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{{disambig|the original release|the remake|[[Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake]]}}
 
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|120 fps                    = false
 
|120 fps                    = false
|120 fps notes              = Audio desynchronizes in cutscenes.Set monitor on 60hz to fix
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|120 fps notes              = Audio desynchronizes in cutscenes.
 
|hdr                        = unknown
 
|hdr                        = unknown
 
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===[[Glossary:Widescreen resolution|Widescreen resolution]]===
 
===[[Glossary:Widescreen resolution|Widescreen resolution]]===
{{Fixbox|description=Widescreen fix ({{term|Hor+}})|ref=<ref>{{Refurl|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PK3hkfqsCc|title=Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Widescreen HD Test №2 PC - YouTube|date=2017-03-02}}</ref>|fix=
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{{Fixbox|description=Apply Widescreen Fix ({{term|Hor+}})|ref=<ref>{{Refurl|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PK3hkfqsCc|title=Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Widescreen HD Test №2 PC - YouTube|date=2017-03-02}}</ref>|fix=
# Download [http://ps2wide.net/pc.html#popst Widescreen fix by nemesis2000]
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# Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000 from [http://ps2wide.net/pc.html#popst Here] or from [https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/1999-prince-of-persia-sands-of-time-widescreen-fix-by-nemesis2000/ our Mirror.]
# Extract {{file|pop.7z}} files to the installation folder ''(password: pop)''.
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# Extract {{file|pop.7z}} files into {{P|game}} ''(archive password: pop)''.
# Edit {{file|pop.ini}} to set the resolution and FOV multiplier.
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# Edit {{file|pop.ini}} to set your desired resolution and FOV multiplier.
  
 
'''Notes'''
 
'''Notes'''
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|touchscreen notes        =  
 
|touchscreen notes        =  
 
|controller support        = true
 
|controller support        = true
|controller support notes  = XInput controllers have sensitivity issues. See [[#Controller input not detected|Issues fixed]].<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20140918174341/http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1294600 Sands of Time with the xbox360 controller walking, not running - Steam Users' Forums] (retrieved)</ref>
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|controller support notes  = XInput controllers have sensitivity issues. See [[#Controller_input_not_detected._Unable_to_use_Power_of_Haste_when_using_Controller|Issues fixed]].<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20140918174341/http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1294600 Sands of Time with the xbox360 controller walking, not running - Steam Users' Forums] (retrieved)</ref>
 
|full controller          = false
 
|full controller          = false
|full controller notes    =  
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|full controller notes    = Main Menu and Esc Menu only work with mouse and keyboard.
 
|controller remap          = true
 
|controller remap          = true
 
|controller remap notes    =  
 
|controller remap notes    =  
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}}
 
{{L10n/switch
 
{{L10n/switch
  |language  = Czech
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  |language  = German
 
  |interface = true
 
  |interface = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |subtitles = false
 
  |subtitles = false
  |notes    = Retail only. Patch for digital release [http://www.folkemonovycestiny.cz/prince-of-persia-sands-of-time/ here].
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  |notes    =  
|fan      =  
 
 
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  |language  = Spanish
 
  |interface = true
 
  |interface = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |subtitles = false
 
  |subtitles = false
  |notes    =  
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  |notes    = Retail only. Patch for digital release [http://www.clandlan.net/foros/topic/61092-traduccion-para-prince-of-persia-the-sands-of-time/ here].
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|fan      =  
 
}}
 
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  |audio    = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |subtitles = false
 
  |subtitles = false
  |notes    = Not in GOG.com version
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  |notes    = Not available in the GOG version.
 
