Star Wars: Squadrons

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Star Wars: Squadrons
Star Wars: Squadrons cover
Developers
Motive Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Frostbite 3
Release dates
Windows October 2, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 82
OpenCritic 79
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Space flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Star Wars
Star Wars: Squadrons on HowLongToBeat
Star Wars: Squadrons on IGDB
Star Wars: Squadrons guide on StrategyWiki
Star Wars: Squadrons on MobyGames
Star Wars: Squadrons on Wikipedia
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Star Wars: Squadrons 2020

Star Wars: Squadrons is a VR-supported first-person action and vehicle combat game in the Star Wars series. The game features a singleplayer story campaign, as well as two multiplayer modes titled Dogfight and Fleet Battles.

The game was released on October 2, 2020, affected by severe stuttering at frame rates above 60 in both regular and VR modes.[1][2][3]

There is no known solution for the high frame rate stutter, although players can work around the issue by various methods.

General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

All versions require an EA account and use Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Epic Games Store versions purchased before October 2, 2021 include the Vanguard Squadron X-wing Glider for Fortnite.[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\STAR WARS Squadrons\settings
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\STAR WARS Squadrons Steam\settings
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222730/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\STAR WARS Squadrons Steam\settings
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222730/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video[edit]

Screen settings
Screen settings
Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay.[7]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
[8]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA High/Low option, as well as a TAA sharpening slider. Cannot be disabled.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rates above 60 FPS have a noticeable stuttering on high refresh rate monitors, see Stuttering at above 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia, Protanopia, Tritanopia

Disable motion blur[edit]

Current builds (1.1 and previous) of the game have motion blur forced on with no option to disable it.
Modify configuration files
  • Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\STAR WARS Squadrons Steam\settings, and find ProfileOptions_profile. Open this file with Notepad.exe or equivalent, and set the values GstRender.MotionBlur and GstRender.MotionBlurEnabled to 0.

Input[edit]

Controls settings
Controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Can be found in the settings menu under Controls > Remap Controls > [subsection] > Keyboard & Mouse.
Mouse acceleration
Follows the Enhanced pointer precision option of Windows
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Can be toggled using the Allow Mouse Functionality option
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Four presets: Custom (user-specified bindings), Default, Aviator, Southpaw.
To specify the custom bindings, go to the settings menu, under Controls > Remap Controls > [subsection] > Controller.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Xbox prompts are used
Light bar support
Connection modes wired, bluetooth
V2 tested. Wireless adapter gets detected as a flight stick.[9]
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg HOTAS-styled
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, SFX, Dialogue, and Voice Chat
Surround sound
Auto, Enhanced Stereo, Surround 5.1 & 7.1, and Binaural (Headphones)
Subtitles
Customizable size and background
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Audio > Keep Audio in Background toggle

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
10 Co-op, Versus
Allows crossplay across all platforms, both consoles and other PC digital distribution platforms.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking

Disable Easy Anti-Cheat[edit]

Launch the game using the <path-to-game>\starwarssquadrons.exe executable[10]
  • Steam users also need to create a text document called steam_appid.txt in the game folder with the contents 1222730 as otherwise launching <path-to-game>\starwarssquadrons.exe directly will not work.
  • An alternative method is to rename <path-to-game>\starwarssquadrons_launcher.exe to something else and then rename starwarssquadrons.exe to starwarssquadrons_launcher.exe as this will bypass the Easy Anti-Cheat launcher when running the game through e.g. Steam's library. This method will have to be reapplied after each update.[11]
  • After a recent patch this method might not work on Origin.[citation needed]

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Stuttering at above 60 FPS[edit]

The game has a noticeable stutter at higher frame rates than 60 FPS on refresh rates above 60 Hz. Cap the frame rate to 60 FPS or lower the refresh rate to 60 Hz with v-sync enabled to work around the issue.[12]
Cap the frame rate to 60 FPS[12]
Lower the refresh rate to 60 Hz and enable V-Sync[12]

Crash at the start of a mission[edit]

The game might crash to desktop, right after the loading screen has finished, when loading into a mission in singleplayer.
Lower Volumetric Quality to Medium.[13]

Other information[edit]

Accessibility options
Accessibility options

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-7600
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  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>/1222730/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1222730) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Answer HQ - Refresh Rate bug - last accessed on 2020-10-12
  2. Steam Discussions - Game running with absolutely horrific frame rate - last accessed on 2020-10-12
  3. Reddit - /r/StarWarsSquadrons - Framerate Analysis at 120 Hz Part 2 - last accessed on 2020-10-12
  4. X-wing Glider FAQ - last accessed on 2020-09-18
  5. SteamDB - STAR WARS™: Squadrons - User Cloud - last accessed on 2020-10-12
  6. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-10-12
    Confirmed through the properties of the game in the Steam library.
  7. Star Wars: Squadrons Ultrawide Review - 16:9/21:9/32:9 Comparison & Gameplay! - last accessed on 2020-10-03
  8. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-10-04
    While I cannot tell what level AF is set to, based on the hangar some level of AF is at least present.
  9. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-10-04
  10. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-10-02
  11. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-10-08
    This is my preferred method on my Steam copy as it means I can launch it from Steam.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-10-02
    This issue occurs regardless of graphical settings or frame rates.
  13. EA Tech forum thread, about crashing at the start of mission - last accessed on 2020-10-07