Control

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Control
Control cover
Developers
Remedy Entertainment
Publishers
505 Games
Engines
Northlight
Release dates
Windows August 27, 2019
Control guide on StrategyWiki
Control on Wikipedia

Key points

DirectX 11 mode is recommended for most users. Ray tracing features are only available in DirectX 12 mode.

General information

Official website
Official forums
Official Discord server
Official support page
Control wiki
Control subreddit
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (see notes)
Running game version 1.04 required an internet connection and the Epic Games Launcher.[1][2]
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Exclusive to the Epic Games launcher for 1 year after release.[3]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Tactical Response Gear Pre-order bonus outfit.
Windows
Crafting Resources Pack Pre-order bonus resources.
Windows
The Foundation Planned for after the PlayStation 4 release in early 2020.[3][4]
Windows
AWE Planned for after the PlayStation 4 release in mid 2020.[3][4]
Windows
Expansion Pass Includes the two planned expansions.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Modify a game file[5][6]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\data_packfiles\ep100-000-pc.rmdp in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Search for the following as hex
    • 00 58 02 00 00 10 FC 00 00 58 02
  3. Replace it with
    • 00 03 00 00 00 10 FC 00 00 03 00
  4. Save the changes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\renderer.ini[Note 1]
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Remedy\Control\Default-Epic-User\preferences\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/870780/pfx/[Note 2]
Only renderer.ini is in plain text.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Remedy\Control\Default-Epic-User\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/870780/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See Multi-monitor.
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay, pillarboxed pre-rendered cutscenes, menu and loading screens.[7]
4K Ultra HD
[8]
Field of view (FOV)
Use this tool or this cheat table.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
As Texture Filtering. Low, Medium, High.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA[9] is always enabled[10] unless forced off with this cheat table. Optional 2/4x MSAA, or DLSS on compatible hardware.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
[11]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
[12]
Color blind mode
Enemy health bar color choice between orange and yellow.

Multi-monitor[edit]

Modify game files for multi-monitor support[13]
By default, the game does not allow to select resolutions wider than 21:9.
  1. Download the Control & Quantum Break multimonitor patcher.
  2. Use it to patch <path-to-game>\coregame_rmdwin10_f.dll (for DirectX 12) or <path-to-game>\coregame_rmdwin7_f.dll (DirectX 11).
  3. Open <path-to-game>\renderer.ini in a text editor.
  4. Set the width and height values of m_iOutputResolutionX, m_iOutputResolutionY, m_iRenderResolutionX and m_iRenderResolutionY as desired (e.g. "m_iOutputResolutionX": 5760,)
  5. Save the changes and launch the game.
Changing back to a narrower resolution in the game will require editing the .ini file again.

Input settings[edit]

Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.
Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
No walk key available. Use this cheat table.
Mouse acceleration
[14]
Mouse sensitivity
0-100 in increments of 1. Aim mode sensitivity slider is also available.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Vertical and horizontal inversion options.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
For the Big Picture mode of Steam, add <path-to-game>\Control_DX11.exe or <path-to-game>\Control_DX12.exe to it to bypass the game launcher.[15]
Controller remapping
Also includes an option for sticks swapping.
Controller sensitivity
Vertical and horizontal sliders, with additional sliders for aim mode.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Vertical and horizontal inversion options.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
[16]
Xbox button prompts
[16]
Impulse Trigger vibration
[17]
DualShock 4 controllers
Requires an XInput wrapper, see the glossary page for applicable tools.[18][19][20]
DualShock button prompts
Set Options > Interface > Controller Button Layout to PS.[18][21]
Light bar support
[22]
Connection modes none
V2 tested with wireless, bluetooth, and cable.[22]
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
[16]
Haptic feedback
Vibration strength is adjustable.[16]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
[16]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Dialogue.
Surround sound
7.1[23][24]
Subtitles
Size, background, and speaker name display options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Pauses and mutes on focus lost during gameplay, but not at the Loadout menu.
Interface settings.
Interface settings.

Localizations

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

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crashes with ray tracing enabled on GTX cards[edit]

Having any of the Ray Tracing options enabled in the game may result in crashing on Nvidia GTX graphics cards. Unchecking each related box in the settings solves the issue.[25][26]
Downgrade the Nvidia display drivers to 431.60[27]

Performance issues on high-end hardware[edit]

There have been multiple reports of FPS drops below 60 and stuttering on hardware exceeding the recommended system requirements.[28][29][30]
Disable exploit protection for the game in DirectX 12 mode on Windows 10[31]
  1. From the Start menu, click on Settings.
  2. Find Exploit protection through the search bar.
  3. Click on the Program settings tab.
  4. Click on the + icon next to Add program to customize and select Choose exact file path.
  5. Locate and select <path-to-game>\Control_DX12.exe, confirm by clicking on Open.
  6. Scroll down to find Control flow guard (CFG) in the newly opened window.
  7. Check the Override system settings box and toggle it Off, then Apply the change.
See this wiki section on freeing up standby memory with external software to reduce stuttering.[32]

Ray tracing options unavailable[edit]

Update Windows 10 to version 1903[33][34]
  1. From the Start menu, click on Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security and Check for updates.
  3. Go through with the process and restart the system at prompt.

