Payday 2

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Payday 2
Payday 2 cover
Overkill Software
Starbreeze Studios
DLC Lion Game Lion
505 Games
Diesel 2.0
Release dates
Windows August 13, 2013
Linux March 21, 2016[1]
Payday: The Heist 2011
Payday 2 2013

Key points

Linux users cannot use in-game voice chat with Windows Players, nor submit community skins to the Payday 2 workshop or utilize the mod_overrides folder.[citation needed]

General information

Port Report
Official website
Unofficial PAYDAY Wiki
Master List of Fixes
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam Ultimate Edition
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
A Merry Payday Christmas Soundtrack Soundtrack. Unlocks additional mask.
Alienware Alpha Mauler Available only for limited time for Alienware Arena users.
Armored Transport
Biker Character Pack
Career Criminal Content Available only as a preorder bonus.
Clover Character Pack
Dragan Character Pack
Gage Russian Weapon Pack
Gage Assault Pack
Gage Chivalry Pack
Gage Historical Pack
Gage Mod Courier
Gage Ninja Pack
Gage Shotgun Pack
Gage Sniper Pack
Gage Spec Ops Pack
Gage Weapon Pack #01
Gage Weapon Pack #02
Hotline Miami 4 masks, 4 materials and 4 patterns are free.
Humble Mask Pack 2 masks. Available only for buyers of Humble E3 Bundle 2014.
Humble Mask Pack 2 2 masks. Available only for limited time via Humble Bundle.
Humble Mask Pack 3
Humble Mask Pack 4
Jacket Character Pack
John Wick Character Pack Free.
John Wick Weapon Pack
John Wick Heists
Old Hoxton Character Pack Free.
Scarface Character Pack
Scarface Heist
Sokol Character Pack
Sydney Character Pack
The Alesso Heist
The Big Bank Heist
The Biker Heist
The Bomb Heist
The Butcher's AK/CAR Mod Pack
The Butcher's BBQ Pack
The Butcher's Western Pack
The Charlie Santa Heist Free.
The COMPLETELY OVERKILL Pack Available for a limited time only.
The Death Wish Update Free.
The Diamond Heist
The Diamond Store Heist Free.
The Election Day Heist Free.
The Goat Simulator Heist
The Golden Grin Casino Heist
The Hoxton Breakout Heist Free.
The Infamy Update Free.
The Jack Mask Pack
The Joker Mask Pack
The King Mask Pack
The Official Soundtrack Soundtrack. Unlocks additional mask.
The OVERKILL B-Sides Soundtrack
The PAYDAYCON 2015 Mask Pack
The Point Break Heists
The Queen Mask Pack
The Shadow Raid Heist Free.
Wolf Pack If you own the Wolf Pack from Payday: The Heist, you receive this DLC for free.
Yakuza Character Pack
Buying DLCs is not required to join missions from DLCs. Only a host has to have the DLC.
Australian players can demonstrate their nationality to claim the already unobtainable Jacket Character Pack
DLC's are no longer sold separately, they are all bundled together in the ultimate edition.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -skip_intro parameter[citation needed]

Improving Graphics[edit]

There are multiple ways to improve the way Payday 2 looks, using GEM is a good place to start, using an injector such as SweetFX will also help. Reshade can also prove useful.


BLT-Hook is essential for having multiple mods in Payday.

  • The Linux equivalent is BLT4Linux and functions in exactly the same way as BLT-Hook, but requires a bit more set-up.

Pocohud is an incredibly popular fan made HUD mod. While not essential, it can dramatically improve your experience.

WolfHUD is cited as a "Compilation HUD" mod, which collects popular standalone HUD Mods together into one package. Because of this, It's extremely configurable, and features can be tuned to personal preferences, or turned off outright. Newer updates also add enemy -> damage Indicators, similar to those in HoxHUD.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY 2\renderer_settings.xml
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Starbreeze/Payday2/renderer_settings.xml
Key bindings are stored inside save files.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\PAYDAY 2\saves\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/218620/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Savegames are cross-compatible with Windows and Linux versions.

