Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel cover
2K Australia
Gearbox Software
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Linux Aspyr Media
2K Games
OS X, Linux Aspyr Media
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows October 14, 2014
macOS (OS X) October 14, 2014
Linux October 14, 2014
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel guide at StrategyWiki
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel at Wikipedia
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General information

Official website
PC Report (Linux)
Borderlands Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Official website


All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

A list of all redeemable SHiFT code is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument[citation needed]
This causes a bug where a cutscene doesn't play early on in the story line (Lost Legion Invasion) and the player is stuck in a container, unable to continue.

Disable the launcher[edit]

Use the -NoLauncher command line argument[1]

Disable controller support[edit]

Use the -NoController command line argument[1]

Turn Off Texture Streaming[edit]

Edit Configuration File[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location
  2. Open WillowEngine.ini.
  3. change these lines:
  4. [Engine.Engine]
  5. Save as Read-Only.

Game data[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands The Pre-Sequel\WillowGame\Config\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Borderlands The Pre-Sequel/WillowGame/Config/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/aspyr-media/borderlands the pre-sequel/willowgame/config/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands The Pre-Sequel\WillowGame\SaveData\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Borderlands The Pre-Sequel/WillowGame/SaveData/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/aspyr-media/borderlands the pre-sequel/willowgame/savedata/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available.
Save games are cross-platform when saved by the same version, but require a manual transfer between systems.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
70-110°, in 2° increments.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA with on/off toggle only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Optional frame rate cap or smoothing.
Color blind mode

HBAO+ (Nvidia GPUs only)[edit]

Force HBAO+[2]
  1. Disable the in-game SSAO.
  2. Download and open NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  3. Under Profiles select Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the compatibility code 0x0000002F.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select Performance,Quality or High Quality.
  6. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  7. On the top right hand corner click on Apply changes.
  8. You now have HBAO+ enabled.


This setting can have a heavy impact on frame rate depending on your specs, if you get unplayable frame rates with High Quality try lowering this value progressively.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Controller settings.
Controller settings.

Change controller prompts[edit]

Edit configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open WillowGame.ini.
  3. Find the following line and set it to 1 for an Xbox controller or 2 for a DualShock controller.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
music, sound, and dialog
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
Use SplitScreen PC Tool.
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27014-27050
UDP 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27031, 27036
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]


Fix blocky text[edit]

Disable Steam overlay[4]
Some Linux distributions and GPUs may see blocky, unreadable, or corrupted-looking text on the in-game fonts. This can be fixed by disabling the Steam overlay.

SHiFT login issue[edit]

This happens due to the fact the game uses /usr/lib/ssl path to store the certificates in Ubuntu-based distros. Some other distros however uses /etc/ssl/ path instead.
Change the direction to store certificates[citation needed]

Add this command to the Launch Options... SSL_CERT_DIR=/etc/ssl/certs

Segmentation Fault Error[edit]

There are multiple methods of fixing this issue.
Run the game with -nomoviestartup or in Steam Native mode
Compile 32-bit GlibC with -mstackrealign on

1. Download the source code of glibc and run this command in terminal [1]

$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME/glibc/build \
     --host=i686-linux-gnu \
     --build=i686-linux-gnu \
     CC="gcc -m32" CXX="g++ -m32" \
     CFLAGS="-O2 -march=i686 -mstackrealign" \
     CXXFLAGS="-O2 -march=i686 -mstackrealign"

2. Copy the symlinked and into the installation folder

Remove the libraries included with Steam[citation needed]

Run these commands in Terminal:

$ find ~/.steam/root/ \( -name "*" -o -name "*" -o -name "*" -o -name "*" \) -print -delete

$ find ~/.local/share/Steam/ \( -name "*" -o -name "*" -o -name "*" -o -name "*" \) -print -delete

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 3.3 OS X and Linux only.
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink
Multiplayer Steamworks

Enable the console[edit]

Edit configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open WillowInput.ini.
  3. Find the following section and add these values.


Open the console with Ctrl+~ or Ctrl+\.

Disable PhysX[edit]

Configuration File Editing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit WillowGame.ini.
  3. At the end add bPhysXEnabled=False
  4. Edit WillowEngine.ini.
  5. under the [Engine.Engine] section add bDisablePhysXHardwareSupport=True
  6. Right Click on WillowGame.ini and select the Read Only checkbox located at the bottom then push OK.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8500
ATI Radeon HD 2600
DirectX 9 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX Compliant
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 2600
Intel HD Graphics 4000
256 MB of VRAM
This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
1 GB of VRAM
ATI/AMD and Intel video cards are officially unsupported on Linux.