Saints Row: The Third

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Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third cover
OS X Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2011
Linux TBA
Saints Row
Saints Row 2 2009
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Saints Row IV 2013
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 2015

Key points

Some of the developers of the game in Volition are actively helping the community into releasing proper mod tools and fixing latest bugs[1]

General information

Official series site
Official forums
Saints Row Wiki
Saints Row Mods forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Full Package only
GamersGate Full Package only
Gamesplanet Full Package is also available. Full Package only
Humble Store

Version differences[edit]

The Full Package does not include the following DLC: Bloodsucker Pack, Unlockable Pack. These are available separately or as part of the Ultimate Franchise Pack.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass Includes Genkibowl VII, Gangstas in Space, and The Trouble with Clones
Unlockable Pack Unlocks already available game content.
Bloodsucker Pack
Explosive Combat Pack
Gangstas in Space
Genki Girl Pack
Genkibowl VII
Horror Pack
Invincible Pack
Money Shot Pack
Nyte Blayde Pack
Penthouse Pack
Shark Attack Pack
Special Ops Vehicle Pack
Steelport Gangs Pack
The Trouble with Clones DLC
Warrior Pack
Witches & Wieners Pack
Z Style Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files
  1. Go to Videos in the installation folder.
  2. Delete/move/rename logo_amd_hd.bik and logo_thq_and_voli_hd.bik.


Gentlemen of Steelport[edit]

Gentlemen of Steelport combines all the best mods from the Saints Row modding community.

Launcher With Advanced Graphics Options[edit]

Advanced launcher.
Advanced launcher.
Launcher with a nice GUI front end for display settings editing.[2]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\display.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saints Row The Third\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\55230\remote\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Controller settings.
Controller settings.
Controller buttons, first section.
Controller buttons, first section.
With Steam version if DirectInput controller is present, Steam wraps inputs from it instead of XInput controller, making XInput controller unusable. Game crashes when disconnecting controller unlike with XInput controller which is hotpluggable.[4]

Remove aim assist[edit]

Add mod file that removes aim assist
  1. Download this file
  2. Place it in the same folder as the game executable.

Audio settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.1 output[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
2 Co-op, Versus
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus

Issues fixed[edit]

Bad Performance / Lag[edit]

This issue mostly affects AMD/ATI graphics cards, but these tweaks may alleviate performance issues regardless of brand:

Bad Performance / Lag[6]
  1. Play the game in DX9 Mode instead of DirectX 10 or 11
  2. Lower the game resolution
  3. Lower the graphics settings from high to low! Specifically, try turning down Post Processing and Ambient occlusion!
  4. Update your video card drivers! New graphic card drivers (such as Catalyst) provide for increased frame rates and bug fixes tailored to specific games and just general optimization.
  5. Turn off VSYNC and AntiAliasing (AA)!
  6. Sometimes if you’re using SLI or CrossFire, it’s worth trying to play the game with one card instead of two.
  7. If using an AMD Processor with Bulldozer Architecture (FX-4100, 4170, 6100, 8150 etc.) Try using the Orochi-CEG tool.
  8. Restart your computer.

Stuttering / Freezing[edit]

Stuttering / Freezing

The game is known to stutter/freeze randomly on systems that meet the recommended requirements. The effect of the stutter can be limited or stopped by disabling VSync.

Disabling your secondary monitor may also help, but this fix needs testing.

Lag / Freeze in fullscreen with DirectX 10/11[edit]

Lag / Freeze in fullscreen with DirectX 10/11
  • Disable your secondary monitor



A BIOS issue with gigabyte motherboards can be fixed by updating the BIOS from the website.

No Sound[edit]

No Sound

Possible solutions:

  • Turn off Hardware Sound Acceleration in DXDIAG (RUN > DXDIAG > SOUND > DirectX Features)
  • Lower your Sample Rate Conversion Quality (or turn off Hardware Acceleration) through Sounds & Audio Devices in the Control Panel (Volume > Speaker Settings > Advanced > Performance)
  • Anyone using a 7.1 or 5.1 speaker configuration should try setting it to 2.1 in the Windows audio options.

Controller not working[edit]

Controller not working

When using a controller you may encounter a problem with it not working, or working intermittently - most noticeable on the game map screen.

  • Be sure to plug in the controller BEFORE you launch the game.
  • If you have any other devices plugged into USB ports, then remove those too before playing.
  • Should the controller become disconnected mid-game, restart the game with the controller plugged in to alleviate any issues.
  • This game only supports XInput controllers; use x360ce for other controllers.

