Genshin Impact

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Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact cover
Unity 2017[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows September 28, 2020
Metacritic 84
OpenCritic 80
Monetization Free-to-play, Subscription
Microtransactions Currency, Loot box
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world, RPG
Art styles Anime
Themes Fantasy
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Genshin Impact is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person action, open world and RPG game.

General information

Official forums
Official Discord server


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Official Global server.
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Official China server
Epic Games Store
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Requires a HoYoverse account on Global and a MiHoYo account on China.
Game installs proprietary anti-cheat driver (mhyprot2.sys) that runs along with the game.


Type Notes
Free-to-play Game is free-to-play with microtransactions in the form of currency purchases.[2]
Subscription Players can purchase a subscription called the Blessing of the Welkin Moon, which grants 300 Genesis Crystals upon purchase, and also gives 90 Primogems every day the player logs in. The Blessing can be purchased multiple times, each time granting 300 Primogems and extending the duration of the subscription by 30 days up to 180 days.


Type Notes
Currency Real money is used to purchase Genesis Crystals, which can be converted to Primogems at a 1-to-1 rate or used to purchase item bundles in the in-game shop. Primogems are used to purchase Fates, which are then used to purchase gacha rolls, which is the only way to obtain the vast majority of characters in the game.[2]
Free-to-grind Players can earn Primogems through completing daily quests, obtaining achievements, and opening chests found throughout the world, among other methods. Players also directly earn Fates through ascending characters and grinding the free battle pass.
Loot box New characters and weapons can be obtained through a gacha system using Fates to purchase rolls.[2]
Time-limited There is one limited-time gacha "banner" (referring to the promotional image used for the gacha) in the game, offering a 5-star character only available in that banner along with several non-limited 4-star characters which have their drop rate increased. The banners currently cycle twice every month.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\miHoYo\Genshin Impact

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\miHoYo\Genshin Impact

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Cross-save is available with console and mobile versions of the game.[3]


Graphics options
Graphics options

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
[citation needed]
UI is anchored to use the entire screen, and doesn't have dead-zone/centering options.
31:9 resolutions have issues at the start of the game when entering the name, the confirm button won't be visible. Change the resolution to fix this.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
May be too low for some people to play without suffering simulation sickness.[4]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
This is actually the normal fullscreen behaviour, but the game will automatically minimize its window on focus loss without the -popupwindow parameter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x (setting added in Version 2.2)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
None, SMAA, TAA, and SSAA via Render Resolution setting (with 1.1x, 1.2x, 1.3x, 1.4x, 1.5x multipliers)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Choice between 30 and 60 FPS cap.
120+ FPS
Removed after beta.[5] When Vsync is disabled, only splash and warning screens prior to the title screen run at an unlocked framerate.[6] FPS can be unlocked using third-party tool. See Unlocking the Frame rate (FPS).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Unlocking the Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

Genshin Impact FPS Unlocker[7]
Modifying game memory with an unauthorized third party application is a violation of the game's Terms of Service, use the unlocker at your own risk.
  1. Download the latest version of Genshin Impact FPS Unlocker.
  2. Make sure you have the Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable (x64) installed.
  3. The Unlocker will generate a Config file on the directory it is running from, so it is recommended to put the file inside a folder before running.
  4. Run the unlocker as administrator, then, open the game. This only needs to be done once in order for the tool to get the game path and generate a config file.
  5. After the config file is generated, use the unlocker to launch the game.
  6. You may use (Home+Arrow Keys) to change the FPS Limit value, or use (End) to toggle the unlocker On/Off.


