Deus Ex

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Deus Ex
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Mac OS
Release dates
June 26, 2000
Mac OS
July 27, 2000
Deus Ex at WineHQ
Deus Ex at SteamDB
 Deus Ex at Wikipedia
Deus Ex
Deus Ex 2000
Deus Ex: Invisible War 2003
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2011
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut 2013
Deus Ex: The Fall 2014
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2016

Key points

Information Vastly improved graphically by the New Vision mod, which replaces the majority of in game textures with high definition replacements as well as HDTP mod, currently in beta stage.
Information Kentie's Deus Exe and Direct3D 10 renderer fix various performance, visual and compatibility problems on modern systems.
Advantage An official SDK level editor is available, resulting in a number of gameplay-improving mods for download.

General information

More information GameFAQs Forum - this forum is relatively active and contains discussion & bugfixes
More information The Nameless Mod Forums - contains information relevant to most Deus Ex mods including New Vision
More information Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc check Disc check; see Run without the CD or Steam. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Requires online activation DRM: SecuROM DRM-free
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Can be played without Steam using Deus Exe.
Information Several demo versions of Deus Ex are available at Planet Deus Ex, including the first two missions as well as a Macintosh version.

Version differences[edit]

While the Steam version is cheaper, the version has no DRM and offers bonus free content.

Essential improvements[edit]


The 1.112fm patch fixes various bugs and adds multiplayer. Digital distribution versions already include this patch as do some retail re-releases.

Deus Exe[edit]

Kentie's Deus Exe is an updated executable that integrates support for various features. It does not work with the GameStop (Impulse) version of Deus Ex.

This fix will replace the existing deusex.exe file within the folder. If you want to be able to uninstall it, backup the main executable beforehand.

Fix Using Deus Exe

  1. Install Deus Ex normally. For CD versions you must choose the full install option.
  2. Download the latest version of Deus Exe (If using Windows XP download 5.3 version instead)
  3. Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package (x86).
  4. Extract the Deus Exe files to <path-to-game>\System folder, replacing the existing deusex.exe when prompted.
  5. Set your options in the pre-game launcher.

Direct3D 10 renderer[edit]

Kentie's Direct3D 10 renderer improves compatibility with modern systems and adds native support for various features including anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering and multi-monitor resolutions.

  • If you are using Deus Exe, install the renderer then choose Direct3D 10 Support in the launcher.
  • If you are using the original Deus Ex, install the renderer then run Deus Ex in Safe Mode and choose Direct3D 10 Support from the list.

Run without the CD or Steam[edit]

Fix Retail: remove CdPath= line from deusex.ini

Fix Use Deus Exe


A number of mods have been released for Deus Ex which include improvements to texture quality and gameplay adjustments:

Deus Ex: New Vision[edit]

Deus Ex: New Vision replaces the vast majority of the game's texture files with HD remakes, drastically improving the visual appeal of the game. It is compatible with Kentie's Custom Launcher, however note that to use these improved textures an additional renderer is required. 2 are included in the New Vision download, one for DirectX and one for OpenGL, and a video demonstrating full installation of the mod with Kentie's Launcher can be found here.

Deus Ex HDTP[edit]

Deus Ex HDTP (High Definition Texture Project) is a mod aimed to remodel and retexture the majority of the game's assets. The mod is currently in beta stages. The newest version can be downloaded either through ModDB or from the Off Topic Productions forum thread, which also list all the progress on the updates.


GMDX (Give Me Deus Ex), winner of Moddb's 2014 Mod of the Year "Worldly Award" is a mod for the Deus Ex campaign. GMDX improves Deus Ex's AI considerably, polishes and expands upon weapon behavior, fixes bugs, expands upon and refines the RPG systems (Augmentations, skills and weapon mods) as well as a vast number of other game systems, adds a new difficulty mode, improves audio & level design, just about everything has been polished and expanded upon in GMDX except for the plot.


Shifter fixes many common annoyances with the game, including improved enemy AI and a restructured augmentation system which replaces augmentations considered obsolete by the developer of the mod. Note however that this mod makes the game significantly easier by increasing the number of skill points awarded and items dropped among other things.

  • BioMod is an alternative extension to Shifter, further adding game changing features such as autosave and automated augmentations. Also notable is the removal of Shifter's awarding of skill points for kills.

The Nameless Mod[edit]

The Nameless Mod is an extensive conversion of Deus Ex which provides a new storyline within the Unreal 1 engine set outside of the Deus Ex universe. This modification is fully voiced and includes many new weapons and features.

