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
Bethesda Softworks
CryEngine (4th generation)[1]
Release dates
Windows May 5, 2017
Metacritic 82
OpenCritic 81
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
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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

Official Bethesda Forums
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.
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed from the game on July 23, 2020.[2]

Version differences[edit]

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

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mooncrash Includes Prey: Typhon Hunter for free.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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[3]
  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.


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.
Use Prey Interface Customizer
For version, use beta version.

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.
Use Real Lights plus Ultra Graphics Mod

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\
Steam Play (Linux) <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\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/480490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
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.
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 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
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[4]
  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.


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.


Use Prey Interface Customizer[citation needed]
Can disable motion blur and change the image sharpening amount.
Disable motion blur[5]
  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 and save the file.
  4. Save the changes.


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
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
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


Rebind weapon wheel manually in config file[6]
  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[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation. Download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

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[edit]

Controller not detected or other problems[edit]

Fixed in Blood Moon update.
Force XInput API using either of the below methods[8]
  • 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.

Kirk Remmer not spawning[edit]

Edit the save files
  1. Make a back up 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 you 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'll know it worked when there's 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.

Get rid of aliasing/jaggies[edit]

Edit config file[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file.
  2. Add these lines:
    r\_AntialiasingMode = 4 
    r\_AntialiasingTAAPattern = 11
    r\_motionblur = 0
  3. Save and close.

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.7e

System requirements[edit]

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.