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Control cover
Remedy Entertainment
505 Games
Release dates
Windows August 27, 2019
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 84
Monetization Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, North America
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Control is a single-player third-person action game developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by 505 Games.

General information

Official support page
Control subreddit
Official Discord server Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (see notes)
DRM-free after installation.[1]
Ultimate Edition is also available.
Epic Games Launcher
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Ultimate Edition
Epic Games Launcher
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Ultimate Edition
Ultimate Edition
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
Green Man Gaming
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Ultimate Edition
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Humble Store
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Ultimate Edition
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Ultimate Edition

Version differences[edit]

Ultimate Edition includes The Foundation and AWE expansions otherwise available as DLC.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass The Foundation and AWE expansions.
Tactical Response Gear Pre-order bonus outfit.
Crafting Resources Pack Pre-order bonus resources.
The Foundation First expansion set in a new location, containing new missions, abilities specific to the story, and in-game mods.
AWE Second expansion, containing new missions, weapons and mods.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

To also skip the launcher, use the -dx11 or -dx12 command line arguments to launch the game in the desired DirectX version.
Download and extract this mod into the game folder.[3]
Modify a game file[4][5]
  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
Epic Games Store <path-to-game>\renderer.ini
Steam <path-to-game>\renderer.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/870780/pfx/[Note 1]
Only renderer.ini is in plain text.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Epic Games Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Remedy\Control\Default-Epic-User\ %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Control\Saves\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\870780\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/870780/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]


Display settings
Display settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Multi-monitor.
Hor+ gameplay, pillarboxed FMVs, menu and loading screens.[6]
See Multi-monitor for 32:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use this tool or this cheat table.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
As Texture Filtering. Low, Medium, High.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA[8] is always enabled[9] unless forced off with this cheat table. Optional 2/4x MSAA, or DLSS on compatible hardware.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Enemy health bar color choice between orange and yellow.


Modify game files for superwide and multi-monitor support[12]
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.


Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings
Controls settings
Controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
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 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.[14]
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
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Requires an XInput wrapper, see the glossary page for applicable tools.[17][18][19]
DualShock button prompts
Set Options > Interface > Controller Button Layout to PS.[17][20]
Light bar support
Connection modes none
V2 tested with wireless, bluetooth, and cable.[21]
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Vibration strength is adjustable.[15]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Dialogue.
Surround sound
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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation.
Brazilian Portuguese

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Control - 3D-Vision-Ready-Fix - Losti.
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported. See the official vorpX game list.

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.[24][25]
Downgrade the Nvidia display drivers to 431.60[26]

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.[27][28][29]
Disable exploit protection for the game in DirectX 12 mode on Windows 10[30]
  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.[31]

Ray tracing options unavailable[edit]

Update Windows 10 to version 1903[32][33]
  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.

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[34]
  1. Open the game renderer library file 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.

No choice of DirectX 11 or 12[edit]

Use the -dx11 or -dx12 command line arguments to launch the game in the desired DirectX version.[35]

Blurry textures[edit]

High-resolution textures may not load immediately, resulting in signs, posters, portraits, and other objects briefly appearing blurry when nearby.
Adjust texture streaming behavior[36]
  1. Download and extract this mod into the game folder.
  2. To apply the optional config that increases the texture pool by 1 GB and loads high-resolution textures sooner, do the following:
    1. Remove <path-to-game>\data\globaldb\tweakables.xml
    2. Rename <path-to-game>\data\globaldb\tweakables_high_quality.xml to tweakables.xml

Other information[edit]


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


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[37]
  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 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 hotkeys or manual value changes.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4690
AMD FX-4350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 42 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 280X
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  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>/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.


  1. Epic Store games you can play without the Epic Launcher - last accessed on 2020-07-05
  2. Expansion 2: AWE launches August 27th - last accessed on 2020-08-06
  3. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-08-31
  4. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-20
    Found the bytes to be unique pre- and post-1.04 update.
  5. disable intros - last accessed on 2019-09-06
  6. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested at the native monitor resolution of 2560x1080
  7. 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.
  8. 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."
  9. 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.
  10. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The FPS counter showed over 223 FPS at the lowest settings and resolution.
  11. [1] - last accessed on 2019-08-24
  12. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested at custom resolutions of 3840x1080 and 5760x1080
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The crosshair returned to the starting position after moving the mouse back at higher speed.
  14. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-18
    Tested after the official rollback from 1.04.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  16. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Played through the whole game with an Xbox One controller without noticing any impulse trigger vibrations.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed with DualShock 4 v2 controller w/ and w/o an XInput.
  18. Does this game support PS4 controller on PC? - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  19. Performance Issues / Bugs Megathread comment - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  20. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested with an Xbox controller by selecting the PS Controller Button Layout option.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed using a DS4v2 controller.
  22. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed full 7.1 usage through Special K.
  23. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The rear speakers were used as intended.
  24. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Encountered and consistently reproduced on a GTX 1070 card.
  25. 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."
  26. Performance Issues / Bugs Megathread comment - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  27. Control system requirements, settings, benchmarks, and performance analysis - last accessed on 2019-08-27
  28. Am I the only one who gets constant stutters? Pc version - last accessed on 2019-08-28
  29. CONTROL PC Performance Explored – All In On RTX - last accessed on 2019-08-28
  30. Control PC performance thread post #999 - last accessed on 2019-08-31
  31. [2] - last accessed on 2019-09-11
  32. Fix for inability to enable RTX - last accessed on 2019-08-30
  33. PSA: those that are unable to enable RTX and are running w10 1803 or older need to update. - last accessed on 2019-08-30
  34. Twitter | beatcracker
  35. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-08-31
    Confirmed the presence of these command line arguments in Control.exe as well as how they bypass the auto-detection method that the launcher otherwise does.
  36. Reddit - /r/controlgame - PC ultra graphics mod - Also fixes blurry signs, pictures and slow loading textures - last accessed on 2020-10-26
  37. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-31
    Tested various effects.
  38. Control – PC requirements - last accessed on 2019-08-19