Quantum Break

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Quantum Break
Quantum Break cover
Remedy Entertainment
Digital Microsoft Studios
Retail Nordic Games[1]
Release dates
Windows April 5, 2016[2]
Quantum Break on Wikipedia

Key points

Game requires a CPU with support for the POPCNT instruction. A CPU under the system requirements won't have this and thus won't work, although this can be worked around.
All PC versions of the game only allow the streaming of the live-action episodes. They can't be downloaded (as with the XBoxOne), thus it isn't possible to view them offline or with a bad internet connection. [3]

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Timeless Collector's Edition. Includes 5 DVDs.[1]
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
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Version differences[edit]

The Steam version is Direct3D 11 only[4] while the Microsoft Store version is Direct3D 12 only.[5]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\videos\
  2. Delete or rename startvideos.bk2 and startvideos_4k.bk2.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.QuantumBreak_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\renderer.ini
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\QuantumBreak\renderer.ini
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/474960/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.QuantumBreak_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\LSAO\
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\QuantumBreak\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/474960/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud
Saves are synced with the Xbox One version.[6]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
By default, rendered at 2/3rds the selected resolution then 'temporally reconstructed' to selected resolution.[7] Set Upscaling to Off to render at selected resolution, but with a high performance cost.[8]
Use this patcher.
Cutscenes are pillarboxed 16:9.[9]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set under Display or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also available in Steam version.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through the Nvidia Control Panel[10]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
4x MSAA.[7] Always on. Optional TAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Optional 30 FPS cap.[11][12]
No cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open renderer.ini.
  3. Find the following lines, and set them to the desired values.
"m_iResolutionX": 1920,
"m_iResolutionY": 1080,

Input settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.
Controller layout.
Controller layout.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Dialogue
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[13]
Set under Display.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Choice of Mexican or International.
Traditional Chinese
Choice of China or Taiwan.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Quantum Break (Steam version). Steam version only.

Issues fixed[edit]

Jack wearing an eyepatch[edit]

Playing the Microsoft Store version while signed out of the Store app triggers this issue.
Open the Store app and sign into the Microsoft account that owns the game before playing[14]

Nvidia SLI support (Steam version)[edit]

SLI support can be set manually for the Steam version (up to 95% scaling).[15]
Use Nvidia Inspector[15][16]
  1. Open Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Find the Quantum Break profile
  3. Set the SLI compatibility flag for its DX11 mode to 0x080002F5
  4. Go to the SLI section
  6. Set Nvidia predefined SLI mode on DirectX 10 to SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_DX10_FORCE_AFR

POPCNT instruction[edit]

Although the developers state that POPCNT instruction is required[17] to run the game, in reality this is not true, at least for the Steam release.
For Windows Store version see this workaround
If you have your CPU doesn't support the POPCNT instruction, then your CPU is below the system requirements of this game. Expect the game to run poorly on your PC.
Remove POPCNT check in rl_x64_f.dll[18]
  1. Get hex editor. HxD is free, portable and easy to use.
  2. Open dx11\rl_x64_f.dll in hex editor. Use "Browse local files" in Steam game options to find path to Quantum Break folder.
  3. Search for 0FBAE117730A hex string.
  4. Replace it with 0FBAE1179090 hex string.

GIF showing the steps to perform in HxD

Remove POPCNT check.gif

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Steam is Direct3D 11 only,[4] Microsoft Store is Direct3D 12 only.[5]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok, NaturalMotion
Audio Wwise
Interface Autodesk Gameware
Cutscenes Bink Video Pre-Rendered Only

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 (Steam), 10 (Microsoft Store)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70 GHz
AMD FX-6300
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 55 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R7 260x
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
64-bit operating system is required.
Ultra requirements: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD equivalent, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, 16 GB of RAM, 6 GB of VRAM.


  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>/474960/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (474960) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.