Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order cover
Bethesda Softworks
id Tech 5
Release dates
Windows May 20, 2014
Wolfenstein: The New Order at Wikipedia
Castle Wolfenstein 1981
Beyond Castle Wolfenstein 1984
Wolfenstein 3D 1992
Spear of Destiny 1992
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2003
Wolfenstein 2009
Wolfenstein: The New Order 2014
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood 2015
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 2017

Key points

Use id5 Tweaker to change advanced settings and optimize performance.

General information

PC Report
Official Wolfenstein series site
Wolfenstein Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Wolfenstein game made.
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions (German Edition)


All versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The German Edition (aka LV Release) only includes the German language and has content differences (e.g. no swastikas).
The Panzerhund Edition does not include the game or any in-game extras.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Restore cache files[edit]

The texture cache folder is not made by the game so the cache is regenerated for each session.
This can fix stuttering in the game.
Make texture cache folder[2]
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA% and make a folder named MachineGames
  2. Go into that folder and make a folder named Wolfenstein The New Order
  3. The game will now correctly store the texture cache between sessions.


The game creates two files there, one of which is 1 GB in size. This file is not deleted after ending or uninstalling the game and has to be deleted manually.
Normal Windows shortcuts do not work to relocate the MachineGames folder or the Wolfenstein The New Order folder to another drive.
If your Windows OS supports it, an NTFS junction point (mklink /J <link> <target>) will allow redirecting the folder to a different location.
Setting command line option +fs_cachepath "E:\your_cache_path_here" should also work to redirect the cache folder.
Command cannot be inserted in console during running of the game. It has to be inserted as parameter for WolfNewOrder_x64.exe (shortcut - in "target", field, C:\[location]Wolfenstein.The.New.Order\WolfNewOrder_x64.exe +fs_cachepath "C:\[your created folder]") and (or) set in the Steam properties of the game->Set launch options.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use +com_skipIntroVideo 1 command line argument[citation needed]
Rename the video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\bink\.
  2. Rename loadvideo_pc_xboxone.bik and menu_credits.bik.

Enable the console[edit]

Use +com_allowConsole 1 command line argument[citation needed]
Open the console with Ctrl+Alt+~ / Ctrl+Alt++.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\MachineGames\Wolfenstein The New Order\base\wolfConfig.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\MachineGames\Wolfenstein The New Order\base\savegame\

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 WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen.[3]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
From 80° to 100° horizontal. 4:3 base. See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Listed as Fullscreen Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Add +vt_maxaniso "4" in the launch options. Values higher than 4 have no effect.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Add +r_multisamples "16" in the launch options to enable 16x MSAA. This will reduce jaggies on some geometry edges, but has no effect on the majority of edges in the game.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
Cutscenes are capped at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. See High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

id5 Tweaker increases the upper limit of the FOV to 200 and allows changing the FOV of the hands and weapons.
Adjust FOV values[4]
  1. Install id5 Tweaker.
  2. Edit id5Tweaker.ini.
  3. Find ;g_fov 100 and ;hands_fovscale 1.0.
  4. Remove the semicolons and set the desired values.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

The in-game Vsync option may not work correctly if used in conjunction with G-sync, and/or if using the unofficial high frame rate mod.
Alternative Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to the Video Options menu, then set Vsync to Off.
  2. Open the console, and enter r_swapInterval 1


Slightly less intensive than the default Vsync setting.
Might cause the audio to desync during cutscenes.

High frame rate[edit]

Increase FPS cap[4]
  1. Install id5 Tweaker.
  2. Edit id5Tweaker.ini.
  3. Find ;id5Tweaker_SetFpsLimit 140.
  4. Remove the semicolon and set the desired value.


