How to Improve Dishonored with .ini File Tweaks


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Note: This page is a work in progress. If you’ve got .ini file tweaks you think we should know about to add here, feel free to share them in the comments, and check back periodically as we discover and vet more tweaks.


The great thing about the PC version of Dishonored is that you have tons of options about how the game looks on-screen. Arkane Studios went ahead and created a PC user interface independent of the console one, so you not only get a healthy number of graphical tweaks, but you can turn on or off a number of heads-up display settings to change how the game looks and feels.

If you want to make additional graphical tweaks, however, you can do that, too. Like other Unreal Engine 3 games, the config files for Dishonored can be messed with pretty easily. We’ve compiled a number of potentially useful tweaks here.

Improve Performance with .ini Tweaks from the Game Front Youtube Channel

A Word of Warning! You’re going to want to back up both your saved game files and your config files before you start making adjustments, just in case anything goes belly-up. The config files are located here:

C:\Users\[Your User Name]\Documents\My Games\Dishonored\DishonoredGame\Config

Back up that file before you start messing with it; mess with it at your own risk.

To adjust the files, you’ll need to open them in a text editor, preferably something like Notepad. Another general tip: Notepad only searches in one direction at a time with its “Find” feature, so if you can’t find a line, make sure you try searching “Up” as well as “Down.”

Disable Startup Movies

First off, you can get rid of the corporate logos when you boot up the game pretty quickly.

Open DishonoredEngine.ini and find the following line using the “Find” function:

bForceNoStartupMovies

Set the value to “TRUE” and the game will automatically skip the movies. The line should look like this:

bForceNoStartupMovies=TRUE

Alternatively, you can disable each of the movies individually. In DishonoredEngine.ini, find these lines:

StartupMovies=Black_266ms
StartupMovies=ZenimaxLegal
StartupMovies=ZenimaxLegalFR
StartupMovies=LogoBethesda
StartupMovies=LogoArkane
StartupMovies=UE3_logo
StartupMovies=Legal
StartupMovies=Loading

You can disable any line in a .ini file (or add comments that won’t be read as part of the code) by adding ; to the front of any line. So in order to disable the startup movies, you can just change them to look like this:

;StartupMovies=Black_266ms
;StartupMovies=ZenimaxLegal
;StartupMovies=ZenimaxLegalFR
;StartupMovies=LogoBethesda
;StartupMovies=LogoArkane
;StartupMovies=UE3_logo
;StartupMovies=Legal
;StartupMovies=Loading

Adjust Field of View

Dishonored allows you to adjust your field of view settings in the options by default, increasing it to as high as 85. It’s possible to access higher fields of view, however. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to bind field of view shifts to different keys. Below, we’ve bound the controls to the F10 and F12 keys, because they’re not used elsewhere (you may need to disable Steam from taking screenshots with the F12 key, however).

Open DishonoredInput.ini, and find the group of commands starting with “m_PCBindings”

At the bottom of those commands, you can add your own binding key commands. For our example, we’ve added two. The first, bound to F10, switches the FOV to 85, the maximum available in the in-game options menu. The second, bound to F12, switches FOV to a value you can name — just replace X with whatever value you want. For a pretty intense FOV, go with 105 or 110.

m_PCBindings=(Name=”F10″,Command=”FOV 85″,Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)
m_PCBindings=(Name=”F12″,Command=”FOV X”,Control=False,Shift=False,Alt=False)

Now, when you press F12, you’ll be able to switch to a much larger FOV than what’s available in the game, and you can switch it back on the fly by hitting F10. You can do this in reverse, too — if you’d like to have an instant zoom function, you can replace “X” with a lower FOV (the game’s binocular zoom feature is set to an FOV of 35), then use that key to zoom in. However, note that there’s an in-game upgrade you can locate and purchase that gives you the zoom option; if you want to play Dishonored as a purist, you should know that making your own FOV zoom is technically cheating.

The photos above show the game set to an FOV of 85 on top, 110 below.

Higher-Resolution Shadows

In DishonoredEngine.ini, find the following lines:

MaxShadowResolution
MaxWholeSceneDominantShadowResolution

And set their values to 4096. The result should look like this:

MaxShadowResolution=4096
MaxWholeSceneDominantShadowResolution=4096

Keep in mind that this might affect your performance.

Disable Framerate Smoothing

This might help you get better performance if you’re having some graphical issues. In DishonoredEngine.ini, find this line:

bSmoothFrameRate=TRUE

If it’s set to TRUE, you can disable it by setting it to FALSE, like this:

bSmoothFrameRate=FALSE

Disable Shadows and Lighting to Boost Performance

Dishonored doesn’t seem to be too graphic-intensive, but just in case you’re looking to turn down any flashy visuals in favor of performance, you may be able to squeeze some more power out of your machine with a few graphical downgrades.

In DishonoredEngine.ini, find these lines (all of which are under [SystemSettings] but not all of which are together):

DynamicLights
DynamicShadows
bAllowLightShafts

Set them all to “False.” The lines should look like this:

DynamicLights=False
DynamicShadows=False
bAllowLightShafts=False

If you’ve already knocked your graphical settings down to the minimums and are still having troubles with framerate, turning off those settings may help.

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9 Comments on How to Improve Dishonored with .ini File Tweaks

jim2point0

On October 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

It is entirely possible to recreate the game’s optic zoom while using a custom FOV. I posted about it here:

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2964078

sungod

On October 12, 2012 at 1:47 am

What about changing powers/gravity/stats/etc… It would be nice to see someone cover that…

cking543

On October 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

hey, is there any way to invert the x-axis if you’re using a wired 360 controller? it bothers me that they dont feature an inverted x-axis for this game and only inverted-y

sungod

On October 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

All the settings for health, stealth, and magic powers can be found in the INI files, so why are people only talking bout the graphics settings? I beat the game with no kills and no detection on the hardest difficulty, so I want to make it harder to go undetected…

DoCmOdGoD

On October 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I’d like to see the Nvidia PhysX working. Already tried enabling in the ini and then increasing the values to match those in BL2…but I still register no usage on the dedicated physx card.

ayonectli

On October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

thanks!
just one thing…
after editing the .ini files my saves dont show the date and time… instead they say “moth/day/year – hour:minute:second”

any idea how to fix this?

thanks again :)

Clayton

On November 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thanks for pointing me to the Dishonored config files.

My query is, is there a means to bind “TurnLeft” and/or “TurnRight” to a keyboard key such as “LeftArrow” or “RightArrow”?

I find that combat works much better for me with that kind of configuration.

arjun

On June 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

hai guys i have a problem with my Dishonored that the audio works perfect but no visual please help me out

jerry

On January 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I get audio but no video on dishonored