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
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 Sands of Time Remake 2021

General information

Ubisoft game page
Ubisoft forums for game series
Prince of Persia Wiki 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)
StarForce DRM[Note 1].
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Humble Store
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Included with Uplay+.
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Video in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename LOGORP.BIK, UBIMC.BIK, and UBISOFT.BIK

Skip loading screens[edit]

Delete/rename loading files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Video in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename LOADIN0.BIK, LOADLOP0.BIK, and LOADOUT0.BIK

Ultimate Experience Mod[edit]

Restores Decapitation removed from the US Version right before the game released.
Remove Save Checksum Protection.
Ignore Launcher Requirements.
Show more resolutions.
Ability to unlock all videos instantly.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download Uncensor Mod
  2. Copy these files to game directory
  3. Edit Patch.ini to whatever you want enabled
  4. Enjoy <3

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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
Audio becomes slightly desynchronized in in-game cutscenes and parkour might behave unexpectedly if the frame rate is above 60.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Apply widescreen fix and set the desired resolution[4]
  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 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.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  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 Mouse tab.
  9. Set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  10. Click OK, then File and Save.


Disable post-processing effects[citation needed]

Use 3D Vision fix to toggle the blur, bloom, and heat distortion effects.

Input settings[edit]

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

Button prompts[edit]

Works for the entire trilogy.
  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.
DualShock 4 replacement file can be used (only for The Two Thrones). DualShock 4 works only with wired connection, unlike Sands of Time or Warrior Within.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Unified (compatible with EAX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)
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 only - due to StarForce 3 DRM, can't be played on Win7 and up.
Official localization by «Akella». Retail and version. Patch for digital release here.

VR support[edit]

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

Issues unresolved[edit]

Random hang ups on loading screen[edit]

No solution so far.

Issues fixed[edit]

MSAA can cause bloom glitches[edit]

In-game MSAA option can cause the bloom effect to be rendered wrong.
Disable in-game MSAA[citation needed]
  1. Disable in-game MSAA option and force it through the graphics card control panel.

Middle Tower springboard glitch[edit]

In the Middle Tower section near the end of the game there is a springboard that jumps to a dagger stab point. The Prince cannot stab this point and falls to his death.
Lock game's frame rate to 30 FPS[citation needed]
The game's physics engine was designed for 30 FPS on consoles, so to fix use an external software such as RivaTuner and lock the game's frame rate to 30 FPS for this part to fix the issue.
Enable vsync and set monitor 60hz[7][citation needed]

Sensitivity issues for gamepads[edit]

The game has sensitivity issues with diagonal input for gamepads (running diagonally does not work).
Set gamepad speed to +1.25[citation needed]
  1. Go to Options - Controls-Gamepad and set Gamepad Speed to around +1.25

VR support[edit]

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

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
Supported ATI chipsets: 7500/8500/9000/X series
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 3/4/FX/6/7 series
The Nvidia GeForce4 MX is not supported


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[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.