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Release dates
Early access
DayZ at SteamDB
 DayZ at Wikipedia
DayZ (mod) 2012
DayZ 2016

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

General information

More information Feedback Tracker
More information Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys
Developer website Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Early access
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Early access
Information All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix 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]

Fix Add launch option

  1. Right-click on the game in your Steam library and select Properties.
  2. Select Set Launch Options and enter: -winxp -cpuCount=4 -exThreads=7 -maxmem=8192 -maxvram=4095 but substitute each value for your system as per the below.


Information -winxp=(you may have trouble alt+tabbing if you use this and may cause crashing)
Information -maxmem=(your system RAM in megabytes)
Information -maxvram=(your video card memory in megabytes)
Information -cpuCount=(available CPU cores)
Information -exThreads=(1 if you have a dual core, 7 if you have a quad core or higher)

Fix 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.)


Information You have to launch the game at least once for the configuration file to be generated.

Fix 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=150000; shadowZDistance=100; viewDistance=1600; preferredObjectViewDistance=1600;

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\DayZ\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

General options.
Video options.
Quality options.
Texture options.
Rendering options.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support Can select higher resolutions than native to achieve super sampling.
Multi-monitor Native support
Ultra-widescreen Native support
Field of view (FOV) Native support
Windowed Native support Toggle by pressing Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support FXAA, SMAA (Low, Normal, High, Very High).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Native support Disabled in a recent patch. Cannot be toggled currently.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion No native support
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Effects, music, voip, master.
Surround sound Native support
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Unknown Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play No native support
Online play Native support 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
Matchmaking No native support
Dedicated Native support
Self-hosting No native support
Direct IP Native support 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]

Information 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 No native support

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


  1. r/Games + r/DayZ AMA with Rocket | DayZ is moving to a new engine! : Games
  2. 2.0 2.1 FPS Boost Fix! (Some fixes) - Steam Community Guides