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Vessel (video game) cover art.jpg
Release dates
March 1, 2012
January 7, 2013
December 10, 2012
Vessel at WineHQ
Vessel at SteamDB
 Vessel at Wikipedia

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys
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Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Windows only

Essential improvements[edit]


Information Patches for the OS X and Linux versions are available here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Vessel\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Vessel/
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Vessel/
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Vessel\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Vessel/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Vessel/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Only editable in the VesselConfig.ini file, the setting SuperSample. Possible values are 1X, 2X, 4X, 8X and 16X.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS No native support Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[1]

OS X Resolution Settings[edit]

Due to a flaw in SDL video modes, Vessel for OS X requires that the settings be changed outside of Vessel. Edit ~/Library/Application Support/Vessel/VesselConfig.ini for this.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support To change the key bindings, edit VesselKeys.ini.
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Native support To configure your gamepad for Vessel, edit VesselGamepad.ini. Also see below. (OS X/Linux only)
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping Hackable
Controller Y-axis inversion Not applicable

Controller Input[edit]

If you've got a compiler handy, you can use this C file to determine your controller's config values. Note: Requires SDL headers/libs!

The bindings that follow are named after the buttons found on the Xbox 360 controller. Simply bind the values described above to the equivalent 360 controller value.


The full list of known configurations for various controllers (contributed by the community) can be found in the Files section.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls No native support
Surround sound Not applicable
Subtitles Not applicable No speech
Closed captions Not applicable
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Not applicable Not applicable
French Native support Not applicable Not applicable
German Native support Not applicable Not applicable
Italian Native support Not applicable Not applicable
Spanish Native support Not applicable Not applicable

Issues unresolved[edit]

Vessels appear empty[edit]

This bug only appears in the OS X and Linux versions of the game. The vessels are being filled, but the fluid isn't being displayed.

Multi-monitor issues[edit]

The game works without problems in multi-monitor setups, however overviews, for example which reactors have been fixed in factory, will appear severely taller than the screen height.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2400
Nvidia GeForce 7600
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. New 120Hz Games Report