Nier: Automata

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NieR: Automata
NieR: Automata cover
Developers
Platinum Games
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Platinum Engine
Release dates
Windows March 17, 2017

Key points

Controller is recommended over keyboard and mouse.[1]
Fullscreen mode is stretched from a lower resolution (unless fixed by using FAR).[2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Unofficial Tweak Guide

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation For some regions the Steam key is obtained in Redeem.exe which checks CD key and DVD authenticity.[3][4]
Publisher website EU
Amazon.com
Gamesplanet
Green Man Gaming
Steam
All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[5]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Cardboard Pod Skin Part of the Day One Edition.
Grimoire Weiss Pod Part of the Day One Edition.
Machine Mask Accessory Part of the Day One Edition.
Retro Grey Pod Skin Part of the Day One Edition.
Retro Red Pod Skin Part of the Day One Edition.
Valve Character Accessory Granted to early purchasers. This promotion ended 16:00 GMT 24th March 2017.[6]
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Version differences[edit]

NieR: Automata Day One Edition[edit]

A timed limited edition that included additional bonus digital content (cosmetics only). This promotion ended 16:00 GMT 12th May 2017.

Essential improvements[edit]

FAR[edit]

Adds performance and visual enhancements (e.g. fixed bloom scaling), and other PC-specific features
Other third-party injection/overlay tools might interfere with this mod.[7]
Changelog
Source code
Source code (Special K)
Adjust ambient occlusion resolution[8]
  1. Install the latest version of FAR (automated installer).
  2. While running the game, press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to bring up the FAR control panel.
  3. Expand the NieR: Automata section and the subsection called Post-Processing
  4. Enable Native AO Res..
  5. Restart the game to allow the changes to take effect.

Notes

Performance cost is negligible.
If the resolution of the game is changed click on Native AO Res. again to update FAR's values to reflect the new resolution. Then restart the game to allow the changes to take effect.
Introduces artifacts if the native aspect ratio is not 16:9. Must specify resolution in FAR.ini.
Adjust bloom resolution[9]
  1. Install the latest version of FAR (automated installer).
  2. While running the game, press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to bring up the FAR control panel.
  3. Expand the NieR: Automata section and the subsection called Post-Processing
  4. Enable Native Blom Res..
  5. Restart the game to allow the changes to take effect.

Notes

Performance cost is negligible.
If the resolution of the game is changed click on Native Blom Res. again to update FAR's values to reflect the new resolution. Then restart the game to allow the changes to take effect.
It is possible to force a custom bloom resolution by modifying the BloomWidth parameter in FAR.ini, however it requires a value that is the display width divided by some power of two (e.g. 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8).[10] Setting a custom bloom resolution above the resolution of the game will result in a diminished effect.[11]
Adjust global illumination[12][13]
  1. Install the latest version of FAR (automated installer).
  2. While running the game, press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to bring up the FAR control panel.
  3. Expand the NieR: Automata section and the subsection called Lighting.
  4. Adjust the Global Illumination Quality option to your liking.
  5. Close the control panel to allow the changes to take effect.

Notes

The values Medium and High both results in performance boosts with negligible visual differences from Ultra (default).
Setting Global Illumination Quality to Off significantly affects lighting in some scenes.[14]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[15]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\.
  2. Rename the movie_logo folder to anything else.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\NieR_Automata\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\NieR_Automata\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs settings across PCs as well, including video settings.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Camera settings.
Camera settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use FAR to fix fullscreen scaling.
Multi-monitor
Use FAR to fix fullscreen scaling. HUD and menus are stretched.
Ultra-widescreen
Use FAR to fix fullscreen scaling. HUD and menus are stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Use FAR to fix fullscreen scaling.
Field of view (FOV)
Huge range, implemented via camera distance setting, so it's not a true FOV feature. Default FOV, max FOV, min FOV.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or see Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Off, 2x, 4x, 8x MSAA. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Pre-rendered cutscenes run at 1600x900 and 30 FPS[16] unless interpolated to 60 FPS using Vidsquish.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[17] See High frame rate.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Enable borderless window mode[18]
  1. Download and install FAR using the automated installer (SKIM).
  2. Launch the game.
  3. Configure the in-game options to window mode and the resolution of the monitor.
  4. Press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to bring up the FAR control panel and expand the Window Management section.
  5. Enable Borderless, Fullscreen (Borderless Upscale), and Keep Inside Window.
  6. Restart the game to confirm everything is working as intended.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Ambient Occlusion (AO) also includes a separate post-processing anti-aliasing pass.[19]
Having the AA option enabled in conjunction with AO causes visual issues and the transition effect between LoD levels to be abrupt.[19][20]

