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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]
Retail (Russia) Akella[3]
Release dates
Windows December 9, 2008
macOS (OS X) (Cider) March 24, 2009
Metacritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Platform
Art styles Stylized
Themes Fantasy, Middle East
Series Prince of Persia
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 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
The Rogue Prince of Persia 2024
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake TBA


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Prince of Persia (2008) is a singleplayer third-person action, adventure and platform game in the Prince of Persia series.

General information

Official franchise Discord server 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)
Retail version is DRM-free.[4]
Russian copies use StarForce 5 DRM.
macOS (OS X)
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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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Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Ubisoft+.

DLC and expansion packs

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.[6]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect


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.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Set resolution in registry[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia\1.0\Engine\.
  2. Create or change ScreenResolutionWidth and ScreenResolutionHeight values to the desired resolution (careful to select decimal).
  3. If the resolution is different from the standard 16:9, create or change AspectRatioOverride vale to [desired width / desired height] x 100 (careful to select decimal).


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.


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
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
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 feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, voice, SFX.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
May require DirectSound3D restoration software.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here or link #2.
Retail only.
Retail only. Patch for digital releases here.
Retail and GOG version. Patch for other digital releases here.

VR support

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

Issues unresolved

Steam overlay is not available

  • 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

  • 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

EAX doesn't work properly with Creative Alchemy/Audio dropout in certain locations when using Creative Alchemy

Use DSOAL with openAl-soft instead[citation needed]
  1. Download the DSOAL DLLs.
  2. Unzip the files to <path-to-game>.


Doesn't use the hardware solution and EAX 4.0 emulation isn't feature complete in DSOAL at the moment.
To fix while using EAX hardware[citation needed]
  1. Open creative alchemy and select the prince of persia application
  2. Click on edit and enter the following settings.
  3. Buffers=4
  4. Click ok to save the settings in dsound.ini located in the game folder
  5. Run the game and reduce all volume gauges to half.


After a few hours, the audio may start to garble; Restarting will fix the issue.

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

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

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].
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.


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.
Use ReShade 5.6.0+
  1. Download ReShade of any version post and including 5.6.0.
  2. Install ReShade by navigating to <path-to-game>, selecting PrinceOfPersia_Launcher.exe and DirectX 9 option in ReShade's installer. You don't need to install any effects.
  3. Go to <path-to-game> and open ReShade.ini with any text editor (i.e. Notepad).
  4. In the [APP] section of ReShade.ini find ForceDefaultRefreshRate=0 variable and change its value to 1.


This will force the game to use the display refresh rate set in Windows display settings.

In-game status is not showing in Steam

Create batch file[8]
  1. Open a text editor and add the following text to it:
  2. set SteamAppId=19980
  3. Save it as a .bat file in <path-to-game>.
  4. Run the file to launch the game.

Game may freeze on loading screens

Might happen with some nvidia drivers.
Turn Vsync on in the game launcher[citation needed]
  1. Run Launcher.exe.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Uncheck Widescreen.
  4. Check Vertical Sync.
Force Vsync in the GPU's control panel

Game may have slow or choppy motion

Might happen with some Nvidia drivers.
Lower anti-aliasing[citation needed]
  • Open launcher and lower anti-aliasing setting.


Drivers such as 197 or older do not have this issue.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 10
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: