Payday 2

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Payday 2
Payday 2 cover
Overkill Software
Starbreeze Studios
DLCs Lion Game Lion
505 Games
Release dates
Windows August 13, 2013
OS X 2016[1]
Linux 2016[1]
Payday: The Heist 2011
Payday 2 2013

Key points

Active modding community.
Receives frequent updates.

General information

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


All versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Field of view (FOV)
Unmarked slider, suspected to go from 60-120°.[citation needed]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
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)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Set with Frame Rate Limit setting; maximum of 135 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
"Music", "SFX", and "Voice Chat" separated.
Surround sound
Stereo output only.[2] Users report surround sound functioned in the past but was possibly broken an update.[3][4]
Certain subtitles omitted, such as bulldozer announcements.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types


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

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Ensure that your videocard driver's application settings are set to default[5]
  1. For AMD cards, open up Catalyst Control Center and ensure System Settings under Gaming are set to "Use application settings".
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]

Change renderer settings file
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]

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
Install a program to lock the mouse cursor inside the window
  1. Download Borderless Gaming

Mouse input delay[edit]

Disable multi-threading[6]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\context.xml
  2. Find multithreaded="true"
  3. Replace with multithreaded="false"
Change flip queue size to 0 or 1[7]
AMD users should try RadeonPro
Nvidia users can look in the "Manage 3D Settings" section of the graphic card control panel

Play on Intel HD3000 & HD4000[edit]

Custom .dll light-wrapper[8]
  1. Download Nvidia d3d9 perf fix
  2. Extract d3d9.dll into <path-to-game>

Double mouse cursor after Alt+Tab[edit]

Needs verification; option not present on Windows Vista.
Disable allowing themes to change mouse pointers[9]
  1. Go to Control Panel, Mouse, Pointers tab
  2. Uncheck "Allow themes to change mouse properties".
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


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Enabling HBAO+ for NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Use the Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000004 with Quality or High Quality.
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. 1.0 1.1 PAYDAY 2 on Steam
  2. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  3. Surround sound no longer works? :: PAYDAY 2 Bug Reporting
  4. 5.1 surround :: PAYDAY 2 General Discussions
  6. Master List of PAYDAY 2 Fixes - Steam Community Discussions
  7. Mouse Lag - Steam Community Discussions
  8. Intel HD graphics card and PAYDAY 2 - Steam Community Discussions
  9. Alt+Tab = double cursor - Steam Users' Forums