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The Evil Within

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The Evil Within
The Evil Within cover
Tango Gameworks
Windows The Workshop Entertainment[1]
Bethesda Softworks
id Tech 5
Release dates
Windows October 14, 2014
Metacritic 68
OpenCritic 73
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror
Themes Horror
Series The Evil Within
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The Evil Within is a singleplayer third-person survival horror game in the The Evil Within series.

The game is known as Psycho Break in Japan.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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4 DVD discs, counting 44% of the games data.
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when a shortcut is made directly to the executable, with the -EpicPortal command appended to the Target URL.[2]
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Contains all season pass content.
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
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Windows (unavailable)
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Windows (unavailable)
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Digital Deluxe.

Version differences

The Microsoft Store version is significantly different with regards to gameplay, improved performance, and bug fixes.[3] It features:
  • First-person mode with an Field of View option and icons for the lantern and sneaking.
  • Infinite ammo mode
  • Low/medium options for camera bob
  • Increased stamina (5 seconds by default instead of 3)
The GOG version and the Microsoft Store version contains the Fighting Chance Pack DLC that was previously exclusive to pre-orders.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass
The Assignment
The Consequence
The Executioner
The Fighting Chance Pack Pre-order bonus. Included in the GOG release.
The Season Pass contains all three story DLCs: The Assignment, The Consequence, and The Executioner.
The Fighting Chance Pack contains exclusive weapons: the Double Barrel Shotgun, Incendiary Agony Bolts, and Poison Agony Bolts. It also deposits a free medical kit and 5,000 Green Gel in Chapter 3.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Launch game with +com_skipIntroVideo 1 parameter[4]
This command doesn't work on the Epic Games version.[5]
Install No Intro mod
Works with the Epic Games version.
To apply the Skip Intro Videos parameter to the Microsoft Store version:
Other parameters, such as r_swapinterval 0 and +vt_maxaniso 4, are also functional with the Microsoft Store version of The Evil Within.
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game> and then to the \Content folder.
  2. Right-click the gamelaunchhelper.exe and create a desktop shortcut.
  3. Append +com_skipIntroVideo 1 to the Target Field within the properties of the newly created shortcut.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within\base\the evil withinConfig.cfg
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within\base\the evil withinConfig.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/268050/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within\base\savegame\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\BethesdaSoftworks.TheEvilWithin-PC_3275kfvn8vcwc\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/268050/pfx/[Note 1]
15 save slots + 1 autosave slot available.

Save game cloud syncing


Video settings
Video settings
Graphics hardware settings (Microsoft Store)
Graphics hardware settings (Microsoft Store)

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
2.50:1 letterboxing can be disabled in settings.[6]
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Pillarboxed. Use Flawless Widescreen or the related PCGW community tool.
4K Ultra HD
2.50:1 letterboxing can be disabled in settings.[6]
Field of view (FOV)
Limited to the first person FOV and Microsoft Store version.
Use Flawless Widescreen or the related PCGW community tool for more.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
No exclusive fullscreen support.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Choice of 30 or 60 FPS.[6] See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Launch game with +vt_maxaniso X parameter where X is between 1 and 4[citation needed]


Default value is 4. The game's engine does not support AF higher than 4x.[7]
Forcing anisotropic filtering through video driver causes texture shimmering.

High frame rate

In-game frame rate cap option supports either 30 or 60 FPS.[6] Use this parameter to remove the cap entirely.
Launch game with +r_swapinterval 0 parameter[4]

Steam version

  1. Click the cog wheel in the top-right of the game's library page
  2. Select Properties
  3. On the General tab, under Launch Options enter +r_swapinterval 0
  4. Close the game's properties window and launch the game

Windows Store version

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within\base\the evil withinConfig.cfg in a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++.
  2. Change r_swapinterval -1 to r_swapinterval 0
  3. Save and close the file


The developers have not tested the game above 60 FPS and will not fix issues related to uncapping the frame rate.[8]
Enemy attacks that drain health (i.e. strangling attacks) do so significantly faster at higher frame rates.
Enemy attack speed appears to be much higher at higher frame rates.
This parameter must be used if G-Sync or Freesync is enabled otherwise the frame rate will be capped unusually low. If needed, there are third-party tools, such as RivaTuner Statistics Server, that can cap the frame rate at 60.


Toggle post-process effects[9][10]
  1. Download The Evil Within 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Start the game.
Hotkey Effect Notes
F4 Disable color filter Enabled by default. Restores colors and contrast to unmodified values, resulting in a more colorful image.
F5 Depth of field toggle Disabled by default.
0 Vignette toggle Disabled by default.


Control settings.
Control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Enter cannot be bound to commands.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Four preset options to choose from.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox 360 prompts, despite the manual showing a Xbox One Controller.
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Despite claims from Bethesda[Note 2] and the Steam store page, the game does not support PlayStation controllers.[12]
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Occasionally changes button prompts
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Voice, SFX
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[13]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation - #1
Fan translation.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation.
Fan voice-over by «Team Raccoon».

