Dark Sector

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Dark Sector
Dark Sector cover
Developers
Digital Extremes
Windows Noviy Disk
Publishers
Aspyr Media
Noviy Disk
City Interactive
Engines
Evolution
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2009
Dark Sector at Wikipedia

General information

Dark Sector Wiki
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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 5.60.2.4 DRM (Russian version)
Windows
GamersGate
Requires online activation
StarForce DRM. Not available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan and South Africa.
Windows
Green Man Gaming Playfire Client
Requires online activation
SecuROM PA DRM.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro video[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Delete/rename the apyr720.avi file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Configs\
%USERPROFILE%\Aspyr\Dark Sector\settings
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/29900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Dark Sector\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/29900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Game fails to run at any resolution wider than 2048 pixels. Image is also stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use GameCompanion.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced off in the graphics card control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Native widescreen support results in vertically stretched picture in fullscreen.
Enable widescreen without vertical distortion[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Configs
  2. Open DS.cfg
  3. Find [Windows_Config,/Types/Config]
  4. Add Graphics.DisplayAspectRatio=FullScreen4x3 underneath it.
  5. Set the file as read-only.
The game fails to run at any resolution wider than 2048 pixels (all you get is a black screen with piled up menu items even during gameplay).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Change the default value[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Configs
  2. Open DS.cfg
  3. Find [Windows_Config,/Types/Config]
  4. Add Graphics.FOV=XX underneath it, where XX is your desired FOV (e.g. Graphics.FOV=90).
  5. Set the file as read-only.

Windowed[edit]

Enable windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Configs
  2. Open DS.cfg
  3. Find [Windows_Config,/Types/Config]
  4. Add Graphics.FullScreen=0 underneath it.
  5. Open Editor.cfg
  6. Find [MainGameWindowed,/Editor/WinRect]
  7. Set the SizeX and SizeY lines to the desired resolution.

Notes

The game fails to run at any resolution wider than 2048 pixels.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Nvidia only solution. Not supported in windowed mode.
Enable SGSSAA using Nvidia Profile Inspector[2]
  1. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Search for Dark Sector in the profiles list.
  3. Set Antialiasing - Behavior flags to None
  4. Set Antialiasing compatibility to 0x004000C0
  5. Set Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting
  6. Set Antialiasing - Setting to 2x/4x/8x Multisampling
  7. Set Antialiasing - Transparency supersampling to 2x/4x/8x Sparse Grid Supersampling (the level must match the previous setting).
  8. Set Texture filtering - LOD Bias to either -0.500 (if using 2x MSAA + 2x SGSSAA), -1.000 (if using 4x) or -1.500 (if using 8x).
  9. Click Apply to save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map 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 Sub Notes
English
French
German
Retail only.
Hungarian
Retail only.
Italian
Polish
Retail only.
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Slovak
Use unofficial Slovak language file (Windows).
Spanish
Retail only.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Graphical Distortion on bottom right of screen[edit]

Turn off Post Processing in the game options.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or similar AMD Athlon 64
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1300
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3 support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/29900/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (29900) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References