SpaceEngine

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SpaceEngine
SpaceEngine cover
Developers
Vladimir Romanyuk
Release dates
Windows Early access
SpaceEngine on Wikipedia

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam
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Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
PRO
Windows
Mercury HD Free DLC
Windows
Venus HD Free DLC
Windows
Earth HD Free DLC
Windows
Moon HD Free DLC
Windows
Mars HD Free DLC
Windows
Asteroids HD Free DLC
Windows
Jupiter System HD Free DLC
Windows
Saturn System HD Free DLC
Windows
Uranus System HD Free DLC
Windows
Neptune System HD Free DLC
Windows
Pluto System HD Free DLC
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/314650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/314650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

SpaceEngine video settings 0.990
SpaceEngine video settings 0.990

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
As of June 3, 2021, the interface has a fixed pixel scale, and will appear quite small at 4k and higher resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
FOV can be changed via the lower-right toolbar, the PgUp and PgDn keys, and left mouse drag while holding Shift; Home and Middle Mouse Button toggle between the default and last-used FOV (or default zoom FOV if the FOV has not been changed since launching the program).
Windowed
Supports arbitrary window resolutions, including resolutions larger than the desktop resolution (useful for high-res screenshots)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Borderless window is the default fullscreen mode; for exclusive fullscreen, select a "custom display resolution" in the display menu and click "Apply". Deselect "custom display resolution" and click "Apply" to return to borderless window.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x AF
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and up to 32x MSAA (can be enabled simultaneously)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Setting vsync to "auto" enables vsync when the framerate exceeds the refresh rate, and disables it otherwise
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate is uncapped
High dynamic range display (HDR)
"Photo mode: HDR" in-game relates to the relative brightness of on-screen objects and is unrelated to HDR display output

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX & Music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
As of June 2021, the game has no sound effects outside of main menu interactions and spaceship engines, so the impact is minimal
Mute on focus lost
Only mutes when minimized (Ctrl-Enter if in fullscreen)

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Finnish
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Cross eye, Horizontal Stereopair, Vertical Stereopair, Anaglyph, Active (shutter)
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
See Input for details.
Traditional controller
See Input for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
Play area Native Notes
Seated
Standing
Room-scale

Issues fixed[edit]

Old pre-Steam versions crashing on startup on Nvidia graphics cards[edit]

Does not apply to the current version of the program on Steam
Crash caused by driver versions after 431.60 supplying the program with a longer list of OpenGL extensions than could be output to the log. The procedure below eliminates the issue.
Use Nvidia Profile Inspector ,
  • Find the "SPACE ENGINE" profile;
  • Go to "5 - Common" TAB
  • Edit 'Extension limit' entry to 0x0000A474 (Growtopia) ,
  • Hit Apply

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 4.4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium G3240
AMD FX-4100
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 950
AMD Radeon HD 8760
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/314650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (314650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References