PC Patch For The Evil Within Removes Letterbox Effect, Adds 60fps Cap

The Evil Within

Publisher Bethesda has confirmed that the first post-launch patch for Tango Gameworks’ eerie supernatural thriller, The Evil Within, will allow players to remove the game’s letterbox effect if they so please, all the while adding an option to cap the framerate to 60 frames per second.

Currently, this update is only available on PC platforms, and those who purchased the game through Steam will find that the fix will have downloaded automatically. Here’s a comprehensive list of the update notes:

  • Frame lock settings added
  • In settings, you can now toggle between a 30 FPS and 60 FPS cap
  • Letterbox setting
  • UI toggle to disable the letterbox bars
  • Fixes gameplay issues when running at >30 FPS
  • Fixes for visual issues associated with removing letterbox framing
  • Achievements now work when console is enabled
  • Fix for game starting in windowed mode on first run
  • Minor localization fixes

Having played the game on PC, I welcome the option to remove the in-game letterbox effect. Yes, it creates a nice cinematic effect, but it’s still a little jarring when you’re trying to dodge the grotesque horrors lurking within the Beacon Mental Hospital. Moreover, having the option to ramp up the gameplay to support 60 frames a second is always a welcome boost, though it seems unlikely that this feature will make its way to the console versions.

The Evil Within is the maiden title from Shinji Mikami’s Tango Gameworks and is the auteur’s long-awaited return to a horror genre that he helped define. In our review, we found that:

While it’s far from flawless or original, The Evil Within is packed full of terrifying scenes and is genuinely fun to play through, giving gamers a lengthy campaign and tons of memorable moments.

Tell us, have you played The Evil Within yet? If so, how are you enjoying it?