Inability to collect mold in Old Growth[edit]

Multiple players have reported being unable to collect one of the mold samples during the Old Growth side quest.[35]

Issues fixed[edit]

SSE4.2-supported CPU required[edit]

The game will not start on a system with a CPU that does not support the SSE4.2 instruction set, but the check can be bypassed.
A CPU with no support for the instruction set is below the system requirements of the game, likely to result in poor performance.
Remove the SSE4.2 check by modifying a game file[36]
Only works in the DirectX 11 mode.
  1. Open rl_rmdwin7_f.dll in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Search for the 0FBAE114730A hex value.
  3. Replace it with the 0FBAE1149090 hex value.
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Launch the game in the DirectX 11 mode.

No choice of DirectX 12[edit]

Launch the game directly from <path-to-game>\Control_DX12.exe[28][37]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Launcher options.
Launcher options.
Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Selectable through the launcher. DirectX Raytracing (DXR) features are only available in the DirectX 12 mode on compatible hardware.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Coherent Labs
Cutscenes Bink Video

Visual tweaks cheat table[edit]

A cheat table with various visual tweaks is available - including FOV adjustment, free cam, depth of field, bloom, screen space anti-aliasing, object highlights and HUD toggles.
Use Cheat Engine to open the table[38]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download the cheat table.
  3. Launch Cheat Engine and the game.
  4. From the File menu of Cheat Engine, click on the Open Process.
  5. Select the game process and click on Open.
  6. From the File menu, click on Load (Ctrl+O).
  7. Locate the downloaded cheat table and click on Open.
  8. Follow the instructions in the bottom area of Cheat Engine to activate any of the various tweaks with hot keys or manual value changes.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4690
AMD FX-4350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 38 GB [40]
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 280X
DirectX 11 compatible
Other
A 64-bit system is required.

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/870780/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (870780) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. [1] - last accessed on 2019-10-18
  2. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-18
    Closed the launcher, renamed its main and AppData folders, ran the game through Control.exe without issues after the official rollback from update 1.04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Control – Pre-order FAQ - last accessed on August 21, 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 Control Community Blog - What's Next? - last accessed on 2019-09-11
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-20
    Found the bytes to be unique pre- and post-1.04 update.
  6. disable intros - last accessed on 2019-09-06
  7. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested at the native monitor resolution of 2560x1080
  8. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Set 3840x2160 as a custom resolution and selected it in the menu, which resulted in a significant FPS decrease.
  9. Eurogamer - Control PC: a vision for the future of real-time rendering? - last accessed on 2019-09-05
    "The game's TAA anti-aliasing does a pretty great job on opaque edges with MSAA helping in keeping transparency edges more stable, or improving consistency on hair effect."
  10. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-05
    Verified that anti-aliasing, seemingly as a result of TAA, is present even with all options and graphical settings disabled/set to the lowest possible.
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The FPS counter showed over 223 FPS at the lowest settings and resolution.
  12. [2] - last accessed on 2019-08-24
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested at custom resolutions of 3840x1080 and 5760x1080
  14. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The crosshair returned to the starting position after moving the mouse back at higher speed.
  15. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-18
    Tested after the official rollback from 1.04.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  17. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Played through the whole game with an Xbox One controller without noticing any impulse trigger vibrations.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed with DualShock 4 v2 controller w/ and w/o an XInput.
  19. Does this game support PS4 controller on PC? - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  20. Performance Issues / Bugs Megathread comment - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  21. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested with an Xbox controller by selecting the PS Controller Button Layout option.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed using a DS4v2 controller.
  23. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed full 7.1 usage through Special K.
  24. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The rear speakers were used as intended.
  25. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Encountered and consistently reproduced on a GTX 1070 card.
  26. Control system requirements, settings, benchmarks, and performance analysis - last accessed on 2019-08-27
    "DXR mode caused frequent crashes on our GTX 1070, 1080, and 1080 Ti, to the point where we couldn't complete our benchmark sequence. Just leave if off, basically."
  27. Performance Issues / Bugs Megathread comment - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  28. 28.0 28.1 Control system requirements, settings, benchmarks, and performance analysis - last accessed on 2019-08-27
  29. Am I the only one who gets constant stutters? Pc version - last accessed on 2019-08-28
  30. CONTROL PC Performance Explored – All In On RTX - last accessed on 2019-08-28
  31. Control PC performance thread post #999 - last accessed on 2019-08-31
  32. [3] - last accessed on 2019-09-11
  33. Fix for inability to enable RTX - last accessed on 2019-08-30
  34. PSA: those that are unable to enable RTX and are running w10 1803 or older need to update. - last accessed on 2019-08-30
  35. GLITCH (PC) I am completely unable to obtain the “Type B” mold in the quest “Old Growth” I walk up to the sample that is in the toilet and I’m given no prompt to collect it. Tried restarting my game and everything. - last accessed on 2019-09-07
  36. Twitter | beatcracker
  37. The game does not give me a choice between DX11 and DX12 - does that mean it's launching dx11? - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  38. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-31
    Tested various effects.
  39. Control – PC requirements - last accessed on 2019-08-19
  40. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The official system requirements contain no HDD information. On my hard drive, the game took up 37.5 GB.