High frame rate[edit]

Cutscenes and menus will still be limited to 30 or 60 FPS.
Breaks some parts of the game and can make it impossible to progress without disabling the framerate unlocker.[21]
May cause other physics bugs and/or unexpected behavior.
Unlock the frame rate[22]
  1. Download and install FAR using the automated installer (SKIM).
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open dxgi.ini.
  4. Find and change the parameters RefreshRate and TargetFPS to the desired values.
  5. Launch the game and disable vertical sync through the in-game options.
  6. While running the game, press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to bring up the FAR control panel.
  7. Expand the NieR: Automata section and the subsection called Framerate
  8. Enable Remove 60 FPS Cap to unlock the frame rate.

Notes

Toggle the frame rate cap of the game by pressing Ctrl+ Shift+. in-game.

Input settings[edit]

Controller rebinding.
Controller rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.
Keyboard rebinding.
General settings.
General settings.
Language settings.
Language settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Single key per action. Some actions stacked on same key.
Mouse acceleration
Negative acceleration cannot be turned off.[23]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Creating save file requires keyboard, use Steam Big Picture overlay keyboard as workaround.
Cursor stays on screen, use FAR to fix.
Controller remapping
When selecting layout Custom.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Other
Touchscreen optimised
See Crash on touch-capable systems.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock prompts see DualShock 4 button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

DualShock 4 button prompts[edit]

Instructions[24]
  1. Download and open the following archive.
  2. Extract the archive to the game installation folder.

Notes

Remove the data/ui folder in order to revert back to the standard button prompts.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1, Stereo or Mono.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
English subtitles are transcribed from the English audio. Expect differences if used in conjunction with Japanese audio.
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

White screen crash (both AMD and NVIDIA)[edit]

Occasionally the game causes a driver crash/reset which it can not recover properly from.[25]
Nvidia GTX 780 and 780 Ti cards are the worst affected, with very small chance of being able to play the game at all, even with community fixes.[26]
The game continues playing in the background so if you're in a save zone you can quick save your progress by clicking on Esc+ Enter+ Enter. You should hear a chime sound effect when the game have been saved successfully.
Terminate the game using either Alt+F4 or Alt+Tab followed by terminating it through the Task Manager in Windows.
A correct fix for AMD is to install the graphics drivers 17.5.2, albeit some users might still experience the issue.[27]
Nvidia users can mitigate the issue by setting in-game graphics options to low and disabling various features in Nvidia's Control Panel.[28]

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on touch-capable systems[edit]

Disable touch input in Windows[29]
  1. Open the Task Manager of Windows.
  2. Go to the Services tab.
  3. Locate the service named TabletInputService.
  4. Right-click on it and choose Stop.

Notes

This only stops the service temporarily until the computer is restarted.

Cutscenes stutter[edit]

Use FAR to fix cutscene stuttering[30]

Game does not launch and only idle in the background[edit]

Occasionally the game doesn't fully launch and NieRAutomata.exe remains idle in the background of Windows without any activity.[31]
The cause seems to be due to the DRM of Steam.[32]
Restart the Steam client[32]
  1. Restart the Steam client.
  2. Launch the game again.

Notes

Multiple restarts of the Steam client can sometimes be necessary before the game launches again.

Fullscreen is stretched from a lower resolution[edit]

Use FAR to fix fullscreen scaling[2]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Override the refresh rate[2]
  1. Install the latest version of FAR.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open dxgi.ini.
  4. Find and change the parameter RefreshRate to the refresh rate of your monitor (e.g. "RefreshRate=60").
  5. Save the file.

LOD popping[edit]

Do not enable the in-game Anti-aliasing (AA) option and the Ambient Occlusion (AO) option at the same time (enable either one or the other, but not both)[20]

Mouse cursor is visible when playing with a controller[edit]

Enable mouse auto-hide[33]
  1. Install the latest version of FAR.
  2. While running the game, press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to bring up the FAR control panel.
  3. Expand the Input Management section and the subsection called Mouse Cursor.
  4. Enable Auto-Hide When Not Moved and adjust the Seconds Before Hiding option to your liking.
  5. Close the control panel to allow the changes to take effect.

