Space Engineers

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Space Engineers
Space Engineers cover
Keen Software House
VRAGE 2.0[1]
Release dates
Windows February 28, 2019[2]
Space Engineers on IGDB
Space Engineers guide on StrategyWiki
Space Engineers on MobyGames
Space Engineers on Wikipedia

Key points

Monthly updates
Large modding community

General information

Developer forum
Official wiki
Steam Community Discussions


All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -skipintro command line argument[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Roaming\SpaceEngineers\SpaceEngineers.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/244850/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\SpaceEngineers\Saves
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/244850/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Has option available but does not store any game data.[citation needed]

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Only available in DirectX 11.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA enabled by default.[3] Change to Normal graphics preset to turn off AA. In DirectX 11, it is possible to switch off AntiAliasing in the Graphics Options menu.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
At 120 FPS, the engine renders each frame twice (graphics engine is bound to physics engine (which runs at 60 ticks/s) with no working interpolation), so the real framerate is limited to 60. This also causes higher input lag and framerates below 60 to feel a lot less smooth. You can test this by using Cheat Engine to run the game at a lower speed.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Render quality limited to presets (Normal, High, Extreme) in DirectX 9. In DirectX 11 it is possible to change various settings.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound & Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be toggled via the "Mute when inactive" option.


The localization for the game is community-driven. Further details can be found on the official site.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Use Nucleus Coop & Unofficial mod.
LAN play
Online play
16 This may be increased on dedicated servers

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated Server software is in Tools in the installation folder.[4]
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't start[edit]

logfile says: "could not load file or assembly 'steamsdk.dll' or one of its dependencies."[5]
  1. Install latest update for Visual C++ Redist 2012:
Restart computer[5]
After Steam installs the .NET Framework a restart is sometimes required.

Broken controls[edit]

Run as administrator[5]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right-click on SpaceEngineers.exe and select Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility tab and tick Run this program as administrator.
  4. Click Apply and then OK.

Music plays in main menu but not in-game[edit]

This only applies if you have Sound Blaster drivers.
Disable Sound Blaster enhancements[5]
  1. Right-click on the volume icon in your taskbar and select Playback devices.
  2. Select your primary playback device and click Properties.
  3. Select Sound Blaster and tick Disable Sound Blaster enhancements.
  4. Click Apply and then OK.

Steam overlay not functioning[edit]

For this game, the Steam overlay doesn't launch if Fraps is running.
Disable Fraps[6]
  1. Close the Fraps window.
  2. Launch the game.
  3. If you want to record, launch Fraps while the game is active.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 DirectX 9 has been officially dropped as of February 26, 2016.[7] See Re-enable DirectX 9 / 32-bit support on how to open the latest DirectX 9 version of the game.
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
32-bit support has been officially dropped as of February 26, 2016.[7] See Re-enable DirectX 9 / 32-bit support on how to open the latest 32-bit version of the game.


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok[1]
Multiplayer Steamworks

Re-enable DirectX 9 / 32-bit support[edit]

This version of the game is no longer being supported by the developers. All further updates will be made on the DirectX 11 / 64-bit version.
Switch to the legacy branch[7]
  1. Open the Steam client.
  2. Go to the Library section.
  3. Search for the Space Engineers entry, right click it and select Properties.
  4. In the Properties window, select the Betas tab and choose the dx9-32bit - compatibility branch for dx9 and 32 bit option from the dropdown menu.
  5. Close the window and launch the game.

System requirements[edit]

A 5 Mbit/s internet connection is recommended for multiplayer.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750
AMD Radeon R9 270X
DirectX 11 compatible
The performance depends on the complexity of your world and the configuration of your computer. Simple worlds run smoothly even on low-end computers, but a more complex world with rich object interactions could overload even high-end computers.[8]


  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>/244850/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (244850) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.