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Sunset Overdrive

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Sunset Overdrive
Sunset Overdrive cover
Insomniac Games
Windows Blind Squirrel Games
Digital Xbox Game Studios
Retail THQ Nordic
Insomniac Engine
Release dates
Windows November 16, 2018
Metacritic 83
OpenCritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Comedy, Contemporary, Post-apocalyptic
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Sunset Overdrive is an open world action game developed by Insomniac Games. Originally released in 2014 as an Xbox One exclusive, the game made its way to PC in November 2018. It includes all of the DLC from the original version, but lacks the Chaos Squad online co-op mode.

All content that was originally unlocked via pre-order, the Weapon Pack DLC, or Chaos Squad has been moved to the in-game shops. Missions will reward OverCharge (in-game currency) even when replayed, rather than just the first time[1], presumably to compensate for the increased amount of it required to unlock everything.

The PC version of Sunset Overdrive launched with some issues, most notably a mouse sensitivity bug that was later patched.[2]

The port was criticized for being basic, with a lack of graphical settings and a fixed 16:9 aspect ratio.[3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.Sunflower_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\Saves\<user-id>\
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\Sunset\Saves\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/847370/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.Sunflower_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\Saves\<user-id>\
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\Sunset\Saves\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/847370/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Game shows warning about corrupted saves, but this is really not the case. See Save files appear corrupted.
Xbox Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use the related PCGW community tool as a workaround.
Use the related PCGW community tool as a workaround. Not possible to use on the Windows Store UWP version.
4K Ultra HD
Up to 5K.
Field of view (FOV)
Use the related PCGW community tool as a workaround.
The window size does not adjust according to the game's resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen is a borderless window.[citation needed]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30, 60, or unlimited. Some animations/physics are tied to frame rate (no effect on gameplay).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Keybinds for "Next Weapon" and "Previous Weapon" swap when keybind changes are applied; See Changes to weapon switching keybinds won't stick.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
Microsoft Store version only.
PlayStation controllers
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Controller and Keyboard/Mouse UI conflicts when both Controller and Keyboard/Mouse Input is in used (noticeable with "Weapon Wheel/List"). This also Affects Camera Control (when both Right Stick and Mouse Input is at used at the same time) and Button Icon/Prompts.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Dialogues.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish

Issues fixed

Game application doesn't launch or crashes upon starting new game

Add the game's .exe-file to exceptions for ALL antiviruses and/or firewalls running on your system[4]

Green glow and green flickering screen corruption when depth of field is enabled

Unknown if issue also occurs on AMD hardware
Nvidia: update graphics driver to 465.89 or newer
Issue was fixed by Nvidia driver update 465.89 from 30 March, 2021[5]
Workaround: Disable depth of field[6]
  1. Go to the in-game Video (Advanced) menu.
  2. Disable Depth of Field.
Workaround: Lock FPS to 30 using in-game options[citation needed]

Textures and shadows flickering on Windows 7

Set the resolution to 1080p or higher[citation needed]
  1. Set the resolution to 1080p or above through the in-game menu.
  2. Restart the game.


Game needs to be restarted after every resolution change in order to avoid the bug.

Resolution not scaling correctly with non default DPI scaling

Enable "High DPI scaling override"
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Right click on Sunset.exe.
  3. Select the Compatibility tab.
  4. Click on Change High DPI Settings.
  5. Check High DPI scaling override and select Application.

Stuttering while traversing though the world

Install the game on a HDD instead of a SSD[dubious – discuss][7]
Issue may be worse on a NVMe drive.

Changes to weapon switching keybinds won't stick

Click on "Apply Changes" to swap the two keybinds.[8]
The keys for Next Weapon and Previous Weapon swap whenever you apply changes to key bindings.
  1. Setting the two keybinds to the inverse of what you want will have them set correctly.


Any time you make changes to other keybinds, you will need to apply changes, leave the menu, re-enter, and apply changes again to keep these two keybinds set how they are.

Corrupt save game

Delete the contents in steam_autocloud.vdf with a text editor.[9]
  1. Disable Steam Cloud for Sunset Overdrive.
  2. Go to the save game data location.
  3. Open steam_autocloud.vdf with a text editor.
  4. Delete all the text within and save.
  5. Mark steam_autocloud.vdf as read-only.
  6. Launch the game.
  7. Enable Steam Cloud for Sunset Overdrive.

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3470 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti
AMD Radeon R7 260X
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Steam version also runs on Windows 7 despite minimum requirements on the store page.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. The Fastest/Easiest/Best Method for Farming Overcharge and Money in Sunset Overdrive for PC - last accessed on 2020-05-12
    "The method proposed in this video only applies to the PC version of the game. The video still applies on Xbox for earning Money in the game, but to get Overcharge in the Xbox version you are expected to play the "Chaos Squad" mode which never existed in the PC release."
  2. New Update - Live Now - last accessed on 2018-12-04
    "Mouse Sensitivity – We’ve made updates to how the mouse controls work to address the feedback you’ve been giving us. You will likely need to adjust your in-game mouse sensitivity after updating, but should see a noticeable improvement here."
  3. Sunset Overdrive PC: the game's great - but the port is basic - last accessed on 2018-11-22
  4. Steam Community - last accessed on 28 May 2023
  5. Release 465 Driver for Windows, Version 465.89 - last accessed on 2022-07-15
  6. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-07-15
    Worked for me when I had the older Nvidia driver installed
  7. Steam Community - last accessed on 28 May 2023
  8. Scroll Wheel keybind - last accessed on 2022-08-25
  9. Steam Community - last accessed on 28 Dec 2023