Gratuitous Space Battles

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Gratuitous Space Battles
Release dates
November 4, 2009
August 4, 2010
December 13, 2011
Gratuitous Space Battles at WineHQ
Gratuitous Space Battles at Steam Charts
Gratuitous Space Battles at SteamDB
 Gratuitous Space Battles at Wikipedia
Gratuitous Battles
Gratuitous Space Battles 2009
Gratuitous Tank Battles 2012
Gratuitous Space Battles 2 2015

General information

More information Official Website
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
Developer website DRM-free The Windows and OS X versions are sold separately
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Desura DRM-free
Information None of the versions provide everything and there is a price disparity between the same versions.
Information Online gameplay requires an activation code.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Outcasts Windows
The Tribe WindowsOS X
The Order WindowsOS X
The Swarm WindowsOS X
The Nomads WindowsOS X
Galactic Conquest WindowsOS X
Parasites DLC Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GratuitousSpaceBattles
Linux ~/.positech/GSB

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\GratuitousSpaceBattles
Linux ~/.positech/GSB
Disadvantage This game does not support the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Unknown Grading incomplete
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Not applicable
Subtitles Not applicable No speech.
Closed captions Not applicable
Mute on focus lost Impossible


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Not applicable Not applicable


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native 2 Can only play against others via challenge maps.
Asynchronous multiplayer Native

Issues fixed[edit]

DLC on Linux[edit]

The DLC for this game can only be bought via Steam or as a part of the collector's edition from the website. Because of this, the DLC is not officially sold on Linux, but it can be used with the Linux version after being bought on Steam.[1]

Fix Convert Steam DLC content

  1. Buy DLC via Steam
  2. Install DLC via Steam, either under Windows or via Wine
  3. Copy the relevant folders
    1. Folder in the installation folder (e.g. "GSB/nomads GSB/campaign")
    2. "data/install/DLC_RELATED" into "GSB/data/install/DLC_RELATED"
    3. "data/packages/DLC_RELATED" into "GSB/data/packages/DLC_RELATED"
  4. Convert all .dds files to .png


Information This can be done with the use of ImageMagick. To automate this process further the following command may be used (NO WARRANTY):
for x in `find . -name "*.dds"`; do convert $x `dirname $x`/`basename $x .dds`.png; done
Information Some users have noted that some backgrounds appear white, when using the DLC, but this can be further fixed by converting the .bmp files

Issues unresolved[edit]

Whilst in battle, the game would, approximately every 3 minutes, drop from the regular (on an average machine, I do not know the specs of it) FPS of ~60, to < 10 FPS. It would go back to the regular FPS about 5 minutes later, and then repeat this cycle. Cause unknown, fix unknown.

System requirements[edit]

Information Requires at least 1024x768
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 62 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) 10.5
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 62 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) Kernel 2.6
Processor (CPU) 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 62 MB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM


  1. Guide on forums