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 Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are pillarboxed 16:9.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Hor+ scaling, only up to 85-90°. Use Custom FOV. Reccommend values 1.70(105°), 1.75(110°) or 1.85(120°). Viewmodels become very ugly over 105, though. Can use this mod for more FOV when aiming.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
As of Update 100, FXAA and SMAA are available to choose from.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Cursor speed is tied to framerate
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
XInput is required, but workarounds for other controllers can utilise X360ce (Windows) and XboxDRV (Linux).
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Can be adjusted in-game
Controller Y-axis inversion
Touchscreen optimised
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Chosen at the start screen. Cannot switch between controller and keyboard without restarting.
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
"Music", "SFX", and "Voice Chat" separated.
Surround sound
Stereo output only.[3] Users report surround sound functioned in the past but was possibly broken an update.[4][5]
Certain subtitles omitted, such as bulldozer announcements.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 9899
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed[edit]

Main Menu gets excessively brighter upon launching the game[edit]

Ensure that your videocard driver's application settings are set to default[6]
  1. For AMD cards, open Catalyst Control Center and ensure System Settings under Gaming are set to "Use application settings".
Do not use third-party program SMAA[citation needed]
  1. If you are using a third-party program such as RadeonPro in the case of AMD, ensure that SMAA is set to Off. Also opening and closing the Steam overlay may help to rectify this problem.

Not fitting fullscreen despite running at 1080p/Black screen when selecting 1080p[edit]

Sometimes Payday 2 does not fit entirely to the user's screen even though the resolution is set to 1920x1080.
Change renderer settings file[citation needed]
  2. Open 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 look for refresh_rate= and make sure that's followed by 60/120/144
  5. The game should be running entirely in full screen now.

Issues with mouse movement near the top of the screen in fullscreen mode[edit]

On some resolutions the game will not properly lock the mouse to the window, causing issues with in-game overlays and unfocusing the game when clicking the top of the screen
Install a program to lock the mouse cursor inside the window[citation needed]
  1. Download Borderless Gaming.

Mouse input delay[edit]

Disable multi-threading[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Open context.xml.
  3. Find multithreaded="true"
  4. Replace with multithreaded="false"
Change flip queue size to 0 or 1[8]
AMD users should try RadeonPro
Nvidia users can look in the "Manage 3D Settings" section of the graphic card control panel

Play on Intel HD3000 & HD4000[edit]

Custom .dll light-wrapper[9]
  1. Download Nvidia d3d9 perf fix
  2. Extract d3d9.dll into <path-to-game>

Double mouse cursor after Alt+Tab[edit]

Needs verification; option not present on Windows Vista.
Disable allowing themes to change mouse pointers[10]
  1. Go to Control Panel, Mouse, Pointers tab
  2. Uncheck "Allow themes to change mouse properties".
Refocus window workaround[citation needed]
  1. Press Alt+Tab and navigate to game to bring it forward/'focused', if you are focused on another window in front (such as a browsers). Then cycle through Alt+Tab again once you have brough the game forward and continue to hold when the selection is poised over the game.
  2. Position cursor inside game window and click repeatedly immediately after you release Alt+Tab .
  3. This will allow the game to refocus.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 3 - 4.5 Linux Only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable
Only Linux uses a 64-bit executable; Windows still uses a 32-bit executable..


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX Windows only
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Enabling HBAO+ for NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Use the Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000004 with Quality or High Quality.
Using Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000004[citation needed]
  1. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Under Profiles select Payday 2.
  3. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the flag 0x00000004.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select your quality of preference, but in order to use HBAO+ you must use Quality or High Quality.
  6. Click Apply changes.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz Intel Quad Core 2.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 31 GB 45 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 2600
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 5850
1 GB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) SteamOS SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz Intel Quad Core 2.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 31 GB 45 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 2600
512 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 5850
1 GB of VRAM


  1. PAYDAY 2 - 75% off, play for free & Steam OS launch - Steam Community
  2. Payday 2 21:9 Gameplay (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. Surround sound no longer works? :: PAYDAY 2 Bug Reporting
  5. 5.1 surround :: PAYDAY 2 General Discussions
  7. Master List of PAYDAY 2 Fixes - Steam Community Discussions
  8. Mouse Lag - Steam Community Discussions
  9. Intel HD graphics card and PAYDAY 2 - Steam Community Discussions
  10. Alt+Tab = double cursor - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)