Save not working any longer[edit]

Use NieR:AutoModSave to fix corrupt saves[34]

Saving does not work[edit]

Configure OneDrive to save documents on This PC only.[35]

SLI not working[edit]

Not officially supported by Platinum Games nor NVIDIA.
This is only required once, unless you perform a clean driver installation in the future.
Does not work in windowed mode (including borderless windowed mode).
Using FAR[18]
  1. Install the latest version of FAR.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open dxgi.ini.
  4. Find the following lines, and set them to these values.
  5. [NVIDIA.SLI]
    CompatibilityBits=0x080002F5
    Mode=Auto
    NumberOfGPUs=Auto
    Override=true
  6. Save and close the file.
  7. Right click on NieRAutomata.exe and click on Run as administrator.
  8. FAR will now create a NVIDIA profile for the game using the configured SLI compatibility bits.
Using NVIDIA Profile Inspector[18]
  1. Install and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Create a profile for NieRAutomata.exe.
  3. Configure SLI compatiblity bits (DX10+DX11) to 0x080002F5.
  4. Click on Apply changes.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Criware/Scaleform/Autodesk Does not include cutscene audio.
Vidsquish can be used to customize the cutscenes in various ways.

Modifications[edit]

NieR:Automata Free Camera[edit]

A simple tool that enables the free camera debug mode.

NieR:AutoModSave[edit]

Enables users to share save files.
Can be used to fix some corrupt save files that doesn't show up in-game any longer.
Source code

Nier-Automata-editor[edit]

Simple save game editor.

Vidsquish (prev. NieRepack)[edit]

Tool used for customization of the pre-rendered cutscenes of the game. Previously known as NieRepack.
Can be used to save space or improve aspect ratio or performance of the cutscenes.

System requirements[edit]

64-bit OS required.
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2100
AMD A8-6500
Intel Core i5-4670
AMD A10-7850K
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
AMD Radeon R9 270X
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
AMD Radeon R9 380X
4 GB of VRAM

References

  1. NieR Automata - Port Report :: TotalBiscuit
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Game in 900pi, or something? :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  3. System weryfikacji produktu - FAQ - Cenega.pl
  4. Reply #1272 :: Denuvo has literally no purpose in NieR anymore, remove it :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-06-08
  5. NieR: Automata EULA
  6. Valve Character Accessory Update :: NieR:Automata™ :: Group Announcements :: Steam Community - last accessed on 2017-06-08
  7. FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: Special K - "Kaldaien's Mod" :: Steam Community Group - last accessed on 2017-05-10
    "RivaTuner Statistics Server, Discord and Razer software are known to interfere with this mod."
  8. Release FixAutomataRes - v 0.5.0 · Kaldaien/FAR - last accessed on 2017-04-17
  9. Release FixAutomataRes - v 0.3.0 · Kaldaien/FAR - last accessed on 2017-03-27
  10. Reply #2714 :: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  11. Reply #2871:: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  12. Release FixAutomataRes - v 0.1.1 · Kaldaien/FAR - last accessed on 2017-03-23
  13. Reply #841 :: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  14. Reply #1976 :: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  15. Verified by User:Aemony on 2017-05-12
  16. Cutscenes capped at 30 fps :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  17. Nier: Automata Interview - "Nothing is more weird than Yoko Taro" - gamescom 2016
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Verified by User:Aemony on 2017-03-28
  19. 19.0 19.1 What's up with Nier: Automata on PC? • Eurogamer.net
  20. 20.0 20.1 Reply 1414 :: Nier: Automata PC performance thread :: NeoGAF - last accessed on 2017-04-01
  21. Bug at the beginning of second playthrough :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-04-03
  22. Release FixAutomataRes - v 0.4.0 · Kaldaien/FAR · GitHub
  23. Reply #6:: How is the keyboard and mouse controls? :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-04-02
  24. Verified by User:Erewego on 2017-03-20
  25. Reply #4116 :: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-04-02
  26. nvidia graphics cards are having freezing/white screen problems :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-06-24
  27. Fix for White screen for AMD users. :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-03-21
  28. Reply #740 :: nvidia graphics cards are having freezing/white screen problems :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-04-02
  29. Nier: Automata PC performance thread :: NeoGAF - last accessed on 2017-04-01
  30. Reply #2483 :: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  31. Reply #4426 :: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-04-04
  32. 32.0 32.1 Reply #4427 :: FAR (Fix Automata Resolution) :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-04-04
  33. Verified by User:Aemony on 2017-04-02
  34. A Tool to Enable Save Files Sharing :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions
  35. Nier Saving does not work :: NieR:Automata™ General Discussions :: Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2017-06-25