Dead Space 3

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Dead Space 3
Dead space 3 cover.jpg
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Publishers
Release dates
Windows
February 5, 2013
 Dead Space 3 at Wikipedia
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013

Key points

Advantage Although Visceral Games announced Dead Space 3 would be a straight port with no additional graphical enhancements, [1] the game features a wide variety of visual options.[2]

General information

More information Neoseeker Forums PC-specific.
More information Aegis7 forums non PC-specific, less active.

Contents

[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Origin Origin.png
Amazon.com Origin.png
GameFly Origin.png
Information All digital and retail versions must be redeemed through Origin.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 3\

[edit] Save game data location

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EA Games\Dead Space 3\

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Origin Native
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Graphics options.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.png Works with Nvidia Surround in 2D and 3D modes.
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.png
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Fixable through config file. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native x2/x4/x8/x16.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Only post-process AA (FXAA, SMAA).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Frame rate locked at 30 FPS. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
High frame rate Native Disable in-game Vsync to allow 120 FPS; force externally if desired.[3]

[edit] Field of view (FOV)

Information There is deliberately no in-game option to modify the FOV

Fix Edit config file to change FOVLink

  1. Open %LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 3\system.txt
  2. Search for the line Window.FOVScale
  3. Change the value from 1.00000000 to a higher one (default FOV is around 75 degrees).
  4. Save your changes.
Note: In one cutscene if you change FoV there will be border in the middle of the screen. See screenshot for details.

[edit] Vertical sync (Vsync)

Fix 30fps+ VsyncLink

  1. Disable Vsync in the game menu.
  2. Enable forced vsync in Nvidia Control panel (Only Nvidia VGA), RivaTuner or RadeonPro (Only AMD VGA).

Notes:

Disadvantage Forcing Vsync with AMD's CC will not work.

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible Negative mouse acceleration. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

[edit] Mouse acceleration

Disadvantage As with previous games in the Dead Space series, the game uses negative mouse acceleration. Faster mouse movements results in slower cursor movements. This makes aiming much harder and breaks immersion.

Negative mouse acceleration can be mitigated or almost completely removed by setting controller sensitivity = 10 and mouse sensitivity = 05 in the options (0.05 in the general.txt file).

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native 5.1
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native Can not be disabled.

[edit] Issues unresolved

[edit] Cannot retrieve information from Origin error when accessing DLC store ingame

Advantage EA has responded to this issue with a workaround[4]
Disadvantage Many users are reporting that the workaround does not fix the issue[5][6]
Information Several users affected by the issue have started posting tracerouting logs of their connection to the Origin servers to help EA identify the cause of the issue[7]

Possible fixes:

  • Uninstall Origin and reinstall the latest version at http://www.origin.com/download
  • Run Origin as administrator
  • Add Dead Space 3 and Origin to your firewall's exception list
  • Temporarily disable your antivirus while playing Dead Space 3 [Not recommended]
  • Temporarily disable your firewall while playing Dead Space 3 [Not recommended]
  • Port forward the following ports:
TCP UDP
80 3659
443 14000-14016
9988 22990-23006
20000-20100 25200-25300
22990
17502
42127

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Could not initialize display hardware

Information Dead Space 3 tries launching with a video resolution unsupported by the video card/monitor.

Fix Manually set resolutionLink

Modify the configuration file (%LOCALAPPDATA%\EA Games\Dead Space 3\system.txt), and adjust to a resolution that works.

[edit] System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP (SP3), Vista (SP1), 7
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP), 2 GB (Vista or 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or better
ATI X1600 Pro or better
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Information nVidia GeForce 7300, 7600 GS, 8500 and Ati Radeon X1300, X1300 Pro, HD2400 are below minimum system requirements

References

  1. http://games.on.net/2013/01/dead-space-3-on-pc-to-be-straight-port-no-additional-features-added
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atpxaM5F0Ps&t=2m10s
  3. New 120Hz Games Report
  4. http://answers.ea.com/t5/Dead-Space-3/Unable-to-access-Downloadable-Content-in-Dead-Space-3-Limited/m-p/476536/highlight/true#M565
  5. http://answers.ea.com/t5/Dead-Space-3/Unable-to-access-Downloadable-Content-in-Dead-Space-3-Limited/m-p/476612/highlight/true#M573
  6. http://answers.ea.com/t5/Dead-Space-3/Downloadable-Contents-Connection-Issue/m-p/475760/highlight/true#M500
  7. http://answers.ea.com/t5/Dead-Space-3/Downloadable-Contents-Connection-Issue/m-p/1401320/highlight/true#M7326
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