Payday 2

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Payday 2
Payday 2 cover.png
Release dates
August 13, 2013
Payday 2 at WineHQ
Payday 2 at Co-Optimus
Payday 2 at SteamDB
 Payday 2 at Wikipedia
Payday: The Heist 2011
Payday 2 2013

Key points

Advantage Active modding community.
Advantage Receives frequent updates.

General information

Information Port Report
More information Official website
More information Unofficial PAYDAY Wiki
More information Master List of Fixes
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
Developer website Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
A Merry Payday Christmas Soundtrack Soundtrack. Unlocks additional mask. Windows
Alienware Alpha Mauler Available only for limited time for Alienware Arena users. Windows
Armored Transport Windows
Career Criminal Content Available only as a preorder bonus Windows
Clover Character Pack Windows
Dragan Character Pack Windows
Gage Assault Pack Windows
Gage Historical Pack Windows
Gage Mod Courier Windows
Gage Shotgun Pack Windows
Gage Sniper Pack Windows
Gage Weapon Pack #01 Windows
Gage Weapon Pack #02 Windows
Hotline Miami 4 masks, 4 materials and 4 patterns are free Windows
Humble Mask Pack 2 masks. Available only for buyers of Humble E3 Bundle 2014. Windows
Humble Mask Pack 2 2 masks, available only for limited time via Humble Bundle. Windows
The Big Bank Heist Windows
The Bomb Heist Windows
The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack Windows
The COMPLETELY OVERKILL Pack Available for a limited time only. Windows
The Diamond Heist Windows
The Official Soundtrack Soundtrack. Unlocks additional mask. Windows
The OVERKILL Pack Windows
The Butcher's BBQ Pack Windows
Advantage Buying DLCs is not required to join missions from DLCs. Only a host has to have the DLC.
Information Australian players can demonstrate their nationality to claim the already unobtainable Jacket Character Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Set launch options

  1. Right click on the game in your Steam library and select "Properties"
  2. Click "Set launch options"
  3. Enter -skip_intro

Improving Graphics[edit]

There are multiple ways to improve the way Payday 2 looks, using GEM is a good place to start, using an injector such as SweetFX will also help.

The game utilizes a chromatic aberration filter (color separation) which blurs textures and increases the effects of aliasing. The GEM project's Payday 2 package includes a utility to delete this filter from the game's data files, but the change may be reverted by game updates.


HoxHud and Pocohud are two incredibly popular fan made HUD improvement packs. While not essential, they can dramatically improve your experience.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY 2\renderer_settings.xml
Information Key bindings are stored inside save files.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY 2\saves\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/218620/remote/saves/

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 Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support
Multi-monitor Native support
Field of view (FOV) Native support Unmarked slider, suspected to go from 60-120°.[citation needed]
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable MSAA can be utilized through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x00001041 under NVIDIA Inspector (NVIDIA graphics card only). SGSSAA can also be utilized through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x004012C1, but causes minor blurring, under NVIDIA Inspector (NVIDIA graphics card only).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support Set with Frame Rate Limit setting; maximum of 135 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game audio 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 Native support
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping No native support
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support
Touchscreen optimised No native support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support "Music", "SFX", and "Voice Chat" separated.
Surround sound No native support Stereo output only.[1] Users report surround sound functioned in the past but was possibly broken an update.[2][3]
Subtitles Native support Certain subtitles omitted, such as bulldozer announcements.
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support


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


In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play No native support
Online play Native support 4 Co-op

Connection types

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


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 9899

Issues fixed[edit]

Main Menu gets excessively brighter upon launching the game[edit]

Fix Ensure that your videocard driver's application settings are set to default[4]

  1. For AMD cards, open up Catalyst Control Center and ensure System Settings under Gaming are set to "Use application settings".

Fix Do not use third-party program SMAA.

  1. If you are using a third-party program such as RadeonPro in the case of AMD, ensure that SMAA is set to Off. Also opening and closing the Steam overlay may help to rectify this problem.

Not fitting fullscreen despite running at 1080p/Black screen when selecting 1080p[edit]

Fix Change renderer settings file

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

Issues with mouse movement near the top of the screen in fullscreen mode[edit]

Information On some resolutions the game will not properly lock the mouse to the window, causing issues with in-game overlays and unfocusing the game when clicking the top of the screen

Fix Install a program to lock the mouse cursor inside the window

  1. Download Borderless Gaming

Mouse input delay[edit]

Fix Disable multi-threading[5]

  1. Open <path-to-game>\context.xml
  2. Find multithreaded="true"
  3. Replace with multithreaded="false"

Fix Change flip queue size to 0 or 1[6]

Information AMD users should try RadeonPro
Information Nvidia users can look in the "Manage 3D Settings" section of the graphic card control panel

Play on Intel HD3000 & HD4000[edit]

Fix Custom .dll light-wrapper[7]

  1. Download Nvidia d3d9 perf fix
  2. Extract d3d9.dll into <path-to-game>

Double mouse cursor after Alt+Tab[edit]

Information Needs verification; option not present on Windows Vista.

Fix Disable allowing themes to change mouse pointers[8]

  1. Go to Control Panel, Mouse, Pointers tab
  2. Uncheck "Allow themes to change mouse properties".

Fix Refocus window workaround

  1. Press alt + tab and navigate to game to bring it forward/'focused', if you are focused on another window in front (such as a browsers). Then cycle through alt + tab again once you have brough the game forward and continue to hold when the selection is poised over the game.
  2. Position cursor inside game window and click repeatedly immediately after you release alt + tab
  3. This will allow the game to refocus.

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Enabling HBAO+ for NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Information Use the Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000004 with Quality or High Quality.

Fix Using Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000004.

  1. Download NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Open NVIDIA Inspector and click on the crossed wrench and screw icon.
  3. Under Profiles select Payday 2.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the flag 0x00000004.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  6. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select your quality of preference, but in order to use HBAO+ you must use Quality or High Quality.
  7. Click Apply changes.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz Intel Quad Core 2.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
13.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 2600
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 5850
512 MB of VRAM


  1. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  2. Surround sound no longer works? :: PAYDAY 2 Bug Reporting
  3. 5.1 surround :: PAYDAY 2 General Discussions
  5. Master List of PAYDAY 2 Fixes - Steam Community Discussions
  6. Mouse Lag - Steam Community Discussions
  7. Intel HD graphics card and PAYDAY 2 - Steam Community Discussions
  8. Alt+Tab = double cursor - Steam Users' Forums