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The Witness

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

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Official website

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
DRM-free
DRM-free or Steam key, but not both.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be played without Steam being open.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

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 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
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 option Option 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.
Multi-monitor
Requires changing the internal resolution to fix blurriness; see the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
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°.
Windowed
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.[1]
Color blind mode
Colorblind and hearing-impaired players may have trouble playing the game in full.[2]

Input settings[edit]

In-game input menu.
In-game input menu.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Separate for camera and cursor.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
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 options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Game default volume is very low.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Statement on Steam store page is incorrect.[3]
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
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.
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller Partial support See Input settings for details.
Keyboard/Mouse

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

Configuration file structure and options[edit]

Description
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]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD 4000
DirectX 10 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
DirectX 10 compatible

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>/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.

References