VR support

Issues fixed

Launching game or changing resolution results in black screen and disables video output to monitor

Regain video output
  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and wait for a few seconds. When regaining video signal, click on cancel in the screen that pops up, you should now be back in the game. If you're back on desktop, just click on the game's icon in the taskbar.
    • An alternative (but less functional) method is to enable the "disable full-screen optimizations" compatibility setting for the game's executable and then use a combination of Alt+ Enter to force windowed mode and Alt+Tab to change window focus. Eventually, you will regain a video signal.
  2. Go into the game options and change resolution and framerate to your desired settings.
To avoid losing video output altogether when changing the resolution, you can set the fullscreen mode to "disabled," change to the resolution you want, apply the resolution setting and then re-enable fullscreen mode in the options.

Game is oddly zoomed in or cropped

Modify the Windows Compatibility settings for the game's executable:
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game> and right-click on the game's executable
  2. Click Properties
  3. Click on the Compatibility tab
  4. Modify the display scaling based on the corresponding Windows OS:
    1. For Windows 11, click Change high DPI settings, then check Override high DPI scaling behavior and set it to Application.
    2. For Windows 10, check Override high DPI scaling behavior and set it to Application.
    3. For Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7, check Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.[14]

Stuttering/micro stuttering while moving around or during camera movement

Disable the in-game frame rate cap and lock frame rate with a third-party tool[15]
  1. Set the in-game Framelock option to 30 FPS and close the game.
  2. See High frame rate to disable the framerate cap.
  3. Use a third-party tool like RivaTuner Statistic Server, Nvidia Control Panel, or Nvidia Profile Inspector to lock framerate at 60 FPS.
In RivaTuner Statistics Server, setting Scanline Sync to any value should eliminate any remaining stuttering[16]
Locking the framerate slightly above 60 (e.g. 61 FPS) may further reduce stuttering.
Enable low latency mode (for Nvidia users)[17]
  1. Set the in-game Framelock option to 60 FPS Vsync and close the game.
  2. Open the Nvidia Control Panel
  3. Under 3D Settings, select Manage 3D Settings
  4. Click on the Program Settings tab
  5. Under Select a program to customize, in the drop-down, select The Evil Within
  6. Under Specify the settings for this program, navigate to Low Latency Mode and change the setting to On
  7. Click Apply


If the game is not in the Select a program to customize drop-down list, click Add and browse for the game
The Windows Store version of the game is named bethesdasoftworks.theevilwithin-pc_3275kfvn8vcwc
Preserve texture cache between sessions[18]
Does not apply to the Windows Store version of the game, which creates these directories and files automatically.
The texture cache folder is not made by the game so the cache is regenerated for each session.
This can fix stuttering in the game.
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA% and make a folder named TangoGameworks
  2. Go into that folder and make a folder named The Evil Within_ng
  3. The game will now correctly store the texture cache between sessions.


The game creates two files in The Evil Within_ng, one of which, FileCache000.bin, is 1 GB in size. These files are not deleted after closing or uninstalling the game and must be deleted manually.
To relocate the cache folder, use one of two options:
  1. Add the +fs_cachepath "E:\your_cache_path_here" parameter as a Steam Launch Option.
  2. Create an NTFS junction point (mklink /J <link> <target>) to redirect the folder to a different location.
Slow storage can prevent achieving high FPS. Consider placing the cache on an SSD or RAM disk (e.g. with free RadeonRAMDisk).

White lines on some objects

Change Texture Filtering setting in NVIDIA Control Panel[19]
  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Under 3D Settings, select Manage 3D Settings
  3. Click on the Program Settings tab
  4. Under Select a program to customize, in the drop-down, select The Evil Within
  5. Under Specify the settings for this program, navigate to Texture filtering - Quality and change the setting to Quality or lower.
  6. Click Apply


If the game is not in the Select a program to customize drop-down list, click Add and browse for the game
The Windows Store version of the game is named bethesdasoftworks.theevilwithin-pc_3275kfvn8vcwc

Reduce VRAM-related stuttering

Machines with a small amount of VRAM (less than 2GB) may have stuttering significantly reduced with this tweak.
Launch game with +vt_pageimagesizevmtr 2048 parameter[4]
The default value is 8192.

Final cutscene does not start

Users may experience issues with the final cutscene of the game not playing and falling into the sky.
Update or try another version of your display drivers[20]

Blurry image in Chapter 5

Users playing with Anti-Aliasing other than FXAA will experience an issue where the game image gets blurry as they enter a puzzle room in Chapter 5. The problem will persist until the player leaves the room.
Change the Anti-Aliasing type to FXAA[21]

Extreme slowdowns/stuttering on high refresh-rate monitors (75Hz or higher) with AMD GPU

Disable FreeSync for this game in AMD Radeon Software[22]

Texture bugs or crashing on certain AMD cards

Use DXVK 2.0[23]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 Game is internally using OpenGL[24]
Shader Model support 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video 4K Upscale files here:


4K Upscaled Pre-Rendered Cutscenes (including DLCs)

Steam Guide[25]
Upscaled the Pre-Rendered Cutscenes to 4K, improving frame details and minimizing compression artifacts.

