Half-Life: Blue Shift

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Half-Life: Blue Shift
Half-Life: Blue Shift cover
Developers
Gearbox Software
Valve Corporation
Publishers
Sierra Entertainment
Valve Corporation
Engines
GoldSrc
Release dates
Windows June 12, 2001
OS X March 30, 2013
Linux March 30, 2013
Half-Life
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

Well optimized.
As of July 2013, among many other fixes, the game was updated with SteamPipe integration, and regained its original soundtrack for in-game use.[1]

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Disc only required for CD music.
Amazon.com Only available as Half-Life: Anthology, Comes with Steam Key
Green Man Gaming
Steam

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

-nointro[citation needed]
  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]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Half-Life\bshift\
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/
Linux <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/
*.cfg store the configuration.
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Half-Life\bshift\SAVE\
macOS (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

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
In-game and menu UI become too small.
Field of view (FOV)
Can be changed using default_fov command
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Steam version has anisotropic filtering. Can also force through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Steam version has MSAA. Can also force through graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

-window -noborder[citation needed]
  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]

Game is capped at 72 FPS (without Vsync) by default.
Set FPS limit[citation needed]
  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 key map settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[citation needed]

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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Lost with Linux update.[2]
OpenGL 2.1
Software renderer
64-bit executable
OS X and Linux only.[citation needed]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

Console commands[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
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
OS X
Minimum
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
Linux
Minimum
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)

References

  1. Blue Shift Hub (Steam) - Half-Life: Blue Shift update released - last accessed on July 30, 2013
  2. Steam HL1 5.1 sound - Steam discussions forums.