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PlanetSide 2

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PlanetSide 2
PlanetSide 2 cover
Developers
Daybreak Game Company
Engines
Forgelight Engine
Release dates
Windows November 20, 2012
PlanetSide 2 guide on StrategyWiki
PlanetSide 2 on Wikipedia
PlanetSide
PlanetSide 2003
PlanetSide 2 2012
PlanetSide Arena Cancelled

Key points

Offers a strong level of graphical customization.

General information

Official website
Official forum
Official support page
PlanetSide 2 Wiki - a good place to get gameplay-related information.
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require a Daybreak Account.
ProSiebenSat.1 accounts are no longer supported as of September 29, 2014.[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\InputProfile_User.xml[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\UserOptions.ini
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/218230/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
FoV comparison - 74 (top) against 100.
FoV comparison - 74 (top) against 100.
Top: 4000x900 (limited at 110 hFoV without PS2FOV), Middle 4000x900 (automatically set correctly at 135 hFOV with PS2FOV), Bottom 1444x900 (automatically set correctly at 80 hFOV for comparison) Game is set to 59 vertical FoV
Top: 4000x900 (limited at 110 hFoV without PS2FOV), Middle 4000x900 (automatically set correctly at 135 hFOV with PS2FOV), Bottom 1444x900 (automatically set correctly at 80 hFOV for comparison) Game is set to 59 vertical FoV
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See Field of view (FOV).
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale along with resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
55-74°. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set with Display Mode in Settings, Graphics.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Cannot be disabled.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be disabled.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Allows for "Empire Coloring" and "Squad Coloring" to more easily distinguish between each team. Some elements of the game may still cause trouble for color blind users.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Custom vertical FOV[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open UserOptions.ini.
  3. Set VerticalFOV= to the value you want.
Increase vehicle FOV[citation needed]
  1. Download PS2FOV from WSGF.org
  2. Run it at the same time as Planetside 2
  3. Horizontal FOV will be unlocked and adjusted automatically for any resolution/FOV and you can manually set your required horizontal FOV for vehicles between 80° and 150°.

Notes

PS2FOV fixes the vertical FOV for vehicles, useful for multi-monitor resolutions.
This tool may get your account banned.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate options for "vertical look" and "vertical fly".
Controller
Controller support
Users with the Logitech 3D Pro POV pad may have issues, see Logitech 3D Pro POV pad for more information.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

Logitech 3D Pro POV pad[edit]

If you only use the ingame key bindings, the pad will just stop working after a few seconds. In order to use the POV pad of the joystick for the cockpit view, follow these steps[2]

Use the Logitech profiler[citation needed]
  1. In the Logitech profiler, set up a new profile for PlanetSide 2 (use the LaunchPad.exe - not PlanetSide2.exe)
  2. Under Options -> Global Profiler Settings, select "Apply persistent profile" and choose your Planetside2 profile in the combo box
  3. For your POV pad, create a new assignment (click POV in the overview, then "Select Assignment" -> "New POV Assignment")
  4. Use the Edit button to record 4 different keystrokes (in my case I created 4 keystroke assignments for the 4 arrow keys)
  5. Assign those keystrokes to the POV pad directions "N", "W", "E" and "S"
  6. Check "FPS Style Movement" (otherwise you can only look into one direction instead of smooth movements)
  7. Make sure your new POV assignment is selected
  8. Run PlanetSide 2
  9. Set up the cockpit view keys in Planetside 2 to the recorded keystrokes

Notes

Input options only configurable after entering a server.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Settings for music, sfx, dialog and voip.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Automatically shown in the tutorial and for some ingame voice callouts in the chat box.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2000 Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Server selectable at character creation.
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot install game (Steam)[edit]

Fixing error: "An Error occured while installing Planetside 2 (No Subscription)"[citation needed]
  1. Exit Steam (right click tray icon > Exit).
  2. Wait for Steam to fully close any open windows and dialogues.
  3. Start Steam.
  4. Install PlanetSide 2 from its Steam page.

Planetside2.exe has stopped working[edit]

Fix crash on Windows 8[3]
  1. Install the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes, then restart the PlanetSide 2 Launcher. If you still get the same error, do the following:
  2. Go to %WINDIR%\WinSxS
  3. Search for dinput8.dll
  4. Copy the file you find (do not move it).
  5. Paste the copy of dinput8.dll into <path-to-game>.
  6. Restart the PlanetSide 2 Launcher

Low frame rate[edit]

Fixing Low Frame Rate (FPS)[citation needed]

During the alpha stage, Planetside 2 featured special particle effects powered by PhysX.[4] These effects were removed prior to the official launch, but an option to disable PhysX was not available in the settings menu. The following fix forces PhysX off. This won't solve having a low-end machine, but will improve frame rate by 20% to 40% in most cases.[5]

  1. Close Planetside 2.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open UserOptions.ini
  4. Add GpuPhysics=0 to the section [Rendering] on a new line
  5. Save + Close
  6. Launch Planetside 2
Fixing Low Frame Rate (FPS) Second method[citation needed]

Theres a way to tweak render limits to even lower sizes than 500. If you play as infantry 300 is still playable and is a lot faster.

  1. Close Planetside 2.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open UserOptions.ini
  4. Change RenderDistance=500 to RenderDistance=300
  5. Save + Close
  6. Launch Planetside 2
  7. Do not change Render distance ingame options, because that will reset to minimum value of 500.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
32-bit support was discontinued in 2015.[6]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Vivox
Anti-cheat BattlEye [7]

SweetFX[edit]

Use of SweetFX is officially listed as a banned client modification.[8]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-760
AMD Phenom II X4
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 4850
A 64-bit system is required.

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 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>/218230/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (218230) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References