Payday: The Heist

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Payday: The Heist
Release dates
October 20, 2011
Payday: The Heist at WineHQ
Payday: The Heist at Co-Optimus
Payday: The Heist at SteamDB
 Payday: The Heist at Wikipedia
Payday: The Heist 2011
Payday 2 2013

General information

More information Official Website
More information Unofficial PAYDAY Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Wolfpack Windows
Soundtrack Unlocks additional masks. Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Launch the game with -skip_intro parameter

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY\renderer_settings.xml

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY\saves\<user-id>\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\24240\remote\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Native support Has adjustable sliders for normal (60-100°) and ADS (50-75°) view.
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support MSAA forced via Nvidia Inspector: Performance(0x004412C1) IQ(0x004032C1)[1]
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support No native support [3]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Native support 5.1
Subtitles Native support Character chatter not subtitled.
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Unknown Unknown
German Native support Unknown Unknown
Italian Native support No native support No native support
Spanish Native support No native support Native support


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native support 4 Co-op
Requires an internet connection for Steam authentication.[4]
Online play Native support 4 Co-op
Not available in the Mac App Store version.[citation needed]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native support
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated No native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP No native support


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 98-99
UDP (outbound) 98-99

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen on start up or random crashes during the game[edit]

Information Don't run PAYDAY with Teamspeak 3 or Ventrilo - both will likely cause the game to fail to load.
Information ALIENWARE users make sure you have AlienFX installed.

Fix Update DirectX and PhysX

Not fitting to screen despite running at 1080p[edit]

Fix Change renderer settings file

Information Sometimes PAYDAY does not fit entirely to the user's screen even though the resolution is set to 1920x1080.
  2. Edit renderer_settings.xml
  3. There are two lines of text. On the bottom line, find where it says resolution= and make sure that's followed by 1920 1080.
  4. Finally, then look for refresh_rate= and make sure that's followed by "60".
  5. The game should be running entirely in full screen now.

PhysX redistributable installation aborts[edit]

Fix Fix everlasting first time setup

  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Run reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Valve\Steam\Apps\24240 /v PhysXNew /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable No native support


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 3400+
Intel Pentium IV 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon X2
Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
5.4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1900
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
ATI Radeon HD 4850
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260


  1. NVidia Anti-Aliasing Guide (updated)
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. Twitter / OVERKILL_TM: @NewerBark Not at the moment, ...
  4. "lan?" - Steam Community Discussions