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Quantum Break

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Quantum Break
Quantum Break cover
Remedy Entertainment
Asobo Studio
Digital Microsoft Studios
Retail Nordic Games[1]
Release dates
Windows April 5, 2016[2]
Metacritic 66
OpenCritic 77
Monetization One-time game purchase, Sponsored, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America, Sci-fi, Supernatural
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Quantum Break is a singleplayer third-person shooter developed by Remedy Entertainment with assistance from Asobo Studio. Xbox Game Studios served as publisher for the digitial version while Nordic Games published the retail release.

The game was first released via Microsot Store on April 5, 2016 and later via Steam on September 29 of the same year. The Steam version generally delivers improved compatibility, stability and performance compared to the Microsoft Store version, see Version differences.

The PC version only allows streaming the live action episodes. They cannot be downloaded (as on Xbox One), thus it is not possible to view them offline or with a slow internet connection.[3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Timeless Collector's Edition. Includes 5 DVDs.[1]
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
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Version differences

The Steam version is Direct3D 11 only, while the Microsoft Store version is Direct3D 12 only. The Steam version is compatible with Windows 7 and newer, while the Microsoft Store version requires Windows 10 or newer.
Performance of the Steam version has been improved on Nvidia hardware and stayed the same on AMD hardware compared to the Microsoft Store version. The Steam version does not suffer from graphics driver crashes on Nvidia hardware, whereas the Microsoft Store version did.[4] It is unknown if these graphics driver crashes have since been fixed for the Microsoft Store version.
Steam-version is more up-to-date compared to the Microsoft Store version, as Remedy announced in August 2016 that they wouldn't release any more updates for the Microsoft Store version, while the last update for the Steam version got released in October 2016.[5][6]


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Sponsored Includes product placement for Nissan and Microsoft (Live-action cutscenes show characters using Windows 10 and other Microsoft products and services on their computers).
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud
Saves are synced with the Xbox One version.[7]


By default, renders at 2/3 of the selected resolution then 'temporally reconstructed' to selected resolution.[8] Originally couldn't be disabled, but option to toggle it was added in a later update.[9][10] Set Upscaling to Off to render at native selected resolution, but this will come at a high performance cost.[11]
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use this patcher.
Use Quantum Break Multimonitor for UW support.[12]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default FOV is 68° (72° in combat). Use Quantum Break FOV fix.
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[13]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
4x MSAA (always on).[8] Optional TAA toggle. A form of frame blending remains enabled regardless.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Optional 30 FPS cap.[14][15] In-game cutscenes limited to 30 FPS.[9]
No cap, but over 95 FPS, the game will become gradually less smooth as the FPS gets further over 95 if using keyboard and mouse. It's fine on controller. [dubious – discuss][citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Set resolution manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open renderer.ini.
  3. Changes values on the following lines to set resolution.
"m_iResolutionX": xxxx,
"m_iResolutionY": yyyy,

Ultrawide support

Works with the Steam/DirectX 11 version only, though there are compatible files for the Windows Store version in the guide as well.
Use the fixer tool to enable proper UW support[16]
  1. Follow this guide.

Motion blur and depth of field

Works with the Steam/DirectX 11 version only.
Turn motion blur and depth of field off[17]
  1. Download this file.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>\dx11\.


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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
One key per action.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse acceleration is present, no option for raw mouse input
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Invert Camera.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox One variation.
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Dialogue
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[18]
Set under Display.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Available but not shown as supported.
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation.
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Mistakenly labeled on Steam as Spanish.

VR support

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

Issues fixed

Live action show plays too fast

On Windows 11 the game suffers from a bug that causes the live action show to play unrestricted, causing sped up video and garbage audio.[19]
Update Windows 11 to build 22621.1194 (KB5022360) or later[20]

Jack wearing an eyepatch

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[21]

Nvidia SLI support (Steam version)

SLI support can be set manually for the Steam version (up to 95% scaling).[22]
Use Nvidia Inspector[22][23]
  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

CPU doesn't support POPCNT instruction

If your CPU doesn't support the POPCNT instruction, then your CPU is below the system requirements of this game. Still, with the below workaround, you might be able to run the game. Still, expect the game to run poorly on your PC.
Although the developers state that POPCNT instruction is required[24] to run the game, in reality this is not true, at least for the Steam release.
For Windows Store version see this workaround
Remove POPCNT check in rl_x64_f.dll[25]
  1. Get hex editor. HxD is free, portable and easy to use.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\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

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Other information


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


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

System requirements

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) 68 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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Special Edition of Quantum Break for PC Hitting Retail and Steam on September 14 - Xbox Wire
  2. 2.0 2.1 Quantum Break pre-orders and previews launch, Windows 10 version announced | Remedy - last accessed on April 6, 2016
  3. Quantum Break episodes will be streaming-only on PC (Polygon) - last accessed on May 2023
  4. Quantum Break PC: Better on DirectX 11! GTX 970/1060 vs RX 480 Gameplay Frame-Rate Tests - last accessed on 2020-08-25
  5. Game update 25.10.2016 - last accessed on 2022-07-15
  6. Head of communications at Remedy on Twitter - last accessed on 2022-07-15
  7. Windows10 - Quantum Break - last accessed on May 2023
  8. 8.0 8.1 Quantum Break status update - Remedy Community Forums - last accessed on 2022-07-15
  9. 9.0 9.1 Quantum Break: PC vs Xbox One Graphics Comparison - last accessed on 2022-07-16
  10. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-07-16
    Option became available in a post-launch update
  11. Quantum Break - State of the Game *post 190*
  12. Quantum Break Update #1 Support Review (3440x1440) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  13. Quantum Break PC jetzt mit klassischen Benchmarks: Technik-Test - last accessed on May 2023
  14. Quantum Break Windows 10 FAQ - Remedy Community Forums
  15. Quantum Break Crosses Time and Platforms - Xbox Wire - last accessed on May 2023
  16. Helix Mod: Quantum Break (Steam version)
  17. Helix Mod: Quantum Break (Steam version)
  18. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  19. Verified by User:Aemony on 2022-12-29
    Reproduced the issue myself, and the Steam Discussion board have various threads about this issue. Also verified, myself, that it affects both the MS Store and Steam versions.
  20. Verified by User:Aemony on 2023-01-30
    Confirmed this preview update (mainstream release in February 2023) solves the issue with the fast-forwarding live action cutscenes on both the Steam and MS Store version.
  21. Piracy easter egg : quantumbreak - last accessed on May 2023
  22. 22.0 22.1 Quantum Break – Here is how you can enable SLI with amazing 95% scaling | DSOGaming | The Dark Side Of Gaming
  23. Forums - View Single Post - Quantum Break for PC? - last accessed on May 2023
  24. Steam Community Discussions | Quantum Break does not run on Intel Core2Quad processors
  25. Twitter | beatcracker