Observation

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Observation
Observation cover
Developers
No Code
Publishers
Devolver Digital
Engines
Unity 2017
Release dates
Windows May 21, 2019
Observation at Wikipedia

General information

Official website
Official support page - for all games from the developer
Publisher Discord server - includes a dedicated Observation channel

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher client (see notes)
DRM-free when launched from the executable.[1]
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\No Code Studio\Observation
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/906100/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\No Code Studio\Observation\SaveGames\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/906100/pfx/[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Intentionally letterboxed at every aspect ratio.
Multi-monitor
Hor+, and Vert- by letterboxing; mouse pointer confined to 16:9, forcing to use other input devices to navigate the main menu.[2]
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+, and Vert- through letterboxing; mouse pointer confined to 16:9.[2]
4K Ultra HD
[3]
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Borderless fullscreen by default. To make it exclusive, see Exclusive fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Part of every graphics preset from Simple and up, with no separate option.[4]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA, TAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Limited to 60 FPS unless Vsync is enabled.[5]
Color blind mode

Exclusive fullscreen[edit]

Use the -window-mode exclusive command line argument[6]

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Custom key bindings aren't reflected in the prompts. Some keys aren't remappable.[Note 2]
Mouse acceleration
Sphere look appears to be affected by negative mouse acceleration.[7]
Mouse sensitivity
Look Sensitivity is for the spheres.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Applies to mouse control of the spheres, and to keyboard camera movement.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
[8]
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
[8]
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.[8]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Most of the environmental sounds aren't captioned.
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Manual language selection was added in update 1.06.[9]
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Brazilian Portuguese

Issues unresolved[edit]

Controls hints cut off at wider resolutions[edit]

Temporarily setting the game resolution to one with less width will allow to see the hints.[10]

Issues fixed[edit]

Controls settings arrow isn't functional[edit]

Instead of clicking with the mouse, press the arrow button on the keyboard or the controller to access the Camera Control bindings.[11]

Pressing X at prompt doesn't work[edit]

The game will display a button prompt with an X on it. ← Backspace is the actual button to press.[12]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3240 3.4 GHz
AMD FX-4300 3.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce GT 640
Radeon HD 7750
A 64-bit operating system is required.

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>/906100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (906100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. For instance, ← Backspace is not listed among the Controls but used to back out of objects inspection; some of the functionality of Space is remappable but even when fully remapped, the game will require its use to close the SamOS interface.

References

  1. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    Closed the launcher, removed its folders and launched the game without issues.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    Screenshots taken at 5760x1080, 3840x1080 (both custom), 2560x1080 and 1920x1080, then compared.
  3. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    Used a custom desktop resolution of 3840x2160, got to select it in the menu, and it lowered the FPS.
  4. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    Found this out by extracting the game files.
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    75 FPS on a 75Hz monitor with RivaTuner and Shadowplay FPS counters.
  6. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    Tested by checking whether NVIDIA ShadowPlay would display FPS.
  7. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-24
    In my testing, quickly moving the mouse results in little change on the screen, while moving it slower results in much more distance traveled.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-23
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  9. [1] - last accessed on May 23, 2019
  10. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-23
    At 2560x1080, the SamOS hints are partially cut off but visible. At 5760x1080 there are no signs of them.
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    It works, and it seems to be the only way to access the extra keybindings.
  12. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-05-21
    This appeared when inspecting a document. A No Code developer said this on Discord: "It's an X inside the backwards arrow - that's what backspace looks like on most keyboards"