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Psychonauts - cover.jpg
Release dates
April 26, 2005
September 29, 2011
May 31, 2012
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Psychonauts at SteamDB
 Psychonauts at Wikipedia

General information

More information Official website
More information Double Fine Action Forums - Psychonauts
More information Community Discussions
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Unofficial wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM details are not known
Developer website DRM-free DRM-free
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Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Psychonauts/
Linux ~/.local/share/Psychonauts/
Information AudioSettings.ini stores audio settings.
Information DisplaySettings.ini stores video settings.
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Psychonauts/Profiles/
Linux ~/.local/share/Psychonauts/Profiles/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg Wide resolutions result in a stretched 4:3 menu and HUD, but the game itself is displayed 16:9.
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Possible using Borderless Windowed utility.[1]
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Causes shimmering and seams on some objects.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Information Menu option exists, but can also be changed in the DisplaySettings.ini file.

Fix Edit resolution in DisplaySettings.ini[3]Link

  1. Open DisplaySettings.ini in the installation folder using Notepad.
  2. Edit to desired resolutiion:

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game camera settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Unknown
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native See Controller support.
Full controller support Impossible Does not work in options menu.
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Controller support[edit]

Information An Xbox 360 Controller is recommended. On all OS X and Linux versions of the game, as well as up-to-date Windows versions, the Xbox 360 Controller works out of the box.
Information (Windows only) Mouse camera control is disabled if a gamepad is plugged in.

Keyboard tooltips[edit]

Information Instructional tooltips remain as if using a keyboard and mouse when using the controller.

Fix Modify tooltips for Xbox 360 padLink

Information Only works on Windows.

PsychoPad Patch can be used to add Xbox 360 controller button images, menus and tooltips to game. Requires v1.05 patch or Steam version. Make sure you scan the whole post for the latest version of the patch - v1.1 as of 7/25/2013.

Alternative: use a modified ini file as explained here.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible Game pauses on focus lost.
EAX support Hackable Change UseEAX to true in AudioSettings.ini.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown

Issues unresolved[edit]

Smart Camera option does not work[edit]

The smart (automatic) camera stays on, even if you disable it in the game options or through the game's configuration files.[4]

Linux version differences[edit]

Information Mouse movement in this game feels entirely different from Windows (no zigzags, smoother.)

Issues fixed[edit]

Corrupt Game Profile[edit]

If, when you open Psychonauts, you are presented with the following error message:

Error (null), line -1
Crash: 0xc0000005
If you have VS.NET installed, you can try to attach the debugger
Otherwise, click OK 

then you may have a corrupted/damaged game profile.

To fix the error message and allow the game to load:

  1. Remove or Cut-Paste away the profile in question (most probably the one used most recently) under "Psychonauts\Profiles\Profile #"
  2. Start the game and create a new profile.
  3. Play!

To possibly recover a saved game:

  1. In step 2 above, ensure that you have created a profile that has exactly the same name as the one from which you want to recover saves. I do not know if this is necessary, but it follows my method.
  2. Copy/Paste all savegames from the lost profile to this new profile. HOPE that the game can read some of the data. If you still don't see savegames, or the test profile shows as damaged, systematically start with SavedGame0 and work through isolating each one to see if you can get data from any one of them while in the game. (IE: use only SavedGame0 from the old profile in the new profile, then ONLY SavedGame1, then ONLY SavedGame2, etc., then combinations, to recover as much data as possible).
  3. Play. I got my autosave back and my first save (I had several saves after it, but it seems they are gone). I hope you have at least that much success!
  4. Reconfigure yourself (or copy the .ini, but this is not tested).

Changing Swing Direction[edit]

When swinging from a bar the 'F' key is used to change swing direction (Y on the controller).

Thermometer Bar in Wrong Location[edit]

When using widescreen resolutions, occasionally the 'thermometer' bar for pyrokinesis will be displayed at the outer-edge of the screen rather than near the targeted object/creature. There are no known fixes to this bug.

Graphics Error Preventing Startup[edit]

Error: "The game was unable to find a 32bpp display mode supported by your system in which to run. Your video card and monitor must minimally support 640x480x32bpp."

Solution: Create a file called "DisplaySettings.ini" in the installation folder. Insert the following into said file:


ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight are your desired resolution.

Crashes on Cut-scene[edit]

Activate compatibility mode for Windows 95. On Steam, this can be done by right clicking the game in your library, going to properties then "browse local files" and checking the properties of Psychoanuts.exe. In Windows 8.1, Windows 7 compatibility mode stopped the game black screening for me every time I tried to start the game up.


v1.05 (by Voodooman on October 2, 2011) Update for non-Steam version. Adds XInput support.[5]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz Pentium III or AMD Athlon 2.0 GHz Pentium III or AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce 3
Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
GeForce 5600
Radeon 9600
128 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo Intel Core i Series
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI X1600
Intel HD3000
128 MB of VRAM
ATI HD 3870
Nvidia 8800GT
512 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM


  1. Tested by Andytizer.
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  4. Smart Camera option doesn't work? :: Psychonauts General Discussions
  5. Psychonauts patch 1.05 retail gog and other dd [officially unofficial release], page 1 - Forum -