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Elden Ring

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Elden Ring
Elden Ring cover
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Japan FromSoftware
Release dates
Windows February 25, 2022
Metacritic 94
OpenCritic 95
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, RPG
Art styles Stylized
Themes Fantasy
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Elden Ring is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person action and RPG game.

General information

Official Discord server
Official Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Launch Edition exclusive to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
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Deluxe Edition also available.
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
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Deluxe Edition also available.
All versions require Steam DRM.

Version Differences

The Deluxe Edition contains the base game as well as digital artbook and soundtrack.

The Launch Edition contains the base game as well as a poster, three stickers, three artwork cards and a woven patch.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Shadow of the Erdtree Upcoming expansion.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9. See Mods to remove letterboxing.
See Mods.
See Mods.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Mods.
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
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)


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
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 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
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
A fan translation is available at "TRC's Playground".
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
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.


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.[5][6]
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 you play as it saves its shaders on your PC. Note that every time you update your drivers, the shader stutter will begin again.
  • 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 your Device Manager. To find this, go to your 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 your 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. Uninstall all Microsoft Store and PC Game Pass games that are located in your WindowsApps folder. Update your Xbox App via the Microsoft Store. Reinstall your 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
  • Changing your Power Plan to "Ultimate Performance" might resolve FPS problems.

Issues fixed

Controller not detected when playing via Steam Input

Enable desktop configuration
  • Go to Steam > Controller > Desktop Configuration to open the Steam Controller Configurator.
  • Select 'Browse Configs' and apply a configuration of your choosing to use in-game (note: this will also enable the controller in this configuration on your Desktop)
  • Exit the Steam Controller Configurator.
  • In your 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

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

Upgrade to a newer build of Windows
  • The game seems to require DX12 features not available on some older versions of Windows. Updating to version 21H1 (or at least version 1909 [citation needed]) fixes the issue.

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

Crashes on Radeon Vega 8 Graphics iGPUs

Enable Radeon Anti-Lag
  • Launch AMD Software and go to Settings > Graphics.
  • Set Radeon Anti-Lag to Enabled.
Note that in many scenarios, Anti-Lag can cause an input lag increase across all games[7]

VR support

Other information


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


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.[8] This should have been fixed with 1.03 game update.
Use Elden Ring EAC Toggler
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 you launch the game.
Run through eldenring.exe[9]
  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.


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


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
Increase 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 1.09.1 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

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.[10][11]
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.[12] Use the aforementioned W7 patch or others to lower it.


  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>/1245620/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1245620) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  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's PC performance simply isn't good enough • - 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.
  6. Kotaku - Elden Ring Isn’t Running So Great On PC - last accessed on 2022-02-25
  7. Battle(non)sense (Youtube) - 40% Less Input Lag Without AMD Anti-Lag or NVidia Ultra-Low Latency - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Verified by User:13xforever1 on 2022-02-24
    Windows 11 warning
  9. Pause the game at Elden Ring Nexus - Mods and Community - last accessed on May 2023
  10. I can play Elden Ring on this potato omg : lowendgaming - Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  11. Elden Ring on Core 2 Duo E7200 - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  12. anv: add fake sparse support (!24046) · Merge requests · Mesa / mesa · GitLab