Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy cover
Vicarious Visions
Windows Iron Galaxy Studios
Vicarious Visions Alchemy
Release dates
Windows June 29, 2018
Metacritic 76
OpenCritic 80
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Series Crash Bandicoot
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Key points

Remakes of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Download-only; no disc is included in the physical box.
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All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Modify intro video file[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\archives\.
  2. Open bumper_atvi.bk2 with a text editor.
  3. Delete all contents, and save the file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Crash Bandicoot(TM) N. Sane Trilogy\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/731490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Crash Bandicoot(TM) N. Sane Trilogy\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/731490/pfx/[Note 1]
Saves made before July 23, 2018 update stored in %APPDATA%\Game\ aren't migrated to the new path

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
July 23, 2018 update changed where the save folder and file(s) are set up.[2][3]


Graphics settings
Graphics settings
Game settings
Game settings

Disable fur[edit]

May increase the performance by a lot.
Disable fur via Helix Mod[4]
  1. Download Crash Trilogy 3D Vision fix.
  2. Copy the files to the installation folder.
  3. Press F6 to disable any fur.


Change the value of Fur in d3dx.ini to 1 to let the mod disable it automatically at startup.


Keyboard settings
Keyboard settings


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, SFX
Surround sound
Steam store page incorrectly claims to have subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
1. Fan translation by «The Miracle» – text
2.1 «FaN&C» Family’s» – audio
2.2 «R.G. MVO» – audio

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

When playing at high refresh rates or in windowed/borderless windowed modes, the game will cap the frame rates to low values (e.g. 48 FPS on 144 Hz monitors, or 55 FPS at 165 Hz).[5] As well, if using G-Sync or FreeSync, this can introduce further issues like lowering the game's frame rate down to as low as 15 FPS.[6] The only way to play at higher frame rates is to use exclusive fullscreen mode, which enforces 60 Hz by default. Forcing a higher refresh rate allows the game to run at higher frame rates.
Override refresh rate with 3Dmigoto[7]
  1. Download Crash Bandicoot Trilogy 3D Vision fix.
  2. Copy the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Open d3dx.ini.
  4. Change ;refresh_rate=60 to refresh_rate=0 to set the desktop refresh rate.
Override refresh rate with Special K[8]
  1. See Special K to force a custom refresh rate higher than 60 Hz.
  2. Run the game in its exclusive fullscreen mode.

Restore native DualShock 4 V2 support[edit]

The game has native support for the DualShock 4 V1.
The game doesn't check for the DS4 V2 which has a different HWID.
Replace the DS4 V1's HWID
This requires the game executable to be unpacked of Steam DRM to work. Per PCGW policy, detailed instructions on how to do so can not be included.
  1. Open the unpacked CrashBandicootNSaneTrilogy.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Search for the text string 05C4.
  3. Replace it with 09CC.
  4. Save changes and launch the executable.

Game fails to launch, with 0xc0000005 exception code in the Windows Event Viewer[edit]

Disable DSR/VSR or connect to a lower resolution display.
  • The game will crash when enumerating resolutions that are too high on first launch, possibly those above 3840x2160.
  • Disabling NVIDIA DSR or AMD VSR, or connecting to a lower resolution display should allow the game to start.
  • Once the game has started for the first time, you can re-enable DSR/VSR or connect up your high resolution displays and it should continue to work.

USB microphone stuttering and other problems with USB devices[edit]

Override DirectInput device enumeration with CrashFix
  1. Download CrashFix.
  2. Copy dinput8.dll to the installation folder.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

AMD CROSSFIRE support[edit]

In Radeon settings set AMD CrossFire Mode to "AFR friendly" in the game profile, very good scaling.


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

Command line arguments[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
Parameter Description
Forces 4K resolution and fullscreen in the window.
Forces 4K resolution and borderless in the window.
Enable perf reporter for levels at a 4k resolution.
Enable perf reporter for levels at a 1080p resolution.
Enable writing GPU info to file on PC.
Run in headless mode. (ShowWindow with SW_HIDE arg)
-wd %wd%
--windowdatafile %wd%
The window settings datafile to use. Defaults to WindowData.igx.
-pc %d%
--primarycontroller %d%
The primary controller to use [1,2,3,4] when launching into a map.
-om %map%
--overridemap %map%
Map to use in place of debug map from configuration file.

%d% - Current controller (decimal number) . %wd% - window settings datafile name. %map% - current level/boss/intro/outro.

  • C1xx/L1xx/B1xx - Crash 1 maps.
  • C2xx/L2xx/B2xx - Crash 2 maps.
  • C3xx/L3xx/B3xx - Crash 3 maps.

Syntax is:

  • Crash%d/Bosses/BossNameWithoutPakExtension/BossNameWithoutPakExtension
  • Crash%d/MapNameWithoutPakExtension/MapNameWithoutPakExtension

For example:

  • Crash1/C1_Intro/C1_Intro
  • Crash1/C1_Outro100/C1_Outro100
  • Crash1/Bosses/B101_PapuPapu/B101_PapuPapu
  • Crash1/L101_NSanityBeach/L101_NSanityBeach
  • Crash2/L201_TurtleWoods/L201_TurtleWoods
  • Crash3/L301_ToadVillage/L301_ToadVillage

Warning. Overridemap command is only for testing purposes. Pay attention to lower statistics in Pause menu. [9]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-750 2.67 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c 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>/731490/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (731490) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Marioysikax on 2019-07-16
  2. Changelist #4800876 · Steam Database - last accessed on 2018-07-23
  3. Changelist #4801344 · Steam Database - last accessed on 2018-07-23
  4. Helix Mod: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  5. 48 fps? :: Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy General Discussions - last accessed on 2019-07-16
  6. 15 FPS ... What kind of BS is this game? (Tried N-Vidia panel fix and did not worked)  :: Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy General Discussion - last accessed on 2019-07-16
  7. Verified by User:Keith on 2019-10-09
  8. Verified by User:Keith on 2019-01-11
    Tested with SpecialK_0_8_66.7z
  9. Verified by User:unknownproject on 2018-07-03