Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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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
Ubisoft Montreal
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2003
Metacritic 89
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Third-person, Bird's-eye view, First-person
Controls Direct control
Series Prince of Persia
Themes Middle East
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 2022

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 Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v3 DRM[Note 1].
Russian copies use StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2].
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Ubisoft Store
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Uplay+ version may be DRM Free
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

Peixoto's patch

Peixoto's patch

  • Disables the postprocess blur shader that the game employs
  • Gets fog working correctly
  • Keyboard\mouse emulation with Xinput gamepads
  • Super sampling anti aliasing

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[7]
  1. Go to Video in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename,,, and

Skip loading screens

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,, and

Game data

Configuration file location

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

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings

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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
In-engine cutscenes may have Audio desynchronization. Cap the frame rate externally to lower values during these or use v-sync to mitigate this effect as much as possible.

Widescreen resolution

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.


Supported exe size: 4 280 320 bytes.


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.


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

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Supports Mouse4 and Mouse5 buttons.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Not available in the version; download.
Retail and GOG version. Patch for digital release here.
Patch for digital release here
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Fanmade translation available here.

VR support

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

Issues unresolved

Water effects not rendering

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.

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

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

Issues fixed

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

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.


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

Fixed in the 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 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


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


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

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


The music for The Sands of Time was composed by Stuart Chatwood of the Canadian rock band The Tea Party. Chatwood was chosen for the role as Ubisoft wanted music that had Persian elements in it to fit the setting, while not being not pure Persian music.[17]

# Title
01 The Sands of Time - Main Title
02 The 1st Fight
03 The 2nd Fight
04 The Zoo
05 The Bath Fight
06 The Bridge Fight
07 The Halls Of Learning
08 The Prison Intro
09 The Prison
10 The Fight
11 The Magic Cavern
12 The Last Fight
13 Time Only Knows
14 The Father


  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.


  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
  15. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time has been updated! Details inside :D, page 1 - Forum -
  16. Verified by User:Anon on 2020-07-01
  17. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Soundtrack) - last accessed on 2021-02-09