Dead Space 3

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Dead Space 3
Dead space 3 cover.jpg
Release dates
February 5, 2013
Dead Space 3 at WineHQ
 Dead Space 3 at Wikipedia
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013
Dead Space 3: Awakened

Key points

Advantage Features a wide variety of visual options.[1]

General information

More information Official website
More information Official forums
More information Dead Space Wiki
More information Neoseeker Forums PC-specific
More information Aegis7 forums non PC-specific, less active


Source DRM Notes Keys Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Information All versions require Origin.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics options.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.svg Works with Nvidia Surround in 2D and 3D modes.
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Fixable through config file. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Only post-process AA (FXAA, SMAA).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Only 30FPS lock. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
High frame rate Native Disable in-game Vsync to allow 120 FPS; force externally if desired.[2]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

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

Fix Edit config file to change FOV

  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°).
  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.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Enabling 30FPS+ Vsync

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


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

Input settings[edit]

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 support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Information 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).
Disadvantage As with previous games in the Dead Space series, the game uses negative mouse acceleration.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native Up to 5.1 output.[3]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native Can not be disabled.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Unknown Unknown
Russian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native 2 Co-op
Co-op campaign.[4]

Issues unresolved[edit]

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

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[5]
Advantage EA has responded to this issue with a workaround[6]
Disadvantage Many users are reporting that the workaround does not fix the issue[7][8]

Possible fixes:

  • Uninstall Origin and reinstall the latest version
  • Run Origin as administrator
  • Add Dead Space 3 and Origin to your firewall's exception list
  • Port forward the following ports:
80 3659
443 14000-14016
9988 22990-23006
20000-20100 25200-25300

Game crashes at start-up[edit]

Fix Disable desktop composition

Fix Disable problematic game controllers

  1. Go to Start Menu>Control Panel>System and Maintenance>System>[Left Panel]Device Manager>Human Interface Devices [HID]
  2. Disable the HID compliant game controller which could bug the game

Fix Disable Origin overlay

  1. In 'MY GAMES' right-click on 'Dead space 3', open 'Game Properties' and then check the box 'Disable Origin in Game for this game'

Issues fixed[edit]

Could not initialize display hardware[edit]

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

Fix Manually set resolution

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

Origin In-Game not working[edit]

Information Origin In-Game is not working, preventing you to invite or accept invites from friends

Fix Disable any OSD programs

Disable or exit any OSD programs (Although Fraps is usually the cause, MSI Afterburner and GF Experience could also cause problems)

System requirements[edit]

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


  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. Dead Space 3 - Dead Space 3 Co-Op FAQ