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Revision as of 07:12, 30 November 2023

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Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact cover
Unity 2017[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows September 28, 2020
Metacritic 84
OpenCritic 80
Monetization Free-to-play, Subscription
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Currency, Infinite spend, Free-to-grind, Loot box, Time-limited
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world, RPG
Art styles Anime
Themes Fantasy
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This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Genshin Impact is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person action, open world and RPG game.

General information

Official forums
Official Discord server


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Global server
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Chinese server
Download version
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Chinese server
Cloud version
Epic Games Store
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Global server
Requires a HoYoverse account on the Global server and a MiHoYo account on the Chinese server.
Game installs proprietary anti-cheat driver (HoYoKProtect.sys) that runs along with the game.
The game is also downloadable on PC via Google Play on the Global server and Bilibili Games on the Chinese server (which doesn't support cross-platform on the latter platform).
All versions require a constant internet connection for all game modes.


Type Notes
Free-to-play Game is free-to-play with microtransactions in the form of currency purchases.[2]
Subscription Players can purchase a subscription called the Blessing of the Welkin Moon, which grants 300 Genesis Crystals upon purchase, and also gives 90 Primogems every day the player logs in. The Blessing can be purchased multiple times, each time granting 300 Primogems and extending the duration of the subscription by 30 days up to 180 days.


Type Notes
Cosmetic Outfits for 5-star characters cost Genesis Crystals. Outfits for 4-star characters are initially available as event rewards (along with the character), then cost Genesis Crystals after the event. Two new outfits are added every six months.
Currency Real money is used to purchase Genesis Crystals, which can be converted to Primogems at a 1-to-1 rate or used to purchase item bundles in the in-game shop. Primogems are used to purchase Fates, which are then used to purchase gacha rolls, which is the only way to obtain the vast majority of characters in the game.[2]
Free-to-grind Players can earn Primogems through completing events and daily quests, obtaining achievements, and opening chests found throughout the world, among other methods. Players also directly earn Fates through ascending characters and grinding the free battle pass.
Loot box New characters and weapons can be obtained through a gacha system using Fates to purchase rolls.[2]
Time-limited Limited-time gacha "banners" rotate every three weeks, offering the choice of 2 banner-exclusive 5-star characters alongside three rate-boosted 4-star characters. Banner-exclusive 5-star characters repeat every few months. New 4-star characters are initially exclusive to the limited-time banners, then become available in the permanent gacha banner in the following version.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\miHoYo\Genshin Impact

Save game data location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\miHoYo\Genshin Impact

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Cross-save is available with the console and mobile versions of the game.[3]


Graphics options
Graphics options

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
[citation needed]
UI is anchored to use the entire screen, and doesn't have dead-zone/centering options.
31:9 resolutions have issues at the start of the game when entering the name, the confirm button won't be visible. Change the resolution to fix this.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
May be too low for some people to play without suffering simulation sickness.[4]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
This is actually the normal fullscreen behaviour, but the game will automatically minimize its window on focus loss without the -popupwindow parameter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x (setting added in Version 2.2)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
None, SMAA, and SSAA via Render Resolution setting (with 1.1x, 1.2x, 1.3x, 1.4x, 1.5x multipliers)
High-fidelity upscaling
FSR 2.0
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Choice between 30, 45, and 60 FPS caps.
120+ FPS
Removed after beta.[6] When Vsync is disabled, only splash and warning screens prior to the title screen run at an unlocked framerate.[7] FPS can be unlocked using third-party tool. See Unlocking the Frame rate (FPS).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unity page for more details.

Unlocking the Frame rate (FPS)

Genshin Impact FPS Unlocker[8]
Using such a third party application to modify even a single byte in the game memory could be a violation of the game's Terms of Service. Still, after more than two years this has never been punished.[9]
  1. Download the latest version of Genshin Impact FPS Unlocker.
  2. Make sure you have the Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable (x64) and .NET Framework 4.8 installed.
  3. The Unlocker will generate a Config file on the directory it is running from, so it is recommended to put the file inside a folder before running.
  4. Run the unlocker as administrator, then, open the game. This only needs to be done once in order for the tool to get the game path and generate a config file.
  5. After the config file is generated, use the unlocker to launch the game.
  6. You can change the desired FPS Limit value by either dragging the slider or inputting an exact number of your choice in the UI.


Keyboard and mouse control options
Keyboard and mouse control options
Controller options
Controller options
Other options
Other options

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Fixed as of Version 1.1.[10] Mouse left and right buttons are hard mapped to attack and dash respectively. (You get an "error" notification when trying to change the mapping)
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing is force enabled, alongside the vertical and horizontal mouse sensitivity being different.
Mouse sensitivity
Separate sliders for "Camera Sensitivity" and "Camera Sensitivity (Aimed Shot Mode)" are available. Vertical Sensitivity is 75% lower than Horizontal (50% in Aimed Shot Mode), with no option to change.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Touchscreen optimised
Buttons can be tapped but no left stick for movement.
Not working in "Console mode".
Controller support
Switching to "Controller" will change the game to "Console mode" with UI optimized for console.
Full controller support
The title screen only supports keyboard input, and a keyboard is required to input main character's name.
Controller remapping
Added in Version 1.1 update. Only the face buttons and the rightmost shoulder buttons can be remapped. Japanese-style layout is used for "Confirm" and "Cancel" buttons by default (O/B to select and X/A to cancel), but can be changed as of Version 1.1.[10] Using Aimed Shot requires the usage of either the Elemental Skill or Normal Attack Button, which makes manual aiming awkward when mapping those actions to the Face Buttons.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders for "Camera Sensitivity" and "Camera Sensitivity (Aimed Shot Mode)" are available. Vertical Sensitivity is 50% lower than Horizontal, with no option to change.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Touchpad is used for text chat in co-op. Since the v2.2 update, DualSense is supported with working adaptive triggers and haptic feedback when using wired connection, but requires the controller to be connected before starting the game.[11]
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth),

DualSense only support wired connection.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
While hotplugging is possible, manually setting the control type option to "Controller" will be needed after plugging in.
Haptic feedback
Added in version 1.2
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Only one control method can be used. Changing the "Control Type" setting to an input method not currently connected requires restarting.


