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Death Stranding

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This page is for the original 2020 PC release. For the Director's Cut, see Death Stranding: Director's Cut.

Kojima Productions
Guerrilla Games
505 Games
Release dates
Windows July 14, 2020
Metacritic 86
OpenCritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase, Sponsored, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, Adventure, Action
Vehicles Motorcycle, Truck
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Post-apocalyptic, North America
Series Death Stranding
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Death Stranding is an open world action-adventure game for Windows developed by Kojima Productions and published by 505 Games. Directed and designed by Hideo Kojima as a departure from his recurring work on the Metal Gear franchise, Kojima Productions built the game on the Decima engine created by Guerrilla Games.

As of August 2022 the game is available exclusively on the Microsoft Store as other stores instead carry the newer Director's Cut version.

Originally released for PlayStation 4 on November 8, 2019 to generally positive critics reviews and subsequently announced for PC on the Epic Games Store and Steam with a release date of June 2, 2020, the date was later moved back to July 14.[1][2] Similarly to its console counterpart, the PC release was met with critical acclaim as multiple authors entitled it "the definitive version" of Death Stranding.[3][4][5]

On launch it featured 21:9 ultra-widescreen support, DLSS 2.0, high frame rates and adjustable graphics options, along with a new difficulty and crossover content in the form of quests and items from Valve's Half-Life and Portal series.[6][7][3] Following the release however it was reported that the game enforces the 21:9 aspect ratio unconditionally, resulting in slight pillarboxing at all common display resolutions loosely regarded as 21:9 ultra-wide despite their deviations from the exact ratio.[8][9]

On December 17, 2020 the game received crossover content in the form of missions, items, and hacking abilities from Cyberpunk 2077,[10] as well as a removal of the Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

The game was eventually removed from sale in favor of the newer Director's Cut version released the very same day on March 30, 2022.[11] Several months after its removal from digital stores, however, 505 Games announced the base version would return for sale on August 23rd through the Microsoft Store, alongside a simultaneous release on the PC Game Pass subscription service.[12][13]

General information

Official support page
Publisher Discord server
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Day 1 Edition.[14]
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Day 1 Edition.
Epic Games Store (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Day 1 Edition.
Death Stranding: Director's Cut is available instead.
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Death Stranding: Director's Cut is available instead.
Gamesplanet logo.svg (unavailable)
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Death Stranding: Director's Cut is available instead.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Death Stranding: Director's Cut is available instead.
Humble Store (unavailable)
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Death Stranding: Director's Cut is available instead.
Steam (unavailable)
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Day 1 Edition.
Death Stranding: Director's Cut is available instead.
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on December 17, 2020.[15][16]

Version differences

Pre-orders include HD wallpapers, Chiral Gold and Omnireflector color variants for the "Sam" Sunglasses and Cap; Gold and Silver versions of the Speed Skeleton and Armor Plate Lv.2 and above. The in-game items are unlocked through story progression.[17]
Day 1 Edition contains a game code for Steam inside a steelbook and a slipcase, as well as all the digital pre-order bonuses. As of November 19, 2021 the Steam store version also includes the Day 1 Edition content.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Sponsored Monster Energy, Ride with Norman Reedus, J.F.Rey and Acronym product placements are included as part of the game experience.[18][19][20]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\505GAMESS.P.A.DeathStranding_tefn33qh9azfc\SystemAppData\xgs\<user-id>\profile\
Windows <path-to-game>\settings.cfg[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1190460/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\505GAMESS.P.A.DeathStranding_tefn33qh9azfc\SystemAppData\xgs\<user-id>\
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\KojimaProductions\DeathStranding\<user-id>\
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\KojimaProductions\DeathStranding\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1190460/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Epic launcher removed the cloud saves feature flag recently, but cloud saves still appear functional. Needs confirmation.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Graphics settings [Note 3]
Graphics settings [Note 3]
HUD settings
HUD settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Limited to 16:9 and 21:9 resolutions. See Ultra-widescreen for more options.
Hor+ gameplay and rendered cutscenes, Vert- FMVs. Common ultrawide resolutions are pillarboxed to 21:9.[21] See Ultra-widescreen for a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the PCGW community tool to change FOV in real time.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen is borderless.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
[Note 4]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.0
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Options for 30, 60, 120, 144, and 240. Cutscenes are limited to 60.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR must be enabled in Windows. Luminosity settings slider is available.[26]


