The Outer Worlds

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Not to be confused with Outer Wilds.

The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds cover
Developers
Obsidian Entertainment
Publishers
Private Division
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows October 25, 2019
The Outer Worlds on Wikipedia

General information

Official website
Official forums
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (see notes)
Does not require the Epic Games Store launcher when run directly from <path-to-game>\TheOuterWorlds.exe[1]
Windows
GamersGate
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Gamesplanet
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam version will be available for purchase one year after the Epic Games and Microsoft Store release date.[2]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Disable intro videos through the config[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Game.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add the following lines to the bottom of the file and save the changes:
[/Script/MoviePlayer.MoviePlayerSettings]
bWaitForMoviesToComplete=False
bMoviesAreSkippable=True
StartupMovies=
Remove the video files[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Indiana\Content\Movies.
  2. Delete or rename Startup_Splash_1.mp4 and Startup_Splash_2.mp4.
A game update will likely restore the files.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Indiana\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\PrivateDivision.TheOuterWorldsWindows10_hv3d7yfbgr2rp\LocalCache\Local\Indiana\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/578650/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\The Outer Worlds\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\The Outer Worlds Windows 10\<user-id>\ %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\PrivateDivision.TheOuterWorldsWindows10_hv3d7yfbgr2rp\SystemAppData\wgs\<user-id>\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/578650/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

Video settings

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.
UI settings.
UI settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- gameplay with an FOV slider to compensate, stretched FMVs, 16:9 pillarboxed dialog, menu and rendered cutscenes. See Ultra-widescreen for workarounds.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
60° to 120° horizontal. See Field of view (FOV) for higher values. Player model is unaffected.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x to 8x depending on Textures setting, can be increased further.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate can optionally be capped from 240 FPS to 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Ultra-widescreen

Removes pillarboxing from real-time rendered cutscenes, menu and dialog screens.
Adjusts vertical FOV for 21:9 and 32:9 resolutions for parity with 16:9.
Cutscenes and dialog screens FOV is simultaneously Hor+ and Vert-.
Applies to all game versions.
Cropped viewmodel and stretched FMVs will remain unchanged.
Modify a game file of the Epic Games Store version[6][7]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Indiana\Binaries\Win64\IndianaEpicGameStore-Win64-Shipping.exe in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Jump (Ctrl+G) to offset 1C3BA6A as hex and look for the bytes 01 31 41 30.
  3. Replace 01 with 00.
  4. Jump (Ctrl+G) to offset 2839395 as hex and look for the bytes FA 0E 3C A1.
  5. Replace FA 0E with 20 2A.

Notes

Removes pillarboxing from in-game cutscenes, menus and dialogs.
FOV changes match that of 16:9.
Cropped viewmodel and stretched FMVs will remain unchanged.

Field of view (FOV)

Set custom FOV value through the config[8]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini.
  3. Assuming X is the desired FOV value you want, change CustomFieldOfView=X to your desired value.
  4. Save the file.

Notes

Extreme FOV values, such as 180, render gameplay unplayable.
Set FOV calculation to vertical[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the following lines and save the changes:
[/Script/Engine.LocalPlayer]
AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainYFOV

Notes

In-game FOV values now being vertical, the new 89 value will match the old 120 of 16:9.
Player model will remain unaffected.
Combat finishers may undo the change.[9]
Entering the settings menu for any reason reverts this change.[citation needed]
Disable or modify sprint FOV[11]
  1. Install Cheat Engine.
  2. Copy the script behind the Show button on this post.
  3. The script contains dd (float)2.0 to increase the FOV slightly when running, change this to dd (float)0 to disable any FOV change on sprint.
  4. Run The Outer Worlds.
  5. In Cheat Engine, File -> Open Process and open The Outer Worlds.
  6. Click the Memory View button.
  7. In the Memory Viewer window, Tools -> Auto Assemble.
  8. Paste in the script and click Execute.
  9. Click Yes to inject the code.
  10. Click either Yes or No to dismiss the final dialog.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Add custom AF variable to Engine.ini[12]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add [SystemSettings] to the bottom of the file, if that section doesn't already exist.
  4. Inside that section, add r.MaxAnisotropy=16 or the desired sample rate.
  5. Save the file.

Chromatic aberration

Disable chromatic aberration[13]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add [SystemSettings] to the bottom of the file, if that section doesn't already exist.
  4. Inside that section, add r.SceneColorFringeQuality=0.
  5. Save the file.

Small UI and text on large resolutions

Change scaling value[14]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add the following to the bottom of the file and save:
[/Script/Engine.UserInterfaceSettings]
ApplicationScale=1.15
Run the game, check the size of Text and UI and adjust the value 1.15 as necessary. In most cases you only need to adjust the .15 part of the value.