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{{L10n/switch
 
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  |language  = Hungarian
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  |language  = Russian
  |interface = hackable
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  |interface = true
  |audio    = false
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  |audio    = true
 
  |subtitles = false
 
  |subtitles = false
  |notes    = [https://magyaritasok.hu/magyaritasok/prince-of-persia-sands-of-time/prince-of-persia-sands-of-time/324 Fan made translation].
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  |notes    = Retail and GOG version. Patch for digital release [https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=477531361 here].
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  |audio    = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |subtitles = false
 
  |subtitles = false
  |notes    = Available as a patch from the local publisher. <br /> Official translation, [https://www.gog.com/forum/prince_of_persia_series/uplay_i_gogspolszczenie_do_prince_of_persia_sands_of_time_ksiaze_persji_piaski_czasu download]
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  |notes    = Patch for digital release [https://www.gog.com/forum/prince_of_persia_series/uplay_i_gogspolszczenie_do_prince_of_persia_sands_of_time_ksiaze_persji_piaski_czasu here]
 
  |fan      =  
 
  |fan      =  
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{L10n/switch
 
{{L10n/switch
  |language  = Russian
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  |language  = Czech
 
  |interface = true
 
  |interface = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |audio    = true
 
  |subtitles = false
 
  |subtitles = false
  |notes    = Official localization by «[[Company:Akella|Akella]]». Retail and GOG.com version. Patch for digital release [https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=477531361 here].
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  |notes    = Retail only. Patch for digital release [http://www.folkemonovycestiny.cz/prince-of-persia-sands-of-time/ here].
 
  |fan      =  
 
  |fan      =  
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{L10n/switch
 
{{L10n/switch
  |language  = Spanish
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  |language  = Hungarian
  |interface = true
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  |interface = hackable
  |audio    = true
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  |audio    = false
 
  |subtitles = false
 
  |subtitles = false
  |notes    = Retail only. Download for digital release [http://www.clandlan.net/foros/topic/61092-traduccion-para-prince-of-persia-the-sands-of-time/ here].
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  |notes    = Fanmade translation available [https://magyaritasok.hu/magyaritasok/prince-of-persia-sands-of-time/prince-of-persia-sands-of-time/324 here].
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{{ii}} Hence may run at the sub-optimal speed on the modern systems, and the CPU nowadays rely more on core count rather than the clock speeds
 
{{ii}} Hence may run at the sub-optimal speed on the modern systems, and the CPU nowadays rely more on core count rather than the clock speeds
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=== Most of the dialogue has low volume causing it to be inaudible and no subtitles are provided ===
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{{ii}} Appears to be a problem on modern systems only.
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{{--}} No known fixes. <ref>{{Refcheck|user=Sidspyker|date=2020-09-22|comment=I have tested this on 3 different Windows 10 systems with varying hardware and audio configurations along with enabling and disabling EAX/Audio Virtualisation options in the game.}}</ref>
  
 
==Issues fixed==
 
==Issues fixed==
===Controller input not detected===
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===Controller input not detected. <br> Unable to use Power of Haste when using Controller===
 
{{ii}} Gamepads are not working on some systems.<ref>[https://steamcommunity.com/app/13600/discussions/0/1729828401691438915/ Gamepad not working; Graphics not working. :: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time General Discussions]</ref> The game also has sensitivity issues with diagonal input for XInput controllers (running diagonally does not work because the game expects DirectInput values).
 
{{ii}} Gamepads are not working on some systems.<ref>[https://steamcommunity.com/app/13600/discussions/0/1729828401691438915/ Gamepad not working; Graphics not working. :: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time General Discussions]</ref> The game also has sensitivity issues with diagonal input for XInput controllers (running diagonally does not work because the game expects DirectInput values).
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{{ii}} XInput Controllers need the below fix to enable both triggers to work simultaneously to use The Power of Haste in the game.<ref>{{Refcheck|user=Sidspyker|date=2020-09-22|comment=Comment (optional)}}</ref>
  
 
{{Fixbox|description=Use XInput Plus|ref=<ref>https://www.gog.com/forum/prince_of_persia_series/pcgamingwiki_now_has_a_xbox_360xinput_fix_for_prince_of_persia_sands_of_time/post1</ref>|fix=
 
