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Prey (2017)

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This page is for the game released in 2017. For the game released in 2006, see Prey.

Prey cover
Arkane Studios
Blind Squirrel Games[1]
Bethesda Softworks
CryEngine (4th generation)[2]
Release dates
Windows May 5, 2017
Metacritic 82
OpenCritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS, Immersive sim
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Prey
Prey (2017) on HowLongToBeat
Prey (2017) on IGDB
Prey (2017) on MobyGames
Prey (2017) on Wikipedia
Prey (2017) 2017
Prey: Typhon Hunter 2018

Key points

Steam owners of the Deluxe Edition or Mooncrash DLC automatically receive Prey: Typhon Hunter, which contains the multiplayer mode and TranStar VR.

General information

Bethesda Support Website Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Some copies may only include the Steam installer.
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Game runs without Epic Games Launcher, but language cannot be changed.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Windows (unavailable)
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Windows (unavailable)
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Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed from the Steam version on July 23, 2020.[3]

Version differences

Steam owners of the Deluxe Edition or Mooncrash DLC automatically receive Prey: Typhon Hunter, which contains the multiplayer mode and TranStar VR.
Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack DLC is an integrated part of the base game on
Mooncrash DLC is an integrated part of the base game on Epic Games Store.


A demo is available on Steam: steam://install/609380.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack Preorder bonus on Steam. Integrated into base game on
Mooncrash Steam version includes Prey: Typhon Hunter for free.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the -skipArkIntro command line argument
This method only skips the Arkane and Bethesda logo sequences.
Use the skip intro videos option of Prey Interface Customizer
Manually remove/rename the intro videos[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GameSDK\Videos\.
  2. Delete or rename ArkaneLogoAnim_Redux_1080p2997_ST-16LUFS.bk2, Bethesda_logo_anim_white.bk2, LegalScreens.bk2, and Ryzen_Bumper.bk2.
  3. If you also wish to remove the intro videos for the Mooncrash DLC, go to <path-to-game>\Whiplash\GameSDK\Videos\.
  4. Delete or rename ArkaneLogoAnim_Redux_1080p2997_ST-16LUFS.bk2, Bethesda_logo_anim_white.bk2 and LegalScreens.bk2.


Be careful; the names of other video files may contain spoilers.

Directly Launch Prey Mooncrash

Use the -loadFrom=Whiplash command line argument

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_Epic\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_MS\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/480490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_Epic\<user-id>\SaveGames\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey_MS\SaveGames\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/480490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Save files and key bindings.
Xbox Cloud


In-game basic video settings
In-game basic video settings
In-game advanced video settings
In-game advanced video settings
In-game gameplay settings
In-game gameplay settings
In-game interactive screens settings
In-game interactive screens settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Game is Vert-
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider from 60° to 120° horizontal. Use Flawless Widescreen and a modified version of its included script for values up to 150°.
Use PRIC to adjust the weapon FOV or have a fixed FOV when sprinting.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x. (Broken in game, use driver setting instead)[5]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SMAA, FXAA and Temporal SMAA 1TX & 2TX. Turning off AA disables object highlighting.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 144 FPS. See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

High frame rate

Custom FPS cap[6]
  1. Open the game and make a change to any video setting.
  2. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Open game.cfg.
  4. Change sys_MaxFPS = XX, where "XX" is the desired FPS cap.
  5. Save the changes.


Changing the value to 0 caps the frame rate at 60 FPS.
Alternatively, higher frame rates can also be achieved by turning on V-sync. This introduces some input lag, but the amount is very small at frame rates over 144.

Get rid of aliasing/jaggies

Make the game use TSSAA without SMAA[7][8][9]
  1. Go to the configuration file.
  2. Add these lines:
    r_AntialiasingMode = 4
    r_AntialiasingTAAPattern = 11
  3. Save and close.


Add optional r_AntialiasingTSAAMipBias = -1 to add a bit of sharpening to the image to counter blurriness from TAA.


Use Prey Interface Customizer[citation needed]
Can disable motion blur and change the image sharpening amount.
Disable motion blur[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Create a file called autoexec.cfg and open it with a text editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the line r_MotionBlur = 0 and save the file.


Alternatively as a solution for the Xbox Game Pass version:
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open game.cfg.
  3. Add the line r_MotionBlur = 0.
  4. Save the changes made to the file.
Disable only camera motion blur while keeping per object blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GameSDK\.
  2. Open the game.cfg with a text editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the line r_MotionBlurCameraMotionScale = 0.0 and save the file.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Weapon wheel (middle mouse button) can't be remapped in-game. See Remapping for a workaround. Some minor commands (i.e. closing certain tutorials) are permanently bound to the default keys.
Mouse acceleration
Not present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Remapping is available by enabling the game's official Steam Input API implementation through the game's options menu.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
On the Steam version: [Steam Controller Support] is enabled by default. You can re-enable XInput (reintroduced in the Blood Moon update) by heading over to Options > Controller and disable [Steam Controller Support]. This will require a restart.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
PlayStation Controllers is supported via Steam Input API.
DualShock button prompts
Under SIAPI; either by in-game DS4 Button prompts or Steam's Button icons.[11]

Otherwise, you can force DS4 Prompts under XInput mode by using PRIC. or use Playstation and Nintendo button prompt icons (tested on EGS version).
Light bar support
Connection modes false
Generic/other controllers
Both Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Generic Controllers are supported via Steam Input API.
Button prompts
Nintendo Switch button prompts are supported via Steam Input API.[Note 2] or use Playstation and Nintendo button prompt icons (tested on EGS version).
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Controller button prompts can be locked by enabling [Always Use Controller Prompts] via Options > Controller.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
On the Steam version: Steam Controller Support] is enabled by default.

