ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at Creators.co
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Prey is now out on PC, offering gamers all the innovative sci-fi action and puzzle solving they could want. The port has been generally stable and problem free, which is a pleasant surprise from Arkane after the somewhat unstable early days of Dishonored 2. However, there's a few small bugs and more importantly, a surprising lack of graphics customization options in-game. Somewhat disappointing from a title that uses CryEngine, which is generally pretty customizable in most .

Why not check out more of our guides on Prey:

How To Disable Motion Blur, Change The FOV, Remove The FPS Cap And Skip Intros In 'Prey'

Despite the lack of in-game options to change things like the field of view, the FPS cap or motion blur in , you're not totally locked out from changing these settings if you want. Just follow our handy to edit the game documents and make the changes you need.

How To Disable Motion Blur In 'Prey'

Motion blur can be a bit of an annoyance, especially for motion sick prone players. [Credit: Bethesda]
Motion blur can be a bit of an annoyance, especially for motion sick prone players. [Credit: Bethesda]

If you're not a fan of motion blur in your shooters, you might be a bit annoyed that you can't change it in the options. Luckily, all isn't lost.

Step 1: In a text editor such as notepad, open up %UserProfile%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\game.cfg

Step 2: Add the line 'r_motionblur = 0' to the end of the document.

How To Remove The Hidden Frame Rate Cap In 'Prey'

Prey secretly caps the frame rate of your game behind the scenes, with no option to change it in the menu. If you've got a powerful rig, you can uncap the frame rate with the following technique.

  • Step 1: In a text editor such as notepad, open up %UserProfile%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\game.cfg
  • Step 2: Find the line 'sys_MaxFPS' and change the value from 149 to 999.

Skip The 'Prey' Intro Movies

Tired of sitting through the intro movies every time you play Prey? Just do the following to skip them.

  • Step 1: In whichever folder you installed Prey into, find the directory '\GameSDK\Videos'
  • Step 2: Delete the files 'ArkaneLogoAnim_Redux_1080p2997_ST-16LUFS.bk2', 'Bethesda_logo_anim_white.bk2', 'LegalScreens.bk2' and 'Ryzen_Bumper.bk2'

Change The Field Of View In 'Prey'

Prey limits your field of view to around 85 degrees, presumably to add a bit of claustrophobia to the game. If you'd like to see more of the world around you, just follow these instructions.

  • Step 1: In a text editor such as notepad, open up %UserProfile%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Prey\game.cfg
  • Step 2: Find the line 'cl_hfov' and change the value from the original to your preferred field of view. I recommend 90, do not set it higher than 120.

Quick Bug Fixes For Common 'Prey' Bugs

Not that kind of bug. [Credit: Bethesda]
Not that kind of bug. [Credit: Bethesda]

While the release of Prey on PC seems to be much more stable than the early release of Arkane's previous title Dishonored 2, there's still a few bugs and performance problems hitting some players. We've gathered together a guide for the most common fixes for these issues.

Mouse Cursor Won't Disappear

If you experience the bug where your mouse cursor fails to disappear when you boot the game or alt-tab back into it, simply change the resolution to a different setting and then change it back, this should cause the problem to fix itself.

Random Crashes

For some people, Prey may randomly crash, if you're having this problem, just try the following. Don't forget that sometimes uninstalling and reinstalling can fix the problem as well!

  • Step 1: Set your virtual memory to slightly higher than the recommended value. If this doesn't fix the problem, move onto step 2.
  • Step 2: Load your game from an autosave at the start of the mission to check whether the crashes are due to a corrupted save file. If this doesn't fix the problem, try step 3.
  • Step 3: Turn off anti-aliasing and move your graphics settings down one or two notches.

'Prey' Is Stuttering And Lagging Or Freezing

If you're having odd performance problems in your game despite having decent hardware, you might need to play around with things for a bit to get Prey running smoothly. Try the following to fix stuttering, lagging and freezing in-game.

  • Step 1: Enter the task manager and set the CPU priority of Prey.exe from normal to high.
  • Step 2: If that doesn't work, make sure your graphics drivers are the latest version. If they're already on the latest version, experiment with rolling them back to a previous version of the drivers. If that doesn't work, then try step 3.
  • Step 3: Disable V-sync and triple buffering.

Missing Audio And Sound

Missing audio, such as sound effects and music, can occur after changing your graphics settings. Simply alt tab twice and the problem should be fixed.

Windows 7 Error – D3D11 Create Device and Swap Chain Failed

If you're using Windows 7, you may experience this bug, which was common in Dishonored 2. The fix is easy, simply install this Windows update and you should be fine.

Did you find this guide helpful? Any graphics tweaks or bugs you'd like help with? Let us know in the comments!

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