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Elden Ring

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Elden Ring
Elden Ring cover
Developers
FromSoftware
Publishers
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Japan FromSoftware
Release dates
Windows February 25, 2022
Reception
Metacritic 94
OpenCritic 95
IGDB 97
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, RPG
Art styles Stylized
Themes Fantasy
Elden Ring on HowLongToBeat
Elden Ring on IGDB
Elden Ring guide on StrategyWiki
Elden Ring on MobyGames
Elden Ring on Wikipedia

Elden Ring is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person action and RPG game.

General information

Official Discord server
Official Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Launch Edition exclusive to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Windows
GamersGate
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Shadow of the Erdtree Edition and Shadow of the Erdtree Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Shadow of the Erdtree Edition and Shadow of the Erdtree Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Shadow of the Erdtree Edition and Shadow of the Erdtree Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Shadow of the Erdtree Edition and Shadow of the Erdtree Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
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Shadow of the Erdtree Edition and Shadow of the Erdtree Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows

Version Differences

The Shadow of the Erdtree Edition contains the base game and the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion.
The Shadow of the Erdtree Deluxe Edition contains the base game, the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion, as well as their respective digital artbooks and soundtracks.
The Launch Edition contains the base game as well as a poster, three stickers, three artwork cards and a woven patch.

Monetization

Type Notes
Expansion pack Shadow of the Erdtree is an expansion that includes new areas, new weapons, new bosses, new NPCs, and new story content.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Shadow of the Erdtree
Windows

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\EldenRing\GraphicsConfig.xml
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1245620/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\EldenRing\<user-id>\ER0000.sl2
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1245620/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9. See Mods to remove letterboxing.
Multi-monitor
See Mods.
Ultra-widescreen
See Mods.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Mods.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales automatically via Texture Quality setting.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Anti-aliasing quality can be switched between Off, Low (FXAA), and High (TAA).
High-fidelity upscaling
[1]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS. See Mods to change FPS limit and remove 60 Hz limitation.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)
[2][3]

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Many keys cannot be remapped.
Set "Device for On-Screen Prompts" to "Keyboard and Mouse" to show keyboard prompts for controls.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Range from 0 to 10.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Under Keyboard/Mouse settings, listed as Mouse Y-Axis. X-Axis can also be inverted.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Range from 0 to 10.
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-Axis can also be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox Wireless Controller variant.
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Voice.
Surround sound
Gameplay uses up to 7.1. Cutscenes are limited to 5.1.[4]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Added with patch 1.12 on June 20, 2024, but not listed on the store page.[5]
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Fan translation; download Shadow of the Erdtree
French
German
Hungarian
A fan translation is available at "TRC's Playground".
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Audio and voice: AI dubbed, Nexus Mods.
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Thai

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
4 Up to four players total. Two other players can be called for cooperative play with additional room for one invading player. Up to 127 players can join if using the Seamless Co-op mod.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27014-27050, 50050
UDP 27000-27030, 3478, 4379, 4380, 50000-50003
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues unresolved

Random stutter and frame rate drops in open areas

The game appears to suffer from stuttering issues, particularly during combat in open world areas, likely caused by background loading and shader compilation mismanagement.[6][7]
Potential fix for stutter and frame rate drops[citation needed]
  • The game is a DirectX 12 title with no shader precompiling. The game will stutter less the more it's played, as it saves its shaders on the system. Note that every time the drivers are updated, the shader stutter will begin again.
  • Disable USB selective Suspend in Power Plan on the Windows Control Panel. Using Windows Search, look for 'Power Plan', select 'Change advanced power settings'. A Power Options window should open, click [+] on 'USB Settings', then click [+] on 'USB selective suspend setting' and change the 'Setting:' to Disabled.
  • Hyperthreading (Intel) or SMT (AMD) seems to be a major cause for freezing/stuttering on CPUs with more than 8 cores. It is recommended to disable Hyperthreading/SMT in the BIOS settings, or by using an application such as Process Lasso.
  • Forcing Vsync off in the GPU control panel for the game or globally, substantially reduces stutters at the cost of introducing tearing. Setting Vsync to fast turns it off and reduces tearing to imperceptible levels.
  • Disable Microsoft Device Association Root Enumerator in Device Manager. To find this, go to the Control Panel, locate Software devices, Right click Microsoft Device Association Root Enumerator and click Disable Device.
  • Disable Steam Overlay by Right clicking Elden Ring in the Steam Library, choose Properties, Uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
  • The game may occasionally freeze up for several moments at a time when using a controller. A mod that fixes it can be found here. Uninstall all Microsoft Store and PC Game Pass games that are located in the WindowsApps folder. Update the Xbox App via the Microsoft Store. Reinstall the games via the advanced installation settings located in the General section to another custom game folder. If the Xbox app does not show the advanced installation settings, uninstall it, then reinstall it from the Microsoft Store. Some games, such as Sea of Thieves, do not currently support advanced installation. If all else fails, uninstall the Xbox app and all Xbox games. Further explanation here.
  • Use Maximum Performance and reduce Input Lag setting on Nvidia GPUS. On the Nvidia Control Panel go to 'Manage 3D Settings', click on the 'Program Settings Tab', then 'Add' and select Elden Ring from the list of programs or 'Browse' and you can look for it in the drive you installed it. Once added look for 'Power management mode' and change it into 'Prefer maximum performance'. In the same window look for "Low Latency Mode" and select 'On' or 'Ultra'. The 'Ultra' setting can have stutter problems on modest hardware depending on the game while 'On' is more dependable.

