Borderlands 3 System Requirements

Can I Run Borderlands 3?

It all comes down to the specifications of your gaming rig. The first step is to check what your machine is packing under the hood. Fret not – we’ve compiled an easy guide with step by step directions to do just that.

Once you know your PC specifications, you can check the minimum and required system specifications below to make sure it’s capable of running Borderlands 3 without any problems.

We are also in the midst of fine-tuning a brand new piece of software that should make determining PC specifications significantly easier. We’ll provide an update when it’s gone through rigorous testing and is fit for purpose.

Borderlands 3 Game Details

  • Release Date: 13th September 2019 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia – although not until later this year when Google’s new streaming console/service goes live)
  • System Requirements: Medium-High
  • Genre: Action RPG first-person shooter
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher: 2K Games

Despite the name, Borderlands 3 is the fourth mainline entry in the acclaimed and irreverent Borderland series. Known for its unique pseudo-rotoscope art style, Borderlands can be described as snarky loot-and-shoot western set in a far-flung dystopian corner of the universe, specifically on the planet Pandora, where mayhem rears its ugly head at every corner. Borderlands 3 returns tapping firmly into that rich tradition. 

Stories wise, the player takes on the role of the Vault Hunter and is on a mission to halt the Calypso twins and their nefarious Children of the Vault cult. The RPG elements return with the ability to customize the playable character into four different classes through an expansive skill tree, take on missions, and generally gather loot from downed enemies.

Borderlands 3 System Requirements: Minimum

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 | Intel i5-3570 or better
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • HDD: 75 GB available space
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7970 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB or better
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit with latest service pack
  • Screen Resolution: 1920×1080

Borderlands 3 System Requirements: Recommended

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 | Intel i7-4770
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD: 75 GB available space
  • GPU: AMD Radeon™ RX 590 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or better
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit with latest service pack
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • DirectX: Version 12 – Hardware Level 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Optimal Hardware Suggestions

Outwardly, the specifications are fairly reasonable, but Gearbox Software may be embellishing the expected performance somewhat. The GPUs sit in the budget bracket and Borderlands 3 looks to run decently on even a GTX 680, but as always, don’t expect to be churning out 60 FPS on ultra settings. 

The RAM requirements for the minimum specifications are high, but that is a growing trend among recent releases. If you’re still packing 4GB, an upgrade is well overdue anyway.

Minimum specifications should churn out a decent 30 FPS on low settings and at 1080p, although expect some drops when gunfights get messy.

As for the recommended specifications, 60 FPS at 1440p on ultra settings appears somewhat ambitious, especially in the case of the GTX 1060 where you’d be lucky to land 30 FPS. A happy middle ground is 1080p, ultra settings, and frame rates nearing 40-50.

What Gaming PC Do We Recommend?

It all depends on what Borderlands 3 experience you can handle without throwing your PC through an open window out of sheer frustration.

For 1080p, 60 FPS, ultra settings go for;

  • CPU: Intel Core i7/i9 or AMD Ryzen 7
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 5700

For 1440p, 60 FPS, ultra settings, we’d recommend;

  • CPU: Intel Core i7/i9 or AMD Ryzen 7
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

If in doubt, check out our recommended $2000 gaming rig. It costs a pretty penny, but guarantees buttery smooth FPS, 1440p or better gaming, and sets you in good stead for the next few years.