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Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront cover
Developers
Pandemic Studios
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Publishers
LucasArts
Engines
Zero
Release dates
Windows September 21, 2004
macOS (OS X) July 25, 2005
Star Wars: Battlefront guide on StrategyWiki
Star Wars: Battlefront on Wikipedia
Star Wars: Battlefront
Subseries of Star Wars
Star Wars: Battlefront 2004
Star Wars: Battlefront II 2005
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 2015
Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) 2017

For the 2015 game, see Star Wars Battlefront (2015).

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Use SWBFSpy to replace the GameSpy server browser.

General information

SWBFGamers - Active multiplayer community.
Wookieepedia - A huge wiki dedicated to the Star Wars universe
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
CD-ROM edition with 3 discs and a rare DVD-ROM version.
SecuROM 5 DRM until Patch 1.11.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Origin
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest version is Patch 1.2. This patch adds the Tatooine: Jabba's Palace map.
Included in digital rereleases.

Widescreen aspect ratio fix[edit]

Fixes stretched image in widescreen resolutions.
Screen change is Vert-[1], Field of View Enhancer mod is recommended.
Uses LUA Cheat Engine, which may be marked as a trojan by many antiviruses. A version which does not use Cheat Engine can be found here.
Retail users must additionally edit <path-to-game>\GameData\Data\_LVL_PC\vidmode.ini]; see the TweakGuide.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the /nointro command line argument[2]

Game data[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\SaveGames\*.profile[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1058020/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\SaveGames[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1058020/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
In-game map, demonstrating reduced accessibility to users with deuteranopia.
In-game map, demonstrating reduced accessibility to users with deuteranopia.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Main menu is limited to 800x600. Game HUD and UI scale mostly properly (with some minor issues with scaling of vector-based elements), but the 3D field is stretched from 4:3.
Use the Widescreen aspect ratio fix.
Multi-monitor
Horizontally stretched from 4:3. At 32:9, use the Widescreen aspect ratio fix and the Field of View Enhancer.
Ultra-widescreen
Horizontally stretched from 4:3. Use the Widescreen aspect ratio fix and the Field of View Enhancer.[3]
4K Ultra HD
Resolutions higher than 1920x1080 can cause some graphical effects to be rendered incorrectly.[4]
Field of view (FOV)
Modifiable using the Star Wars Battlefront 1 Field of View Enhancer Mod, capable of 90°, 100°, 110° and 120° FOV presets, based on horizontal FOV in 4:3 mode.
Windowed
Use the /win command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming while in windowed mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Uses a different set amount based on the texture and surface; force in the GPU control panel instead.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector without any compatibility bits.[Note 3]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use the /noframelock command line argument to disable it.
60 FPS
Steam version is limited to 60 FPS
120+ FPS
Framerates higher than 60 can cause major physics issues with vehicles.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Friendly info is indicated with green, and enemy info is indicated with red (ex: command posts, point bar).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Star Wars Battlefront 1 Field of View Enhancer (Mod DB, Nexus Mods) provides several preset files/folders that can be used to set the field of view to 90°, 100°, 110° and 120°, based on horizontal FOV in 4:3 mode. These FOV presets can be easily dragged and dropped into the root directory of the game for quick installation.
The default 4:3 first person value of 70° corresponds to 86° at 16:9, 102° at 21:9 and 124° at 32:9. 48:9 requires at least 141°, unsupported by the mod.
Cuts off the player viewmodel unless Widescreen aspect ratio fix is used.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings, with hardware acceleration and EAX support.
Audio settings, with hardware acceleration and EAX support.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, SFX and speech.
Surround sound
Mono, Stereo, Headphone, Dolby Pro Logic II, Quadrophonic, 5.1, 7.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4.[7]

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
64
Online play
64 GameSpy matchmaking has been shut down.[8]

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

An Official FAQ is available for the Windows version.
TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Hardware Transform & Lighting (T&L) capable
64 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/1058020/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1058020) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. LOD adjustment and the "AA Fix" are not necessary

References