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'''Key points'''
 
'''Key points'''
{{ii}} The original PSO2 can be accessed after unlocking lobby elevator in New Genesis.
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{{ii}} The original PSO2 can be accessed after unlocking a Ryuker Device in New Genesis.
 
{{ii}} Only the Japanese and Global versions are active. All other versions, including the Japanese PlayStation Vita version, have shut down.
 
{{ii}} Only the Japanese and Global versions are active. All other versions, including the Japanese PlayStation Vita version, have shut down.
 
{{++}} Cross-play with Xbox One players in the Global version, and with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players in the Japanese version.
 
{{++}} Cross-play with Xbox One players in the Global version, and with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players in the Japanese version.
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{{Game data|
 
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{{Game data/config|Windows|{{P|userprofile\Documents}}\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2\user.pso2}}
 
{{Game data/config|Windows|{{P|userprofile\Documents}}\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2\user.pso2}}
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{{Game data/config|Epic Games Launcher|{{P|userprofile\Documents}}\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2_NA_EPICGAMES\user.pso2}}
 
{{Game data/config|Microsoft Store|{{P|userprofile\Documents}}\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2_NA\user.pso2|}}
 
{{Game data/config|Microsoft Store|{{P|userprofile\Documents}}\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2_NA\user.pso2|}}
 
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|epic games store notes = Since this is an online-only game hosted on SEGA's Global game servers, all game data is saved on the server only.
 
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|xbox cloud notes      = Since this is an online-only game hosted on SEGA's Global game servers, all game data is saved on the server only.
 
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==Video==
 
==Video==
{{Image|PSO2NGS Graphics Settings.png|Graphics settings}}
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{{Video
 
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==Input==
 
==Input==
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{{Input
 
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==Audio==
 
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|online play players  = 32
 
|online play players  = 32
 
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|online play notes    = According to NGS update, the maximum possible players the game can load in high detail is 32. Up to 4 people in single party areas/quests, up to 12 people in multi-party areas/quests.<br>Crossplay is available in the Global version between Windows 10 and Xbox One players.
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|online play notes    = According to NGS update, the maximum possible players the game can load in high detail is 32 in NGS and 50 in PSO2. Solo and story quests are single player only, up to 4 people in single party areas and single party quests, up to 8 people in some multi-party quests and combat sectors, up to 12 people in multi-party areas and most multi-party quests, up to 32 people in exploration sectors.<br>Crossplay is available in the Global version between Windows 10 and Xbox One players.
 
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{{ii}} A 64-bit operating system is required.
 
{{ii}} A 64-bit operating system is required.
{{ii}} Runs on Windows 7 and 8.1 despite minimum Operating System requirements.
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{{ii}} Windows 7 and 8.1 are able to run the game, but are not officially supported.
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{{ii}} With the New Genesis update, the AVX instruction is required as well.
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{{ii}} Windows Insider builds are not supported and the anti-cheat will crash the game with a generic error. <ref>{{Refcheck|user=SojerManLan|date=2021-06-27|comment=Tested on the 21390.2025 build from the Dev channel. The game gets past the SEGA and Vivox logos and crashes on the opening cinematic due to GameGuard closing the game with a generic NP0 error (that stands for GameGuard's files being corrupted).}}</ref>
  
 
{{References}}
 
{{References}}

Latest revision as of 19:23, 25 July 2021

Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis cover
Developers
Sega
Publishers
Japan and Global Sega
Taiwan and Hong Kong Gamania
Southeast Asia and Thailand Asiasoft
Release dates
Windows July 4, 2012
Reception
OpenCritic 70
Taxonomy
Monetization Free-to-play
Microtransactions Boost, Cosmetic, Currency, Free-to-grind, Player trading, Time-limited, Loot box
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Gambling/casino, JRPG, MMORPG, Open world
Art styles Anime
Themes Fantasy, Japan, Sci-fi, Space
Series Phantasy Star
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis on HowLongToBeat
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis on IGDB
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis on MobyGames
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis on Wikipedia
Phantasy Star
Phantasy Star Online 2001
Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst 2004
Phantasy Star Universe 2006
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus 2007
Phantasy Star II 2012
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom 2012
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium 2012
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis 2012