Flickering Red Dots[edit]

Flickering Red Dots

This is an issue that may occur with nVidia graphics cards. To solve this:

  1. Open your nVidia control panel
  2. Navigate to Manage 3D settings
  3. Under the Program Settings tab, select Saints Row from the list of programs (You may need to add it, in which case select the Saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe)
  4. Change Anisotropic Filtering and Antialiasing to Application Controlled.
  5. You may also need to turn off Antialiasing Transparency, Gamma Correction, and Texture Filtering, as well.

For non-nVidia graphics cards, please refer to your equivalent 3D control panel

Fail to Launch / Hangs / Freezes After Intro or Advertisement[edit]

Fail to Launch / Hangs / Freezes After Intro or Advertisement
  • Set the compatibility mode to the game to “Windows XP”
  • Run the game directly instead of using the generated shortcut
  • Check your game cache / revalidate it to ensure you have okay files
  • Run the game in DirectX 9 mode
  • If you use multiple monitors, then disable one of them
  • Exit any program that could mess with the game
  • Run the game in a different, more common resolution
  • Multiple monitors/display?--- Make sure main monitor is in main slot [bios displays on this screen]
  • If you have Steam installed on an External Hard Drive try moving steam to an internal Hard Drive or to another Hard drive in general.
  • If you have Saints Row installed on a hard drive other then C: try moving Saints Row to a new Steam Library on C: you can create a second steam library by launching steam with a -dev flag, clicking the new console tab, and following these directions, then exit steam, copy the folder, then relaunch and reinstall saints row to the new C: library you just copied it to.

Game Crashes on Loading Screen After Starting a New Game[edit]

Game Crashes on Loading Screen After Starting a New Game
  • Start game in DirectX 9 mode and start a new game. After that you can play DirectX10/11 version.
  • Try verifying the integrity of the game cache (right-click the game in the Steam library, select "Properties" then select the "Local Files" tab and click "Verify..."). Note that for many users Steam will always report that 1 file failed to validate and has to be replaced, even when you verify the game cache multiple times. Since this also happens to users who have no problems at all with the game, it is assumed to be something that is not affecting the game's performance.
  • If you are running the game on a Mac, with Boot Camp, and using an HFS+ formatted drive, together with additional software (such as MacDrive) you will need to install it on a native NTFS drive. This also applies to all other THQ recent titles.
Crash on Radeon graphics cards

On some Radeon cards, the game may fail to automatically configuring graphics settings. If this is the case, the game will also crash when you try to change display settings in-game.

To force the game to skip autoconfig:

  1. Open <path-to-game>\display.ini
  2. Change Preset from -1 to a number from 1 to 4 where 1 is ultra low and 4 is ultra high
Don't use auto-detect graphics settings in game

Seemingly Random Crashes in DirectX 11 Mode[edit]

Seemingly Random Crashes in DirectX 11 Mode[7]
  • One possible cause for crashes in DirectX 11 mode can be that the core voltage of the video card is set a little bit too low. In that case raising the core voltage by a very small amount can resolve the issue. Warning: Changing settings on your video card may void warranties and can potentially damage the card.

Launcher is blank[edit]

Launcher is blank
  • Download an alternate launcher such as this one.
  • If you have Steam installed on an External Hard Drive try moving steam to an internal Hard Drive.

Co-op Mode not connecting[edit]

Co-op Mode not connecting
  • Make sure you have privacy to "Open to all"
  • Download Tunngle, sign up for a free account and join one of the Saints Row: The Third servers. Make sure your friend downloads it and joins the same server, should fix all problems.

Missing saved games or insufficient space[edit]

Missing saved games or insufficient space

Symptom: Saved games are missing despite being in the correct folder, and Saints Row claims there's not enough storage space.

  • Restart Steam.

Lag in Co-op Through a LAN Connection[edit]

Lag in Co-op Through a LAN Connection
  • This is caused by one person having a much lower frame rate than the other (eg. A is getting 20 FPS, B is getting 50 FPS)
  • To fix this, simply get the person with the lower FPS to lower their video settings.

Problems while entering Crib or Saving/Loading[edit]

Problems while entering Crib or Saving/Loading
  • Symptom: Loading from a saved game and trying to entering a crib gives a black screen and goes back to the desktop, it may also happen when trying to save a game manually and when killing someone after loading.
  • To fix this, simply change the date of your Windows system to the date of the last saved game(click in the time/date on the taskbar and in Change date and time). For some strange reason(parity on the save files or something like that), this causes a conflict between steam and SRTT.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Backward compatibility for Direct3D 10 and 10.1 GPUs is provided by Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks For Steam version.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Dual Core Quad Core Intel or AMD
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3000
320 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce GTX 400
ATI Radeon HD 5000
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 4.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card


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