Control

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Control
Control cover
Developers
Remedy Entertainment
Publishers
505 Games
Engines
Northlight
Release dates
Windows August 27, 2019
Reception
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 84
IGDB 84
Taxonomy
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.

The game was first released DRM-free on Epic Games Store on August 27, 2019, followed by its availability on GOG.com and Steam a year later. More than two million copies of the game have been sold as of December 2020.[1] On January 21, 2021, the game became available on Microsoft Store, included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.[2]

General information

Official support page
Control subreddit
Official Discord server
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
GeForce graphics and performance guide

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free after installation.[3]
Ultimate Edition is also available.
Windows
GamersGate
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
GamersGate
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
Gamesplanet
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Ultimate Edition
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Windows
Humble Store
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Ultimate Edition
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Windows
Steam
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Ultimate Edition
Windows

Version differences[edit]

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

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass The Foundation and AWE expansions.
Windows
Tactical Response Gear Pre-order bonus outfit.
Windows
Crafting Resources Pack Pre-order bonus resources.
Windows
The Foundation First expansion set in a new location, containing new missions, a new enemy type, abilities specific to the story, and in-game mods.
Windows
AWE Second expansion set in a new location, containing new missions, a new enemy type, an unlockable weapon form, and in-game mods.[4]
Windows
Isolation Side mission exclusive to the PlayStation 4 Digital Deluxe Edition.[5]
See Unlock PlayStation 4 DLC to access the content.
Windows
Astral Dive Suit Bonus outfit exclusive to PlayStation 4.[5]
See Unlock PlayStation 4 DLC to access the content.
Windows
Urban Response Gear Bonus outfit exclusive to the PlayStation 4 Digital Deluxe Edition.[5]
See Unlock PlayStation 4 DLC to access the content.
Windows

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.[6]
Modify a game file[7][8]
  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 Launcher <path-to-game>\renderer.ini
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Remedy\Control\Default-Epic-User\preferences\
GOG.com <path-to-game>\renderer.ini
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Control\Saves\preferences_data
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\505GAMESS.P.A.ControlPCGP_tefn33qh9azfc\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <path-to-game>\renderer.ini
<Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\870780\remote\preferences_data
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 Launcher %LOCALAPPDATA%\Remedy\Control\Default-Epic-User\
GOG.com %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Control\Saves\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\505GAMESS.P.A.ControlPCGP_tefn33qh9azfc\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\870780\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/870780/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video[edit]

Display settings
Display settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use the related PCGW community tools.
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ scaling, pillarboxed FMVs, menu and loading screens.[9]
Use the related PCGW community tools for 32:9.
4K Ultra HD
[10]
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[11] is always enabled[12] unless forced off with this cheat table.
Optional 2/4x MSAA, or DLSS on compatible hardware.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled at menu screens.[13]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
[14]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
[15]
Ray tracing
Limited to the DirectX 12 mode.
Color blind mode
Enemy health bar color choice between orange and yellow.

Input[edit]

Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings
Controls settings
Controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No acceleration.[16]
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.[17]
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
[18]
Xbox button prompts
[18]
Impulse Trigger vibration
[19]
DualShock 4 controllers
Requires an XInput wrapper, see the glossary page for applicable tools.[20][21][22]
DualShock button prompts
Set Options > Interface > Controller Button Layout to PS.[20][23]
Light bar support
[24]
Connection modes none
V2 tested with wireless, bluetooth, and cable.[24]
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
[18]
Haptic feedback
Vibration strength is adjustable.[18]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
[18]

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Dialogue.
Surround sound
7.1[25][26]
Subtitles
Size, background, and speaker name display options.
Option to translate in-game signs also available.
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
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Control - 3D-Vision-Ready-Fix - Losti.
vorpX
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.[27][28]
Downgrade the Nvidia display drivers to 431.60[29]

Crash to desktop when fighting Anchor boss[edit]

Fighting the optional Anchor boss may result in a crash once it starts its first attack or later during the fight.[30]
In Display options menu, disable and lower every graphics quality setting, as well as the main and render resolutions.[31]
When disabling VSync, make sure to also limit the frame rate to keep the GPU usage low.
In Gameplay options menu, enable Assist Mode and activate One-Hit Kills.[31]

Stuttering when opening the map[edit]

Accessing the map after using the mouse to interact with inventory items such as loadout entries or collectibles may result in stuttering.[32] Using the keyboard or a gamepad does not trigger this effect.[32]
Open and close the pause menu with Esc to stop the stuttering until the inventory is accessed again.[31]

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, and likely to cause poor performance.
Remove the SSE4.2 check by modifying a game file[33]
  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.

