ARK: Survival Evolved

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ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved cover
Studio Wildcard
ARK: Aberration Instinct Games[1]
ARK: Aberration Efecto Studios[1]
ARK: Aberration Virtual Basement[1]
ARK: Aberration Abstraction Games[1]
Studio Wildcard
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows August 29, 2017[2]
macOS (OS X) August 29, 2017[2]
Linux August 29, 2017[2]
ARK: Survival Evolved on MobyGames
ARK: Survival Evolved on Wikipedia
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PixARK 2019

General information

PC Report: ARK: Survival Evolved
Steam Community Discussions
Official wiki


Version differences[edit]

Only Microsoft Store version has crossplay with Xbox One version of the game

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass Includes the three paid expansion packs.
macOS (OS X)
Aberration Expansion Pack
macOS (OS X)
Extinction Expansion Pack
macOS (OS X)
Scorched Earth Expansion Pack
macOS (OS X)
Ragnarok Free Expansion Map
macOS (OS X)
The Center Free Expansion Map
macOS (OS X)
Primitive+ Free Total Conversion
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition[edit]

Combines the base game with the season pass (includes the three paid expansion packs).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ShooterGame\Saved\SavedArksLocal\[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Linux <path-to-game>/ShooterGame/Saved/Config/LinuxNoEditor
In single-player mode, Ark will perform an automatic save if it detects an attempt to shut down the application (such as by Alt+F4, or via the task manager or Windows taskbar), in order to prevent players from "dashboarding out" in an attempt to avoid a sudden unfavorable situation in-game.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Advanced settings.
Advanced settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Image is Vert-. Switch to horizontal FOV scaling (See Field of view (FOV)).
Image is Vert-. Adjust FOV to compensate or switch to horizontal FOV scaling (See Field of view (FOV)).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-110°.[3] In-game option is a non-numerical slider. For higher values see Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low, Medium, High and Epic
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Open the console and type in t.maxfps # to cap the frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Fully added in v272.3[4] but removed afterwards

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOV multiplier[5][6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>/Engine/Config/
  2. Open BaseEngine.ini.
  3. Change AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainXFOV to AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainYFOV
  4. Test the change in-game.
  5. For higher values, edit <path-to-game>\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\GameUserSettings.ini
  6. Adjust the FOVMultiplier= value.


This value multiplies the effects of the in-game FOV setting. Experiment with the two to get the FOV you want.
This solution results in a significantly higher base FOV than the game's default settings.

Input settings[edit]

Key bindings.
Key bindings.
Gamepad controls.
Gamepad controls.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Delete and End do not function properly when bound to commands. The Numpad keys are permanently bound to hotkeying Taming Groups, although they can also be bound to other commands as well.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
No option to disable
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official Steam Controller bindings only.
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Xbox One version only.[7]
LAN play
Co-op, Versus
You need a better hardware to host a non-dedicated session
Online play
Co-op, Versus
Microsoft Store version supports crossplay with Xbox One version

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Ark: Survival Evolved.
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Patch ShooterGame.exe with Revive Compatibility Layer.[9]
Oculus Rift
Windows Mixed Reality
Patch ShooterGame.exe with Revive Compatibility Layer.[9]
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input settings for details.
Play area Native Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Tweaks to raise the frame rate[edit]

The following tweaks can help improve the game's infamously poor performance even on high-end systems.
Frame rate tweaks[10]
  1. Adding the following command line arguments to the game's launch options.
    • -high -useallavailablecores - These commands maximize Ark's CPU usage. They can increase FPS by as much as 30% with no loss of visual quality.
    • -sm4 -dx10 - These commands force the use of Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10 instead of Shader Model 5.0 and DirectX 11. It has a dramatic effect on performance, i.e. raising FPS from ~40 to ~100, but also lowers the game's visual quality by a noticeable degree.
    • -lowmemory - This setting forces Ark to run in low memory mode, using only 4gb of RAM. This can improve performance in systems with less than 16gb of RAM.
  2. In the in-game menu, the setting that seems to have the greatest effect on performance is shadows. Reducing shadows from Epic to Low can increase frame rate by more than 50%.
The -useallavailablecores command is unnecessary in Windows 10 and may in fact cause extremely poor performance due to the different way in which it handles CPU core management compared to Windows 7.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Stuck in Server Browser After Selecting "My Survivors" Filter[edit]

Change the server filter type in the config files[11]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor and open GameUserSettings.cfg
  2. Look for the line LastServerSearchType and change the value to 1
  3. Launch the game and the filter should be set on Unofficial servers

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 11 Direct3D 12 coming when UE4 support is stable.[12]
Shader Model support 4, 5 Shader Model 4 support requires launching the game with the -sm4 command line argument.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat BattlEye [13]

Console commands[edit]

Console commands are available.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual-core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) 1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.9
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) 1 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3 compatible
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz 64-bit
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) 1 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).