PlanetSide 2

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PlanetSide 2
PlanetSide 2 cover
Sony Online Entertainment
Forgelight Engine
Release dates
Windows November 20, 2012
PlanetSide 2003
PlanetSide 2 2012

Key points

Offers a strong level of graphical customisation.
Regularly updated and to be officially supported until 2025.[1]
Players are reporting extremely poor CPU optimization.[2][3][4] A response by the development team acknowledges these claims.[5] The developers temporarily stopped working on content and focused entirely on optimization. The first patch of 3 to improve optimization was released recently.[6] Reports from players vary from very little improvement up to an increase of 50%.

General information

Official website
Official forum
PlanetSide 2 Wiki - a good place to get gameplay-related information.
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Steam Steam version does not work with ProSieben Sat.1 accounts; migrate at PlanetSide 2 EU.
All versions require a Daybreak Account.
ProSiebenSat.1 accounts are no longer supported as of September 29, 2014.[7]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>/UserOptions.ini and InputProfile_User.xml

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
FoV comparison - 74 (top) against 100.
FoV comparison - 74 (top) against 100.
Top: 4000x900 (limited at 110 hFoV without PS2FOV), Middle 4000x900 (automatically set correctly at 135 hFOV with PS2FOV), Bottom 1444x900 (automatically set correctly at 80 hFOV for comparison) Game is set to 59 vertical FoV
Top: 4000x900 (limited at 110 hFoV without PS2FOV), Middle 4000x900 (automatically set correctly at 135 hFOV with PS2FOV), Bottom 1444x900 (automatically set correctly at 80 hFOV for comparison) Game is set to 59 vertical FoV
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Position affects gameplay. Uses default monitor as defined by Windows.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set with Display Mode in Settings, Graphics.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Cannot be disabled.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be disabled.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Color blind mode
Allows for "Empire Coloring" and "Squad Coloring" to more easily distinguish between each team. Some elements of the game may still cause trouble for color blind users.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Options menu features an FoV slider with values of 55 up to 74.
The adjustable Field of view (FOV) setting in this game is vertical FoV (like in Battlefield: Bad Company 2) rather than horizontal FoV like in most other games.
Vertical field of view calculator
FoV can be tweaked to values higher than in-game maximum or lower than the in-game minimum.
Tweaking field of view
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open UserOptions.ini.
  3. Set VerticalFOV= to the value you want.
Horizontal FoV is fixed at 80 inside vehicles and limited to 110 when on foot. This presents a significant problem for multi-monitor setups, even with a low vertical FoV set in the game.
This can be remedied with a tool called PS2FOV.
Fix for limited horizontal Field of View
  1. Download PS2FOV from
  2. Run it at the same time as Planetside 2
  3. Horizontal FOV will be unlocked and adjusted automatically for any resolution/FoV and you can manually set your required Horizontal FoV for vehicles between 80° and 150°.

Note that this tool may get your account banned

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate options for "vertical look" and "vertical fly"
Controller support
Users with the Logitech 3D Pro POV pad may have issues, see Logitech 3D Pro POV pad for more information.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Controller support[edit]

Logitech 3D Pro POV pad[edit]

If you only use the ingame key bindings, the pad will just stop working after a few seconds. In order to use the POV pad of the joystick for the cockpit view, follow these steps[8]

Use the Logitech profiler


In the Logitech profiler:
  1. Setup a new profile for PlanetSide 2 (use the LaunchPad.exe - not PlanetSide2.exe)
  2. Under Options -> Global Profiler Settings, select "Apply persistent profile" and choose your Planetside2 profile in the combo box
  3. For your POV pad, create a new assignment (click POV in the overview, then "Select Assignment" -> "New POV Assignment")
  4. Use the Edit button to record 4 different keystrokes (in my case I created 4 keystroke assignments for the 4 arrow keys)
  5. Assign those keystrokes to the POV pad directions "N", "W", "E" and "S"
  6. Check "FPS Style Movement" (otherwise you can only look into one direction instead of smooth movements)
  7. Make sure your new POV assignment is selected
  8. Run PlanetSide 2
  9. Set up the cockpit view keys in Planetside 2 to the recorded keystrokes
Input options only configurable after entering a server.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Settings for music, sfx, dialog and voip.
Surround sound
Automatically shown in the tutorial, not shown for ingame callouts.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

All ground and units disappear[edit]

Often during morning and midday, all foreground objects disappear. This includes the units, world and building. Icons remain and the map etc. stays available. This bug fixes itself after about 30 seconds.