Increasing the FPS cap may cause some unintended side effects:
  • In chapter two, the two drones that are released from the truck that crashes through the gate get ejected faster than normal and can get stuck in the ground, making them unkillable
  • Uneven frame-pacing on G-Sync and FreeSync enabled displays
  • Keyboard and mouse input may stop working after some cutscenes
  • The 'maxed out' ammo indicator may flash continuously
  • Possible physics bugs when killing some enemies
  • Possible stuttering during pre-rendered cutscenes
  • Sped up drones


Disable only depth of field[4]
  1. Install id5 Tweaker.
  2. Edit id5Tweaker.ini.
  3. Find ;r_postprocessdofmode -1 and remove the semicolon.
Disable all post process effects[4]
  1. Install id5 Tweaker.
  2. Edit id5Tweaker.ini.
  3. Find ;r_skippostprocess 1 and remove the semicolon.

Input settings[edit]

Some useful console commands would be listBinds, unbind in order to force certain keys to be unbound and unbindAll
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Certain keys such as the E and J keys cannot be completely rebound without editing via console/config files
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can be changed by editing .cfg.[citation needed]
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

Binding keys through the console[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Open the console with Ctrl+~ or Ctrl+\ or Ctrl+^.
  2. Use bind "key" "_action" in order to bind your keys.


Use listBinds in order to view a list of actions every key is set to.

Binding keys by editing configuration files[edit]

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit wolfConfig.cfg.
  3. Search/replace "hidden duplicate" bindings such as "_use"


This is useful for altering WSAD => EDSF layouts, as the action to exit the submarine (in the appropriate level) is bound to the "_use" action.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master volume slider only.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0.
None, foreign languages only, or always on.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
German Edition only.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use 3D Surround Gaming fix.
TriDef 3D
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

Vertical sync disables itself intermittently[edit]

Force Vsync and triple buffering[4]
  1. Disable in-game vertical sync.
  2. Force vertical sync and triple buffering externally. See Force Vsync for instructions.


Triple buffering is important for avoiding large fluctuations in frame rate.

"Wolfenstein is not responding" crash[edit]

The game may crash soon after starting when using outdated graphics card drivers.
Install recommended graphics card drivers[6][7]
  1. Update your graphics card drivers:
  2. Start the game again.

Low frame rate[edit]

Run the game as an administrator. See Privilege Level[citation needed]
Disable the in-game Vsync and force it through the Nvidia Control Panel[citation needed]
Disable the Screen Space Reflections and lower the Shadow Resolution value[citation needed]

Endless loading screen[edit]

Verify the cache integrity on Steam[citation needed]
  1. Right click on Wolfenstein: The New Order and select Properties
  2. Go to Local Files and select Verify integrity of game cache.

Game crashes to desktop on random intervals on AMD graphics cards[edit]

There is an issue where Catalyst AI causes the crashes. In older drivers this could be turned off in the software, but now it must be done manually.
Disable Catalyst AI[8]
  2. Back up Profiles.xml.
  3. Open Profiles.xml using an xml reader (Notepad or Notepad++ works for this).
  4. Search for the Catalyst AI entries and change the value to Disable. There are two entries in the file.
  5. Save Profiles.XML and restart your PC.


If the game continues to crash, don't forget to exit out Raptr and AMD Gaming Evolved.

Displayed game exceeds range of visibility on the screen[edit]

Disable DPI scalling in Windows[9]
  1. Go to display settings (RMB on desktop)
  2. In field "Change the size of text, apps and other items" set parameter to 100%
  3. Now game works properly in all resolution, including the highest ones.

Game runs slow in multithreaded mode[edit]

Change amount of threads in game renderer
  1. Use ~ (or Ctrl+~) in game to bring up the console
  2. Type jobs_numthreads 1 into the console window and press Enter for the setting to take effect
  3. Game should run better on some multi-core cpus

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.2
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

Disable camera sway[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Open the console.
  2. Enter cvaradd pm_nobob 1, to reset use -1


Aiming and crouching will be almost instant, feeling considerably odd.
Using the scope on the AR Marksman Rifle will no longer be possible.

System requirements[edit]

Requires a 64-bit system.
Operating system (OS) 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7
AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 6850