Burnout Paradise

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Burnout Paradise
Burnout Paradise cover
Criterion Games
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows February 5, 2009

Key points

The game will use any connected webcam for various online features. There is an option in-game to turn off webcam use.
The retail version of the game is limited to five activations.
Neither the 'Cops and Robbers' game mode and cars, nor the 'Big Surf Island' DLC packs were released for PC.[1]

General information

Burnout Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Can only be used x times Limited to five activations.
Steam Can be unlocked on Origin.
Steam and Origin users can play together in multiplayer.[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Bonus Vehicle Pack Contains multiple DLC packs.[3]
Party Pack Included in-game by default on The Ultimate Box release (the only version released on PC).
Big Surf Island Never officially released on PC; recreated by modders (see Vanity Pack).
Burnout Paradise Bonus Vehicle Pack Legendary cars, Toys cars, unlock all the cars, all the toys cars.
Not included with The Ultimate Box, not available to buy trough Steam.
Cops and Robbers game mode never released on PC; cop cars recreated in mod (see Vanity Pack).
DLC works on both Origin and Steam versions of the game (provided that an Origin account is used in-game).
The Ultimate Box doesn't include all the DLC, Burnout Paradise Bonus Vehicle Pack DLC has to be purchased separately.

Essential improvements[edit]

External options menu.
External options menu.


Patch 1.1 is the latest version.

Burnout Paradise Advanced Config Tool[edit]

This tool can disable intro videos and music, in addition to make available all game video settings outside of it.
Information Steam version requires to run the following command in an elevated command prompt
FOR /F "skip=2 tokens=2,*" %A IN ('REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Steam App 24740" /v InstallLocation /reg:32') DO REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\EA Games\Burnout(TM) Paradise The Ultimate Box" /v "Install Dir" /t REG_SZ /d "%B"^\ /reg:32

Vanity Pack[edit]

Extensive mod (currently in active beta) to bring Big Surf Island to the PC version. It also comes with many additional features
May result in a performance decrease in-game to run required background program and render the area.
Vanity Pack 2.0
  1. Download the Vanity Pack.
  2. Decompress it using 7-Zip or similar.
  3. Follow onscreen instructions and use passwords provided when downloading to install.
  4. Launch the game through the Vanity Pack.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise\*.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise\Save\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Option to select where HUD appears on multiple screens
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Bumper cam available
Use DxWnd[4]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[5]

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game advanced gamepad settings.
In-game advanced gamepad settings.
In-game force feedback settings.
In-game force feedback settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Partial audio


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
Party mode
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Includes co-op Freeburn Challenges.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 21840
UDP (outbound) 1000, 9000-9999, 21840-21850

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

No audio[edit]

Temporary fix

Alt-tab out of the game and then back to it. This is necessary every time the game is run.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Issues with recording software[citation needed]
Burnout Paradise may crash on start-up if you have screen recording software running, such as Xsplit. This occurs because the game sees the software as a webcam.
  • The easiest way to rectify this issue is: close the screen recording software, load Burnout Paradise, Alt + Tab out, then run the screen recording software. If this is not effective, you may need to uninstall the screen recording software entirely.
Issues with CL Eye Driver[citation needed]
Users with the CL Eye Driver installed (to enable support for the PlayStation Eye Camera as a webcam) will encounter crashes when loading Burnout Paradise.
  • Currently, the only solution is to uninstall the CL Eye Driver entirely. You may encounter further problems even after doing so; it is most likely not your fault. This game is a low-quality PC port, you may have to experiment with trial and error by closing some Windows Services in the Task Manager, then running Burnout Paradise.
Nvidia graphics issues[citation needed]
Users with Nvidia graphics may have Nvidia's Streamer Service installed (used for streaming to Shield).
  • You may have to end nvstreamsvc.exe via the Task Manager for the game to load.
Windows 7 solution[citation needed]
Windows 7 users have reported crashing when attempting to run the game.
  • To rectify this, set the game to run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode, or Windows Vista SP2 mode. It may also help to reduce or disable Anti-Aliasing in the game's launcher.
  • As a last resort, the game may be fixable by entering -multithread into the launch options.

How to go Online[edit]

Anyone who has played this game knows that the online is completely broken for most. Here is a step by step guide about how to fix it.
Getting online
  1. Try connecting online normally. If it connects, ignore the rest of the guide. Otherwise, go to Step 2.
  2. After the connection fails, go to the login page again but click "Create new account" instead.
  3. Enter the same credentials (ex. email and username) used for the current account into the new one.
  4. Once all information is entered in, try creating a new account.
  5. If entered correctly, an error message should pop up that says along the lines of "account already exists".
  6. Reboot the game and try logging in again with the same account info used in the create account page.

"The product key you are using is invalid"[edit]

Upon attempting to log into an EA/Origin account in order to play the game online, some users encounter the error "The product key you are using is invalid". This occurs if you are using a retail version of the game which you have registered online via Origin/EA Download Manager. The game recognizes that your CD key is already in use (on Origin), and thinks it is invalid.
  • The only solution is to download and reinstall the game via Origin.

Controller not recognized at launch[edit]

  • Delete controls.ini in folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise, and restart game.[6]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.8 GHz (XP)
Intel Pentium IV 3.2 GHz (Vista)
Intel Celeron Dual Core 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1300
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
AMD Radeon HD 6670
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
1 GB of VRAM


  1. Wikipedia: Burnout Paradise Downloadable content
  2. Can a copy of Burnout:Paradise on Steam play with someone on Origin? : Reddit
  3. Burnout Paradise Bonus Vehicle Pack for PC Download | Origin Games
  4. Window hooker to run fullscreen programs in window and much more - SourceForge
  5. New 120Hz Games Report
  6. Xbox controller not working? :: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box General Discussions