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Need for Speed Payback

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Need for Speed Payback
Need for Speed Payback cover
Ghost Games
Lucid Games[1][2]
Electronic Arts
Retail (Russia) 1C-SoftClub
Frostbite 3
Release dates
Windows November 10, 2017
Metacritic 62
OpenCritic 60
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions Loot box, Currency
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Need for Speed
Need for Speed Payback on HowLongToBeat
Need for Speed Payback on IGDB
Need for Speed Payback on MobyGames
Need for Speed Payback on Wikipedia
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (series)
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Underground (series)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (series)
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift (series)
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge 2017
Need for Speed Heat 2019
Need for Speed Unbound 2022


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Deluxe Edition. Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Included with EA Play. Deluxe Edition also available.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
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Deluxe Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Humble Store (unavailable)
All versions require Origin and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[3]


Type Notes
DLC The DLC include new cars.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Deluxe Edition Upgrade Includes the Platinum Car and High Roller Pack, which are both exclusive to the Deluxe Edition.
  • The Platinum Car Pack includes a unique custom Camaro SS '67, Dodge Charger '69, Ford F-150 Raptor '16, Nissan 350Z '08 and Volkswagen Golf GTI '16, all with exclusive "Platinum" car cosmetic options, and;
  • the High Roller Pack includes exclusive car cosmetic options, unique bonuses (5 Shipments, 5% Rep Bonus and 10% off all in-game purchases), and the Speedcross Story Bundle, which includes the Infiniti Q60 S and MINI JCW Countryman alongside the story itself.
Speedcross Story Unlocks in-game mission and a new car build type.
Infiniti Q60 S Included with EA Play Pro. Also available in a bundle with the MINI JCW Countryman.
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman Included with EA Play Pro. Also available in a bundle with the Infiniti Q60 S.
Aston Martin DB5 Superbuild Also available in a bundle with the Pontiac Firebird Superbuild.
Pontiac Firebird Superbuild Also available in a bundle with the Aston Martin DB5 Superbuild.
Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Also available in a bundle with the Chevrolet Colorado and Range Rover.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Also available in a bundle with the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio and Range Rover.
Range Rover Sport SVR Also available in a bundle with the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio and Chevrolet Colorado.
All DLC Cars Bundle Unlocks all DLC cars listed above.
Fortune Valley Map Shortcuts Reveals all activities, collectibles and locations on the game map.
Speed Points are also available ranging from 250 to 5850 Speed Points.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need For Speed(TM) Payback\settings\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1262580/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Need For Speed(TM) Payback\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1262580/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
External cams are Vert-. See the WSGF topic.
External cams are Vert-. See the WSGF topic. Also see #Issues fixed to fix an issue with an ultrawidescreen 4K setup.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF topic.
Occasional bug where the game will change to windowed mode but not actually display on the screen, although sound can be heard from the game. If this happens, simply close the game and re-launch it. It will launch into windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
On by default under "Post Processing" graphical setting in game. Anisotropic setting is enhanced or reduced based on the setting selected for Post Processing.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 and 7.1 supported.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can't be disabled.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Region locked to Polish alone for copies bought in Poland. Changing language to any other language is impossible. This applies to Humble purchases (and possible other stores) as well.[4]
Brazilian Portuguese
Region locked if bought in Russia via Origin, meaning that other languages in game settings will be inaccessible.[5]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

VR support

Issues fixed

5120x2160 resolution causes the game to stay minimized

Edit config[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open PROFILEOPTIONS_profile in text editor
  3. Find GstRender.ResolutionWidth and GstRender.ResolutionHeight
  4. Edit them back to their default values
GstRender.ResolutionWidth 1024
GstRender.ResolutionHeight 768

5. Save the file

Crashing/BSOD on AMD CPUs

Edit config[citation needed]
  1. Disable SMT in your Motherboard BIOS.
  2. When starting your PC, press the "Del" or "F12" key, your Motherboard may be different.
  3. Search for 'SMT' and disable it.
  4. Save and exit your BIOS, let your PC boot normally.
  5. You can check if this worked by checking the number of cores you have in Task Manager or a program like MSI afterburner.

Other information


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


While the modding community may be considerably smaller than its successor, Heat, Payback is moddable; there is a wide variety of mods ranging from gameplay enhancements to car modifications.
All mods are available from NexusMods and require Frosty Mod Manager (some mods require the Beta version of Frosty).
There is a tutorial on how to add your custom decals. While this is a Heat-centric guide, the author has mentioned it may work on Payback.

Payback has multiple mods that improve or change the game experience.

UNITE Payback

Same Unite experience as with Heat.
Adds many improvements to the game, including stance, handling, visual and gameplay improvements. It also overhauls the upgrade system.
Extended stance and handling overhaul are separated from the main mod.

Realistic shadows, no fog, no vignette

Introduces PCSS shadows, removes fog and vignette
Use realistic shadow no fog no vignette[6]

NFS Payback Cinematic Tools

Camera manipulation tool for taking screenshots.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-6300 3.8 GHz
AMD FX-8150 3.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 7850
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible


  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>/1262580/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1262580) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Need for Speed: Payback (2017) Windows credits - MobyGames - last accessed on 2018-12-20
  2. Need for Speed Payback - Lucid - Lucid - last accessed on 2018-12-20
  3. "Scan exe Need for Speed: Payback". Scan of NFS Payback exe file.
  4. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2021-09-21
    This does not apply to Steam version.
  5. Verified by User:Hargabt on 2023-01-20
    I own the game in Origin and other languages except Russian are absent. And as stated in the previous reference, this should not apply to Steam version, as I have a copy of NFS Heat on Steam and all languages on it are available.
  6. Need for Speed Payback mod introduces PCSS shadows, removes fog and vignette | DSOGaming | The Dark Side Of Gaming