Use the PCGW community tools to force any aspect ratio
A workaround to remove the Vert- scaling of FMVs is included.
Limited to height values supported by the game.[Note 5]
Modify the game executable to force any aspect ratio[28]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\ds.exe or <path-to-game>\DeathStranding.exe in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Search for 55 55 15 40 as hex.
  3. Replace it with 26 B4 17 40 (for 2560x1080) or any other aspect ratio in hex.
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Run the game and select the 21:9 aspect ratio in the Graphics settings menu.
FMVs will remain affected by Vert- scaling.
Limited to height values supported by the game.[Note 5]
Force any resolution through the game settings file[29]
  1. Launch the game and configure all settings as preferred, then quit.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\settings.cfg in a text editor.
  3. Set the values of "rendering_width" and "rendering_height" based on the desired resolution, then save the file.
  4. Right-click the file, select Properties, check the Read-only box and click OK.
  5. Run the game and click OK at the Invalid Graphics Configuration prompt.
  6. Select the 21:9 aspect ratio in the Graphics settings menu.
  7. Instead of selecting Confirm, back out of the menu by pressing Esc or right-clicking; confirm by selecting OK.
  8. Proceed to play the game irrespective of the displayed resolution.
Allows to force uncommon display resolutions.
The in-game steps must be repeated after each game launch.
FMVs will remain affected by Vert- scaling.


Keyboard & Mouse settings
Keyboard & Mouse settings
Controller settings
Controller settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Menu controls cannot be remapped.[30]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Horizontal and vertical camera speed sliders.
Mouse input in menus
Right mouse button is used to return.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Vertical and horizontal camera movement inversion toggles.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Camera speed and sensitivity, aim acceleration, and dead zone adjustment sliders.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Vertical and horizontal camera inversion toggles.[31]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
Steam Input must be disabled for the game.
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4
Built-in speaker only works when connected via USB or dongle.
PlayStation button prompts
DualShock prompts.
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth), Wireless (DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter)
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Button Icon Display setting allows to manually select any of the available prompts for all supported controllers.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Vibration Function toggle.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Change Button Icons setting allows to manually set button prompts to controller buttons or mouse and key icons to avoid input switch flickering.[33]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Gyro sensors are supported and can be used for Controls for Soothing BB.[34]
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[35]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Story missions have licensed music, can easily be distinguished because game displays the artist name on screen
Language settings
Language settings


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Game settings
Game settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Limited to asynchronous interaction primarily with objects placed by other players.[36]
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Officially supported. See the vorpX game list.

Issues unresolved

Stuck at loading screen

Using the fast travel system in chapter 3 may result in an infinite loading screen.
In the Game Settings options menu, set Login Upon Launch to Off before fast traveling[37]
Disconnect from the internet before fast traveling[38]

Repeated Xbox controller buttons input

Using an Xbox controller may result in the game registering each button press more than once.
Connect or reconnect the controller after launching the game, not before it[39]
Enable a Steam Input Xbox controller preset[40]
  1. From the Steam client settings, access Big Picture Mode.
  2. Navigate to Library → Death Stranding → Manage Game.
  3. Select Controller Options under Steam Input and set the option to Forced On.
  4. In the same menu, select Controller Configuration and Browse Configs.
  5. Choose and apply one of the official Xbox presets.

Low GPU usage with Resizable BAR

Resizable BAR may create CPU bottlenecks and cause lower than expected GPU usage and frame rate on Nvidia graphics cards.[41]
Make changes to the game profile in Nvidia Profile Inspector.

Cutscenes locked to 60 FPS

Cutscenes may be locked to 60 FPS on a 144 Hz display.[citation needed]
Lower the display refresh rate to 120 Hz and enable the in-game Vsync in Graphics Settings.[citation needed]

Issues fixed

General issues

A list of known issues and solutions compiled by the publisher.
A list of issues and solutions of the DeathStranding community subreddit.

