Payday: The Heist

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Payday: The Heist
Payday: The Heist cover
Overkill Software
Sony Online Entertainment
Release dates
Windows October 20, 2011
Payday: The Heist 2011
Payday 2 2013

General information

Official Website
Unofficial PAYDAY Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Wolfpack Buying this DLC also gives you the "Wolf Pack" DLC for Payday 2.
Soundtrack Unlocks additional masks.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with -skip_intro parameter[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY\renderer_settings.xml

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY\saves\<user-id>\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\24240\remote\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Has adjustable sliders for normal (60-100°) and ADS (50-75°) view.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA forced via Nvidia Inspector: Performance(0x004412C1) IQ(0x004032C1)[2]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Character chatter not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Co-op
Requires an internet connection for Steam authentication.[5]
Online play
4 Co-op
Not available in the Mac App Store version.[citation needed]

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 98-99
UDP (outbound) 98-99

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen on start up or random crashes during the game[edit]

Don't run PAYDAY with Teamspeak 3 or Ventrilo - both will likely cause the game to fail to load.
ALIENWARE users make sure you have AlienFX installed.
Update DirectX and PhysX

Not fitting to screen despite running at 1080p[edit]

Sometimes PAYDAY does not fit entirely to the user's screen even though the resolution is set to 1920x1080.
Change renderer settings file[citation needed]
  2. Edit renderer_settings.xml
  3. There are two lines of text. On the bottom line, find where it says resolution= and make sure that's followed by 1920 1080.
  4. Finally, then look for refresh_rate= and make sure that's followed by "60".
  5. The game should be running entirely in full screen now.

PhysX redistributable installation aborts[edit]

Fix everlasting first time setup[citation needed]
  1. Open a command prompt
  2. Run reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Valve\Steam\Apps\24240 /v PhysXNew /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 3400+
Intel Pentium IV 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon X2
Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5.4 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1900
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
ATI Radeon HD 4850
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260


  1. How to skip the intro? - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  2. NVidia Anti-Aliasing Guide (updated)
  3. New 120Hz Games Report
  4. Twitter / OVERKILL_TM: @NewerBark Not at the moment, ...
  5. "lan?" - Steam Community Discussions