How to Change Difficulty in The Outer Worlds

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When you start a new campaign in The Outer Worlds you are asked to choose the difficulty you want to play at. Most users will pick normal, as this offers an experience that is just right for the average player.

However, you can actually change the difficulty at any moment in-game. So if a certain area is too hard for you, you can lower the difficulty, get past it and then increase it back to your normal difficulty. 

Below, you can read our quick guide for changing the in-game difficulty. For more guides & content for The Outer Worlds on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One, make sure to check out our dedicated area here!

Changing the Difficulty

Open up the main menu in The Outer Worlds, which can be done by pressing Escape on PC or the Start button on a controller. From there, choose Settings.

Open the main menu

The screenshot below was taken on PC, but the steps should be similar. Head to the ‘Gameplay’ section, which is a tab at the top of the screen. The top option will say Difficulty.

Change the Difficulty

There are 4 difficulties to choose from. The first one is Story, which offers the easiest experience as enemies will have the least amount of health here, and do much less damage. Now, they get progressively harder, all the way up to Supernova.

However this difficulty can only be chosen at the start of the game, not during a play through. It’s only recommended for experienced players. If you lower the difficulty from Supernova, you can’t go back up to it either.

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Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!