Prince of Persia (2008)

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This page is for the 2008 reboot. For the original, see Prince of Persia.

Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia cover
Ubisoft Montreal
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[1][2]
Release dates
Windows December 9, 2008
macOS (OS X) (Cider) March 24, 2009
Metacritic 82
Prince of Persia (2008) on HowLongToBeat
Prince of Persia (2008) on IGDB
Prince of Persia (2008) guide on StrategyWiki
Prince of Persia (2008) on MobyGames
Prince of Persia (2008) on Wikipedia
Prince of Persia
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General information

Prince of Persia Wiki
Ubisoft forums for game series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail version is DRM-free.[3]
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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+.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions[edit]

The Epilogue DLC is not available for this game on PC; It was only released for the consoles. Ubisoft stated they will not be porting it to PC, citing business reasons. [4]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename Ubi_Logo.bik[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\
  2. Delete or rename Ubi_Logo.bik. If you're playing in a non-English language, rename the Ubi_Logo.bik inside the relevant language subfolder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia\1.0\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19980/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Prince of Persia\Save\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19980/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings in the launcher.
Graphics settings in the launcher.
Example of a glitched, 16x AA launcher option. Do not select this option, if you see it.
Example of a glitched, 16x AA launcher option. Do not select this option, if you see it.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. There can be a glitch with Nvidia GeForce 10xx GPUs that causes a 16x option to show in this menu. Selecting it will cause the game to crash on launch.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered. Force triple buffering externally if having frame rate issues.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set resolution in registry[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia\1.0\Engine\.
  2. Change ScreenResolutionHeight and ScreenResolutionWidth to the desired resolution.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on "Edit", then "Add".
  3. Set the "Path" to <path-to-game>\PrinceOfPersia_Launcher.exe.
  4. Set the desired window position and size.
  5. Set "Desktop" for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Set "Native" under "Screen resolution" in the "Video" tab.
  7. Click "OK", then "File" and "Save".
  8. Double-click the game icon in DxWnd to play.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Steam Controller not supported due to not supporting Steam Overlay.
When using an Xbox 360 controller the game doesn't display the proper names of the buttons.
Full controller support
Launcher requires mouse and keyboard. Create a shortcut for <path-to-game>\Prince of Persia.exe as a workaround.
Controller remapping
No remap option; only one layout.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Steam Overlay not supported.
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, voice, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0. May require DirectSound3D restoration software.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here
Retail only
Retail only. Patch for digital releases here
Retail and GOG version. Patch for other digital releases here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Prince of Persia 2008 (old version) for better 3D support.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Steam overlay is not available[edit]

Opening the Steam overlay in the retail game causes all input (keyboard or controller) to be ignored, requiring a restart of the game.

Game won't launch with Steam Controller connected[edit]

The game will fail to launch while the Steam Controller is connected to your computer. This also means the controller isn't compatible with the game. Possibly related to the Steam Overlay not being supported.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game freezes or hangs when starting a new game on Windows 10[edit]

Use Elisha's Windows 10 Patch[citation needed]
  1. Download the Prince of Persia Windows 10 Patch.
  2. Unzip the files to the installation folder.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 100 Hz, 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].

In-game status is not showing in Steam[edit]

Create batch file[6]
1. Open a text editor and add the following text to it.
set SteamAppId=19980
2. Save it as a .bat file in the installation folder.
3. Run the file to launch the game.

Game may freeze on loading screens[edit]

Problem on Nvidia Drivers
Turn Vsync on[citation needed]
1. Run Launcher.exe - Open Settings
2. Uncheck Widescreen
3. Check Vertical Sync

Game may have slow or choppy motion[edit]

Problem on Nvidia drivers
Lower Anti-Aliasing[citation needed]

Open launcher and lower anti-aliasing setting.


Older drivers, such as 197 or older do not have this issue.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 10
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 6800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support


  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>/19980/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (19980) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.