{{Fixbox|description=Use XInput Plus|ref=<ref>https://www.gog.com/forum/prince_of_persia_series/pcgamingwiki_now_has_a_xbox_360xinput_fix_for_prince_of_persia_sands_of_time/post1</ref>|fix=
# Download [[Glossary:Controller#XInput Plus|XInput Plus]].
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# Download [[Glossary:Controller#XInput Plus|XInput Plus]] and extract it to any folder.
# Set the target program to {{file|pop.exe}}
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# Launch XInput Plus
# Go to "Sticks", and change the "Rect Correction" slider from "0" to "1".
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# Set the Target Program by browsing to the <code>{{p|game}}</code> and selecting {{file|pop.exe}}.
# Go to "DirectInput" and check "Enable DirectInput Output."
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# Go to <code>Sticks</code> tab and for the <code>Left Stick</code> change the <code>Rect Correction</code> slider from <code>0</code> to <code>1</code>
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# Go to <code>DirectInput</code> tab and check <code>Enable DirectInput Output</code>.
# Press apply, this will install a DLL file in the {{P|game}} (which will be automatically used when you start the game).
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# In the same tab click on <code>LT/RT</code> and select <code>Button 12/13</code> from the dropdown menu.
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# Click Apply, this will install a DLL file to your game folder that will automatically be used when you start the game.
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# Start the game and rebind the triggers in Options.
 
'''Notes'''
 
'''Notes'''
{{ii}} If pressing left stick fully forward still results in walking, go to "Sticks" and reduce Saturation in 5% increments until rectified.
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{{ii}} If pressing Left Stick fully forward results in walking instead of running, go to <code>Sticks</code> then <code>Left Stick</code> and reduce <code>Saturation</code> in 5% increments until rectified.
 
}}
 
}}
  

Latest revision as of 08:17, 24 September 2020

This page is for the original release. For the remake, see Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Jade
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 89
IGDB 84
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Third-person, Bird's-eye view, First-person
Controls Direct control
Series Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on IGDB
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time guide on StrategyWiki
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on MobyGames
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on Wikipedia

Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia 1989
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame 1993
Prince of Persia 3D 1999
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 2004
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones 2005
Prince of Persia (2008) 2008
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake 2021

Key points

A remastered version of Prince of Persia (1989) can be unlocked on 6th gen consoles, but not in the PC version.

General information

Ubisoft forums for game series
Prince of Persia Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v3 DRM[Note 1].
Russian copies use StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
Icon overlay.png
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Windows
Uplay
Icon overlay.png
Uplay+ version may be DRM Free
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[7]
  1. Go to Video in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename Bink.int, Intro.int, nvidia.int, poplogo.int and ubisoft.int

Skip loading screens[edit]

Doing this will cause the game to soft lock at some screen transitions [8]
Delete/rename loading files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Video in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename Loading.int, POP_IN.int, and POP_OUT.int

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Hardware.ini[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13600/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13600/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

Basic video settings.
Basic video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Apply Widescreen Fix (Hor+)[9]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000 from Here or from our Mirror.
  2. Extract pop.7z files into <path-to-game> (archive password: pop).
  3. Edit pop.ini to set your desired resolution and FOV multiplier.

Notes

Supported exe size: 4 280 320 bytes.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\POP.exe.
  5. Set launch to <path-to-game>\PrinceOfPersia.exe.
  6. Set Acquire admin caps.
  7. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  8. Click on Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  9. Click OK, then File and Save.

