The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand.

But as you explore, slowly, meaning begins to arise, the paradoxes might start to make sense, perhaps you are powerful after all. The game is not here to fight you; it is inviting you to dance.

Based on the award-winning 2011 Source mod of the same name, The Stanley Parable returns with new content, new ideas, a fresh coat of visual paint, and the stunning voicework of Kevan Brighting. For a more complete and in-depth understanding of what The Stanley Parable is, please try out the free demo.

Support summary
  • Native
  • Proper
  • Native
  • Optimized
  • Native
  • Optimized
4k UltraHD:
Rendered Cut-Scene:
  • Hor+
FMV Cut-Scene:
  • Static Aspect
Game information
Game status:
Release Date:
Thursday, 17 October, 2013

Tested Version: 

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Comparison Screenshots
  • 4:3 Screenshot
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  • 16:10 Screenshot
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  • 16:9 Screenshot
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  • Ultra-Wide (21:9) Screenshot
    The Stanley Parable
  • Super-Wide (32:9) Screenshot
    The Stanley Parable
  • Eyefinity / Surround Screenshot
    The Stanley Parable
Solutions & Issues
Baseline (Widescreen) Solution & Issues

Ultra/Super-Wide (21:9/32:9) Specific Solution & Issues

Eyefinity / Surround Specific Solution & Issues

It won't recognize custom resolutions, so if you're using bezel-correction, you can add your own resolution by doing one of the following:

Add your resolution to the launch options, e.g.: -w 6020 -h 1200


Open the file:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\The Stanley Parable\thestanleyparable\cfg\video.txt

and change the following settings to your native resolution:
"setting.defaultres" "6020"
"setting.defaultresheight" "1200"

4k UHD Specific Solution & Issues
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Submitted by aolsen on 10 February, 2014 - 18:07
Updated by skipclarke on 24 March, 2022 - 02:31