How to Open the Console in Satisfactory
By Nathan Young
Whether you’re wanting to optimize your Satisfactory gameplay or experiment with unique features, the in-game console is required to do that. For instance, you can disable fog to help your computer’s performance while enjoying your adventure. These are configured through commands, but aren’t widely known in the community. This is due to several reasons, with the main one being players don’t know how to open the console. Some users may not have the proper setup to even activate it, meaning they can’t use any commands. Due to this, we’ve created this Apex Hosting tutorial to walk you through how to access the in-game console for Satisfactory.
Opening the Console
The entire process for opening the console is extremely simple, as it only requires one button. There are two interfaces for this, with one being small and the other large. Follow the instructions below to quickly learn how to activate the console.
- Launch Satisfactory on Steam from your
- Enter your saved world or server, and wait until everything is loaded.
- Once connected, proceed to press the ~ (tilde) button on your keyboard.
- Do this twice to open the full console in-game.
In some cases, it may be necessary to press the § (paragraph) or ` (backtick) keys to open the console. This depends on your keyboard layout, which can be changed if you want. However, if you have access to any of these buttons, then you can open the console.
Sometimes, players will have difficulty opening the console due to keybind issues. These tend to happen on unique keyboard layouts or a technical problem. With this in mind, follow the steps below to change the console activation key. We’ll be using an example bind for this process, but you may change it to anything you want. Although, make sure to avoid using
Alt, or other keybinds currently being used in-game so there is no incompatibility.
- Press the Windows + R keys together to open the
- In the text box, copy and paste the following:
- Afterward, click
OKand locate the Input.ini file in the newly opened window.
- Open this with Notepad or another similar program.
- Continue to paste ConsoleKey=F6 under [/script/engine.inputsettings].
Note: If you don’t see the “inputsettings” line, then create it and proceed accordingly.
- Save these changes and launch Satisfactory to try the new keybind (
F6) for the console.
Using the Console
As previously mentioned above, there are many different commands to use in the console. These can range from controlling your view distance to the maximum frames per second. Simply enter your desired one in the text box and press
Enter on your keyboard to execute it.
If you’re curious about all these commands, then type “?” in the console without entering it. This will detail all available options with brief descriptions, but you may also visit the official wiki instead. Additionally, we’ve compiled a short list of helpful commands to use down below to get you started.
|pause||Pauses the entire game, world, creatures, and environment.|
|gamma [value]||Changes the game’s brightness levels.|
|t.MaxFPS [value]||Sets the maximum number of frames per second, with “0” being unlimited.|
|FOV [value]||Determine the field of view of your game, with values over “150” possibly causing issues.|
|r.ViewDistanceScale [value]||Sets the render distance for trees, foliage, and rocks.|
If you’re still having issues opening the console, then double-check your keybind for it. Remember, the button depends on your keyboard’s layout. This can be overridden by changing the bind, which is explained in the “Changing Keybinds” section. However, you’ll need to ensure it’s a valid key that isn’t used by another feature in Satisfactory. This is an important part of the process, as incompatibility with binds may occur. Otherwise, you may want to make sure your game is fully updated to the latest version and possibly reinstall if nothing seems to be working.
Occasionally, commands wouldn’t be recognized due to limitations with the console. There are many hidden ones that aren’t allowed for players to use, especially in servers. Keeping this in mind, review Satisfactory’s official wiki to understand what’s available. Alternatively, use “?” in the console without entering it to see them all in-game.