Post-processing[edit]

Disable bloom, blur, and distortion
  • Use Peixoto's patch to disable the blur shader.
  • Use 3D Vision fix to disable the low resolution distortion effect as well as the bloom effect.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Supports Mouse4 and Mouse5 buttons.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers have sensitivity issues. See Issues fixed.[10]
Full controller support
Main Menu and Esc Menu only work with mouse and keyboard.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, music, and voice
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Unified (compatible with EAX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
French
Spanish
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Italian
Not available in the GOG version.
Russian
Retail and GOG version. Patch for digital release here.
Polish
Patch for digital release here
Czech
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Hungarian
Fanmade translation available here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.See here for an alternate profile.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Water effects not rendering[edit]

When the Water effects graphics option is enabled, water does not render on certain modern systems, such as those employing Intel HD Graphics. Disabling the setting is a working—albeit sub-optimal—solution.

Game uses one core only[edit]

Hence may run at the sub-optimal speed on the modern systems, and the CPU nowadays rely more on core count rather than the clock speeds

Most of the dialogue has low volume causing it to be inaudible and no subtitles are provided[edit]

Appears to be a problem on modern systems only.
No known fixes. [11]

Issues fixed[edit]

Controller input not detected.
Unable to use Power of Haste when using Controller
[edit]

Gamepads are not working on some systems.[12] The game also has sensitivity issues with diagonal input for XInput controllers (running diagonally does not work because the game expects DirectInput values).
XInput Controllers need the below fix to enable both triggers to work simultaneously to use The Power of Haste in the game.[13]
Use XInput Plus[14]
  1. Download XInput Plus and extract it to any folder.
  2. Launch XInput Plus
  3. Set the Target Program by browsing to the <path-to-game> and selecting pop.exe.
  4. Go to Sticks tab and for the Left Stick change the Rect Correction slider from 0 to 1
  5. Go to DirectInput tab and check Enable DirectInput Output.
  6. In the same tab click on LT/RT and select Button 12/13 from the dropdown menu.
  7. Click Apply, this will install a DLL file to your game folder that will automatically be used when you start the game.
  8. Start the game and rebind the triggers in Options.

Notes

If pressing Left Stick fully forward results in walking instead of running, go to Sticks then Left Stick and reduce Saturation in 5% increments until rectified.

Extreme amounts of fog[edit]

Fixed in the GOG.com version.[15]
Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]
Disable "Fog" option in video settings[citation needed]
Edit Hardware.ini[16]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Hardware.ini.
  3. Change the following values as noted.
    • ForceVSFog=1
    • InvertFogRange=0
  4. Save the file, then right-click on it and select Properties.
  5. Check Read-only, and click OK.

Missing interface[edit]

Edit Hardware.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Hardware.ini.
  3. Change the following value as noted.
    • CanStretchRect=0
  4. Save the file, then right-click on it and select Properties.
  5. Check Read-only, and click OK.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
DirectX 9.0 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[3][4][5][6] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  4. 4.0 4.1 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>/13600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Windows Vista support - StarForce Support
  4. Windows 7 support - StarForce Support
  5. Windows 8.1 support - StarForce Support
  6. Windows 10 support - StarForce Support
  7. Verified by User:Anon on 2020-07-01
  8. [1] - last accessed on 2020-01-13
    "Most of the screen goes black. The prince's sword remains, floating in space. Random arrows from the background keep getting shot, on fire. Landing nowhere."
  9. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Widescreen HD Test №2 PC - YouTube - last accessed on 2017-03-02
  10. Sands of Time with the xbox360 controller walking, not running - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  11. Verified by User:Sidspyker on 2020-09-22
    I have tested this on 3 different Windows 10 systems with varying hardware and audio configurations along with enabling and disabling EAX/Audio Virtualisation options in the game.
  12. Gamepad not working; Graphics not working. :: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time General Discussions
  13. Verified by User:Sidspyker on 2020-09-22
  14. https://www.gog.com/forum/prince_of_persia_series/pcgamingwiki_now_has_a_xbox_360xinput_fix_for_prince_of_persia_sands_of_time/post1
  15. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time has been updated! Details inside :D, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  16. Verified by User:Anon on 2020-07-01