The Evil Within is locked at 30 frames per second on the PC. However, you can change that through one of the game's many cheat codes.

You can access the horror game's cheats by enabling the debug console. You can do this by right-clicking on The Evil Within in your Steam library, and then selecting "Properties." In the General tab of that window, select "set launch options." Once you're there, enter the following line without the quotation marks: "+com_allow console 1"

After that, you're ready to launch the game. At any time, you can press the Insert key to open up the developer console. These are the codes that you can use, according to Bethesda:

R_swapinterval : 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: 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)

Noclip: Allows you to walk through walls

G_infiniteammo: 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

Toggledebugcamera: Separates the camera from Sebastian so you can freely move around.

R_forceaspectratio : 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.

Com_showFPS: Turns on id’s native FPS counter

Startslowmotion2: Slows down time

Stopslowmotion: Disables slow motion

Bethesda warns that their customer service won't be able to help you with issues resulting from these cheat codes. While they realize that PC gamers might want to push the game's performance, they recommend that you don't do so.

"Shinji Mikami and the team at Tango designed The Evil Within to be played at 30fps and to utilize an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 for all platforms," Bethesda said earlier this month. "The team has worked the last four years perfecting the game experience with these settings in mind."

Added Bethesda: "These commands and changes are not recommended or supported and we suggest everyone play the game as it was designed and intended for the best experience."

The Evil Within launches today in North America and Europe on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. If you're planning to play the game on PC, you can find the system requirements here.

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