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for Master, Music, Dialogue, and SFX. Can be set in intervals of 1, from 0-10.
Surround sound
Supports up to 6.0.[12] Works fine with 5.1 and 7.1 too.
Key story sequences only, cannot be disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Partly available since the v4.1 update, named Mute When Minimized.[13] When playing in windowed mode (including borderless fullscreen windowed), the game will not mute itself when losing focus, instead only when explicitly minimized. It is otherwise somewhat functional with the default fullscreen mode, since it will forcefully minimize itself when losing focus.


Language settings
Language settings
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Added in the v3.3 update.[14]
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Added in the v3.3 update.[14]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
1-4 1 player in Single player mode
4 players in Co-op. Available after reaching Adventure Rank 16.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed

Installer will not open

Extract the launcher file[15]
  1. Download the installer.
  2. Use an application like 7-Zip and extract the installer.
  3. Within the subfolder extract the file app.7z.
  4. Run launcher.exe.
(Macbook only) Disable graphics card temporarily[16]
  1. Open Device Manager and disable graphics card.
  2. Download the installer and install the game.
  3. Reenable graphics card in Device Manager.
Fix may need to be applied every time the game is launched.


Run the game in exclusive fullscreen mode[17]
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\Genshin Impact game
  2. Make a shortcut to GenshinImpact.exe with parameters -screen-fullscreen 1 -window-mode exclusive.
Check for network devices anomalies[18][19]
Disable Corsair's iCUE utility[20]

G-Sync / Variable Refresh Rate Does Not Work

Run the game in exclusive fullscreen mode [See: #Stuttering for details]
Initial game load (after the log in screen) breaks G-Sync / VRR, requiring a refocus of the game window to work properly again (Alt+Tab or Alt+Enter).
Menus in game that open an in game web browser (Notices, Special Event, Version Highlights, Survey, Wish History) also break G-Sync / VRR, requiring a refocus of the game window to work properly again.
Inconsistent behavior with Alt+Tab that can sometimes result in the game freezing upon refocus.
Use Special K to force proper DXGI Flip Model Support
Modifying game memory with an unauthorized third party application is a violation of the game's Terms of Service, use Special K at your own risk.
Global injector must be used as the anti-cheat removes extraneous DLLs from the game directory on startup.
Game must be added to the Special K Frontend manually.
Does not have issues with G-Sync / VRR breaking from initial load or menus that use an in game web browser.
Behavior with exclusive fullscreen is inconsistent, sometimes resulting in the game freezing upon launch or Alt+Tab . Would recommend launching the game with no additional launch arguments.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Input Rewired

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 4th Gen or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 120 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 1030
Intel UHD Graphics 630
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Windows 10 dev builds are currently not supported.


  1. Unity engine build: 2017.4.30[1]


  1. Verified by User:max20091 on 2020-09-15
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Genshin Impact FAQ - last accessed on 2020-09-10
  3. FreeMMOStation - Is Genshin Impact Cross Save Between Every Platform? - last accessed on 2020-09-28
  4. Verified by User:DAOWAce on 2020-11-20
    Misinformation of the "default camera distance" setting added in the 1.1 update. Also reports of multiple people suffering motion sickness since launch; myself and a couple friends included.
  5. "Akasha Pulses, the Kalpa Flame Rises" Version 3.2 Update Details - last accessed on May 2023
  6. Genshin Impact (PC) Dungeon benchmark, Max setting 140 FPS unlock - I7 4790K RTX2060 16GB Ram. - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  7. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-09-28
    Tested using an FPS overlay and with VSync disabled.
  8. MinecraftLever's comment on How to change Genshin's FPS to whatever you want - Reddit - last accessed on October 2023
  9. Anyone got banned? · Issue #19 · 34736384/genshin-fps-unlock
  10. 10.0 10.1 Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2020-11-14
  11. "Into the Perilous Labyrinth of Fog" Version 2.2 Update Notice - Genshin Impact official site - last accessed on May 2023
  12. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2020-11-15
    Tested in 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  13. "To the Stars Shining in the Depths" Version 4.1 Update Details - Genshin Impact official site - last accessed on November 2023
  14. 14.0 14.1 "All Senses Clear, All Existence Void" Version 3.3 Update Details - Genshin Impact official site - last accessed on November 2023
  15. Genshin Impact Installer will not open/run (fix) - last accessed on 2020-10-05
  16. How to get Genshin Impact on Macbook - last accessed on 2020-09-26
  17. PSA: Freesync / G-Sync Issues : Genshin_Impact - Reddit - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  18. odaleon comments on Genshin Impact PC Stuttering : Genshin_Impact - Reddit - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  19. suronal comments on How can I fix stutters in Genshin Impact? : lowspecgamer - Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  20. Genshin Impact FPS drop PC - a potential fix [ EN / FR ] : Genshin_Impact - Reddit - last accessed on 9 June 2023