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Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

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Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones cover
Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Casablanca
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[1]
Release dates
Windows December 1, 2005
macOS (OS X) (Cider) October 6, 2008
Metacritic 85
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Platform
Themes Fantasy, Middle East
Series Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on HowLongToBeat
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on IGDB
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones guide on StrategyWiki
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on MobyGames
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones 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 Lost Crown 2024
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake TBA

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a singleplayer third-person and bird's-eye view action, adventure and platform game in the Prince of Persia series.

General information

Ubisoft game page
Ubisoft forums for game series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Releases with key code printed on media have StarForce DRM[Note 1].
Releases with no key code on media use a simple disc check.
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Ubisoft+.

Essential improvements

Unofficial Patch

Corrects many problems with camera and mouse input. Adds 16:9 support, 60 FPS cap and additional fixes, including fix for Middle Tower springboard glitch.
Includes Uncensor mod
Includes Reduced Bloom mod
High camera sensitivity for controller users (see below)
  1. Download the Unofficial Patch from this archive.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>
  3. Extract all the files from file to this location.


For controller users, copy everything except for the replacement executable (note that without the executable, FOV changes will not be applied). contains the the Middle Tower springboard fix.
Adjust MSAA using the graphics card control panel.
Adjust FOV with unofficial patch
  1. FOV can be adjusted by modifying the executable with any hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  2. In HxD, jump to address offset 000B2C20
  3. Select the 66. In the data inspector on the right, the Single (float32) value should be roughly 1.799999999. Adjust this number to your preference. The unofficial patch defaults to 1.80, while the original game uses 1.00.

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename video files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video.
  2. Delete or rename LOGORP.BIK, UBIMC.BIK and UBISOFT.BIK.

Skip loading screens

Delete or rename video files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video.
  2. Delete or rename LOADIN0.BIK, LOADLOP0.BIK and LOADOUT0.BIK.
  3. Download this blank video file and replace the original GO_GEN.BIK with it.


Game language file names might differ (e.g.: LOADIN4.BIK, LOADLOP4.BIK and LOADOUT4.BIK stand for german).
Loading screens, intro videos and FMVs will be skipped automatically.

Game data

In-game general settings
In-game general settings

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\POP3Profiles\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13530/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect


In-game general video settings
In-game general video settings
In-game advanced video settings
In-game advanced video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Very limited resolution choices. See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA. Can be improved to 8x through the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Multiple issues above 60 FPS. Use Unofficial Patch to have 60FPS lock.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Use Unofficial Patch
Apply widescreen fix and set the desired resolution[5]
  1. For non-GOG versions: Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000
  2. version: Download from PCGW Mirror instead
  3. Extract pop3.7z files to <path-to-game> (password: pop3).
  4. For the version, run UPX.bat included in the archive.
  5. Edit pop3.ini to set your resolution and FOV multiplier.


Supported exe size: 6 344 704 bytes.
Can be used together with the Unofficial Patch or the Uncensor Mod if preferred to the uncensor mod's built in option. Disable all resolution related options in patch.ini, then use the widescreen patch. For the unofficial patch, you may need to adjust the FOV or it will appear too zoomed out.

Field of view (FOV)

Use Unofficial Patch
Use Widescreen fix


Use Unofficial Patch
Use DxWnd[6]
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Prince of Persia - The Two Thrones.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\pop3.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 DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  9. Click on Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  10. Click OK, then File and Save.
  11. Run the game directly from DxWnd.


Make sure that PrinceOfPersia.exe and pop3.exe have no compatibility mode enabled.


Disable post-processing effects[citation needed]
  • Use 3D Vision fix to toggle the blur, bloom and heat distortion effects.


In-game keyboard/mouse settings
In-game keyboard/mouse settings
In-game gamepad settings
In-game gamepad settings

Button prompts

Works for the entire trilogy.
Two Thrones supports XInput and displays button prompts for Xbox 360 controllers, but does not seem to work for other XInput-compatible controllers.[7] Functionality can be restored using a DirectInput wrapper workaround.
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open POPDATA.BF with a text editor such as Notepad ++.
  3. Press Ctrl+F and find the line Input event names.
  4. Under it, go to Gamepads then change the buttons to what you want.