If using a Traditional Controller [Xbox, PlayStation or Nintendo Switch Controller], you may have to enable Steam Input either by going to Controller General Settings [Steam > Settings > Controller > General Controller Settings] for your specific Controller or override Steam Input status under [Game Properties > Controller] and then select [Enable Steam Input].
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller, DualShock 4 and Xbox Controllers (Xbox 360 and Xbox One).

Southpaw config is also provided as an option.
Steam Controller button prompts
Uses Steam Input API's Button prompt detection for both In-Game and Steam's Button Icons depending on Controller Type.

Standard gamepad button features will prioritize if using DualShock 4 or Xbox Controller.[12]


Rebind weapon wheel manually in config file[13]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\Profiles\default\.
  2. Open actionmaps.xml with Notepad.
  3. Look for the line <actionmap name="player"> and paste the following code below it.
  <action name="enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mouse3"/>
  <action name="mouse_enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mwheel_up"/>
  <action name="mouse_enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mwheel_down"/>
In this example the weapon wheel is now remapped to B on your keyboard. This can be changed to your liking.


In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
No master volume.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1.[14]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation. Download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Not shown on Steam.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Prey 2017 (DX11).
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Kirk Remmer not spawning

Edit the save files
  1. Make a backup of your current saves and disable Steam Cloud.
  2. Go to the Cargo Bay and make a new manual save, then quit the game.
  3. Go to your save game location and to the manual# folder for the save you made in step 2.
  4. Move the lifesupport.level file to another folder.
  5. Start the game and load the manual save from step 2.
  6. Enter Life Support (you will know it worked when there are enemies and the level has reset) and make your way down to the Escape Pods.
  7. If you go into the Escape Pods and don't find a phantom named kirk Remmer, quit the game and delete the lifesupport.level file from the manual# folder and try again.
  8. If you go into the Escape Pods and find him, kill him and loot him, the objective should update.
  9. Go back to the Cargo Bay and once inside save over the manual save you made in step 2 and quit the game.
  10. Move the original lifesupport.level file (the one moved to another folder in step 4) into the manual# folder overwriting the one you just used to find Kirk Remmer.
  11. Continue as normal from the save in step 9.

Other information


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

Prey Interface Customizer

Makes it easy to adjust various elements of the user interface, input, and graphics otherwise, as well as include new features and quality of life changes.
Use Prey Interface Customizer
For version, use beta version.

Add missing lighting, shadows and reflections

Adds missing shadows, volumetric lights and fog, reflections, particle effects, sun flares, improved view distance (editable in-game via an advanced settings menu), parallax occlusion mapping, and persistent decals, among others.
This mod is only for the main game, not the Mooncrash DLC.
Use Real Lights plus Ultra Graphics Mod


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.7e

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2400
AMD FX-8320
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  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>/480490/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (480490) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. While Switch Pro Controller is connected, it'd use Steam's Button icons.


  1. PREY - last accessed on 2022-07-15
  2. See the gameplay reveal of Prey, powered by CRYENGINE - last accessed on 2016-8-19
  3. Steam Community - Prey - July 23rd, 2020 Update - last accessed on 2020-07-28
  4. Verified by User:Primey on 2017-05-19
  6. Fix for more than 144fps with V-Sync off :: Prey General Discussions - last accessed on 2017-05-07
  7. PSA: If anyone is interested to play Prey 2017, I found a way to get rid of aliasing/jaggies - last accessed on 2021-04-22
  8. Anti-Aliasing - CryEngine Documentation - last accessed on 2022-09-14
  9. PSA: For anyone on pc that wants to get rid of jagged edges in Prey 2017. I found a effective way to do it - Reddit - last accessed on 2022-09-14
  10. Verified by User:Waschbär on 2017-06-05
  11. Verified by User:Al2009man on 2022-04-18
    Tested by switching between DualShock 4 and DualSense Controller. the former uses In-Game DS4 Button Icon while the latter uses Steam's Button icons
  12. Verified by User:Al2009man on 2022-04-18
    I tested it by unassigning [Jump / Ascend] from DualShock 4's Cross/X Button but assigning to Trackpad Click: It'd use Steam's Button Icons instead. Reassigning it back to the Cross/X button will always show In-Game Button Icons, even if the Jump button is still assigned to the Trackpad Click
  13. - SOLVED: How to rebind Prey mouse wheel / middle mouse button weapon menu. : prey - last accessed on 2017-06-17