RetroArch System Requirements

Last updated: 3 November 2021

Curious if your PC can run RetroArch? On this page you will find RetroArch system requirements for PC (Windows). We constantly update our data to provide you with latest and most accurate requirements.

Test your PC to see if it will run RetroArch or check system requirement details for CPU, operating system, graphics and sound cards, required disk space and more for each of the supported platforms.

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  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on the ‘System’ Tab in the pop-up menu
  3. Your computer’s CPU name will be displayed under ‘Device Specifications > Processor’

  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. In the opened menu click on ‘Device Manager’
  3. In ‘Device Manager’ click on the arrow next to ‘Display adapters’
  4. Under the drop-down, you will see the GPU that your computer is using

  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on the ‘System’ Tab in the pop-up menu
  3. Your computer’s RAM will be displayed under ‘Device Specifications > Installed RAM’

  1. Right-click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on the ‘System’ Tab in the pop-up menu
  3. You can see if Windows is 64 or 32 bit under ‘System type’
  4. You can see Windows version under ‘Windows edition’

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RetroArch Windows Requirements

RetroArch system requirements for Windows
Minimum Requirements Recommended Requirements
OS
OS
Microsoft Windows 7
OS
Microsoft Windows 10
Processor
Processor
Intel Pentium 4 and up (CPU with SSE2 instructions required)
Processor
Intel Core series or AMD equivalent
Memory
Memory
32 MB
Memory
512 MB
Graphics
Graphics
Any compliant OpenGL 2.x or Direct3D11 GPU. For shaders to work properly, should support at least Shader Model 2.0.
Graphics
Intel: At least Intel HD 4K required for OpenGL, any compliant D3D11 GPU for Direct3D 11. Should support at least Shader Model 3.0 and/or 4.0.
DirectX
DirectX
Version 11
DirectX
Version 11
Additional Notes
Additional Notes
For OpenGL: Intel HD 2K/3K GPUs on Windows 10 will have to fall back to an OpenGL 1.1 driver.
Additional Notes
For OpenGL: Intel HD 2K/3K GPUs on Windows 10 will have to fall back to an OpenGL 1.1 driver.

RetroArch minimum requirements for Windows assume having at least Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Your processor should be Intel Pentium 4 and up (CPU with SSE2 instructions required) or a more powerful one. The minimum RAM requirement is 32 MB. As for a graphics card, it should be Any compliant OpenGL 2.x or Direct3D11 GPU. For shaders to work properly, should support at least Shader Model 2.0..

If you go for recommended requirements for RetroArch for Windows, your operating system should be Microsoft Windows 10. Recommended CPU would be Intel Core series or AMD equivalent CPU or equivalent. For RAM, it is recommended to have 512 MB or more. And video card — Intel: At least Intel HD 4K required for OpenGL, any compliant D3D11 GPU for Direct3D 11. Should support at least Shader Model 3.0 and/or 4.0..

Game Details

RetroArch is an open source and cross platform frontend/framework for emulators, game engines, video games, media players and other applications

Categories
Single-player, Multi-player, PvP, Online PvP, Co-op, Online Co-op, Shared/Split Screen Co-op
Genre
Free to Play
Supported languages
English, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese - Brazil, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
* languages with full audio support
Developers
Libretro
Publishers
Libretro
Official website
retroarch.com
Support website
retroarch.com
Support website
[email protected]
Support website
store.steampowered.com

FAQs

Can I run RetroArch?

You would be able to run RetroArch on your PC if it meets minimum requirements below. You can also use our free test tool to check it!

Minimum requirements for Windows are:

  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 and up (CPU with SSE2 instructions required)
  • Memory: 32 MB
  • Graphics: Any compliant OpenGL 2.x or Direct3D11 GPU. For shaders to work properly, should support at least Shader Model 2.0.
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Additional Notes: For OpenGL: Intel HD 2K/3K GPUs on Windows 10 will have to fall back to an OpenGL 1.1 driver.

How much RAM does RetroArch need?

You need at least 32 MB of RAM to run RetroArch on PC, but 512 MB is recommended.

What processor do I need for RetroArch?

Intel Pentium 4 and up (CPU with SSE2 instructions required) is a minimum requirement for PC to be able to run RetroArch.

What graphics card do I need for RetroArch?

You need Any compliant OpenGL 2.x or Direct3D11 GPU. For shaders to work properly, should support at least Shader Model 2.0. or more powerful video card.

What version of Windows can I use to play RetroArch?

Microsoft Windows 7 or newer.

What DirectX do I need to run RetroArch?

Version 11 or greater is necessary for this game.

Can I run RetroArch on my laptop?

Yes, as long as it meets minimum requirements above.

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