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot install game (Steam)[edit]

Fixing error: "An Error occured while installing Planetside 2 (No Subscription)"
  1. Exit Steam (right click tray icon > Exit).
    1. Wait for Steam to fully close any open windows and dialogues.
  2. Start Steam.
  3. Install PlanetSide 2 from its Steam page.

Planetside2.exe has stopped working[edit]

Fixing error: "Planetside2.exe has stopped working (Windows 32-bit)"
  1. Open Command Prompt (cmd.exe) as an administrator.
  2. In the console, type "bcdedit /set increaseuserva 3072" and press Enter.
  3. Run Planetside 2 and see if it has worked.
  4. If it doesn't work and you'd like to revert the changes go back to the console and type "bcdedit /deletevalue increaseuserva" and press Enter.
Fixing error: PlanetSide2.exe has stopped working (Windows 8)

Install the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes, then restart the PlanetSide 2 Launcher. If you still get the same error, do the following:

  1. Go to %WINDIR%\WinSxS
  2. Search for dinput8.dll
  3. Copy the file you find (do not move it)
  4. Right-Click on the PlanetSide 2 Icon on your Desktop
  5. Select Open File Location
  6. Paste the copy of dinput8.dll into the PlanetSide 2 Folder that you just opened
  7. Restart the PlanetSide 2 Launcher
Fixing error: "Planetside2.exe has stopped working" (Steam)
  1. In Steam go to View->Settings
  2. In the IN-GAME tab activate "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
  3. Right-click Planetside 2 and select Properties then ensure "Enable Steam Community In-Game" is checked here too.
  4. Relaunch Planetside 2 from Steam.

Low frame rate[edit]

Fixing Low Frame Rate (FPS)

During the alpha stage, Planetside 2 featured special particle effects powered by PhysX.[9] These effects were removed prior to the official launch, but an option to disable PhysX was not available in the settings menu. The following fix forces PhysX off. This won't solve having a low-end machine, but will improve frame rate by 20% to 40% in most cases.[10]

  1. Close Planetside 2.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Open UserOptions.ini
  4. Add GpuPhysics=0 to the section [Rendering] on a new line
  5. Save + Close
  6. Launch Planetside 2
Fixing Low Frame Rate (FPS) Second method

Theres a way to tweak render limits to even lower sizes than 500. If you play as infantry 300 is still playable and is a lot faster.

  1. Close Planetside 2.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Open UserOptions.ini
  4. Find RenderDistance=500 and change it to RenderDistance=300
  5. Save + Close
  6. Launch Planetside 2
  7. Do not change Render distance ingame options, because that will reset to minimum value of 500.

Game download starts over after ProSiebenSat.1 account migration[edit]

Edit LaunchPad.ini[11]
  1. Migrate your account from ProSiebenSat.1 to a Station Account at PlanetSide 2 EU if you have not already done so.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Open LaunchPad.ini.
  4. Delete the environment=psg line.
  5. Save your changes and close the file.

Other information[edit]


Use of SweetFX is officially listed as a banned client modification.[12]


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 / AMD Phenom II X2 Intel i5 / AMD Phenom II X6 or superior
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / AMD Radeon HD4850 NVIDIA GeForce 660 / AMD HD6870 or superior


  1. Smed's Blog - Planetside 2
  7. SOE/PSG: Important FAQ for upcoming player migration from PSG to SOE! | Official SOE Forums
  11. Prosieben Customers: You will not have to download the new client, you can modify your current client, delete this line in Launchpad.ini once you are a SOE account : Planetside