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, DLC
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
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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[edit]

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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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Version Differences[edit]

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.

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
DLC Certain editions include a pre-order bonus in the form of an in game gesture called "The Ring". While the gesture is otherwise obtainable in the game through online gameplay, owners of the pre-order bonus have it from the very start.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Pre-order pack The only in-game bonus is "The Ring" gesture, which is otherwise obtainable in-game through online gameplay.[1]
Windows

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
No microtransactions Elden Ring has no microtransactions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

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).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
A few cutscenes are capped to 30 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
Set to support ray tracing in a future update.

Input[edit]

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
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[edit]

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.[2]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Thai

Network[edit]

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.

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[edit]

Random stutter and frame rate drops in open areas[edit]

The game appears to suffer from stuttering-issues, particularly during combat in open world areas, likely caused by background-loading and shader compilation mismanagement.[3][4]
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[edit]

Controller not detected when playing via Steam Input[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

[edit]

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

Crashes on AMD Ryzen 3 3200g Radeon 8[edit]

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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

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

Easy Anti-Cheat[edit]

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.[5] 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[6]
  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

Optionally, add eldenring.exe as a non-Steam game or create a shortcut on your desktop.

Mods[edit]

Flawless Widescreen[edit]

The anti-cheat must be disabled for this mod to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.
Allow widescreen aspect ratios
Remove windowed resolution limitations
Engine already HOR+; allow additional FOV
Add FPS adjust (just set it to 360fps)
Vignette adjust from 0% (off) to 100% (default)
Remove the 60 Hz limit on fullscreen
Increase the distance for full rate animations
Chromatic aberration removal

Elden Ring FPS Unlocker[edit]

This mod automatically disables Easy Anti-Cheat.
Unlock frame rate (remove FPS limit)
Remove forced 60 Hertz (Hz) limit in fullscreen
Increase or decrease field of view (FOV)
Add support for widescreen monitors (optionally with increased animation distances)
Vignette removal
Chromatic aberration removal
Game modifications
Global game speed modifier (increase or decrease)
Disable losing Runes on death

Elden Ring Proton Patcher[edit]

This mod automatically disables Easy Anti-Cheat.
Set custom frame rate limits
Remove black borders when using resolutions with an aspect ratio other than 16:9 (e.g. ultrawide).
Remove vignette overlay
Remove chromatic abberation filter
Increase animation distance/fix choppy animations at screen edges
Remove 60hz limit when using fullscreen mode

Pause the game[edit]

The anti-cheat must be disabled for this mod to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.
Lets you pause the game by pressing P or your desired hotkey.

Recover Runes Immediately[edit]

The anti-cheat must be disabled for this mod to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.
Recover runes immediately upon death; no need to go to the exact spot of death to recover runes.

Fix the camera[edit]

The anti-cheat must be disabled for this mod to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.
Removes the automatic camera re-centering/drag.

Performance Boost (Optional FP Regen plus No Rain and Tree Animation)[edit]

The anti-cheat must be disabled for this mod to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.
Don't forget to backup "regulation.bin" before replacing it.
Helps you gain more fps and performance stability by replacing "regulation.bin" with one of different packages you can get.
Main Packages: Low LOD, Low Grass Range, No Grass, No Shadows, No Rain, No Tree Animation.
Performance + Quality: A new package tries to balance between performance and quality without sacrificing too much.

Increased Draw Distance for Enemies and NPCs (Former True Invisible Enemies and NPCs Bug Fix)[edit]

The anti-cheat must be disabled for this mod to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.
Backup your "regulation.bin" file before replacing it or merging it with this mod.
Fixes the invisible enemies/NPCs bug the right way, without unnecessary modifications that degrade performance.
Great insight on how the game uses LODs and why this bug is happening.
Provides optional files to edit or merge with other mods, with guide on how to do it.

Performance Boost For Potato PC[edit]

The anti-cheat must be disabled for this mod to load; see Easy Anti-Cheat.
Backup your "regulation.bin" file before replacing it or merging it with this mod.
Several options to disable things like grass, shadows, weather effects etc.
Guide on how to merge and edit mods and links to tools.
Info on changes made to the game files if you want to mess with them yourself.
Several optional steps to improve your performance and experience like disabling Volumetric Effects, Chromatic Aberration and more.
Provides optional files to edit or merge with other mods, with guide on how to do it.

System requirements[edit]

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.[7][8]
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).

Notes

  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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elden Ring pre-order bonuses – which edition is best? - last accessed on 2022-04-10
  2. Verified by User:Aemony on 2022-02-24
    Tested on a 7.1 system.
  3. 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.
    "
  4. Kotaku - Elden Ring Isn’t Running So Great On PC - last accessed on 2022-02-25
  5. Verified by User:13xforever1 on 2022-02-24
    Windows 11 warning
  6. Pause the game at Elden Ring Nexus - Mods and Community
  7. I can play Elden Ring on this potato omg : lowendgaming - Reddit
  8. Elden Ring on Core 2 Duo E7200 - YouTube