Dead Space 3

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Dead Space 3
Dead Space 3 cover
Visceral Games
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows February 5, 2013
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013

Key points

Features a wide variety of visual options.[1]
In-game Vsync option caps frame rate at 30 FPS; A higher framerate Vsync lock can be forced externally instead.

General information

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


All versions require Origin.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes

Video settings[edit]

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

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

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

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).


Forcing Vsync with AMD's CC will not work.

Input settings[edit]

Mouse acceleration[edit]

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).
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
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can not be disabled.


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

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

VR support[edit]

Issues unresolved[edit]

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

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]
EA has responded to this issue with a workaround[6]
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]

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
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]

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

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