Make sure you don't increase or decrease the file size as it will make the game crash.
Xbox replacement POPDATA.BF file can be used for dual XInput and DirectInput-compatible controllers in DirectInput mode.
DualShock 4 replacement POPDATA.BF file can be used (only for The Two Thrones). DualShock 4 works only with wired connection, unlike Sands of Time or Warrior Within.

Controller not responding in game

Run game in Windows XP Service Pack 2 compatibility mode[citation needed]
If only profile selection works you need to set the controls again


In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[9]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Unified (compatible with EAX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)
Royalty free audio
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to enable EAX and surround sound functionality on Windows Vista and later.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail, steam and Ubisoft Connect only.
Patch for the GOG release here.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail and version. Official localization by «Akella».
Patch for other digital releases here.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Prince of Persia The Two Thrones
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed

Launcher not working

Run PrinceOfPersia.exe as administrator
Registry edit method 1
  1. Download this archive and extract the contents.
  2. Open one of the REG files with notepad according to your OS.
  3. Change Product_Path and Profiles_Path with your own game location.
  4. Save the REG file and use it to apply the changes.
Registry edit method 2
  1. Press Win+R, type regedit and click OK.
  2. Go to:
    • For x86, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia The Two Thrones\1.00.999.
    • For x64, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia The Two Thrones\1.00.999.
  3. Change Product_Path and Profiles_Path with your own game location.
If still not working, try setting compatibility mode to Windows XP.[citation needed]
Run pop3.exe from the main game directory while the launcher is open
  1. The launcher just has to be running for the pop3.exe to launch happily.
  2. From limited testing this seems to potentially auto populate the above reg key.
Use launcher skip
  1. Basically some scripts and a steam launch option change will do the above option for you and make the game start regardless.
  2. Simply download the zip for the two thrones from here and put the .bat files from the zip folder into <path-to-game>.
  3. In steam go to the two thrones properties and add the following to launch options pop3launcherskip.bat %command%.
  4. Once you've done that start the game and after seeing the launcher for a second the game will just start.


read the file description for specifics.
This was made with the steam version in mind and has not been tested with other versions.
Is not a true launcher bypass as the launcher still needs to run in the background.
Use Unofficial Patch or the Uncensor Mod and just run pop3.exe

High frame rate issues

Issues include random hang ups on loading screen, audio becomes desynchronized, cutscenes and parkour might behave unexpectedly if the frame rate is above 60 FPS.
Use Unofficial Patch to have 60FPS lock
Enable external framerate cap
  1. Nvidia users can use Nvidia Control Panel or Nvidia Inspector.
  2. AMD users can use AMD Chill or Framerate Target Control option to do the same.

Middle Tower springboard glitch

In the Middle Tower section, towards the end of the game, there is a springboard that leads to a dagger stab point. The Prince cannot stab this point and falls to his death.
Use Unofficial Patch, which corrects the issue.
Release wallrun button before reaching springboard, then proceed normally (the Prince will still reach the springboard even with a shorter wallrun). This will spring the Prince into a slightly different position that can reliably use the dagger plate even at higher framerates.[10]
Limit the frame rate to 30 FPS.[11]

Enable Alt+F4

  1. Download SuperF4, Install and run it.
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+F4 simultaneously to exit the game.

Alt+Tab not working

After opening the game, pressing Alt+Tab does not return to the desktop
Before entering the game, open a folder or a txt file and then enter the game.

MSAA can cause bloom glitches

In-game MSAA option can cause the bloom effect to be rendered wrong.
Disable in-game MSAA option and force it through the GPU control panel[citation needed]
Use Unofficial Patch which uses DgVoodoo to replace the in game MSAA

Unable to use some buttons with XInput controllers

While The Two Thrones is the first game in the trilogy to support XInput (and native Xbox button prompts), support is broken and the triggers and analog stick buttons may not work correctly.[12][13]
If the controller supports multiple modes, switch from XInput to DirectInput and rebind buttons in the game options.[14]
Only the triggers are affected so using the bumpers for block and rewind will work fine.
For XInput Controllers:
Use XInput Plus[15]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set Target Program to <path-to-game>\pop3.exe.
  3. Go to the DirectInput tab and check Enable DirectInput Output
  4. In the same tab, set LT/RT to Button12/13.
  5. Under Advanced in the DirectInput tab, check Disable XInput.
  6. Under Dll Files in the Setting tab, enable XInput9_1_0.dll (this is the specific XInput version the game uses[16])
  7. Click Apply and DLL files will be installed to the game directory.
  8. Run the game and rebind buttons in the options.