"Death Stranding requires Windows 10 version 1809 or later"

The Windows operating system version check can fail when compatibility mode settings are enabled on the Steam client's executable, even when using Windows 10 build 1809 or later.
Disable Windows Compatibility Mode settings[42]
  1. Right-click on <Steam-folder>\Steam.exe and select Properties.
  2. Under the Compatibility tab, uncheck the Compatibility mode box and apply the change.
  3. Restart the Steam client.

Texture issues on Nvidia Graphics Cards

Textures may appear corrupt on Nvidia GTX 16 and RTX 20 series graphics cards.
Download and install driver version 451.85 for Nvidia GPUs
The hotfix is included in later driver versions.

Mouse movement stutters / lags

Use alternative V-Sync
  1. Disable V-Sync in-game
  2. Enable the in-game FPS limiter
Optionally: Enable V-Sync in the Nvidia Control Panel

Black screen after completing chapter 13

A black screen may appear at the end of chapter 13, preventing further progression. The game must be forcibly closed.
In the Graphics Settings menu, set Memory for Streaming to Default.[43]

TAA enabled on launch

The game may enable TAA on startup irrespective of the last anti-aliasing setting.
Modify the game executable to force the preferred anti-aliasing method[44]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\ds.exe or <path-to-game>\DeathStranding.exe in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Search for 48 8D 8D 98 00 00 00 83 FF 02 0F 46 C7 as hex.
  3. Replace it with:
    • 48 8D 8D 98 00 00 00 83 FF 02 B0 00 90 for no anti-aliasing.
    • 48 8D 8D 98 00 00 00 83 FF 02 B0 01 90 for FXAA.
    • 48 8D 8D 98 00 00 00 83 FF 02 B0 02 90 for TAA (default).
  4. Save the changes.

Corrupted save data

The game does not allow players to share their save data, displaying a "corrupted data" error.
Modify the game executable to bypass the save data checks[45]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\ds.exe or <path-to-game>\DeathStranding.exe in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Search for 75 05 41 C6 46 3A 11 48 8D 8D as hex.
  3. Replace it with EB 05 41 C6 46 3A 11 48 8D 8D to bypass the checks.
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Launch Death Stranding and load the game.
On the first launch, a "corrupted data" error may pop up: click "OK" and ignore it. This will only show once.
When the new save data has been loaded and saved, the original executable can be restored.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3470
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon RX 560
3 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
Other Requirements for 30 FPS at 1280x720.
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Windows 10 version 1809 or higher is required.[46]
CPU AVX support is required.[47][48][49]
The game officially requires D3D12 feature level 12_0, but it doesn't actually need it.[50]
Official recommendations for 30 FPS at 1920x1080 are also available.


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (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>/1190460/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1190460) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. The NVIDIA DLSS options are not shown, as they only appear on the supported hardware.
  4. Although Digital Foundry believed the level of filtering to be 16x, multiple other reports suggest the value is lower or close to 2x.[23][24][25]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Unrecognized screen resolutions may require manual downsampling from the nearest 1080p, 1440p, or 2160p equivalent set as the desktop resolution.[27]


