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(Removed "Outdated" template - was there based on the fact that the page still claimed there was no ingame graphic settings in Dec 2013, which it does not do any more since Feb 2014)
(In-game Graphics Options menu available since Alpha 7, so describe the settings primarily there, using manual editing only as an emergency fallback)
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The graphical options of the game may be edited by going to the main menu by pressing escape and clicking on graphics.
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The graphical options of the game may be edited by going to the main menu by pressing escape and clicking on on "Options", then "Graphics".
  
In case you need to edit the preferences manually, look at the parts below
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In case you need to edit the preferences manually (e.g. because you are not able to even enter the main menu due to problems with the graphics settings), look at the parts below.
  
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== Graphics Options ==
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In the "Graphics" menu, you can make the following settings:
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* Resolution
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* Filtering
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** The game looks best with FSAA (Full Scene Anti-Aliasing) turned on.  Enable this with setting "Filtering" tu "Multisampled".  This requires a modern gfx card with multisampled framebuffer support.
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** Supersampling runs the game at 2x the resolution of your game window.  This produces wonderfully filtered graphics, but can tax graphics cards heavily.
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* Toggle Window/Fullscreen mode
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Alternatively, you can enable FSAA by opening your system's graphics preferences (NVIDIA or Radeon etc.) and setting anti-aliasing to be on for all games.
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Note: On some systems the Anti-Aliasing option actually makes the game look much worse, with strong vertical and horizontal glitch lines appearing on the grid of the world.  On NVIDIA systems you can solve this by setting Alpha channel supersampling to the max value.
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== Editing Graphics Options Manually ==
 
To edit the settings for the game you need to edit the preferences.txt file directly. The easiest way to find this is to run the game and click on "Open Save Folder" from the main menu. This will open the location of your preferences file, your debug log, and your save games.
 
To edit the settings for the game you need to edit the preferences.txt file directly. The easiest way to find this is to run the game and click on "Open Save Folder" from the main menu. This will open the location of your preferences file, your debug log, and your save games.
  
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* Linux: <code>~/.Prison Architect</code>
 
* Linux: <code>~/.Prison Architect</code>
  
== Setting a screen resolution ==
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Set the screen resolution by editing the values for ScreenW, ScreenH, and ScreenWindowed:
  
Edit the values for ScreenW, ScreenH, and ScreenWindowed.
 
 
  ScreenW  1280
 
  ScreenW  1280
 
  ScreenH  1024
 
  ScreenH  1024
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Note: You can set the width and height to 0 to make <abbr title="Prison Architect">PA</abbr> run fullscreen (or borderless windowed, if you have windowed enabled) at your native resolution.
 
Note: You can set the width and height to 0 to make <abbr title="Prison Architect">PA</abbr> run fullscreen (or borderless windowed, if you have windowed enabled) at your native resolution.
  
== Antialiasing and supersampling ==
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Enable FSAA this way:
 
 
There are two alternative ways to improve the graphics filtering in Prison Architect.
 
 
 
=== Antialiasing ===
 
  
<abbr title="Prison Architect">PA</abbr> looks best with FSAA turned on. Enable this with the option "ScreenMultiSampled true".  This requires a modern gfx card with multisampled framebuffer support.  Alternatively, you can enable FSAA by opening your graphics preferences (nvidia or radeon etc) and setting anti-aliasing to be on for all games.
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  ScreenMultiSampled true
  
Note : On some systems this option actually makes the game look much worse, with strong vertical and horizontal glitch lines appearing on the grid of the world.  On NVidia systems you can solve this by setting Alpha channel supersampling to the max value.
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Enable Supersampling like this:
  
=== Supersampling ===
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ScreenSuperSampled true
  
Enable this with "ScreenSuperSampled true".  This runs the game at 2x the resolution of your game window.  This produces wonderfully filtered graphics but can tax graphics cards heavily.
 
  
 
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[[Category:Prison Architect technical]]

Revision as of 11:02, 19 September 2015

The graphical options of the game may be edited by going to the main menu by pressing escape and clicking on on "Options", then "Graphics".

In case you need to edit the preferences manually (e.g. because you are not able to even enter the main menu due to problems with the graphics settings), look at the parts below.

Graphics Options

In the "Graphics" menu, you can make the following settings:

  • Resolution
  • Filtering
    • The game looks best with FSAA (Full Scene Anti-Aliasing) turned on. Enable this with setting "Filtering" tu "Multisampled". This requires a modern gfx card with multisampled framebuffer support.
    • Supersampling runs the game at 2x the resolution of your game window. This produces wonderfully filtered graphics, but can tax graphics cards heavily.
  • Toggle Window/Fullscreen mode

Alternatively, you can enable FSAA by opening your system's graphics preferences (NVIDIA or Radeon etc.) and setting anti-aliasing to be on for all games.

Note: On some systems the Anti-Aliasing option actually makes the game look much worse, with strong vertical and horizontal glitch lines appearing on the grid of the world. On NVIDIA systems you can solve this by setting Alpha channel supersampling to the max value.

Editing Graphics Options Manually

To edit the settings for the game you need to edit the preferences.txt file directly. The easiest way to find this is to run the game and click on "Open Save Folder" from the main menu. This will open the location of your preferences file, your debug log, and your save games.

The typical location of your preferences file will be:

  • Windows Vista, 7, and 8: C:\Users\your-username\AppData\Local\Introversion\Prison Architect
  • Windows XP: C:\documents and settings\your-username\local settings\application data\introversion\prison architect\
  • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Prison Architect (in Finder press Command + Shift + G and paste that in)
  • Linux: ~/.Prison Architect

Set the screen resolution by editing the values for ScreenW, ScreenH, and ScreenWindowed:

ScreenW  1280
ScreenH  1024
ScreenWindowed  true

Note: You can set the width and height to 0 to make PA run fullscreen (or borderless windowed, if you have windowed enabled) at your native resolution.

Enable FSAA this way:

ScreenMultiSampled true

Enable Supersampling like this:

ScreenSuperSampled true