Restore Xbox button prompts using the linked replacement POPDATA.BF file.
If pressing the Left Stick fully makes you walk instead of running:
- Go to Sticks tab, then Left Stick tab and reduce Saturation in 5% increments until rectified.
Use Steam Input
  1. Map Left Trigger to R key on keyboard.
  2. Map Right Trigger to Right Click on mouse.


Game may display keyboard prompts intermittently.[citation needed]
Search for community layout "ttt xbox style" which is pre-assembled to fix the issue.

Sensitivity issues for gamepads

The game has sensitivity issues with diagonal input for gamepads (running diagonally does not work).
Set the gamepad speed to +1.25 in the gamepad options[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

Extract all Voice, SFX & Music files

  1. Download from official site or direct link or mirror.
  2. Extract all files to <path-to-game>\Sound and run tt_extract_and_convert_music.bat.
  3. As soon as it's finished, check the newly created !audio folder.


For more information, you can check the README.txt file inside the archive.


Uncensor Mod

Restores decapitations removed from the EU version, removes save checksum protection, ignores launcher requirements, shows more resolutions and adds the ability to unlock all videos instantly.
Cutscenes are very slightly stretched. If this bothers you use nemesis2000's widescreen fix instead.


Included in Unofficial Patch
Install Uncensor Mod
  1. Download Uncensor Mod.
  2. Copy BinkW32.dll, patch.dll and patch.ini to <path-to-game>.
  3. Enable or disable the various features by editing patch.ini.

Kindred Blades Mod

This mod aims to get closer to the original pre-release vision for Prince of Persia 3 as seen during E3 2005, more in line with the darker aesthetic from Warrior Within.
Includes better character models, better lighting (and fixed bloom effects), upscaled textures, new skyboxes, decapitation, blood and more.
Install Kindred Blades Mod
  1. Download Kindred Blades Mod.
  2. Copy all files to <path-to-game>.

Reduced Bloom

Bloom in the base game of The Two Thrones on PC appears stronger compared to other versions of the game.
Mod uses HelixMod to replace bloom shader with alternative reduced bloom replacement. It also incorporates nemesis2000's widescreen fix.
Install Reduced Bloom Mod
  1. Download Reduced Bloom Mod.
  2. Copy all files to <path-to-game>.
  3. For the version, run UPX.bat included in the archive.
  4. Edit pop3.ini to set your resolution and FOV multiplier.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other 16X CD-ROM or 4X DVD-ROM
Supported ATI chipsets: 7500/8500/9000/X series.
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 3/4/5/FX/6/7 series.
The Nvidia GeForce4 MX is not supported.


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows 11.[2][3] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/13530/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13530) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones comes to Mac - Macworld - last accessed on 2017-12-31
  2. Windows 8.1 support - StarForce Support
  3. Windows 10 support - StarForce Support
  4. Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace - last accessed on 20 August 2022
  5. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Widescreen HD Test PC - YouTube - last accessed on 2017-03-02
  6. - last accessed on May 2023
  7. Verified by User:squiddingme on 2023-06-24
    Tested with XInput-compatible 8bitdo controller. Game displays only generic numbered button prompts. Strings for Xbox 360 controllers are referenced in POPDATA.BF and the game executable.
  8. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  9. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  10. Middle Tower Climb - last accessed on 2023-04-20
  11. Verified by User:squiddingme on 2023-04-20
    60 and 59 FPS can sometimes work, but is unreliable.
  13. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  14. Verified by User:squiddingme on 2023-04-12
    As with Warrior Within, this will work but display generic button prompts.
  15. Verified by User:squiddingme on 2023-04-12
  16. Verified by User:squiddingme on 2023-04-12
    xinput9_1_0.dll referenced in game executable, checked with hex editor and then tested in-game