  1. DEATH STRANDING COMING TO STEAM AND THE EPIC GAME STORE ON JUNE 2, 2020 - last accessed on 2020-07-07
  2. DEATH STRANDING RELEASE DATE UPDATE - last accessed on 2020-07-07
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ars Technica - Why this month’s PC port of Death Stranding is the definitive version - last accessed on 2020/07/02
  4. Death Stranding on PC is the Definitive Stranding Experience - last accessed on 2020-07-16
  5. Death Stranding PC Tech Review: The Upgrade We've Been Waiting For - last accessed on 2020-07-16
  6. DEATH STRANDING PC Partnership Brings NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 Tech To Hideo Kojima’s Stunning Game - last accessed on 2020-07-11
  7. DEATH STRANDING PC Community FAQ Guide - last accessed on 2020-07-13
  8. 3386x1440 resolution??? - last accessed on 2020-07-15
  9. Death Stranding 21:9/32:9 Fix (No Black Borders Hor+) - last accessed on 2020-07-15
  10. Introducing the DEATH STRANDING x Cyberpunk 2077 FREE update, OUT NOW on Steam - last accessed on 2020-12-17
  11. DEATH STRANDING on Steam - last accessed on 2022-03-30
    "Notice: At the request of the publisher, DEATH STRANDING is no longer available for sale on Steam."
  12. Tomorrow Is in Your Hands: Death Stranding Available August 23 with PC Game Pass - last accessed on 2022-08-19
  13. 505 Games on Twitter - last accessed on 2022-08-19
    "Hi - Base game."
  14. Death Stranding Day 1 Edition - Windows - last accessed on 2020-07-10
  15. Displaying change #U:20379349 - last accessed on 2020-12-17
  16. Pre-purchase Death Stranding on Steam - last accessed on 2020-03-02
    "Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Denuvo, 1 machine activation limit"
  17. DEATH STRANDING COMING TO STEAM AND THE EPIC GAME STORE ON JUNE 2, 2020 - last accessed on 2020-07-10
  18. Death Stranding ‘features’ Monster Energy Drinks, J.F Rey sunglasses, and more :: TheSixthAxis - last accessed on 2020-07-26
  19. KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) :: twitter - last accessed on 2020-07-26
  20. J.F. Rey's frames in Death Stranding - last accessed on 2020-07-26
  21. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-14
    Screenshots taken at 2560x1080 (native), 3440x1440 (custom) and 1920x1080, then compared.
  22. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-14
    Reflected in significantly less FPS on a 4K TV at 3840x2160.
  23. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-17
    See the screenshots taken on the highest settings at 2520x1080; DLSS, DoF and CAS disabled.
  24. Better Anisotropic filtering (Fix blurry textures) - last accessed on 2020-07-17
  25. Anisotropic Filtering - RX5700XT - last accessed on 2020-07-19
  26. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-14
    Tested on an HDR TV where an HDR Settings option appeared.
  27. Death Stranding - CRG9 - Custom Resolution, DSR and DLSS 2.0 - last accessed on 2020-07-26
  28. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-14
    Tested briefly at 2560x1080 and 3840x1080.
  29. 5900 x 1080 resolution - last accessed on 2020-12-30
  30. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-16
    Esc, Enter, WSAD, arrow keys and mouse buttons are always used to navigate the menu screens.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-14
    Disabled Steam Input and tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  32. PSA: Switch Pro Controller support for Death Stranding. - last accessed on 2020-07-16
  33. r/SteamController - It appears Death Stranding officially supports the SC. - last accessed on 2020-07-15
  34. r/SteamController - Death Stranding lets you enable the original motion control used in game, which works with Steam Input gyro compatible controllers (I've confirmed it works with Steam Controller and DS4) - last accessed on 2020-07-15
  35. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on 2020-07-14
  36. Death Stranding PC review - last accessed on 2020-07-14
  37. Stuck at loading screen 0% for 5 minute - last accessed on 2020-07-15
  38. Infinity loading screens. - last accessed on 2020-07-15
  39. Buttons pressing again even after letting go - last accessed on 2020-07-20
  40. Weird controller behaviour - last accessed on 2020-07-19
  41. Comparison between resizable bar enabled vs disabled - last accessed on 2021-09-8
  42. Windows 10 build 1809 required - last accessed on 2020-07-14
  43. BUG - > Chapter 14 do not start - last accessed on 2020-10-17
  44. Verified by User:giofrida on 2020-12-18
    Tested with AA disabled on Steam version v1.05 and v1.06
  45. Verified by User:giofrida on 2020-03-11
    Tested on Steam version v1.06
  46. Topic:Vq4rvr8vi9go0g6t Discussion Topic: Requires Windows 10 1803/1809
  47. i7-990x level CPU couldn't play because of AVX. That was really sad. - last accessed on 2020-07-26
  48. An Access Violation (C0000005h) has occured... - last accessed on 2020-07-26
  49. DOES IT WORK WITH OLD CORE QUAD DUO CPUs? (NO SSE 4.2) - last accessed on 2020-07-26
  50. -YoRHa2B- comments on @Asketi4 (Github) is playing Death Stranding on Mint with Proton through VKD3D, because his GTX 750ti is not support by DirectX12 on Windows 10 anymore. This is awesome! : linux_gaming - Reddit - last accessed on 2021-11-08