XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM - Enemy Unknown - cover.jpg
OS X, Linux
Release dates
October 9, 2012
April 25, 2013
June 19, 2014
XCOM: Enemy Unknown at SteamDB
 XCOM: Enemy Unknown at Wikipedia
X-COM: UFO Defense 1994
X-COM: Terror from the Deep 1995
X-COM: Apocalypse 1997
X-COM: Interceptor 1998
X-COM: Enforcer 2001
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified 2013

Key points

Disadvantage The game suffers from an abundance of bugs in its current state. Some bugs are game-breaking.[1]

General information

Information PC Report - XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Linux
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Official Forum - not PC-specific.


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Games Republic Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Complete Edition
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg Elite Edition, OS X only
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Information All Windows and Linux versions require Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Elite Soldier Pack Part of Complete Pack. Pre-order bonus. WindowsOS XLinux
Slingshot Pack Part of Complete Pack. WindowsOS XLinux
XCOM: Enemy Within Part of Complete Pack. WindowsOS XLinux

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Disable videos in .ini file

  1. Open XComEngine.ini or DefaultEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the following lines
Replace them with:
On OS X and Linux you also need to replace StartupMovies=feral with ;StartupMovies=feral.
Information Changing the setting bForceNoMovies to TRUE will not work because the game will fail to load anything past the main menu. This problem does not exist in Enemy Within.

Turn off multiplayer chat[edit]

Fix Turn off multiplayer voice chat

  1. Open XComEngine.ini or DefaultEngine.ini in the configuration files location.
  2. Find the line bHasVoiceEnabled=true
  3. Change it to bHasVoiceEnabled=false

Enable armor tint options[edit]

Fix Enable armor tints[2]

  1. Open XComGame.ini or DefaultGame.iniin the configuration files location.
  2. Add the following lines at the end

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\XCOM - Enemy Unknown\XComGame\Config\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/XCOM Enemy Unknown/
Linux ~/.local/share/feral-interactive/XCOM/WritableFiles/
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\XCOM - Enemy Unknown\XComGame\SaveData\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/XCOM Enemy Unknown/
Linux ~/.local/share/feral-interactive/XCOM/savedata/
Disadvantage Having too many savegames can cause slowdowns, which can be fixed by regularly purging savegames.
Disadvantage Savegames will start appearing in the wrong order once there are more or around 100 savegames.

If savegames not showing when starting the game in Linux after playing it in Windows, go to the savegames location in linux and change the name of the folder SaveData to savedata

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Impossible WSGF MM Bronze.svg Game renders upside-down.[3]
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF UW Silver.svg See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Includes "Borderless Window" display mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4]
Color blind mode Native Game's color scheme is inherently friendly (no dedicated mode).[5]

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native Can bind two key combinations for each function.
Mouse acceleration Impossible Some in-game functions cause mouse to accelerate wildly (e.g., any area-of-effect ability).
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native Must be first enabled in options.
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Touchscreen optimised Native Must be first enabled in options.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible With surround sound enabled certain sounds such as dialogue audio cannot be heard.[6]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Traditional Chinese Native Impossible Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Korean Native Impossible Native
Japanese Native Impossible Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play Impossible
LAN play Native
Online play Native

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Impossible
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D Unknown Unknown icon.svg
Nvidia 3D Vision Native GG3D bronze.svg Use Helix Mod to improve 3D support.
TriDef 3D Native GG3D silver.svg
iZ3D Unknown Unknown icon.svg

Issues fixed[edit]

Save game slowdowns[edit]

Disadvantage Having a lot of savegames might cause the game to momentarily freeze while loading the "Save Game" screen.

Fix Delete unnecessary save games


Game appears to run in slow motion[edit]

Information Using Gigabyte's OC Guru overclocking tool can cause the game to appear to run in slow motion, then jump forward in time every few seconds

Fix Close the OC Guru overlay

  1. In the taskbar, right click on the Gigabyte OC Guru and click Close.
  2. You may need to click show hidden icons to see the icon.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable Native


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual Core 2 GHz Dual Core (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce 9000 series
ATI Radeon HD 3000 series
Information Windows XP is not supported, but the game can be made to run on it using this guide.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5 10.9.1
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD HD4000
NVidia 9000 series
256 MB of VRAM
1 GB of VRAM
Information The OS X version is not supported on these graphics cards: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series. The following cards require you to have 8 GB of system RAM: NVIDIA 320M, NVIDIA 9400 and Intel HD3000.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia 600 series
AMD 6000 series
Intel Iris Pro
512 MB of VRAM
Nvidia 700 series
AMD 6000 series
1 GB of VRAM
Information Only available in 64-bit.


  1. http://forums.2kgames.com/showthread.php?149231-Dedicated-Bug-Reports
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/1hkfo8/gmg_9th_666_sale_dmc_walking_dead_euro_truck_sim/cav71s3
  3. http://img.wsgf.org/f/u/imagecache/node-gallery-display/contrib/dr/23733/ingame_3x1.jpg
  4. New 120Hz Games Report
  5. XCOM Enemy Unknown (PC) | AbleGamers.com
  6. Can't hear sound/voice from soldiers? Click here. - Steam discussion forums