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PlanetSide 2

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PlanetSide 2
PlanetSide 2 cover
Daybreak Game Company
Forgelight Engine
Release dates
Windows November 20, 2012
Modes Multiplayer
Series PlanetSide
PlanetSide 2 guide on StrategyWiki
PlanetSide 2 on MobyGames
PlanetSide 2 on Wikipedia
PlanetSide 2003
PlanetSide 2 2012
PlanetSide Arena Cancelled

Key points

Offers a strong level of graphical customization.

General information

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


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

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


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
See Field of view (FOV).
Enable "wide view mode" in settings, without this, it is Vert- scaling
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale along with resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
55-74°. See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set with Display Mode in Settings, Graphics.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Cannot be disabled.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be disabled.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.2, FSR 2.0
Added in the "Love Letter Update" released on February 8, 2023.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
By default the game is capped to 60 fps. Turn off smoothing in options to unlock it. You can also lock the framrate yourself by editing Useroptions.ini.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
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. In addition, as of sept. 15, 2021, the game includes a total of five color blind filters.

Field of view (FOV)

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
  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°.


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


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate options for "vertical look" and "vertical fly".
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

Logitech 3D Pro POV pad

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


Input options only configurable after entering a server.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Settings for music, SFX, dialog and voip.
Surround sound
Automatically shown in the tutorial and for some ingame voice callouts in the chat box.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
While the game's volue is muted on focus loss, the in-game voice chat remains audible.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2000 Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Server selectable at character creation.
Direct IP

Issues fixed

Cannot install game (Steam)

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

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

Fixing Low Frame Rate (FPS) Second method[citation needed]

Several settings use valuable CPU time to render parts of the game, the main culprit being shadows. Due to the very nature of the game, players will hence almost always be bottlenecked by their CPU, altough a handful of modern top-end CPU are powerful enough to maintain very high framerates.[4] If a player desires higher framerates, they can apply the following fix by disabling their shadows altogether. While your mileage may vary, disabling shadows could be the difference between the game being (nearly) unplayable or maintaining a high, stable framerate.

  1. Enter the game
  2. Go to Options
  3. Go to Graphics
  4. Set Shadow Quality to "Disable"
  5. Disable Fog Shadows


  1. Close Planetside 2.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open UserOptions.ini
  4. Under [Rendering], set ShadowQuality=[x] to ShadowQuality=0
  5. Under [Rendering], set FogShadowsEnable=[x] to FogShadowsEnable=0
  6. Save + Close
  7. Launch Planetside 2
Fixing Low Frame Rate (FPS)[citation needed]

During the alpha stage, Planetside 2 featured special particle effects powered by PhysX.[5] 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.[6]

  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.

Random Freezing for a few seconds

The game freezes randomly for a few seconds until resuming on NVIDIA GeForce cards.
This is a Nvidia Driver bug in driver versions 451.48 and 451.67. Either downgrade to driver version 446.14 or upgrade to GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 451.85 or later, once available[7][8]

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Vivox
Anti-cheat BattlEye [10]


Use of SweetFX is officially listed as a banned client modification.[11]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 64-bit or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4460
AMD Phenom II X4
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 480
ATI Radeon HD 4850
A 64-bit system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (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.