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Double Fine Productions
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
Double Fine Productions
Russia Buka Entertainment
Release dates
Windows April 26, 2005
macOS (OS X) September 29, 2011
Linux May 31, 2012
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General information

Official website
Psychopedia - Wiki
Double Fine Action Forums - Psychonauts Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


A demo version is available.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.04 is available for the retail version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\WorkResource\cutscenes\prerendered
  2. Delete or rename DFLogo.bik and (if necessary) MajescoLogo.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Psychonauts/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Psychonauts/
AudioSettings.ini stores audio settings.
DisplaySettings.ini stores video settings.
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Psychonauts/Profiles/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Psychonauts/Profiles/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA. Causes shimmering and seams on some objects.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High FPS may affect physics; doors may open slower, and poles may stop working.[2][3] See also Run the game at screen refresh rate.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Fix the HUD, menu, and FMV stretching from 4:3[4]

Install Psychonauts Widescreen Fix.

Set custom resolution[5]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open DisplaySettings.ini (or create if it does not already exist).
  3. Add or modify the following text to the desired resolution:

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game camera settings.
In-game camera settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Cannot be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Native XInput support for all platforms. Install Patch 1.04 for the retail version.
Full controller support
Does not work in options menu.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
See Haptic feedback.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Mouse aiming can't be used if controller is enabled (Windows only).

Haptic feedback[edit]

Enable controller vibration[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game and create a profile if not done already.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Profiles
  3. Go into the appropriate Profile # folder.
  4. Open the .ini file with a text editor.
  5. Change EnableRumble=false to EnableRumble=true
  6. Save the changes.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Remove OPENAL32.DLL in game folder; otherwise, it's 2.0 stereo.[citation needed] HRTF with OpenAL Soft library.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game pauses on focus lost.
EAX support
Change UseEAX to true in AudioSettings.ini


  1. Download OpenAL Soft from here.
  2. Open the downloaded zip file and extract soft_oal.dll from\openal-soft-1.19.1-bin\bin\Win32.
  3. Rename soft_oal.dll to OpenAL32.dll.
  4. Replace the OPENAL32.dll in <path-to-game> with the extracted dll.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail release only. Patch for digital release here.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Smart camera option does not work[edit]

The smart (automatic) camera stays on, even if you disable it in the game options or through the game's configuration files.[6]

Thermometer bar in wrong location[edit]

When using widescreen resolutions, occasionally the 'thermometer' bar for pyrokinesis will be displayed at the outer-edge of the screen rather than near the targeted object/creature. There are no known fixes to this bug.

Linux version differences[edit]

Mouse movement in this game feels entirely different from Windows (no zigzags, smoother; Likely no mouse acceleration).

Fullscreen issues[edit]

Fullscreen settings may require the player to disable and enable fullscreen in-game each time the game runs.[citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

Object flickering on AMD hardware[edit]

All AMD drivers after moving from Catalyst to Crimson (16.1) cause objects to flicker constantly, rendering the game almost unplayable.
Modify Game's Crimson Profile[citation needed]
  1. Right-click your desktop and click "AMD Radeon Settings".
  2. Under the Gaming tab, find or create Psychonauts' profile.
  3. Change the anti-aliasing method of Psychonauts to "Adaptive Multisampling" and apply.


Use compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 95.
  2. If the game still crashes then run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98/ME instead.

Corrupted save game profile[edit]

If presented with the following error message, you may have a corrupted/damaged game profile:

Error (null), line -1
Crash: 0xc0000005
If you have VS.NET installed, you can try to attach the debugger
Otherwise, click OK

To fix the error message and allow the game to load:

Delete save game profile[citation needed]
  1. Delete or move the profile in question (most probably the one used most recently) under <path-to-game>\Profiles\Profile #
  2. Start the game and create a new profile.
  3. Play!

To possibly recover the save game:

Copy save game files to a new profile[citation needed]
  1. In step 2 above, ensure that you have created a profile that has exactly the same name as the one from which you want to recover saves. I do not know if this is necessary, but it follows my method.
  2. Copy/Paste all savegames from the lost profile to this new profile. HOPE that the game can read some of the data. If you still don't see savegames, or the test profile shows as damaged, systematically start with SavedGame0 and work through isolating each one to see if you can get data from any one of them while in the game (i.e. use only SavedGame0 from the old profile in the new profile, then ONLY SavedGame1, then ONLY SavedGame2, etc., then combinations, to recover as much data as possible).
  3. Play. I got my autosave back and my first save (I had several saves after it, but it seems they are gone). I hope you have at least that much success!
  4. Reconfigure yourself (or copy the .ini, but this is not tested).

Graphics error preventing startup[edit]

Error: "The game was unable to find a 32bpp display mode supported by your system in which to run. Your video card and monitor must minimally support 640x480x32bpp."

Create displaysettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Create a file named displaysettings.ini in the installation folder.
  2. Insert the following into said file:
  3. [DisplaySettings]
  4. Change ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight to the desired display resolution.

Windows 8.1/10 black screen on startup / Freezes loading screen[edit]

Use compatibility mode[citation needed]

Run the game in Windows 95 compatibility mode.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Resolutions higher than 1680x1050 are locked to 60 Hz, 1680x1050 and below are locked to 100 Hz.
Set highest refresh rate in fullscreen[7]
  1. Download and open Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Open the Psychonauts profile from the list.
  3. Set Prefered Refreshrate to Highest available.
  4. Apply changes and close the program.


Using Alt+Tab may cause a delay when switching between the game and the desktop.
Alternatively, playing the game in windowed mode will use the desktop's refresh rate.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Two versions exist: the Cider version released in 2011 by TransGaming Inc, which is a Wine wrapper in an app; and the 2013 native version by Ryan C. Gordon.
Most digital outlets post-2015 sell the native version, but not all.[citation needed]


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 8600GT
Intel HD 3000
128 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.1 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).