Deus Ex: Nihilum[edit]

Deus Ex: Nihilum (also known as DXN, DEN and Nihilum) is a "mod taking place in an alternate Deus Ex continuity". It takes some content from other mods and provides around 10 hours of gameplay. It includes around 3.5 hours of voice work and 2 hours of new audio.

More Mods[edit]

Game data[edit]

Kentie's Deus Ex modern launcher - Settings

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\System\
Mac OS
Information Deus Exe stores settings in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Deus Ex\System\

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Save\
Mac OS
Information Deus Exe stores saves in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Deus Ex\Save\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Video settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Silver.svg Set with Deus Exe.
Multi-monitor Hackable Grading incomplete Use Deus Exe together with the Direct3D 10 renderer.
4K Ultra HD Hackable WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Set with Deus Exe.
Windowed Native support See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support Deus Exe v6 Readme: "Todo: add borderless window fullscreen mode."
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Use the Direct3D 10 renderer and set in preferences.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Use the Direct3D 10 renderer and set in preferences.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Use the Direct3D 10 renderer and set in preferences.
60 FPS Native support For Windows 8 and later use the Direct3D 10 renderer.
120+ FPS Native support Framerate above 120 FPS affects the gameplay speed.


Toggled in Settings->Display or by using Alt+ Enter, but this doesn't affect start-up. Also, only the software renderer and Direct3D 10 renderer properly handle adjusting brightness in Windowed mode. (OpenGL renderer will adjust brightness but affects the entire screen.)

Use Deus Exe or modify DeuxEx.ini (line StartupFullscreen) to start in Windowed mode.

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Hackable Set with Deus Exe.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Hackable Must be enabled through console command preferences. Under Display, set UseJoystick to "true". Note: Default settings unplayable.
Full controller support No native support Menus (including console login) don't support controllers.
Controller remapping Hackable In preferences, adjust sensitivity under Joystick, and input under Advanced -> Raw Key Bindings.
Controller Y-axis inversion Hackable

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music, Sound effects, Speech.
Surround sound Native support Up to 7.0 output.[1] EAX (or A3D) required[2]
Subtitles Native support Located under Game options.
Closed captions Native support
Mute on focus lost No native support
EAX support Native support A3D 2.0, EAX 1.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
German Native support No native support Native support Use Deus Ex - Deutsche Textdateien.
Polish Native support No native support Native support Fan translation can be downloaded from Portal24h.
Czech Native support No native support Native support Fan translation can be downloaded from [1]. It is only available up to 1.014f patch.


Information Multiplayer for the retail version requires the 1.112fm patch; digital distribution versions are already patched.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native support 16
Online play Native support 16

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking No native support
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated Native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP Native support Enter in-game or use deusex:// URL.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 7790-7792
UDP (outbound) 7790-7792, 27900

Issues fixed[edit]

Information Check Deus Ex tweak guide for more information on settings

32-bit color won't enable[edit]

Fix Use Deus Exe, and set 32-bit color in-game and restart the game before changing any other settings

Audio stutter/game crashing due to audio subsystem[edit]

Fix Use Deus Exe.

Information If problems persist, adjust the audio latency setting in the launcher.

Crash when enabling 32-bit color[edit]

Fix Patch the game up to 1.112fm

Fix Switch to an alternative renderer

Error message crash on startup[edit]

Fix Instructions

Generally speaking the error message will detail the subsystem in which the crash occurred in so you can narrow down the possible causes. You can also access the game's logfile (Deus Ex\system\deusex.log) for additional information.

Game Speed Inconsistent/Jerkiness[edit]

Fix Use Deus Exe

Large-scale graphical glitches[edit]

Fix Instructions

This is usually caused by the chosen renderer. Launch Deus Ex in Safe Mode and change to a different renderer. If problems persist, try the Direct3D 10 renderer.

Shadows appear scratchy/green[edit]

Fix Use the Direct3D 10 renderer

GUI scaling issues[edit]

Fix Use Deus Exe and set the GUI scaling option appropriately

Depending on the resolution (e.g. 1366x768), the GUI may still be too small or too big, use this instead.[citation needed]


After the release of the 1.112fm patch Ion Storm released an official SDK for the game which includes a full level editor and conversation editor. Note however that it is possible to crash the SDK by excessively spawning some items including rockets.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 300 MHz or AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 8.1
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3 266 Mhz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Rage Pro
4 MB of VRAM


  1. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  2. Restoring surround sound to Deus Ex and other games - should I get Sound Blaster MB3? • VOGONS