Issues fixed

Controller not detected when playing via Steam Input

Enable desktop configuration[citation needed]
  • Go to Steam > Controller > Desktop Configuration to open the Steam Controller Configurator.
  • Select 'Browse Configs' and apply a desired configuration to use in-game (note: this will also enable the controller in this configuration on desktop).
  • Exit the Steam Controller Configurator.
  • In the Library, right-click on Elden Ring and select 'Properties...'.
  • In the controller category, ensure Steam Input is enabled.

Run the game at screen refresh rate

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Run the game in Borderless Windowed or see Mods to remove 60 Hz limitation[citation needed]

White screen with cursor followed by a crash to desktop after launching the game

Upgrade to a newer build of Windows[citation needed])
  • The game seems to require DX12 features not available on some older versions of Windows. Updating to version 21H1 (or at least version 1909 fixes the issue.
Process Lasso CPU Affinity feature[citation needed])
  • While the game seems to work well with process lasso priority class feature it may not start with Affinity enabled, disable all affinities to fix the crashes and maybe switch to CPU sets ( a ‘softer’ form of CPU Affinities that only "suggest" to the OS which core to use).

Turn off Steam Overlay from Steam (Steam->Settings->In-game->Enable steam overlay [OFF])[citation needed]

Crashes on Radeon Vega 8 Graphics iGPUs

Enable Radeon Anti-Lag[citation needed]
  • Launch AMD Software and go to Settings > Graphics.
  • Set Radeon Anti-Lag to Enabled.

Notes

Note that in many scenarios, anti-lag can cause an input lag increase across all games.[8]

Anti-aliasing setting resets after relaunching the game when set to "Off"

Manually fix the configuration and set to read-only[9]
  • Edit the GraphicsConfig.xml in the configuration folder and set the "Antialiasing" option to "DISABLE".
  • Set the file to read-only: Properties > Check "Read-only" > Apply > OK.

Notes

When setting the "Anti-aliasing" option to "Off" in the game settings, the value is set to "OFF" in the configuration file instead of "DISABLE", which would have been the correct value. At launch, the game detects the wrong value and resets it to the default anti-aliasing value (High).


VR support

3D modes State Notes
vorpX
User profile, see the vorpx forums post for an introduction.

Other information

API

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

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok, SpeedTree
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat

Easy Anti-Cheat

The embedded Easy Anti-Cheat component prevents unknown third-party tools from injecting themselves in the game. This protection can be disabled, which allows the use of said tools.
Online play will be disabled when Easy Anti-Cheat is disabled.
At launch included version of Easy Anti-Cheat was not compatible with CET, which is enabled by default on Windows 11 and some Windows 10 configurations with Zen3 (Ryzen 5000+) and Intel 11th Gen+ CPUs.[10] This should have been fixed with 1.03 game update.
Use Elden Ring EAC Toggler[citation needed]

Notes

This tool will make start_protected_game.exe launch eldenring.exe, so the latest game version will always be used and Easy Anti-Cheat will be disabled no matter how the game is launched.
Run through eldenring.exe[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\.
  2. Create steam_appid.txt and write 1245620 inside the file. Don't forget to save it.
  3. Run the game through eldenring.exe. It will launch directly and still have full integration with Steam.

