The Witness

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The Witness
The Witness cover
Thekla, Inc.
Release dates
Windows January 26, 2016
macOS (OS X) March 8, 2017
The Witness at Wikipedia

Key points

Colorblind and hearing-impaired players may have trouble playing the game in full.[1]

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Official website


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher client (see notes)
Can be played without Epic Store Launcher being open.
macOS (OS X)
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
DRM-free or Steam key, but not both.
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be played without Steam being open.
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\Local.variables[Note 1]
%APPDATA%\The Witness\Launcher.variables
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/The
~/Library/Application Support/The Witness/Launcher.variables
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/210970/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Witness\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/The Witness/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/210970/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Syncs up to 100 MB of game saves. Launcher preferences are also synced.

Video settings[edit]

Launcher settings.
Launcher settings.
Advanced launcher settings.
Advanced launcher settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolution setting is for rendering resolution, game always uses desktop resolution in fullscreen mode. Resolutions above 1920x1080 require changing the internal resolution to fix blurriness; see the WSGF entry.
Requires changing the internal resolution to fix blurriness; see the WSGF entry.
Requires changing the internal resolution to fix blurriness; see the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Requires changing the internal resolution to fix blurriness; see the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
Adjustable in Settings menu. Can set from 80° to 120°.
Toggle with Alt+ Enter or set in launcher.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use the -no_window_border parameter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Labelled as "Texture Filter Quality". Unknown samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA up to 8x. Downsampling possible with custom rendering resolution. FXAA forced by default, see Configuration file options.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
PlayStation 4 version only.[2]

Input settings[edit]

In-game input menu.
In-game input menu.
In-game key customization menu.
In-game key customization menu.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Separate for camera and cursor.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Mouse/keyboard required to navigate the launcher.
Bypass the launcher by adding show_config_dialog false under the :/display section in the configuration file.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Static blue, lightbar keeps being light up after terminating the game, resets controllers bluetooth pairing.
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Game default volume is very low.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Statement on Steam store page is incorrect.[3]
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
To use a different language, change the language in the properties window in Steam for the game. Alternatively, use the command line argument -language with the correct language code.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: The Witness.
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
Turn on with the command line argument -vr.
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input settings for details.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable
32-bit executable also included.


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

Configuration file structure and options[edit]

low_res_reflections Force reflections to be low resolution. Can be true or false.
sun_shadow_resolution Resolutions of shadows cast by the sun. Can be 256, 512, or 1024.
antialias_panel_rendering Enables additional anti-aliasing for the puzzle panels. Can be true or false.
skip_mipmaps Changes texture resolution. Lower is better. Can be 0, 1, or 2.
aa_mode 2 for FXAA, 0 for no FXAA. Other values are the same as 0.
msaa_sample_count Sets number of MSAA samples. Can be 1 for 2x, 2 for 4x and 3 for 8x.
panel_render_width Value must be a power of two. Values below 512 are not recommended.
render_width Changes rendering width. Can also be set with command line argument -width.
render_height Changes rendering height. Can also be set with command line argument -height.
dynamic_resolution Dynamically changes the resolution to maintain framerate. Can be true or false.
show_config_dialog Show configuration dialog before starting the game. Can be true or false.
See here for the location of the file on each system.
These need to be added to a graphical quality category called :/render/low (or medium, high).[4]

Command line parameters[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
Parameter Description
-width Force a specific width.
-height Force a specific height.
-language Force a specific language: ar/ko/ja/ru/zh_CN/zh_TW
-vr Enables Oculus Rift support.
-fullscreen Enables fullscreen mode.
-windowed Enables windowed mode.
-no_window_border Hides window border.
-no_hud Disables the HUD.
-profile Set render quality: low/medium/high/ultra

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD 4000
DirectX 10 compatible


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/210970/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (210970) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.