Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Quebec
Ubisoft Singapore
Ubisoft Casablanca
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Anvil
Release dates
Windows June 12, 2010
Reception
Metacritic 75
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Platform
Themes Fantasy, Middle East
Series Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on HowLongToBeat
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on IGDB
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on MobyGames
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on Wikipedia
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia 1989
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame 1993
Prince of Persia 3D 1999
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 2004
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones 2005
Prince of Persia (2008) 2008
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake TBA

Key points

No longer requires a constant internet connection. Playable offline.
Online services scheduled to shut down on September 1, 2022. Installation and DLC access via Ubisoft Connection are also scheduled to be disabled. [1]

General information

Ubisoft forums for game series
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
Windows
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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[2]
Windows
All versions require Ubisoft Connect DRM.
The Deluxe Edition is no longer available.

Version differences[edit]

The Deluxe Edition included two exclusive skins, one exclusive map, the soundtrack and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos.
  2. Delete or rename TAGLogo.bik and Ubi_new_logo.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia - The Forgotten Sands\1.0\Engine\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Ubisoft-Connect-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\11\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect
[citation needed]

Video[edit]

Graphics settings must be changed using GameSettings.exe in the installation folder.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the Path to <path-to-game>\Prince of Persia.exe.
  4. In Generic check: Run in Window, Lower Background priority and Ask confirm on window close.
  5. In Position check: Hide desktop background, Keep aspect ratio and Adaptative ratio.
  6. In Window initial position & size set X=0, Y=0, your resolution and clic on Desktop.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.

Post-Process[edit]

Disable Post Effects (like blur)[3]
  1. Open Regedit and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia - The Forgotten Sands\1.0\Engine
  2. Go to PostEffects and change Dword value to 0 or 1 (according to your liking) instead of 2.

Notes:

Should the game glitch, restart the game.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Dutch
Available on Steam, despite not being stated in the store page.[4]
French
German
Hungarian
Retail only.
Italian
Polish
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Russian
Retail only.
Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation, Download.

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

Steam overlay is not available[edit]

Opening the Steam overlay causes all input (keyboard or controller) to be ignored, ALT + TAB to desktop and then back into the game will resolve the input issue.

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to lowest available Screen Refresh rate, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\Prince of Persia.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].
Use ForceFix
  1. Install recommended software and system updates, if for Windows 7, under Ideal Conditions from Steam Guide.
  2. Download version of ForceFix for your operating system from Steam Guide.
  3. Unpack the archive and launch ForceFix.
  4. For refresh rates above 60 Hz, set frequency under Custom tab and Apply.

Notes

By default, the refresh rate in the game will go back to normal once you close the program. You can change it by unchecking Restore on Close option.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 2.6 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 100 / 200 / GTX series
ATI Radeon X1600 / HD 2000 / HD 3000 / HD 4000 / HD 5000 series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support

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>/33320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (33320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Decommissioning of online services (September 2022) - last accessed on 2022-07-04
  2. Prince of Persia: TFS - Games for Windows - last accessed on 19 August 2022
  3. [helixmod.blogspot.com Helixmod] - last accessed on 2021-07-25
  4. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on SteamDB