Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

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Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Casablanca
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[1]
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Jade
Release dates
Windows December 1, 2005
macOS (OS X) (Cider) October 6, 2008
Reception
Metacritic 85
IGDB 80
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on HowLongToBeat
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on IGDB
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones guide on StrategyWiki
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on MobyGames
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones 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

General information

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

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 3.6.10.06 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
Windows
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Video in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename LOGORP.BIK, UBIMC.BIK, and UBISOFT.BIK

Skip loading screens

Delete/rename loading files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Video in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename LOADIN0.BIK, LOADLOP0.BIK, and LOADOUT0.BIK
    1. depending on the game language file names might differ - e.g. german: LOADIN4.BIK, LOADLOP4.BIK, and LOADOUT4.BIK

Uncensor Mod

Restores decapitations removed from the EU version.
Removes save checksum protection.
Ignores launcher requirements.
Shows more resolutions.
Ability to unlock all videos instantly.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download Uncensor Mod
  2. Copy BinkW32.dll, patch.dll and patch.ini to the game directory
  3. Enable or disable the various features by editing patch.ini

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\POP3Profiles\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Very limited resolution choices. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA. Can be improved to 8x through the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Audio becomes slightly desynchronized in in-game cutscenes and parkour might behave unexpectedly if the frame rate is above 60. Cap the frame rate externally during these sections.

Widescreen resolution

Apply widescreen fix and set the desired resolution[4]
  1. For non-GOG versions: Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000
  2. GOG.com version: Download from PCGW Mirror instead
  3. Extract pop3.7z files to <path-to-game> (password: pop3).
  4. For GOG.com version run UPX.bat included in the archive.
  5. Edit pop3.ini to set your resolution and FOV multiplier.

Notes

Supported exe size: 6 344 704 bytes.

Windowed

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 Two Thrones.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\pop3.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 DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  9. Click on Mouse tab.
  10. Set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  11. Click OK, then File and Save.

Notes

Make sure you that PrinceOfPersia.exe and pop3.exe have no compatibility mode enabled.

Post-processing

Disable post-processing effects[citation needed]

Use 3D Vision fix to toggle the blur, bloom, and heat distortion effects.

Input settings

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Button prompts

Works for the entire trilogy.
Instructions[5]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open POPDATA.BF with a text editor such as Notepad ++.
  3. Press Ctrl+F and find the line Input event names.
  4. Under it go to Gamepads then change the buttons to what you want.

Notes

Make sure you don't increase or decrease the file size as it will make the game crash.
DualShock 4 replacement file can be used (only for The Two Thrones). DualShock 4 works only with wired connection, unlike Sands of Time or Warrior Within.

Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Unified (compatible with EAX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to enable EAX and surround sound functionality on Windows Vista and later.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Retail only. Patch for digital release here
French
German
Italian
Not available in the GOG.com version; download.
Polish
Retail only, download
Russian
Official localization by «Akella». Retail and GOG.com version. Patch for digital release here.
Spanish

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Prince of Persia The Two Thrones.
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved

Random hang ups on loading screen

No solution so far.

Issues fixed

MSAA can cause bloom glitches

In-game MSAA option can cause the bloom effect to be rendered wrong.
Disable in-game MSAA[citation needed]
  1. Disable in-game MSAA option and force it through the graphics card control panel.

Middle Tower springboard glitch

In the Middle Tower section near the end of the game there is a springboard that jumps to a dagger stab point. The Prince cannot stab this point and falls to his death.
Lock game's frame rate to 30 or 60fps FPS[citation needed]
The game's physics engine was designed for 30 FPS on consoles, so to fix use an external software such as RivaTuner and lock the game's frame rate to 30 or 60 FPS for this part to fix the issue.
Enable vsync and set monitor 60hz[7][citation needed]

Sensitivity issues for gamepads

The game has sensitivity issues with diagonal input for gamepads (running diagonally does not work).
Set gamepad speed to +1.25[citation needed]
  1. Go to Options - Controls-Gamepad and set Gamepad Speed to around +1.25

VR support

Other information

API

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Supported ATI chipsets: 7500/8500/9000/X series
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 3/4/FX/6/7 series
The Nvidia GeForce4 MX is not supported

Notes

  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[2][3] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/13530/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13530) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References