Bethesda’s The Evil Within officially releases tomorrow, but those who bought the game on Steam will be able to play it when it unlocks tonight in approximately three hours.
After revealing some hefty recommended system requirements last month, the development team also detailed that the game would be locked in to 30 FPS. Considering the present fuss over framerates and resolutions, many fans were notably upset. Thankfully, Bethesda has posted debug console commands for users that want to squeeze a little more out of the game and force it to a higher FPS and make the game occupy the full screen.
Below are the list of commands posted on Bethesda’s official forums:
To access the debug console, do the following:
- In Steam, right click on The Evil Within and select “properties” then under the General tab, hit “set launch options.”
- Put this in to unlock the console: +com_allowconsole 1
- Once the game has launched, hit the Insert key to bring down the developer console.
These are the commands you can use and some notes about each:
- Sets the FPS lock. Note that the numbers below are negative.
- -2: This is the default, set to 30 FPS. This is the officially supported frame rate
- -1: This sets the FPS limit to 60. Fully playable, although there may be quirks (we’re going to fix these).
- 0: This fully unlocks the FPS. We do not recommend playing above 60. We will not fix any issues above 60.
- God mode. You are effectively invincible, and certain enemy kill moves will not be used against you (Laura, for example, will not jump on you)
- Allows you to walk through walls
- Unlimited ammo (provided you have at least 1 bullet when you enable this)
- G_stoptime 1
- Stops time. Note there is a bug right now where using this command causes a UI element to appear on screen. We’re looking to fix that in the near future.
- Re enable time with g_stoptime 0
- Separates the camera from Sebastian so you can freely move around the
- Sets the aspect ratio. Default is 2.5, which is our official aspect ratio.
- 0 is full screen, but not ideal. 1.8 or 2 is probably most comfortable for those who don’t want bars.
- Turns on id’s native FPS counter
- Slows down time
- Disables slow motion
Hopefully with these console commands, and a few fun cheats, we’ll see some tweaking by the PC community to really make The Evil Within shine. That, or we’ll learn that the porting and optimization that made 4GB of VRAM a recommendation to simply run at 1080p wasn’t so spectacular. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing the completed grotesque horror game when it releases tomorrow.