Contrast

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Contrast
Contrast cover
Developers
Compulsion Games
Publishers
Focus Home Interactive
Engines
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2013
Contrast at Wikipedia

General information

Official site
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.com
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Collector's edition Includes Original Soundtrack and the Programme (Artwork, Dev. Diary).
No option to buy separately.[1]
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use launch parameter[citation needed]
  • Add Menu_CabaretWithoutLogo to the game's launch parameter. Note that there is no dash (-) before the first word.

Notes

For information how to use launch parameters, see Command line arguments.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Contrast\ContrastGame\Config\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224460/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\binaries\win32\contrastsave*
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224460/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
The game uses graphic presets (low, medium, high) and doesn't offer advanced settings.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use Flawless Widescreen[citation needed]
Set hotkeys in ContrastInput.ini[2]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Contrast\ContrastGame\Config\ContrastInput.ini
  2. Go to [Engine.PlayerInput] and add the following lines with the FOV you want:
    • Bindings=(Name="L", Command="FOV 150")
    • Bindings=(Name="K", Command="FOV 90")
  3. Save your changes. Start the game and press K to use the new FOV.

Notes

Press L to lower FOV for cutscenes and puzzles that don't display correctly with high FOV values.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Set borderless windowed[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Open the Display menu and select "Windowed Mode" and "Force Override".
  4. Expand "Window Management" and "Style and Position".
  5. Enable "Borderless" and "Fullscreen (Borderless Upscale)".
  6. Restart game to apply the changes.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Set AF manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ContrastEngine.ini.
  3. Change MaxAnisotropy=4 to MaxAnisotropy=16.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Force SGSSAA[3]
  1. Download and open NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Open the Contrast profile.
  3. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x080000C1.
  4. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  5. Set Antialiasing Setting to 4x Multisampling or your desired level of MSAA.
  6. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or your desired level of SGSSAA.
  7. Apply changes and close the program.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable Vsync[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ContrastEngine.ini.
  3. Change UseVsync=True to UseVsync=False.

High frame rate[edit]

Change frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ContrastEngine.ini.
  3. Search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE or raise MaxSmoothedFrameRate value.
  4. Save file.
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.

Input settings[edit]

Mouse settings.
Mouse settings.
Controls screen.
Controls screen.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Modify ContrastInput.ini.
Mouse acceleration
See Mouse smoothing. A mix of no acceleration and negative acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Right click to go back
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Native support for Xbox 360 controller
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Modify ContrastInput.ini.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse smoothing[edit]

Modify ContrastInput.ini[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Contrast\ContrastGame\Config\ContrastInput.ini
  2. Go to bEnableMouseSmoothing under the section [Engine.PlayerInput] and change the value to false
  3. Save your changes and start the game.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM, SFX, Dialogue
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

It's not possible to change language and subtitles separately.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Fan translation.
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Contrast.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista SP1, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) AMD / Intel 2.3 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon X2600 XT
Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX
512 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/224460/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (224460) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References