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Horizon Zero Dawn

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Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn cover
Guerrilla Games
Windows Virtuos[1][2]
Optimization Nixxes Software[3]
PlayStation PC
THQ Nordic[4][5]
Release dates
Windows August 7, 2020
Metacritic 84
OpenCritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Open world
Vehicles Robot
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Horizon
Horizon Zero Dawn on HowLongToBeat
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Horizon Zero Dawn is an open world action RPG game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. This game is a port of the 2017 PlayStation 4 console exclusive of the same name. The port was handled by Guerrilla Games and Virtuos. It is the first title that Guerrilla Games have developed for PC following their acquisition by SIE Worldwide Studios, and also marks the fourth game Sony Interactive Entertainment have directly published on the platform under the PlayStation PC brand. It is also the second release on PC to make use of the Decima engine, following the previous release of Death Stranding.

The game was initially announced for PC during March 2020 with a placeholder release date for later that year.[6] The final release date, August 7, 2020, was announced in June alongside the release of a trailer showcasing the features of the PC version of the game.[7]

The PC version of the game is available for Windows and distributed through Epic Games Store, Steam and GOG as the Complete Edition, which includes The Frozen Wilds expansion, along with a digital art book and additional in-game items, weapons and outfits. It features ultra-widescreen support, high frame rates, adjustable field of view, and remapping for keyboard and mouse controls and controllers.[7]

Reviews published shortly before the global release suggested that the game suffered from a number of technical problems, including stuttering introduced from a variety of different game elements, non-functional graphical settings, and major performance issues.[8][9] Guerrilla Games released multiple patches in the following months, addressing various reported issues and improving the state of the game significantly.[10] Nixxes Software was responsible for assisting Guerrilla Games with patch 1.11 and onwards, which introduced support for FSR 1.0, DLSS, improved shader management (less stutters and removed need for shader pre-compilation at startup) and various other fixes.[11][12]

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when a shortcut is made to the executable with the -EpicPortal command line argument appended to the Target URL.[13]
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Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Skip intros with user mod[14]
  1. Download Intro Logos Skip mod.
  2. Extract Patch_NoIntroLogos.bin to <path-to-game>\Packed_DX12.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Horizon Zero Dawn\Saved Game\profile\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1151640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Horizon Zero Dawn\Saved Game\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1151640/pfx/[Note 1]
Save files can be imported from a jailbroken PlayStation 4.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Display settings
Display settings
Graphics settings
Graphics settings
General settings [Note 2]
General settings [Note 2]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Limited to the borderless display mode.
Cutscenes are pillarboxed to 16:9. See Ultra-widescreen for a solution.
Cutscenes are pillarboxed to 16:9. See Ultra-widescreen for a solution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Ranges from 70°-100° in increments of 10.[7]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
In-game anisotropic filtering has been fixed as of Patch 1.07.[dubious – discuss]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Camera-based, FXAA, SMAA and TAA.[7]
High-fidelity upscaling
FSR 1.0, DLSS 2.3
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The internal frame rate limiter allows for a cap between 30-120 in increments of 10, or Unlimited.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR must be enabled in Windows. Brightness and Whitepoint adjustment sliders are available.[17] See High dynamic range display (HDR) for more information.
Ray tracing (RT)
The game doesn't


Native cutscenes at 32:9 resolutions
Native cutscenes at 32:9 resolutions
Cutscenes after modification
Cutscenes after modification
Use SUWSF to remove the real-time cutscenes' pillarboxing[18]
Works also with DLSS enabled
  1. Download
  2. Extract the zip file to <path-to-game>
  3. Launch the game and make sure the Display Aspect ratio option is set to Auto.
Modify the game executable to remove the real-time cutscenes' pillarboxing[19]
This fix is available as patchers for a number of 21:9 and 32:9 resolutions.[dubious – discuss]
The patchers do not include the fix for DLSS-compatibility with these patchers, so it has to be done seperately through the hex-editor.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\HorizonZeroDawn.exe in a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. Search for 39 8E E3 3F as hex.
  3. Replace it with 26 B4 17 40 (for 2560x1080) or any other aspect ratio in hex.
  4. DLSS fix: Search for 40 38 B0 C1 00 00 00 74 12 as hex.
  5. DLSS fix: Replace 74 12 with EB 12
  6. Save the changes.
  7. Launch the game and make sure the Display Aspect ratio option is set to Auto.

Depth of field

See Field of view (FOV) to disable DoF
Disable DoF with Cheat Engine[14]
  1. Download Cheat Engine from the official website.
  2. Download the table from Fearless Revolution.
  3. Start the game.
  4. Run CE, and attach the HorizonZeroDawn.exe process.
  5. Load downloaded table.
  6. Set DOF Disable to Active, and optionally set a hotkey if desired.

