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Death Stranding Director's Cut

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This page is for the Director's Cut. For the original game, see Death Stranding.

Death Stranding Director's Cut
Death Stranding Director's Cut cover
Kojima Productions
Guerrilla Games
505 Games
Release dates
Windows March 30, 2022
macOS (OS X) January 31, 2024
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 85
Monetization One-time game purchase, Sponsored
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, Adventure, Action, Racing
Vehicles Motorcycle, Truck, Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Post-apocalyptic, North America
Series Death Stranding
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Death Stranding Director's Cut on Wikipedia
Death Stranding
Death Stranding 2020
Death Stranding Director's Cut 2022

Death Stranding Director's Cut is an open world action-adventure game developed by Kojima Productions and published by 505 Games. The game is a PC port of the PS5 game of the same name, which itself is a enhanced port of Death Stranding.

Director's Cut was released on March 30, 2022 and replaced the original game on most storefronts. Similar to the original game's PC port, Director's Cut featured 21:9 ultra-widescreen support, DLSS 2.0, FSR 1.0 and 2.0, high frame rates and adjustable graphics options. As it is a port of the PS5 game, support for DualSense's features are added. Crossover contents in the form of quests and items from Valve's Half-Life and Portal series, as well as Cyberpunk 2077, were also retained in this release. The MacOS version of the game was later released on January 31, 2024.

The game received many updates since its release, which added XeSS 1.0 (later updated to 1.1), support for DualSense Edge controller and an ability to use the DualSense's adaptive triggers over wireless connection.

General information

Publisher Discord server
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Launching the game from the Epic Games Launcher will always require a mandatory Internet connection, while it works DRM-free using DeathStranding.exe directly. Upgrade for original game owners also available.
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Upgrade for original game owners also available.
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Upgrade for original game owners also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Upgrade for original game owners also available.
Humble Store
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Upgrade for original game owners also available.
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Upgrade for original game owners also available.
Owners of the original game are able to upgrade to Death Stranding Director's Cut for a small fee.[1]


Type Notes
Sponsored Ride with Norman Reedus, J.F.Rey and Acronym product placements are included as part of the in-game experience.
Original game featured prominent product placement from Monster energy drinks, but this has been removed in this version of the game.[2]


Type Notes
No microtransactions Death Stranding Director's Cut has no microtransactions.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\settings.cfg[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1850570/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\KojimaProductions\DeathStrandingDC\<user-id>\
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\KojimaProductions\DeathStrandingDC\<user-id>\[3]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1850570/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Limited to 16:9 and 21:9 resolutions.
Hor+ gameplay and rendered cutscenes, Vert- FMVs. Common ultrawide resolutions are pillarboxed to 21:9[citation needed] Use RoseTheFlower's solution as a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use RoseTheFlower's solution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen mode is not available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
[Note 3]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.3, FSR 2.0, XeSS 1.1, MTLFX
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffering [6]
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 for the option to appear in the settings, it's off by default. Luminosity settings slider is available.[citation needed]


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Menu controls cannot be remapped.
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.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Both Xbox Wireless and Xbox 360 icons are available.
Impulse Trigger vibration
Steam Input must be disabled.[7]
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4, DualSense, DualSense Edge
Support for DualSense Edge was added in version 1.003.[8]
PlayStation button prompts
Both DualShock 4 and DualSense icons are available.
Light bar support
Light bar color changes according to the ingame situation.
Adaptive trigger support
Support over wireless connectivity was added in version 1.003.[8]
DualSense haptic feedback support
Only works over wired connectivity.[9][8]
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth), Wireless (DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter)
Generic/other controllers
Gyro sensors are supported and can be used for Controls for Soothing BB.
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
Supports advanced DualSense haptics, as well as normal rumble.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.
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 UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes

Issues unresolved

Repeated Xbox controller buttons input

Using an Xbox controller may result in the game registering each button press more than once.[10]
Connect or reconnect the controller after launching the game, not before it[11]
Enable a Steam Input Xbox controller preset[12]
  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.

Issues fixed

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[13]
  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 58 01 00 00 83 FB 02 0F 46 C3 as hex.
  3. Replace it with:
    • 48 8D 8D 58 01 00 00 83 FB 02 B0 00 90 for no anti-aliasing.
    • 48 8D 8D 58 01 00 00 83 FB 02 B0 01 90 for FXAA.
    • 48 8D 8D 58 01 00 00 83 FB 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[14]
  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
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
macOS (OS X)


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 (Nvidia), 4 GB (AMD) of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
Other Requirements for 30 FPS at 1280x720.
A 64-bit operating system is required.
CPU AVX support is required.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 13.3
Processor (CPU) Apple M1
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 77 GB


  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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  3. Although Digital Foundry believed the level of filtering to be 16x, multiple other reports suggest the value is lower or close to 2x.[citation needed]


  1. DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR’S CUT PC COMMUNITY UPDATE - Steam News - last accessed on 2022-01-27
    "To those PC Porters who already own the base game of DEATH STRANDING, we’re giving you the opportunity to upgrade to DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR’S CUT at launch."
  2. Death Stranding: Director's Cut Removes Monster Energy Product Placement - last accessed on 2022-03-31
  3. Confirmation needed.
  4. Intel XeSS Update Out Now - last accessed on 2022-12-01
  5. Death Stranding – Native 4K vs NVIDIA DLSS 2 vs AMD FSR 2.0 vs Intel XeSS benchmarks & comparison screenshots - last accessed on 2023-06-14
  6. Death Stranding Director's Cut: PC vs PS5 Graphics Breakdown DigitalFoundry - last accessed on 2024
  7. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2022-04-10
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Verified by User:Yuuyatails on 2022-04-20
  9. Verified by User:Timo654 on 2023-04-21
  10. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2022-04-09
  11. Buttons pressing again even after letting go - last accessed on 2020-07-20
  12. Weird controller behaviour - last accessed on 2020-07-19
  13. Verified by User:TL431 on 2022-12-31
  14. Verified by User:TL431 on 2022-03-31
    Tested on Steam version v1.00