Hiss voices are in a different language[edit]

The Hiss incantation language spoken by the floating bodies is tied to that of the operating system, not the in-game audio settings.[31]
Change Windows regional format[31]
  1. On Windows 10, open Settings > Time & Language > Region.
  2. Change the Regional format to a supported audio language - for example, English or German.
The change is also reflected in the epilepsy warning shown at the start of the game.

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.[34]

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[35]
  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

Ray tracing options unavailable[edit]

Update Windows 10 to version 1903[36][37]
  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.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Launcher options
Launcher options
Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Selectable through the launcher or by using command line arguments.
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 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.

Unlock PlayStation 4 DLC[edit]

PlayStation 4 versions of the game included two exclusive outfits, an exclusive mission and two rare mods.[5]
Modify the game executables to unlock the content[39][40]
  1. Depending on the preferred DirectX version, open <path-to-game>\Control_DX11.exe or <path-to-game>\Control_DX12.exe in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Modify the file:
    • In the Epic Games Store version of the game,
    1. Search for 40 84 ED 75 07 as hex.
    2. Replace it with 40 84 ED EB 07.
    • In the Steam version of the game,
    1. Go to offset 145B09 (Ctrl+G in HxD) and change 75 to EB.
    2. Go to offset 145BA8 and change 75 2F to 90 90.
      • Alternatively, follow the Epic Games Store instructions, search forward for 75 2F as hex and replace the first found instance with 90 90.
  3. Save the file.
Side mission "Dr. Yoshimi Tokui's Guided Imagery Experience" can be picked up in the Extrasensory Lab of the Research sector.
Additionally unlocks the pre-order DLC of the PC version.
Use the FearLess Cheat Engine Cheat Table for Control to unlock any outfit.

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) 42 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 280X
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Other
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>/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. Control has now sold 2 million copies, following its best month ever in November - last accessed on 2020-12-12
  2. Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Yakuza Remastered Collection, The Medium, and More - last accessed on 2021-01-24
  3. Epic Store games you can play without the Epic Launcher - last accessed on 2020-07-05
  4. AWE Expansion FAQ Guide - last accessed on 2020-11-16
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Control – Pre-order FAQ - last accessed on 2021-01-10
  6. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-08-31
  7. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-20
    Found the bytes to be unique pre- and post-1.04 update.
  8. disable intros - last accessed on 2019-09-06
  9. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested at the native monitor resolution of 2560x1080
  10. 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.
  11. 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."
  12. 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.
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-12-13
    Tested by setting the monitor refresh rate to 50 Hz and to 75 Hz, reflected in RivaTuner.
  14. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The FPS counter showed over 223 FPS at the lowest settings and resolution.
  15. [1] - last accessed on 2019-08-24
  16. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The crosshair returned to the starting position after moving the mouse back at higher speed.
  17. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-10-18
    Tested after the official rollback from 1.04.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  19. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Played through the whole game with an Xbox One controller without noticing any impulse trigger vibrations.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed with DualShock 4 v2 controller w/ and w/o an XInput.
  21. Does this game support PS4 controller on PC? - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  22. Performance Issues / Bugs Megathread comment - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  23. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Tested with an Xbox controller by selecting the PS Controller Button Layout option.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed using a DS4v2 controller.
  25. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-10
    Confirmed full 7.1 usage through Special K.
  26. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    The rear speakers were used as intended.
  27. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-23
    Encountered and consistently reproduced on a GTX 1070 card.
  28. 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."
  29. Performance Issues / Bugs Megathread comment - last accessed on 2019-08-29
  30. Anchor Boss Fight Crash!!? : controlgame - last accessed on 2021-01-10
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 Verified by User:Waschbär on 2021-01-09
  32. 32.0 32.1 Framedrops/Stuttering when opening the map. :: Control General Discussions - last accessed on 2021-01-09
  33. Twitter | beatcracker
  34. 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.
  35. Reddit - /r/controlgame - PC ultra graphics mod - Also fixes blurry signs, pictures and slow loading textures - last accessed on 2020-10-26
  36. Fix for inability to enable RTX - last accessed on 2019-08-30
  37. PSA: those that are unable to enable RTX and are running w10 1803 or older need to update. - last accessed on 2019-08-30
  38. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-08-31
    Tested various effects.
  39. "(build 1.13; 7.09.20) "Tactical Response" outfit. How to unlock? - last accessed on 2021-01-10
  40. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-01-10
    Produced the Epic Games Store version solution and verified the outcome by receiving the outfits and extra mods.
  41. Control - PC requirements - last accessed on 2019-08-19