Prey (2017)

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Prey
Prey cover
Developers
Arkane Studios
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
CryEngine (4th generation)[1]
Release dates
Windows May 5, 2017
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Prey: Typhon Hunter 2018

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

Key points

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

General information

Official Bethesda Forums
Bethesda Support Website
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Some copies may only include the Steam installer.
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Bethesda.net
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
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Uses Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Mooncrash Includes Prey: Typhon Hunter for free.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Right click Prey in the Steam library, click Properties, click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS, and add "-skipArkIntro" in the text box, including the quotes. 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[2]
  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.

Notes

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

Prey Interface Customizer[edit]

Makes it easy to adjust various elements of the user interface, input, and graphics otherwise, as well as includes new features and quality of life changes.

Add missing lighting, shadows and reflections[edit]

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.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Save files and key bindings.
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen
HUD scales to sides of screen and menus appear to have no visible issues. Game is Vert-, increase FOV to compensate.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider from 60° to 120° horizontal. Use Flawless Widescreen for values up to 150°. Use PRIC to adjust the weapon FOV or have a fixed FOV when sprinting.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x
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)

High frame rate[edit]

Custom FPS cap[3]
  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 = 144 to the desired FPS cap.
  5. Save the changes.

Notes

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.

Post-processing[edit]

Use Prey Interface Customizer[citation needed]
Can disable motion blur and change the image sharpening amount.
Disable motion blur[4]
  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.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
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
Controller support
XInput has been reintroduced in the Blood Moon update.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Remapping is available by enabling the game's official SIAPI implementation through the game's options menu.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Steam and Nintendo Switch prompts are only available through enabling SIAPI.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
The Blood Moon update has added the option to disable SIAPI through the game's options menu to enable the game's Xinput.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Remapping[edit]

Rebind weapon wheel manually in config file[5]
  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>
  <action name="mouse_enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mwheel_up"/>
  </action>
  <action name="mouse_enter_focusmode">
   <rebind device="keyboard" input="b" defaultInput="mwheel_down"/>
  </action>
In this example the weapon wheel is now remapped to B on your keyboard. This can be changed to your liking.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
no master volume
Surround sound
Up to 7.1[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Controller not detected or other problems[edit]

Force XInput API using either of the below methods[7]
  • Use Prey Interface Customizer to force the game to use XInput.
  • Alternatively, if you don't want to use Interface Customizer and just want a lightweight fix for XB/PS controllers, use PreyXInputFix.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.7e

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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 7850
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit OS is required.

Notes

  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.

References