Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Jade
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 89
IGDB 84
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Third-person, Bird's-eye view, First-person
Controls Direct control
Themes Middle East
Series Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on HowLongToBeat
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on IGDB
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time guide on StrategyWiki
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on MobyGames
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 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 2022

Key points

A remastered version of Prince of Persia (1989) can be unlocked on 6th gen consoles, but not in the PC version.

General information

Ubisoft forums for game series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v3 DRM[Note 1].
Russian copies use StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2].
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
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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Uplay+ version may be DRM Free
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).
A free demo is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video.
  2. Delete or rename Bink.int, Intro.int, nvidia.int, poplogo.int and ubisoft.int.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Hardware.ini[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13600/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13600/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video[edit]

Basic video settings.
Basic video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Apply Widescreen Fix (Hor+)[8]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000 from Here or from our Mirror.
  2. Extract pop.7z files into <path-to-game> (archive password: pop).
  3. Edit pop.ini to set your desired resolution and FOV multiplier.

Notes

Supported exe size: 4 280 320 bytes.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\POP.exe.
  5. Set launch to <path-to-game>\PrinceOfPersia.exe.
  6. Set Acquire admin caps.
  7. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  8. Click on Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  9. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  10. Click OK, then File and Save.

Post-processing[edit]

Disable bloom, blur, and distortion
  • Use Peixoto's patch to disable the blur shader.
  • Use 3D Vision fix to disable the low resolution distortion effect as well as the bloom effect.

Input[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Supports Mouse4 and Mouse5 buttons.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers have sensitivity issues. See Issues fixed.[9]
Full controller support
Main Menu and Esc Menu only work with mouse and keyboard.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, music, and voice
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Unified (compatible with EAX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
French
Spanish
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Italian
Not available in the GOG.com version; download.
Russian
Retail and GOG version. Patch for digital release here.
Polish
Patch for digital release here
Czech
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Hungarian
Fanmade translation available here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.See here for an alternate profile.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Water effects not rendering[edit]

When the Water effects graphics option is enabled, water does not render on certain modern systems, such as those employing Intel HD Graphics. Disabling the setting is a working—albeit sub-optimal—solution.

Issues fixed[edit]

Controller input not detected. Unable to use Power of Haste when using Controller[edit]

Gamepads are not working on some systems.[10] The game also has sensitivity issues with diagonal input for XInput controllers (running diagonally does not work because the game expects DirectInput values).
XInput Controllers need the below fix to enable both triggers to work simultaneously to use The Power of Haste in the game.[11]
Use XInput Plus[12]
  1. Download XInput Plus and extract it to any folder.
  2. Launch XInput Plus
  3. Set the Target Program by browsing to the <path-to-game> and selecting pop.exe.
  4. Go to Sticks tab and for the Left Stick change the Rect Correction slider from 0 to 1
  5. Go to DirectInput tab and check Enable DirectInput Output.
  6. In the same tab click on LT/RT and select Button 12/13 from the dropdown menu.
  7. Click Apply, this will install a DLL file to your game folder that will automatically be used when you start the game.
  8. Start the game and rebind the triggers in Options.

Notes

If pressing Left Stick fully forward results in walking instead of running, go to Sticks then Left Stick and reduce Saturation in 5% increments until rectified.

Extreme amounts of fog[edit]

Fixed in the GOG.com version.[13]
Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]
Disable "Fog" option in video settings[citation needed]
Edit Hardware.ini[14]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Hardware.ini.
  3. Change the following values as noted.
    • ForceVSFog=1
    • InvertFogRange=0
  4. Save the file, then right-click on it and select Properties.
  5. Check Read-only and click OK.

Missing interface[edit]

Edit Hardware.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Hardware.ini.
  3. Change the following value as noted.
    • CanStretchRect=0
  4. Save the file, then right-click on it and select Properties.
  5. Check Read-only and click OK.

Most of the dialogue has low volume causing it to be inaudible and no subtitles are provided[edit]

Appears to be a problem on modern systems only.
Enable Loudness Equalization[citation needed]
  1. Right-Click on the volume icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click on Playback devices.
  3. Double-click on Speakers.
  4. Go to Enhancements tab, check Loudness Equalization and click OK.
  5. Adjust volume in the game sound settings, if needed.

Prince stuck in attack motion / Game running too fast[edit]

Force CPU affinity to one core[citation needed]
Use DxWnd

Use the following configuration in DxWnd:

  1. Open DxWnd, then go to Options and tick Expert Mode.
  2. Right click the game and select Modify.
  3. Under the Compat. tab, tick the option Set single core process affinity.
  4. Click OK, then File and Save.

Game engine runs fast / Prince's animations seem too fast[edit]

Don't use RTSS, in-engine frames (prince) still run fast.
Use GPU control panel to lock FPS
Enable V-Sync and set monitor to 60hz

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
Matrox Parhelia
DirectX 9.0b compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 8.0 compatible
Nvidia GeForce 4 MX is not supported.

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[3][4][5][6] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  4. 4.0 4.1 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>/13600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References