ARK: Survival Evolved

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ARK: Survival Evolved
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Developers
Studio Wildcard
ARK: Aberration Instinct Games[1]
ARK: Aberration Efecto Studios[1]
ARK: Aberration Virtual Basement[1]
ARK: Aberration Abstraction Games[1]
Publishers
Studio Wildcard
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows August 29, 2017[2]
macOS (OS X) August 29, 2017[2]
Linux August 29, 2017[2]
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General information

PC Report: ARK: Survival Evolved
Steam Community Discussions
Official wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Amazon.com
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Play Anywhere
Windows
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Center - ARK Expansion Map Free.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Primitive+ ARK Total Conversion Free.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
ARK: Scorched Earth - Expansion Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ragnarok - ARK Expansion Map Free.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ShooterGame\Saved\SavedArksLocal\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Linux <path-to-game>/ShooterGame/Saved/Config/LinuxNoEditor
In single-player mode, Ark will perform an automatic save if it detects an attempt to shut down the application (such as by Alt+F4, or via the task manager or Windows taskbar), in order to prevent players from "dashboarding out" in an attempt to avoid a sudden unfavorable situation in-game.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See Field of view (FOV).
Ultra-widescreen
See Field of view (FOV).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-110°.[3] For higher values see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low, Medium, High and Epic
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Open the console and type in t.maxfps # to cap the frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Fully added in v272.3[4]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOV multiplier[5][6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>/Engine/Config/
  2. Open BaseEngine.ini.
  3. Change AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainXFOV to AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainYFOV
  4. Test the change in-game.
  5. For higher values, edit <path-to-game>\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\GameUserSettings.ini
  6. Adjust the FOVMultiplier= value.

Notes

This value multiplies the effects of the in-game FOV setting. Experiment with the two to get the FOV you want.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Delete and End do not function properly when bound to commands. The Numpad keys are permanently bound to hotkeying Taming Groups, although they can also be bound to other commands as well.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official Steam Controller bindings only.
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Xbox One version only.[7]
LAN play
Co-op, Versus
You need a better hardware to host a non-dedicated session
Online play
Co-op, Versus

Connection types

VR support[edit]

Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Patch ShooterGame.exe with Revive Compatibility Layer.[9]
Oculus Rift
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
Patch ShooterGame.exe with Revive Compatibility Layer.[9]
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller Full support See Input settings for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
Play area Native Notes
Seated

Issues fixed[edit]

Tweaks to raise the frame rate[edit]

The following tweaks can help improve the game's infamously poor performance even on high-end systems.
Frame rate tweaks[10]
  1. Adding the following command line arguments to the game's launch options.
    • -high -useallavailablecores - These commands maximize Ark's CPU usage. They can increase FPS by as much as 30% with no loss of visual quality.
    • -sm4 -dx10 - These commands force the use of Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10 instead of Shader Model 5.0 and DirectX 11. It has a dramatic effect on performance, i.e. raising FPS from ~40 to ~100, but also lowers the game's visual quality by a noticeable degree.
    • -lowmemory - This setting forces Ark to run in low memory mode, using only 4gb of RAM. This can improve performance in systems with less than 16gb of RAM.
  2. In the in-game menu, the setting that seems to have the greatest effect on performance is shadows. Reducing shadows from Epic to Low can increase frame rate by more than 50%.
The -useallavailablecores command is unnecessary in Windows 10 and may in fact cause extremely poor performance due to the different way in which it handles CPU core management compared to Windows 7.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Stuck in Server Browser After Selecting "My Survivors" Filter[edit]

Change the server filter type in the config files[11]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>\ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor and open GameUserSettings.cfg
  2. Look for the line LastServerSearchType and change the value to 1
  3. Launch the game and the filter should be set on Unofficial servers

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 11 Direct3D 12 coming when UE4 support is stable.[12]
Shader Model support 4, 5 Shader Model 4 support requires launching the game with the -sm4 command line argument.
64-bit executable

Console commands[edit]

Console commands are available.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1 8
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual-core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) 1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.9
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) 1 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3 compatible
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz 64-bit
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) 1 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3 compatible

References