Improve TAA quality or disable it

Modify Engine.ini[15]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add the section [SystemSettings] to the file, if it doesn't exist already.
  4. Under that section add r.TemporalAACurrentFrameWeight=0.2 r.TemporalAASamples=4
  5. You can also add r.Tonemapper.Sharpen=1.0 to improve image quality even further. The 1.0 can be raised for an increased effect.
  6. Save the file.

Notes

To disable TAA, under [SystemSettings], instead add r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=0 or r.PostProcessAAQuality=0
Disabling TAA can add light strobing. This can be fixed by adding r.BloomQuality=0, which disables the bloom effect.

Input settings

Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keybindings.
Keybindings.
Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Mouse acceleration

Disable Mouse Acceleration[16][17][18][19]
  1. Navigate to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Input.ini with a text editor:
  3. Add the section [/Script/Engine.InputSettings] if not already present.
  4. Underneath the added section add the following lines and save the file:
bEnableMouseSmoothing=false
bViewAccelerationEnabled=false

Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Effects, Music, Menu, Voice
Surround sound
5.0 surround. Non-front speakers tend to be utilized primarily during combat.[20]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Cannot be enabled.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Issues unresolved

Crash during final quest

Attempting to enter a room with a specific character will result in the game crashing. As this room must be entered to progress, the game is unwinnable.[21][22]
Kill, make hostile, or otherwise avoid that specific character.[23][21][24]
Dismiss all companions in your party[25]

Issues fixed

Re-enable developer console

The developer console can be re-enabled by following the steps on the Unreal Engine 4 page.[26]
A list of console commands supported by the game can be found here (use the last part of the command name): https://pastebin.com/XRCiMZxZ

Game Pass version doesn't start with an error 0x803F8001

Change your region in Windows to USA.[27]

Game crashes to desktop after a black screen

Install the Windows 10 Media Feature Pack.[28]

Nyoka companion quest fails to start

Some have reported the "Passion Pills" companion quest may fail to start, effectively soft-locking the game as it seems to be required to continue the main quest.[29]
Fortunately, a developer command can be used to force the quest to begin.
Force the "Passion Pills" quest to start[30]
  1. Enable the developer console.
  2. While in-game, press ~ to access the console.
  3. Type QuestStart Passion to force the quest to begin.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3225
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GTX 650 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 7850
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  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>/578650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (578650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Uhuru N'Uru on 2019-10-25
    Tested by shutting down the EGS launcher completely and seeing if the game still ran.
  2. Steam - The Outer Worlds - last accessed on 2019-06-10
  3. https://www.resetera.com/threads/the-outer-worlds-pc-performance-thread.149076/page-4#post-25799148
  4. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-10-25
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-26
    Tested at 2560x1080 (native) and 3840x1080 (custom) resolutions in the Xbox Game Pass version.
  6. Verified by User:Caneriel on 2019-10-25
  7. Verified by User:Andytizer on 2019-10-30
  8. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-10-25
  9. The Outer Worlds ultrawide and dual monitor mod - last accessed on 2019-10-29
  10. Verified by User:Lugubrious on 2019-10-25
  11. Verified by User:Bobpage on 2019-10-30
  12. Verified by User:Infogram on 2019-10-25
  13. Verified by User:Darktalon on 2019-10-25
  14. Verified by User:Sidspyker on 2019-10-25
  15. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-10-29
  16. Verified by User:galacticarachnids on 2019-10-25
  17. Verified by User:Inkuplex on 2019-10-25
  18. /r/outerworlds - How to fix mouse sensitivity acceleration/smoothing - last accessed on 2019-10-24
  19. /r/outerworlds - Actual mouse acceleration fix/smoothing - last accessed on 2019-10-29
  20. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-10-25
    Tested using Special K 0.10.x.
  21. 21.0 21.1 /r/theouterworlds - Continuous crashes during “Brave New World” - last accessed on 2019-10-27
  22. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-10-27
  23. How to Fix the "Brave New World" Chairman Rockwell Crash in The Outer Worlds - last accessed on 2019-10-27
  24. The Outer Worlds -- Brave New World Crash Workaround - last accessed on 2019-10-27
  25. The Outer Worlds - Brave New World Crash Workaround By Dismissing Companions - last accessed on 2019-10-29
  26. Verified by User:Infogram on 2019-10-25
  27. r/TheOuterWorlds - last accessed on 2019-10-25
  28. r/TheOuterWorlds - Game Crashing on launch (PC Gamepass) -> Install Windows 10 Media Feature Pack - last accessed on 2019-10-25
  29. https://forums.nexusmods.com/index.php?/topic/8095538-developer-console-unlocker/page-5#entry74432263
  30. https://forums.nexusmods.com/index.php?/topic/8095538-developer-console-unlocker/page-10#entry74483568