Settings & IQ

Recommended Settings

A GTX 1060/6GB or RX 480 are recommended for 1920×1080, while a GTX 1080 can mostly handle 4K at some reduced settings, but the game is very scalable for lesser GPUs on lower settings.

Recommended Specs:



CPU: Intel i5-2400, AMD FX-8320

GPU: GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB

Memory: 8 GB


CPU: Intel i7-2600K, AMD FX-8350

GPU: GTX 970 4GB, AMD R9 290 4GB

Memory: 16 GB

Let’s look at Prey’s settings and image quality (IQ).  There are several major settings that can affect game performance.  Here are some of the game options and the settings that we used.

Image Quality & Settings

Prey has overall Low, Medium, High, and Very High settings.  Let’s look at a series of screenshots taken from the same place beginning with the highest Very High setting and progressing through the default setting options to High, Medium, and Low.  All screenshots were taken at 1920×1080.  Make sure to open these images full sized into a separate window or tab for a much easier IQ comparison.

Very High

Very High uses SMAA 2TX and full resolution Screen Space Direction Occlusion and Reflections.  As with all the following comparison images, all images are at 1920×1080

Our GTX 1080 Ti at 3840×2160 using default Very High settings could manage 60.8 FPS average/58 FPS minimum.

High settings

High settings share using SMAA 2TX with Very High settings which really helps with shimmering and crawling with the camera in motion.  However, Screen Space Directional Occlusion and Reflections now use Half Resolution.

High Settings are still very good.  Performance with a GTX 1080 Ti at default High settings is 84.2 FPS average/81 minimum at 3840×2160.

Medium Settings 

Medium settings drop to FXAA instead of temporal SMAA 2TX and the crawling and shimmering becomes much more apparent now.  Anisotropic Filtering is dropped to 4X (we recommend always using 16X as it has a minimal impact), Screen Space Direction Occlusion is off, and Reflections are at Half Resolution.

Performance with a GTX 1080 Ti at default Medium is 100.2 FPS average/95 minimums at 3840×2160.  It still looks good but there is a lot more shimmering with the camera in motion.


Low Settings 

Using low setting means that there is no anti-aliasing at all. Here is the screenshot:

The detail is poorer, there is a lot of shimmering and crawling with the camera in motion , but performance with a GTX 1080 Ti at Low settings is 140.6 FPS average/132 minimum at 3840×2160.

Let’s look at our Test configuration on the next page.

Prey 2017


Overall Score



  • Great Story!
  • Optimized well for PC
  • Spiritual Successor to System Shock 2


  • Lack of environments & Enemy NPC variety
  • Difficult with hard to find objectives