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DayZ cover
Bohemia Interactive
Current Real Virtuality
Future Enfusion[1]
Release dates
Windows Early access
DayZ (mod) 2012
DayZ 2016

This page is for the stand-alone title. For the ARMA II mod, see DayZ (mod).

General information

Feedback Tracker
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website Early access
Steam Early access
All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit game properties
  1. Right-click on the game in your Steam library and select Properties.
  2. Add -nosplash and click OK then Close.

Performance increase[edit]

Add launch option
  1. Right-click on the game in your Steam library and select Properties.
  2. Select Set Launch Options and enter: -winxp but substitute each value for your system as per the below.


-winxp=(you may have trouble alt+tabbing if you use this and may cause crashing), 10-15fps increase
-newui, experimental UI, 10-15fps increase
Other launch options (maxmem, maxvram, cpuCount, exThreads) are obsolete according to devs
Modify config[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DayZ.cfg with your text editor of choice.
  3. Locate the lines: GPU_MaxFramesAhead and GPU_DetectedFramesAhead.
  4. Change both values to: "1" (Include the quotation marks.)


You have to launch the game at least once for the configuration file to be generated.
Modify config #2[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open "YOURNAMEHERE".DayZProfile. (Note: It might be written a little bit different, but its the file without the ".vars" in the name)
  3. Search for the lines that say; sceneComplexity & shadowZDistance & viewDistance & preferredObjectViewDistance.
  4. Change them to these values: sceneComplexity=500000; shadowZDistance=100; viewDistance=1600; preferredObjectViewDistance=1600;


Scenecomplexity can be changed ingame by Objects under Quality settings and 500k = normal. Has a Large impact on FPS.
If scenecomplexity/objects is too low players will not draw over a few hundred meters and buildings will change to a 2d model at a closer distance so you cannot see them or hear their shots. The recommended objects setting is high to very high (750k-1mil) outside towns and low to medium (250-500k) inside towns giving you a higher fps in towns and drawing players at a larger distance where it's needed.
The other values can be much lower for an additional fps increase, not much point in drawing anything outside 1000m.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DayZ\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General options.
General options.
Video options.
Video options.
Quality options.
Quality options.
Texture options.
Texture options.
Rendering options.
Rendering options.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Can select higher resolutions than native to achieve super sampling.
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle by pressing Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA (Low, Normal, High, Very High).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Disabled in a recent patch. Cannot be toggled currently.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, music, voip, master.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
50 Dedicated servers limited to 50 players.
"Dedicated servers limited to 50 players." is not in the list of possible values (Co-op, Versus) for this property.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Use "Remote" option in server browser and input your IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 27056, 27066, 27075, 27086, 27116, 27216, 27416, 27516

Other information[edit]

Enable NVIDIA SLI[edit]

There is an extensive guide on how to enable NVIDIA SLI located here.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 Direct3D 11 support coming sometime in 2015. Direct3D 12 following eventually.
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2, 7 SP1 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB 14 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
AMD Radeon HD 3830
Intel HD Graphics 4000
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 7750
1 GB of VRAM


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  2. 2.0 2.1 FPS Boost Fix! (Some fixes) - Steam Community Guides