase the game over on Steam starting at $39.99 for the standard edition. There is also a silver edition that includes a six month season pass for $69.99 and a gold edition with a one year pass for $89.99.

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