Key points

The original PSO2 can be accessed after unlocking a Ryuker Device in New Genesis.
Only the Japanese and Global versions are active. All other versions, including the Japanese PlayStation Vita version, have shut down.
Cross-play with Xbox One players in the Global version, and with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players in the Japanese version.
Global version is region locked in Latin American.[citation needed]

General information

Official Japanese Support page
PSO-World.com Forums
PSO2 Tweaker (English patch for Japan version)
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Japan version only.
Download
Windows
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Japan version.
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Global version.
Cross-platform multiplayer with Xbox One.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Global version.
Cross-platform multiplayer with Xbox One.
Xbox Play Anywhere.
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Global version.
Cross-platform multiplayer with Xbox One.[1]
Windows
Allows for account linking between Xbox One/Microsoft Store, Steam and Epic Games Store through the Account Link feature.
Account linking on the Global version is not possible if a new character is made before an account is linked on either Xbox One/Microsoft Store, Steam or Epic Games Store.[2]
The Japan version requires a SEGA ID, a Twitter account or a LINE account.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2\user.pso2
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2_NA_EPICGAMES\user.pso2
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2_NA\user.pso2
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA\PHANTASYSTARONLINE2_NA_STEAM\user.pso2
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1056640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Since this is an online-only game hosted on SEGA's Global game servers, all game data is saved on the server only.
Steam Cloud
Since this is an online-only game hosted on SEGA's Global game servers, all game data is saved on the server only.
Xbox Cloud
Since this is an online-only game hosted on SEGA's Global game servers, all game data is saved on the server only.

Video[edit]

Graphics settings (NGS)
Graphics settings (NGS)

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Game auto detects resolution when using borderless option.
Field of view (FOV)
Can increase FOV during boss fight with "Boss Camera Controls" option.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Referred to as "Virtual Full Screen Mode".
Exclusive fullscreen is removed in NGS update and was replaced with borderless.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Options for FXAA, TAA, and TAA + FXAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Locked due to using borderless windowed.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Choice between 30, 60, 90, 120, 144, 165 FPS or Unrestricted.
Cutscenes are capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

High frame rate[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location, and open user.pso2 with a text editor.
  2. Change the FrameKeep = xxx value to the desired framerate cap.
  3. Save the file.
By default, FrameKeep= xxx is set to "60", but can be completely uncapped by using "0".

Input[edit]

Camera and interface settings (NGS)
Camera and interface settings (NGS)

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Keys can be completely rebound for Standard view, Over-the-Shoulder view, windows, shortcuts, and emotes.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Referred to as "Mouse Rotation Correction".
Can be adjusted separately for Standard view and Over-the-Shoulder view.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Referred to as "Camera Rotation (Up/Down)".
Can be inverted separately for Standard view and Over-the-Shoulder view.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
A keyboard is required to input characters.
Controller remapping
Controls can be completely remapped for Standard view, Over-the-Shoulder view, and windows.
Controller sensitivity
Referred to as "Camera Rotation Speed".
Can be adjusted separately for Standard view and Over-the-Shoulder view.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Referred to as "Camera Rotation (Up/Down)".
Can be inverted separately for Standard view and Over-the-Shoulder view.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Set "Control Display Type" to "Letters" in System/Support Menu > Control Settings.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Set "Control Display Type" to "Symbols" in System/Support Menu > Control Settings..
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
For generic prompts, set "Control Display Type" to "Numbers" in System/Support Menu > Control Settings.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Added in New Genesis update.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Sound settings (NGS)
Sound settings (NGS)

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for BGM, Sound Effects, Voice, and In-Game Video Playback.
Can be changed both in-game and from the external launcher.
Surround sound
Plays up to 5.0.[4]
Toggleable both in-game and from the external launcher.
Subtitles
Cutscenes only. Cannot be disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Referred to as "Global Focus Sound". Can be toggled on or off.

Localizations

Language settings (NGS)
Language settings (NGS)
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Japanese
UI and CC Japan and Global versions only.
Traditional Chinese
Taiwan and Hong Kong versions only.
Thai
Thai version only.
English
Southeast Asia version only.
English
Global version only.
English
Unofficial translation of the Japan version. Details here.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
32 According to NGS update, the maximum possible players the game can load in high detail is 32 in NGS and 50 in PSO2. Solo and story quests are single player only, up to 4 people in single party areas and single party quests, up to 8 people in some multi-party quests and combat sectors, up to 12 people in multi-party areas and most multi-party quests, up to 32 people in exploration sectors.
Crossplay is available in the Global version between Windows 10 and Xbox One players.