Keyboard and mouse control options
Keyboard and mouse control options
Controller options
Controller options
Other options
Other options

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Fixed as of Version 1.1.[8] Mouse left and right buttons are hard mapped to attack and dash respectively. (You get an "error" notification when trying to change the mapping)
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing is force enabled, alongside the vertical and horizontal mouse sensitivity being different.
Mouse sensitivity
Separate sliders for "Camera Sensitivity" and "Camera Sensitivity (Aimed Shot Mode)" are available. Vertical Sensitivity is 50% lower than Horizontal, with no option to change.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Touchscreen optimised
Buttons can be tapped but no left stick for movement.
Not working in "Console mode".
Controller support
Switching to "Controller" will change the game to "Console mode" with UI optimized for console.
Full controller support
The title screen only supports keyboard input, and a keyboard is required to input main character's name.
Controller remapping
Added in Version 1.1 update. Only the face buttons and the rightmost shoulder buttons can be remapped. Japanese-style layout is used for "Confirm" and "Cancel" buttons by default (O/B to select and X/A to cancel), but can be changed as of Version 1.1.[8] Using Aimed Shot requires the usage of either the Elemental Skill or Normal Attack Button, which makes manual aiming awkward when mapping those actions to the Face Buttons.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders for "Camera Sensitivity" and "Camera Sensitivity (Aimed Shot Mode)" are available. Vertical Sensitivity is 50% lower than Horizontal, with no option to change.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Touchpad is used for text chat in co-op.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes V2, Wired, Bluetooth
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
While hotplugging is possible, manually setting the control type option to "Controller" will be needed after plugging in.
Haptic feedback
Added in version 1.2
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Only one control method can be used. Changing the "Control Type" setting to an input method not currently connected requires restarting.


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for Master, Music, Dialogue, and SFX. Can be set in intervals of 1, from 0-10.
Surround sound
Supports up to 6.0.[9]
Key story sequences only, cannot be disabled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


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


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op
Available after reaching Adventure Rank 16.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed[edit]

Installer will not open[edit]

Extract the launcher file[10]
  1. Download the installer.
  2. Use an application like 7-Zip and extract the installer.
  3. Within the subfolder extract the file app.7z.
  4. Run launcher.exe.
(Macbook only) Disable graphics card temporarily[11]
  1. Open Device Manager and disable graphics card.
  2. Download the installer and install the game.
  3. Reenable graphics card in Device Manager.
Fix may need to be applied every time the game is launched.


Run the game in exclusive fullscreen mode[12]
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\Genshin Impact game
  2. Make a shortcut to GenshinImpact.exe with parameters -screen-fullscreen 1 -window-mode exclusive.
Check for network devices anomalies[13][14]
Disable Corsair's iCUE utility[15]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Input Rewired

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 1030
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Windows 10 dev builds are currently not supported.


  1. Unity engine build: 2017.4.30[1]


  1. Verified by User:max20091 on 2020-09-15
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Genshin Impact FAQ - last accessed on 2020-09-10
  3. FreeMMOStation - Is Genshin Impact Cross Save Between Every Platform? - last accessed on 2020-09-28
  4. Verified by User:DAOWAce on 2020-11-20
    Misinformation of the "default camera distance" setting added in the 1.1 update. Also reports of multiple people suffering motion sickness since launch; myself and a couple friends included.
  5. Genshin Impact (PC) Dungeon benchmark, Max setting 140 FPS unlock - I7 4790K RTX2060 16GB Ram. - YouTube
  6. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-09-28
    Tested using an FPS overlay and with VSync disabled.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2020-11-14
  9. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2020-11-15
    Tested in 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  10. Genshin Impact Installer will not open/run (fix) - last accessed on 2020-10-05
  11. How to get Genshin Impact on Macbook - last accessed on 2020-09-26
  12. PSA: Freesync / G-Sync Issues : Genshin_Impact - Reddit
  13. odaleon comments on Genshin Impact PC Stuttering : Genshin_Impact - Reddit
  14. suronal comments on How can I fix stutters in Genshin Impact? : lowspecgamer - Reddit
  15. Genshin Impact FPS drop PC - a potential fix [ EN / FR ] : Genshin_Impact - Reddit