Planetary Annihilation

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Planetary Annihilation
Planetary Annihilation cover
Uber Entertainment
Release dates
Windows September 5, 2014
macOS (OS X) September 5, 2014
Linux September 5, 2014
Metacritic 62
OpenCritic 65
Pacing Real-time
Genres Strategy
Themes Sci-fi
Series Planetary Annihilation
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Planetary Annihilation
Planetary Annihilation 2014
Planetary Annihilation: Titans 2015

Key points

Affected by some very large performance issues.
Several known issues with the Linux version.

General information

Uber Entertainment Forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Planetary Annihilation: Titans includes all content and features from the original title.[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation\localstore\Local Storage\coui_ui_0.localstorage
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.local/Uber Entertainment/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/233250/pfx/[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/233250/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enabled by default.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and supersampling up to 175%.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped ~120 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Mouse settings.
Mouse settings.
Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, voice and sound effects.
Surround sound
Some voice messages lack visual cue (e.g. full resource notification).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language settings.
Language settings.
Possible to select from wide variety of community made translations.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Community translation. Not complete.


Network settings.
Network settings.
Multiplayer is compatible with Planetary Annihilation: Titans (limited to the original game's content).[1]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
10 Added in Build 73737.[2]
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Long load time and low FPS[edit]

Because of how Planetary Annihilation is a bit more memory intensive than most games it is a good idea to actually close any open programs such as Google Chrome before playing.
Enable threaded optimization[3]
  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Under Global Settings select the drop-down box next to Threaded optimisation.
  3. Change this to On and click Apply.


This only applies to Nvidia cards.
If you get poor performance with multiple Nvidia cards, you will need to disable SLI.
Change priority[3]
  1. Open Task Manager and right-click PA.exe.
  2. Select Set Priority: and set it to High.


Press Ctrl+U to toggle the UI, if there is a noticeable FPS improvement this may benefit you.
Disable Steam Community overlay[3]
  1. Right-click on the game within your Steam library and select Properties.
  2. Uncheck Enable Steam Community In-Game and click CLOSE.

Black screen/black planet[edit]

Change settings[5]
  1. From the main menu select Settings.
  2. Under Graphics set anti-aliasing to OFF.
  3. Press F5 to refresh the game screen.


If this does not work try setting HDR to OFF aswell. If they are both already disabled, enable and disable them again then refresh by pressing F5. You may need to refresh many times.[4]
If nothing helps try to wait a bit, then press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, open Task Manager and then go back to the game window.[4]

Black lines[edit]

Disable anisotropic filtering[6]
  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Under Global Settings select the drop-down box next to Anisotropic filtering.
  3. Change this to Application-controlled or Off and click Apply.


This only applies to Nvidia cards.

Game won't start[edit]

This issue is most likely due to outdated drivers.
Update drivers[7]
  1. Download and install the latest driver version for your video card (ATI/AMD, Nvidia, Intel).

Other information[edit]

Offline Gameplay[edit]

Even though the download of the game itself as well as any updates requires usage of the downloader (Uber Launcher), once obtained the game itself can be copied to other computers and played without any DRM-restrictions. For this to work, all game files have to be copied to the new location, no separate install is necessary. The game must however be started directly (through the PA.exe on windows or the on Mac) since the Uber Launcher will not start the game without login.

Once the game has started, single player and multi player modes might be deactivated on some machines. To fully activate go to Options -> Settings and set Local Server to "ON".


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support
64-bit only.
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04/13.04, Mint 14/15
Processor (CPU) 64-bit Dual Core or better
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support
64-bit only.


  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>/233250/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (233250) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.