Descent 3

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Descent 3
Descent 3 cover
Developers
Outrage Entertainment
Linux Loki Software
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
Engines
Fusion
Release dates
Windows June 11, 1999
Mac OS November 24, 1999
Linux 1999
Descent 3 guide at StrategyWiki
Descent 3 at Wikipedia
Descent
Descent 1994
Descent II 1996
Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War 1998
Descent 3 1999
FreeSpace 2 1999
Descent: Underground TBA

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 50 FPS;[1] use command line arguments -framecap X with the cap you want.
The game's source code was not released unlike the earlier titles in the series. This is most detrimental to Mac users as the Mac version predates OS X, thus cannot run on it without the use of the Classic Environment. The Classic Environment was removed in 10.5 "Leopard" and isn't supported on intel Macs. This makes Mac gameplay tricky.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows
Mac OS
Linux
No longer sold digitally due to licensing issues.[2]
Two demo versions were released

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Mercenary
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest patches for every game version available here

Skip launcher[edit]

Launch the game with -launched parameter[citation needed]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with -nointro parameter[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Outrage\Descent3\
Mac OS
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\
Mac OS
Linux
*.plt in the installation folder stores pilot-related settings.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Detail settings.
Detail settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
FOV is far too low.
Ultra-widescreen
FOV is too low.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in your GPU's control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced in your GPU's control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Set in Options, Video.
60 FPS
50 FPS default cap;[1] use the command line arguments -framecap 60
120+ FPS
Use -framecap X command line arguments with the cap you want.
Color blind mode

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Add resolution switches[3]
  1. Go to the shortcut/launcher properties:
    • If you are skipping the launcher, right-click the MAIN.EXE shortcut and choose Properties.
    • If you are using the launcher, run it and go to Setup, Misc.
  2. Add your resolution in the following format: -width 1920 -height 1080 -aspect 1.78
    • -aspect should be 1.78 for 16:9 or 1.6 for 16:10
  3. Click OK to save your changes.

Notes

If the output is pillarboxed in-game use the key to the left of ← Backspace to zoom in.
Higher resolutions like 2560x1440 will crash the game; use dgVoodoo 2 to remove resolution limits.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Go to Config, Joy/Mouse and click the question mark beside the axis.
Controller
Controller support
Supports force feedback but not vibration.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Go to Config, Joy/Mouse and click the question mark beside the axis.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and Music.
Surround sound
Via A3D 2.0 and DirectSound3D
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, DirectSound3D, A3D 2.0[4]
Correct support for the latter requires latest patch[5]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Polish
Only available in Polish retail release. 'Mercenary' expansion pack was never translated.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Co-op, Versus
Online play
Co-op, Versus

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

"Error: Unable to set temporary directory to ... The directory is in use" error at launch[edit]

Delete .lock file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\custom\cache\
  2. Delete .lock
  3. The game should now start normally.

Mouse movement issues on Windows 8.1[edit]

For the GOG.com version use the Windows 8.1 mouse lag fix installer on the My Games page.
Install mouse fix[citation needed]
  1. Install the Descent 3 mouse fix.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
OpenGL 1.2
Glide 3
Software renderer
64-bit executable

Disable motion blur[edit]

Launch the game with -nomotionblur parameter[6]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, NT
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz Intel Pentium II 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 210 MB 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible
8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.descent3.com/patch/Readme_14.txt
  2. Descent 1+2 & Descent 3 - Removed From Sale, page 8 - Forum - GOG.com
  3. Descent3 | WSGF
  4. Games List - All Titles supporting 3D Audio
  5. Aureal A3D Central - Frequently Asked Questions - General
  6. Descent 3 readme