Beat Hazard

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Beat Hazard
Beat Hazard cover
Cold Beam Games
macOS (OS X) d3t
Retail version THQ
Release dates
Windows April 15, 2010
macOS (OS X) October 18, 2011
Linux February 19, 2013

General information

Unofficial Beat Hazard Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website Classic version with 20 extra tracks and unlockable Suicidal difficulty.
Humble Store
Mac App Store

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
iTunes & m4a file support
Beat Hazard Ultra
Shadow Operations Unit

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Beat Hazard
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/BeatHazard_Linux2/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/49600/remote/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Custom resolutions and fine-tuning of the game settings are possible through BeatHazardPref.txt file.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Game settings.
Game settings.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse wheel is used to scroll through options.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Non-XInput controllers are not supported in the retail version.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Xbox 360 prompts are shown for controllers.
Controller hotplugging
False for the retail version; true for the Steam version.[3]
Haptic feedback
Cannot be disabled in the retail version.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music volume, SFX volume, and Ship Firing SFX (Beat Hazard Ultra-only option).
Surround sound
No speech.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Only one keyboard usable, other players use controllers.
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op
Requires Beat Hazard Ultra

Issues fixed[edit]

Some issues have been listed in the game's FAQ.
List of common issues on Steam Community Discussions

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) Intel
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS or equivalent
Processor (CPU) x86 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB


  1. Beat Hazard | WSGF
  2. Game Compatibility List, Borderless Gaming on Steam Community Discussion
  3. Tested by AmethystViper