Planetary Annihilation

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Planetary Annihilation
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Release dates
September 5, 2014
September 5, 2014
September 5, 2014
Planetary Annihilation at SteamDB
 Planetary Annihilation at Wikipedia
Planetary Annihilation
Planetary Annihilation 2014
Planetary Annihilation: Titans 2015

Key points

Disadvantage Affected by some very large performance issues.
Disadvantage Several known issues with the Linux version.

General information

More information Uber Entertainment Forums
More information Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys
Official website DRM-free login required for download of updates
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg

Offline Gameplay[edit]

Even though the download of the game itself as well as any updates requires usage of the downloader (Uber Launcher), once obtained the game itself can be copied to other computers and played without any DRM-restrictions. For this to work, all game files have to be copied to the new location, no separate install is necessary. The game must however be started directly (through the PA.exe on windows or the on Mac) since the Uber Launcher will not start the game without login.

Once the game has started, single player and multi player modes might be deactivated on some machines. To fully activate go to Options -> Settings and set Local Server to "ON".

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation\WindowSettings.cfg
Linux ~/.local/Uber Entertainment/
Disadvantage Configuration file is encrypted.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud No native support

Video settings[edit]

Graphics options.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support
Multi-monitor Native support
Ultra-widescreen Native support
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native support Enabled by default.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) No native support
60 FPS Unknown
120+ FPS Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion No native support
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music, voice and sound effects.
Surround sound No native support
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native support Added in Build 73737.[1]
Online play Native support

Issues fixed[edit]

Long load time and low FPS[edit]

Information Because of how Planetary Annihilation is a bit more memory intensive than most games it is a good idea to actually close any open programs such as Google Chrome before playing.

Fix Enable threaded optimization[2]

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Under Global Settings select the drop-down box next to Threaded optimisation.
  3. Change this to On and click Apply.


Information This only applies to NVIDIA cards.
Information If you get poor performance with multiple NVIDIA cards, you will need to disable SLI.

Fix Change priority[2]

  1. Open Task Manager and right-click PA.exe.
  2. Select Set Priority: and set it to High.


Information Press Ctrl+U to toggle the UI, if there is a noticeable FPS improvement this may benefit you.

Fix Disable steam community overlay[2]

  1. Right-click on the game within your Steam library and select Properties.
  2. Uncheck Enable Steam Community In-Game and click CLOSE.

Black screen/black planet[edit]

Fix Change settings[3]

  1. From the main menu select Settings.
  2. Under Graphics set anti-aliasing to OFF.
  3. Press F5 to refresh the game screen.


Information If this does not work try setting HDR to OFF aswell. If they are both already disabled, enable and disable them again then refresh by pressing F5. You may need to refresh many times.[4]
Information If nothing helps try to wait a bit, then press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, open Task Manager and then go back to the game window.[4]

Black lines[edit]

Fix Disable anisotropic filtering[5]

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Under Global Settings select the drop-down box next to Anisotropic filtering.
  3. Change this to Application-controlled or Off and click Apply.


Information This only applies to NVIDIA cards.

Game won't start[edit]

Information This issue is most likely due to outdated drivers.

Fix Update drivers[6]

  1. Download and install the latest driver version for your video card.


Information Intel:
Information Nvidia:
Information ATI/AMD:

System requirements[edit]

Information The following specifications are still being determined and are subject to change.
Information 64-bit only.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) Dual Core Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support Dedicated
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Dual Core Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
2 GB
Video card (GPU)
Shader model 3.0 support
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04/13.04, Mint 14/15
Processor (CPU) 64-bit Dual Core or better
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Shader model 3.0 support


  1. Release Build: 73737 with Offline Play - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Planetary Annihilation
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Workarounds for long loading time and low FPS - Steam Community Discussions
  3. How To Improve Frame Rates (All Video Cards) - Uber Entertainment Forums
  4. 4.0 4.1 *** Black screen? Check these workarounds! *** - Steam Community Discussions
  5. Boxes on planets / Graphic Issues - Steam Community Discussions
  6. (Reoccuring Issue) Game Won't Start - Steam Community Discussions