Notes

Deleting or renaming start_protected_game.exe located in <path-to-game>\Game\ and then renaming eldenring.exe to start_protected_game.exe, allows the game to be directly launched through Steam.
Optionally, add eldenring.exe as a non-Steam game or create a shortcut on the desktop.

Mods

The anti-cheat must be disabled for most mods to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.

Framerate mods

Flawless Widescreen - general tool.
FPS Unlocker or Proton Patcher - written specifically for Elden Ring.
Allow for various widescreen aspect ratios without resolution limitations.
Enable FOV controls, vignette adjustment from 0% (off) to 100% (default) and chromatic aberration removal.
Increases the distance for full rate animations, unlock the framerate and remove the 60 Hz refresh limitation in fullscreen mode.

Pause the game

Allows the game to be paused, set to the P key by default.

Recover Runes Immediately

Recovers runes immediately upon death, without the need to revisit the point of death.

Fix the camera

Removes the automatic camera re-centering/drag.

Performance Boost

Back up regulation.bin before replacing it.
Can increase framerate and performance stability.
Main packages: Low LOD, Low Grass Range, No Grass, No Shadows, No Rain, No Tree Animation.
The "Performance + Quality" package tries to balance between performance and quality without sacrificing too much.

Increased Draw Distance for Enemies and NPCs

Back up regulation.bin before replacing it.
Fixes the invisible enemies/NPCs bug without unnecessary modifications that degrade performance.
Provides optional files to edit or merge with other mods, with an instruction guide.

Force Dynamic Shadows For All Objects

For Elden Ring v1.09.1 only.
Forces dynamic shadow casting from light sources.

Performance Boost For Potato PC

Back up regulation.bin before replacing it.
Several options to disable things like grass, shadows, weather effects, volumetric effects, chromatic aberration, and more.
Includes a guide on how to merge and edit the included mods.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
System memory (RAM) 12 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 580
3 GB (Nvidia), 4 GB (AMD) of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
The game will run on Intel Core 2 processors, despite the minimum processor requirements.[12][13]
The game OS requirement can be lowered to Windows 8.1 and 7 with the DXVK and VKD3D wrappers and a patch (anti-cheat has to be disabled).
The game officially requires D3D12 feature level 12_0, but it doesn't actually completely require it.[14] Use the aforementioned W7 patch or others to lower it.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:

References

  1. Elden Ring just got ray tracing, but you might not want to use it - PCGamer - last accessed on 2023-03-23
  2. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-03-25
    DF Direct Weekly #104 mentions suspicion of RT ambient occlusion and shadows, but the latter not in interiors, thus likely meaning RT sun shadows with the latter. Thus likely RTAO and RT sun shadows. Specifically mention that they would have liked to see RTGI being implemented, so quite unlikely that is being used in Elden Ring. From footage I've seen it also looks indeed very much like RTAO (especially on grass) and RT sun shadows (shadows become softer and more realistic with RT on).
  3. Verified by User:Aemony on 2023-03-23
    Today's update added some RT features, primarily AO and probably GI; no seeming reflections from my very short testing.
  4. Verified by User:Aemony on 2022-02-24
    Tested on a 7.1 system.
  5. ELDEN RING - Patch Notes Version 1.12 - Steam News - last accessed on 2024-06-21
  6. Elden Ring's PC performance simply isn't good enough • Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2022-03-02
    "The stuttering issues suggest that shader compilation management is poorly handled, with shader code compiled the first time it's needed in-game, generating split-second delays throughout the experience.
    [...]
    In addition to this issue, there's further stutter, seemingly tied into background loading.
    "
  7. Kotaku - Elden Ring Isn’t Running So Great On PC - last accessed on 2022-02-25
  8. Battle(non)sense (Youtube) - 40% Less Input Lag Without AMD Anti-Lag or NVidia Ultra-Low Latency - last accessed on May 2023
  9. Not saving Antialias setting! - last accessed on May 2024
  10. Verified by User:13xforever1 on 2022-02-24
    Windows 11 warning
  11. Pause the game at Elden Ring Nexus - Mods and Community - last accessed on May 2023
  12. I can play Elden Ring on this potato omg : lowendgaming - Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  13. Elden Ring on Core 2 Duo E7200 - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  14. anv: add fake sparse support (!24046) · Merge requests · Mesa / mesa · GitLab