Half-Life: Blue Shift

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Half-Life: Blue Shift
Half-Life Blue Shift.jpg
Release dates
June 12, 2001
March 30, 2013
March 30, 2013
Half-Life: Blue Shift at SteamDB
 Half-Life: Blue Shift at Wikipedia
Half-Life 1998
Half-Life: Opposing Force 1999
Half-Life: Blue Shift 2001
Half-Life: Source 2004
Half-Life 2 2004
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch 2004
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast 2005
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode One 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 2007
Half-Life: Decay (unofficial mod) 2008
Black Mesa TBA

Key points

Advantage Runs extremely well on low end hardware.

General information

More information Unofficial Half-Life Wiki
More information GitHub Issue Tracker for Half-Life: Blue Shift and other GoldSrc-based games
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix -nointro

  1. Find Half-Life: Blue Shift in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -nointro
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Half-Life\bshift\
OS X <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/
Linux <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/
Information *.cfg store the configuration.
Disadvantage This game does not support the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Half-Life\bshift\SAVE\
OS X <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/SAVE
Linux <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/SAVE/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support
Multi-monitor No native support
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Can be changed using default_fov command
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) No native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Hackable See High frame rate.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Fix -window -noborder

  1. Find Half-Life: Blue Shift in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -window -noborder
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Set FPS limit

Information Game is capped at 72 FPS (without Vsync) by default
  1. Go to the Configuration file(s) location.
  2. Create a new file called userconfig.cfg
  3. Add in the following lines:
fps_max "<desired FPS value>"
fps_override 1
  • The fps_override 1 command disables GoldSrc's arbitrary 100 FPS limit.

4. Save the file and launch the game.

5. Disable Vsync in-game.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support
Full controller support No native support
Controller remapping Native support
Controller Y-axis inversion No native support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Native support
Subtitles No native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support No native support
French Native support Unknown No native support
German Native support Unknown No native support

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes before entering main menu (Windows)[edit]

Fix Fix Data Execution Prevention setting

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Lost with Linux update.[1]
OpenGL 2.1
Software renderer Native support
64-bit executable Native support OS X and Linux only.[citation needed]


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

Console commands[edit]

Information Games running on the GoldSrc engine can utilize GoldSrc Engine Console Commands for various tasks.
Information The console is enabled by default in GoldSrc games, press ~ to open it.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM 32 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) Snow Leopard 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8
ATI Radeon X1600
Intel HD 3000
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600/9600 GT
ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2600/3600
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Other (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11)


  1. Steam HL1 5.1 sound - Steam discussions forums.