Connection types

It is impossible to play cross-region. Region transfer of account data is also impossible.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D

Issues unresolved[edit]

In-game FPS does not match specified FPS[edit]

Due to how the game handles its FPS setting, capping the framerate at, for example, 120FPS will actually result in a framerate cap of 100FPS.[5]
The unofficial English launcher is able to automatically partially-compensate for this.

Achievements not unlocking when using the Account Link option from the Xbox One or Windows Store[edit]

When using the Account Link option to transfer progress between versions, achievements won't automatically unlock based on in-game progress.[6]

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot enable the Steam Overlay[edit]

Without launching the game directly from pso2.exe, the Steam Overlay will not appear in-game.
Bypass the launcher[citation needed]
  1. Exit from Steam.
  2. Open the properties by right-clicking on Steam.exe.
  3. From the Compatibility tab, check the Run this program as an administrator option.
  4. Launch Steam.
  5. Click the Games menu, then choose Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library.
  6. Click on BROWSE... and select pso2.exe from the list of programs.
  7. Click on ADD SELECTED PROGRAMS.
  8. Right-click the added pso2, and choose Properties. Rename it to Phantasy Star Online 2.
  9. Then, click the SET LAUNCH OPTIONS..., enter +0x33aca2b9, then click OK.
  10. Open the control panel, then select System.
  11. Click on Advanced system settings, and then click Environment Variables....
  12. Click on the New... in the "System variables" section. Enter -pso2 to the Variable name, and enter +0x01e3f1e9 to the Variable value.
  13. Click OK.

Notes

Even with this fix, using the game's launcher to receive the latest updates is still required.
This fix is unnecessary if the unofficial English launcher's "Steam Mode" is being used.
This fix is also unnecessary with the official Steam version of the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
64-bit executables are only available for the Microsoft Store, Steam and Epic Games Store versions.[7]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio CRI ADX2, Vivox Vivox was added with the New Genesis update for voice communication in the Japanese version. It was implemented in the Global version.
Cutscenes CRI Sofdec2
Multiplayer Xbox Live, Steamworks, Epic Online Services Global version only.
Anti-cheat GameGuard

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4150
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 103 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 430
AMD Radeon HD 5570
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
1280x720 display
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Windows 7 and 8.1 are able to run the game, but are not officially supported.
With the New Genesis update, the AVX instruction is required as well.
Windows Insider builds are not supported and the anti-cheat will crash the game with a generic error. [8]

Notes

  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>/1056640/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1056640) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. "(...) #PSO2 will be cross-play and cross-progress with Steam, Xbox One, and Windows 10!" - Phantasy Star Online 2 Official Global Twitter Account
  2. PSO2 ON STEAM: HOW TO LINK YOUR ACCOUNT - last accessed on 2020-08-04
  3. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-05
    Fix found by looking through config files.
  4. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2021-06-12
    Tested in 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  5. Arks-Layer - last accessed on 2020-06-16
    "- New code to account for SEGA's weird and wonky code for FPS values. Long story short, any values that are set for the FPS over 59 are approximate and become wrong very quickly. For example, the JP launcher sets 60 FPS in the config for 60 FPS. But the engine actually locks it to 59 FPS. Setting the config to 90 locks the game to 85. Setting it to 120 locks the game to 100. Crazy. Even crazier is that the higher your FPS is, the faster the game loads. - In order to change the FPS to what we actually want, the Tweaker will now set the FPS in the config to the closest approximation it can. This means that, in the config, the Tweaker will set the following values: desired value -> what it sets in the config (max FPS possible) 60 FPS -> 60 (max: 59) 90 FPS -> 101 (max: 92) 120 FPS -> 136 (max: 125) 144 FPS -> 160 (max: 144)"
  6. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-05
    Checked both Steam and Xbox Live achievements when using Account Link to transfer progress from Xbox One/Microsoft Store version.
  7. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-08-06
    Checked if the Steam version used 64-Bit executables by using task manager. GameGuard (the anti-cheat being used) also uses a 64-bit variant.
  8. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2021-06-27
    Tested on the 21390.2025 build from the Dev channel. The game gets past the SEGA and Vivox logos and crashes on the opening cinematic due to GameGuard closing the game with a generic NP0 error (that stands for GameGuard's files being corrupted).