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Revision as of 23:17, 8 August 2020

Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn cover
Guerrilla Games
Windows Virtuos[1]
PlayStation Mobile
Release dates
Windows August 7, 2020
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 83
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Open world
Vehicles Robot
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Horizon Zero Dawn on HowLongToBeat
Horizon Zero Dawn on IGDB
Horizon Zero Dawn on MobyGames
Horizon Zero Dawn on Wikipedia

Horizon Zero Dawn is an open world action role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. This game is a port of the 2017 PlayStation 4 console exclusive of the same name. It is the first title that Guerrilla Games have developed for PC following their acquisition by SIE Worldwide Studios, and also marks the fourth game Sony Interactive Entertainment have directly published on the platform under the PlayStation Mobile brand. It is also the second release on PC to make use of the Decima engine, following the previous release of Death Stranding.

The game was initially announced for PC during March 2020 with a placeholder release date for later that year.[2] The final release date, August 7, 2020, was announced in June alongside the release of a trailer showcasing the features of the PC version of the game.[3]

The PC version of the game is available for Windows and distributed through Epic Games Store and Steam as the Complete Edition, which includes The Frozen Wilds expansion, along with a digital art book and additional in-game items, weapons and outfits. It features ultra-widescreen support, high frame rates, adjustable field of view, and remapping for keyboard and mouse controls and controllers.[3]

Reviews published shortly before the global release suggested that the game suffers from a number of technical issues, including stuttering introduced from a variety of different game elements, non-functional graphical settings and major performance issues.[4][5]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1151640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Horizon Zero Dawn\Saved Game\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1151640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
Steam Cloud


Display settings
Display settings
Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are pillarboxed to 16:9. See Ultra-widescreen for a solution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Ranges from 70°-100°.[3]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See In-game anisotropic filtering setting does not work.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Camera-based, FXAA, SMAA, or TAA.[3]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Some animations may run at 30 FPS due to how they were originally designed.[6]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR must be enabled in Windows.


Modify the game executable to remove the cutscenes' pillarboxing[7]
This fix is available as patchers for a number of 21:9 and 32:9 resolutions.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\HorizonZeroDawn.exe in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Search for 39 8E E3 3F as hex.
  3. Replace it with 26 B4 17 40 (for 2560x1080) or any other aspect ratio in hex.
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Launch the game and make sure the Display Aspect ratio option is set to Auto.


Control settings
Control settings
Key remapping
Key remapping
Remapping for a DualShock 4 controller
Remapping for a DualShock 4 controller

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration is present above 30 FPS.[8]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Also supports X-axis inversion.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Also supports X-axis inversion.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Steam Input must be enabled for the game.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired
V2 tested
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller, Xbox One controller and DualShock 4.
Steam Controller button prompts


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech and Sound Effects
Surround sound
Output is automatically set to what the output audio device supports.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish

Issues unresolved

Stuttering on some systems

Some systems might experience stuttering during gameplay in areas such as quest or interface updates, camera swaps in cutscenes and general world traversal.[6]

Issues fixed

Seldom crashes due to game trying to write to nonexistent memory address

Game is trying to write to memory address 0.
This fix is believed to reduce the number of crashes due to memory write errors.
Some users report that this fix does not work, and may make crashes even more frequent.
Open the Horizon Zero Dawn.exe with a hex editor and replace all instances of C7042500000000A7DCEA0D with 9090909090909090909090[citation needed]

In-game anisotropic filtering setting does not work

The Anisotropic Filtering setting present in-game does not function with the release version of the game.[6]
This fix might cause texture flickering on NVIDIA GPUs, see Texture flickering and corruption on NVIDIA GPUs.

Game crashes during initial shader compilation

Free up additional space on the storage device the game is installed on.[6]

Save game failed

Some players have reported the game will show the error "Save game failed. Please make sure you have enough free space on system drive, and the game have access to Documents folder." when the game tries to write profile or save data.
Run the game as Administrator.[9]
Run the game on a user profile that does not contain any Cyrillic characters.[9]
Disable Windows Defender ransomware protection.[10]
  1. On Windows 10, use the search functionality within the taskbar to locate and select Virus & threat protection.
  2. Scroll down to select Manage ransomware protection.
  3. Toggle Controlled folder access to off if enabled.

Texture flickering and corruption on NVIDIA GPUs

Restore the profile for Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition to the default settings in the NVIDIA Control Panel.[11]
Downgrade from hotfix driver 451.85 to driver version 451.67.[12]
Delete the shader cache.[13]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\LocalCacheDX12\ in Windows Explorer.
  2. Delete PSOCache.bin.
  3. Launch the game and allow shaders to re-compile.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok[14]
Cutscenes Bink Video[14]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 290
3 GB (Nvidia), 4 GB (AMD) of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1151640/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1151640) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Spaziogames.it - Horizon Zero Dawn PC review – Aloy has a new home (translated using Google Translate)) - last accessed on 2020-08-06
    "This conversion was not produced in-house but has the signature of Virtuos, a China-based studio based in Singapore."
  2. Hermen Hulst Q&A: Interview with Head of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios - last accessed on 2020-07-30
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC – FAQ - last accessed on 2020-07-30
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn's PC port is deeply disappointing - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn on PC: Not the optimized port we were hoping for - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is now available for Pre-Load on PC! - last accessed on 2020-08-06
  7. How to get Horizon Zero Dawn's Cutscenes running in 21:9/Ultrawide - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  8. (UNSUPPORTED) Horizon Zero Dawn - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  9. 9.0 9.1 ERROR / ОШИБКА - last accessed on 2020-08-08
  10. Save Game Error - last accessed on 2020-08-08
  11. Comments on Horizon Zero Dawn - PC Launch Megathread - last accessed on 2020-08-08
  12. Comments on Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition has released on Steam - last accessed on 2020-08-08
  13. Alexander Battaglia on Twitter - last accessed on 2020-08-08
    "if you are having graphics corruption delete the shader folder (google)"
  14. 14.0 14.1 Horizon Zero Dawn Playstation 4 Credits - MobyGames - last accessed on 2020-03-12
    "Uses Bink Video Copyright © 2008-2017 by RAD Game Tools Inc
    Horizon Zero Dawn uses Havok © Copyright 1999-2008 Havok.com Inc. [and its Licensors]., All rights reserved.