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Human Head Studios
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
2K Games
id Tech 4
Release dates
Windows July 11, 2006
macOS (OS X) January 15, 2007
Linux December 7, 2008
Prey guide at StrategyWiki
Prey at Wikipedia

This page is for the game released in 2006. For the game released in 2017, see Prey (2017).

General information

Prey Wiki
Prey Tweak Guide
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key
SecuROM DRM disc check. Install v1.4 Patch to remove disc check. CD keys activate on Steam.[1]
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Mac App Store
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No online play (LAN only).[2]
macOS (OS X)
Windows version is no longer available digitally.
Demo version available.

Version differences[edit]

Online play is not available in the Mac App Store version (LAN play is supported).[2]

Essential improvements[edit]


v1.4 Patch is the latest patch for the retail version. Retail boxed versions may be SecuROM protected (which requires the disc to be in the DVD drive). This patch removes the protection.

SDK, etc.[edit]

All downloads available for the game can be found at the 3D Realms Prey download page.

Linux client for Prey[edit]

A free client that allows Prey to be played natively on Linux machines. It requires either a full retail copy or the demo to use it.

It can be downloaded here.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\base\
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.prey/base/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/3970/pfx/[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\PREY\base\
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.prey/base/savegames/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/3970/pfx/[Note 1]

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 (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution for unlisted resolutions.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Open console with Ctrl+Alt+~ and use g_fov X command.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 63 FPS. Game runs too fast if the frame rate cap is removed.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Some resolutions like 1280x768 and 1920x1080 must be set manually.

Use a custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\
  2. Edit preyconfig.cfg.
  3. Change seta r_customHeight "486" and seta r_customWidth "720" to your desired resolution.
  4. Change seta r_mode to "-1"
  5. Change seta r_aspectRatio to your aspect ratio. "0" is 4:3, "1" is 16:9 and "2" is 16:10.

60 FPS[edit]

Screen tearing on Nvidia Gsync monitors[citation needed]

Prey may automatically set Nvidia Gsync monitors to 60 hz with gsync disabled. This will result in noticeable screen tearing. This can be fixed by manually resetting the monitor to a higher hz output. This will not affect the in-game framerate, but will solve the screen tearing.

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Stereo or 5.1 (software). Up to 7.1 (OpenAL)[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4, EAX 5 (via OpenAL)[3]
Fix sound under Linux port
  1. Go to ~/.prey/base
  2. Edit preyconfig.cfg.
  3. Change seta s_useOpenAL to "1"
  4. Change seta s_deviceName to "OpenAL Soft"
  5. Change seta s_libOpenAL to "<path to the>" or symlink to <path-to-game>\


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only selectable in the retail version.
Only selectable in the retail version. See below for the Steam version.
Only available in Russian retail release or here.
Only selectable in the retail version.


Enabling Italian in the Steam version[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\.
  2. Open the preyconfig.cfg file.
  3. Change seta sys_lang "english" to seta sys_lang "italian".


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
Not available in the Mac App Store version.[2]

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27719
UDP 27719
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 2.0
64-bit executable
OS X only.


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Intel Pentium 4 2.5 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.3.9
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G5 2.0 GHz
Intel 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce 7300
Supported ATI chipsets: Radeon 9600 series, Radeon 9700 series, Radeon 9800 series, Radeon X300 series, Radeon X550 series, Radeon X600 series, Radeon X700 series, Radeon X800 series, Radeon X1300 series, Radeon X1600 series, Radeon X1800 series, Radeon X1900 series
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce3/Ti series, GeForce4/Ti, GeForce FX 5800 series, GeForce 5900 series, GeForce 6200 series, GeForce 6600 series, GeForce 6800 series, GeForce 7300 series, GeForce 7600 series, GeForce 7800 series, GeForce 7900 series
The game does not support Intel integrated graphics chipsets


  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>/3970/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (3970) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.