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Outer Wilds

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Not to be confused with The Outer Worlds.

Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds cover
Mobius Digital
Annapurna Interactive
Unity 2019[Note 1]
Unity 2017[Note 2]
Release dates
Windows May 30, 2019
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 86
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure, Puzzle
Vehicles Space flight
Themes Space
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Outer Wilds is a singleplayer first-person adventure and puzzle game.

The game was originally released on May 30, 2019 on Epic Games Store, followed by its release on Steam on June 18, 2020.

The first expansion of the game was officially announced on July 29, 2021 and released on September 28 on both platforms.[1]

General information

Developer blog
Official wiki
Outer Wilds subreddit
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 launched from the executable.[2] DLC requires the launcher. Archaeologist Edition also available.
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Archaeologist Edition also available. Xbox Play Anywhere.
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Archaeologist Edition also available.

Version differences

The Archaeologist Edition contains the base game and the Echoes of the Eye expansion.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Echoes of the Eye

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mobius Digital\Outer Wilds\
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Mobius Digital\Outer Wilds\Saves\
Steam HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Mobius Digital\Outer Wilds\
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Mobius Digital\Outer Wilds\SteamSaves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/753640/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\AnnapurnaInteractive.OuterWilds_c96c51jf6wkvm\SystemAppData\wgs\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Mobius Digital\Outer Wilds\Saves\
Steam %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Mobius Digital\Outer Wilds\SteamSaves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/753640/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing


Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
UI is spanned.[4]
Uses Hor+ scaling behavior.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
55-105 in increments of 5. Added in update 1.0.3.[6]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable windowed mode and use the -popupwindow parameter (or see the glossary page).
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
[Note 4]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA or SMAA with adjustable quality.[5]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
FPS counters show over 120 FPS but the game is locked to 60.[7]
See High frame rate for a workaround.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unity page for more details.

High frame rate

Raise frame rate cap[8]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Mobius Digital\Outer Wilds\
  2. Create a new file named secretsettings.txt.
  3. Open it and add the line PhysicsRate=120 where 120 is the desired frame rate.
This changes the rate at which physics calculations are performed, which may have a significant impact on performance.


Basic gameplay settings
Basic gameplay settings
Advanced gameplay settings
Advanced gameplay settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Look and Flight sliders.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Labeled Invert Player Look and Invert Ship Look.
Controller support
The game intro suggests using a gamepad.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Look and Flight sliders.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Labeled Invert Player Look and Invert Ship Look.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox One Button Prompt Images option in the Gameplay settings.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
PS4 Button Prompt Images option in the Gameplay settings.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Use NomaiVR mod.
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio and Language settings
Audio and Language settings
Preflight Checklist gameplay settings
Preflight Checklist gameplay settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master and music.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output [13] [14]
All conversations are text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Pauses on focus lost.[5]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese

VR support

Other information


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

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2300
AMD FX-4350
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 6870
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unity engine build: 2019.4.39f1
  2. Unity engine build: 2017.4.33f1
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/753640/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (753640) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. The contents of one of the game files suggest that anisotropic textures are enabled by default (2 in Quality Settings).[5]


  1. 'Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye' is an expansion of a modern classic - last accessed on 2021-07-30
  2. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-30
    Closed the launcher, removed its folder and launched the game without issues.
  3. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-06-19
  4. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-06-19
    Tested EGS version 1.0.7 at a custom 5760x1080 resolution on a single monitor.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-30
  6. Cozier Campfires - last accessed on 2019-08-09
  7. [1] - last accessed on May 31, 2019
  8. Looks terrible in motion on a 120hz G-sync display. - last accessed on 2020-06-18
  9. 9.0 9.1 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-31
    Keyboard and Xbox gamepad buttons are remappable.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-30
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-09-28
    Process Explorer did not list Windows.Gaming.Input.dll when the game was fully loaded and ran with an Xbox Wireless Controller connected.
  12. Can you play this game with a ps4 controller instead of a Xbox one controller? - last accessed on 2019-06-05
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-30
    Tested with a 5.1 setup, and the rear speakers were used.
  14. Verified by User:Asami on 2022-05-09
    Tested with a 7.2 setup, Side Surrounds and rear side surrounds both used.