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Brink cover
Splash Damage
Bethesda Softworks
id Tech 4
Release dates
Windows May 9, 2011
Metacritic 70
Brink on HowLongToBeat
Brink on IGDB
Brink guide on StrategyWiki
Brink on MobyGames
Brink on Wikipedia

Key points

Free to play.
Single player frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1] See Unlock FPS.

General information

Official manual
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All versions require Steam DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Agents of Change
Doom/Psycho Combo Pack Initially available as exclusive pre-order content when buying from GameStop, or Direct2Drive
Fallout/SpecOps Combo Pack Initially available as exclusive pre-order content when buying from Best Buy, Walmart or Steam

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\video\assets
  2. Delete or rename pubdevlegal_splash.bik
Set intro[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base.
  2. Open brinkconfig.cfg.
  3. Add line seta com_bootLogo 0

Brink Configurator[edit]

Allows editing settings not available in the ingame settings menu.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/22350/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/22350/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available.


Basic graphical settings.
Basic graphical settings.
Advanced graphical settings.
Advanced graphical settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For resolutions higher than 1080p see Widescreen resolution.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
8 by default; See Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic filtering for adjusting.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, toggle only. See Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic filtering for MSAA.
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector with flag 0x0000F0C1.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
30FPS lock in single player,[1] not locked in multiplayer.
See Unlock FPS.
120+ FPS
See above
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Tweak visual effects[edit]

Brink has some effects that some consider annoying, such as blurring when being hit by an enemy or the red glow of said enemies.
Set effects[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base.
  2. Open brinkconfig.cfg.
  3. Add seta g_enemyTintEnabled "0" to turn off enemy tint and seta g_skipViewEffects "1" to turn off blurring when hit.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set Custom resolutions[2]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base.
  2. Open brinkconfig.cfg.
  3. Change the following:
seta r_mode "-1"
seta r_customWidth "5760"
seta r_customHeight "1200"
seta r_aspectRatio "-1"
seta r_customAspectRatioH "24"
seta r_customAspectRatioV "5"
Change r_customWidth & r_customHeight to your resolution.
Set your aspect ratio in r_customAspectRatioH and r_customAspectRatioV respectively.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOV[3]
  1. Add +com_allowconsole 1 to the launch options to enable the console.
  2. Start playing and open the console (~).
  3. Enter ui_fov 90 (where 90 is the FOV you want).
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Close the console again (~).

Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic filtering[edit]

Set AA and filtering[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base.
  2. Open brinkconfig.cfg.
  3. Find and adjust the following values to your liking:
seta r_multiSamples ""
seta r_useAntiAliasing ""
seta image_anisotropy ""

Unlock FPS[edit]

The below .ini tweak is only applicable to the multiplayer portion of the game. Singleplayer actually remains locked at 30 fps, even though the fps counter will display a higher fps after this tweak.[4] To play the singleplayer campaign with more than 30 fps, you will have to run a local dedicated server. Brink dedicated server can be found in the Steam Library under Tools category[5]
Set FPS[6]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base.
  2. Open brinkconfig.cfg.
  3. Add the following, adjusting "60" to your desired rate:
seta com_unlockfps "1"
seta com_unlock_maxFPS "60"
If lag occurs try setting r_visDistMult to "1.2"



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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

Surround sound[edit]

Set numberofspeakers[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base.
  2. Open brinkconfig.cfg.
  3. Add line blow with value "4" for quad, "6" for 5.1 and "8" for 7.1
seta s_numberOfSpeakers "6"

Sound Occlusion[edit]

Set Occlusion[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\22350\local\base.
  2. Open brinkconfig.cfg.
  3. Add the following line:
seta s_useOcclusion "1"


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Requires internet connection
Online play
16 Versus, Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Windows dedicated server is available under Tools in the Steam client.
Direct IP
Use +connect parameter followed by the IP and port.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27015, 27016, 8766
UDP 27015, 27016, 8766
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash after splash screen[edit]

Delete all .ncf files[7]
  1. Delete all the Brink .ncf files in <Steam-folder>\steamapps\
  2. Delete the \base\ folder in the installation folder (this is where the bad content package appears to be)
  3. Open your Steam Games Library
  4. Right-click on Brink and select Properties
  5. Click on the Local Files tab and select Verify integrity of game cache

Low FPS fix[edit]

Set launch options[citation needed]
  1. Find Brink in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Set Launch Options...
  4. Input r_useThreadedRenderer 2, r_usePortals 1 and/or r_useOptimizedShadows 1.

Additional improvements[edit]

Editing the configuration (autoexec.cfg)[edit]

See the following pages for more info: Tweak Guide and Smoother Config

Rank Cheat[edit]

Most online players are veterans and, as such, new players may find difficulty competing in matches. A guide available here shows you how to unlock the highest level instantly. Note that this does not give an unfair advantage, as it merely unlocks existing items in game, and doesn't conflict with anti-cheat systems so long as the "hack" part is performed in single player.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS
ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro


  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>/22350/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (22350) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.