High dynamic range display (HDR)

Adjusting the in-game HDR settings[20]
The game is using an early implementation of HDR in Windows and always output up to 10000 nits of brightness (HDR10 standard maximum). In-game settings allow to move the brightness of shadows and highlights inside this window but do not allow to limit the output brightness range to the capabilities of your display. Some on screen elements will still go above it and will thus be clipped on displays with lower than 10000 nits HDR brightness specifications.
  • HDR Brightness slider controls how bright the shadows are and should generally be left on its default value of 50.
    • Adjusting it below the default value of 50 will lead to "black crush".
    • Adjusting it above 50 will lead to raised brightness for shadows.
  • HDR whitepoint slider controls how bright the highlights are. It is worth noting that the game will still exceed the value set here when displaying bright objects.
    • Adjusting it below the default value of 300 will make all highlights dimmer. It is only recommended to do so if your display maximum HDR brightness is lower than 300 nits.
    • Adjusting it above 300 will make all highlights brighter. Since the game doesn't actually limit the maximum luminance of bright objects it will lead to more bright areas exceeding the capabilities of your display and thus clipping into full white, destroying color details in such areas.
  • You can still adjust general Brightness slider the game has even when HDR mode is enabled. It is not recommended though as it's impossible to adjust it properly in HDR mode.
  • No combination of in-game settings allow to properly configure the HDR mode in this game on displays with less than 10000 nits of peak brightness. Thus the choice of what combination is "correct" depends solely on capabilities of your display and your personal taste.


Control settings
Control settings


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech and Sound Effects
Surround sound
Output is automatically set to what the output audio device supports.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Audio is region locked to Japanese storefronts.
Brazilian Portuguese
Use unofficial Slovak language file (Windows). Also contains localized textures.
Latin American Spanish
Use unofficial Turkish language file (Windows).

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok [22]
Cutscenes Bink Video [22]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 v1809[23]
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
AMD Radeon R9 290
3 GB (Nvidia), 4 GB (AMD) of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
The game required a CPU with AVX instructions on release. This was fixed in patch 1.0.8, now only requiring SSE4.2. This can in turn be lowered with a fix. As the fix hasn't been tested by the maker him/herself on the latest Steam-version of the game and an unsupported CPU requiring this fix (thus most likely resulting is severe performance-problems), it is not advised to apply this fix.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. The HUD settings do not appear in the main menu.


  1. Our Services - Game Development - Virtuos - last accessed on 2022-10-05
    "HORIZON ZERO DAWN Guerrilla Games PC"
  2. - Horizon Zero Dawn PC review – Aloy has a new home (translated using Google Translate)) - last accessed on 2020-08-06
    "This conversion was not produced in-house but has the signature of Virtuos, a China-based studio based in Singapore."
  3. Guerilla Game Twitter Nixxes post-launch patches - last accessed on 2022-08-14
    "A huge shoutout to our friends at @NixxesSoftware who helped our teams with the recent PC patches! ❤"
  4. [1] - last accessed on 2021-05-18
  5. [2] - last accessed on 2021-05-19
  6. Hermen Hulst Q&A: Interview with Head of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios - last accessed on 2020-07-30
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC – FAQ - last accessed on 2020-07-30
  8. Horizon Zero Dawn's PC port is deeply disappointing - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  9. Horizon Zero Dawn on PC: Not the optimized port we were hoping for - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  10. Guerrilla Games - Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition For PC - Patch Notes - last accessed on 2020-11-06
  11. Horizon Zero Dawn Steam page news - last accessed on 2022-08-14
  12. Guerrilla Games Twitter Nixxes - last accessed on 2022-08-14
  13. Verified by User:Princeps on 2023-02-15
  14. 14.0 14.1 Verified by User:Keith on 2022-10-01
  15. Horizon Zero Dawn has no cloud save? - last accessed on 2021-04-06
  16. Epic Games Store - not working cloud saves in HZD.. - last accessed on 2021-04-06
  17. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-08-10
    Tested on an HDR TV. Screenshots taken with HDR off and on, then compared.
  18. How to get Horizon Zero Dawn's Cutscenes running in 21:9/Ultrawide - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  19. How to get Horizon Zero Dawn's Cutscenes running in 21:9/Ultrawide - last accessed on 2020-08-07
  20. Verified by User:Dgrdsv on 2024-03-23
  21. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-09-17
    Leaving the global setting disabled results in the game recognizing the controller, while forcing it off for the game results in no recognition.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Horizon Zero Dawn Playstation 4 Credits - MobyGames - last accessed on 2020-03-12
    "Uses Bink Video Copyright © 2008-2017 by RAD Game Tools Inc
    Horizon Zero Dawn uses Havok © Copyright 1999-2008 Inc. [and its Licensors]., All rights reserved.
  23. Guerrilla Games - Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC - Patch 1.03 - last accessed on 2020-09-02
    "Windows Version Check - The game checks if Windows 10 Build 1809 or above is used (lower versions cause instability in DirectX 12)."