Console commands

Add parameter[8]
  1. Right-click the game in the Steam client and choose Properties.
  2. Click Set Launch Options and add +com_allowconsole 1
  3. Click OK and run the game.
  4. Press Insert to open the console in-game.

Notable Console Commands

Command Effect
god Makes the player effectively invincible, and certain enemy kill moves will not be used against the player.
noclip Allows the player to walk through walls.
g_infiniteammo Unlimited ammo (Provided the player has at least 1 bullet when it is enabled).
g_stoptime 1 Stops time. Re-enable time with g_stoptime 0.
toggledebugcamera Separates the camera from Sebastian so the player can freely move the camera around.
startslowmotion2 Slows down time. To disable, run stopslowmotion
r_skipglare 1 Disables all post-processing, including anti-aliasing.[26] Will make the color temperature warmer and disable depth of field. This will also increase the frame rate. Can also be set in the launcher using +r_skipglare 1.
r_modelsCastShadow 0 Disables player model shadow.
megashadow_resolutionScale x.x Custom shadow resolution scale. Recommended values: 0.12 up to 1.5.
vt_lodbias x Increases LOD distance. in-game highest value is 5. lower values increase the distance up to 0.
m_smooth 0 Disables mouse acceleration.
m_sensitivity x Custom mouse sensitivty. In-game highest value is 5. With this variable you can go beyond that.
pm_thirdPersonSimple 1 Simplified third person camera.
pm_thirdPersonHeight x
pm_thirdPersonRange x
kill Suicide.

Enable SLI

While SLI is not officially supported, custom bits might used for a performance increase.
Modify game profile[citation needed]
  1. Open the The Evil Within game profile via Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Change SLI compatibility bits (DX1x) to 0x000000F5.[27]
  3. Change NVIDIA predefined SLI mode on DirectX 10 to SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_DX10_FORCE_AFR.
  4. Change NVIDIA predefined number of GPUs to use on SLI rendering mode on DirectX 10 to SLI_PREDEFINED_GPU_COUNT_DX10_FOUR.
  5. Apply changes.


SLI scaling may be severely limited due to very high CPU usage in certain areas. SLI scaling may be confirmed through increasing graphical settings, unlocking frame rate, and/or testing in corridor/non-open area type locations where CPU usage will be lower.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7 or an equivalent 4+ core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
(41 GB installation size)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or equivalent
1 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. Bethesda Support page claims that DualShock 4 is supported "when the appropriate drivers are installed.", but as of this writing: there is no official DualShock 4 driver.[11]


  1. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-01-28
    The Workshop's homepage explicitly mentioned "The Evil Within® - PlayStation 4®, Xbox One® and PC". Their logo appears in the opening splashes and copyright screen for these versions, but is missing on PS3 and Xbox 360, implying that those were done in-house.
  2. Verified by User:Dribbleondo on 2023-10-19
    A prompt complained about not authenticating between EGS and Bethesda, but can be cancelled and ignored entirely.
  3. The Evil Within on Xbox Gamepass has a FOV option and FPS mode - last accessed on May 2023
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Evil Within PC Port Quality : pcgaming
  5. Anyways to skip intro splash screen on the evil within epic games version? : reddit
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Steam Update: The Evil Within - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: The Evil Within
  7. id Tech 5 Challenges From Texture Virtualization to Massive Parallelization by J.M.P. van Waveren - last accessed on May 2023
  8. 8.0 8.1 Debug Console Commands - PC - Bethesda Softworks Forums
  9. The Evil Within - GeForce Forums - last accessed on 2017-05-02
  10. Helix Mod: The Evil Within (DX11) - last accessed on 2017-05-02
  11. CAN I PLAY THE EVIL WITHIN WITH A CONTROLLER ON A PC? - Bethesda Support - last accessed on 2024-04-24
  12. Verified by User:Al2009man on 2024-04-25
    Tested via DualShock 4 on (as per Bethesda's recommendations) on the Steam version by disabling Steam Input completely, enabling DS4Windows' virtual DS4 Emulation and SpecialK
  13. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  14. Can't play full screen :: Steam Community Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  15. Steam Community - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  16. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  17. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  18. "fs_cachepath" to reduce stuttering :: The Evil Within General Discussions - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  19. Steam Community - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  20. Steam Community - The Evil Within - HELP! Can't get ending and credits! - last accessed on 2019-06-19
  21. The Evil Within Chapter 5 - Blurry Room bug (and how to fix it) - last accessed on 2021-05-11
  22. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  23. Full graphic/performance and game fix for The Evil Within 1 : reddit [missing title] - last accessed on [unknown]
  24. The Evil Within by Tango Gameworks / Shinji Mikami / Bethesda (2014) - GeForce Forums - last accessed on May 2023
  25. Verified by User:No_one_17 on 2021-12-25
  26. Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  27. 3DCenter SLI thread (#1939) - last accessed on 9 June 2023