X3: Terran Conflict

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X3: Terran Conflict
X3: Terran Conflict cover
Deep Silver
Interactive Gaming Software
X³ Reality Engine
Release dates
Windows October 16, 2008
OS X October 21, 2009
Linux July 1, 2013
X: Beyond the Frontier 1999
X-Tension 2000
X2: The Threat 2003
X3: Reunion 2005
X3: Terran Conflict 2008
X Rebirth 2013

General information

Official website
Official forum
Argonopedia - A wiki for the X series
X³ Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail TAGES DRM (removed in Patch 2.5).[1]
GOG.com Includes Albion Prelude.
Mac App Store
Mac App Store X3: Albion Prelude. Sold as a standalone app.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Albion Prelude
Albion Prelude Bonus Package Free.
Terran Conflict Bonus Package Free.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip Intro[citation needed]
  1. Add /skipintro to launch options to disable the intro video.
  2. The option /noabout skips the launcher and starts the game directly.


Patches are available.

Remove menu background[edit]

Remove menu background[citation needed]
  1. To improve loading times, this mod replaces the default menu background with a simple star field.

Game data[edit]

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Launcher general settings.
Launcher general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME/.config/EgoSoft/X3TC/config.yaml
On Linux, the Albion Prelude configuration file is at $HOME/.config/EgoSoft/X3AP/config.yaml
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 %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EgoSoft\X3TC\save
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME/.config/Egosoft/X3TC/save/
On Windows, Albion Prelude saves are in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EgoSoft\X3AP\save
On Linux, Albion Preludes saves are in $HOME/.config/EgoSoft/X3AP/saves/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Configurable from 70° to 90°.
Only certain resolutions configurable (same as for fullscreen). AA is disabled in windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Only available in fullscreen mode.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game key/button map settings.
In-game key/button map settings.
Launcher control settings.
Launcher control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, music, voice.
Surround sound
6 channel support requires DirectSound3D[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be toggled.
EAX support
EAX 2,[4] EAX 4[5]


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod to improve 3D support.
TriDef 3D
Devices Native Notes
X3: Albion Prelude only.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crash to desktop[edit]

ffdshow, a DirectShow codec which can be installed as a standalone codec or alongside other DirectShow codecs in a codec pack, can cause a CTD (Crash to Desktop). To correct this, you need to add X3:TC's executable to ffdshow's blacklist. To do so:
Add X3:TC to ffdshow blacklist[6]
  1. Open ffdshow's configuration utility.
  2. In the DirectShow control tab, there's a section called "Don't use ffdshow in:". Make sure the adjacent box is checked.
  3. To the right of the checkbox is a button which says "Edit...". Click on it.
  4. Add x3tc.exe to the list of blacklisted executable.


In certain versions of ffdshow, there is no "Edit..." button to the right of the "Don't use ffdshow in:" checkbox; instead, there is only a text box containing all the blacklisted executables. You'll need to manually type in x3tc.exe into the box, ensuring a semicolon is added immediately after the last executable in the list (before you add x3tc.exe).

Alt-Tab behavior[edit]

It may not be possible to re-enter the game after alt-tabbing out due to the "Run game in background" setting in the Gameplay Options menu being set to "No" by default. To correct this:
Enable "Run game in background" in Gameplay Options[citation needed]
  1. While in-game, hover over the Options button.
  2. From the menu which appears, select Gameplay.
  3. From the window which appears, set "Run game in background" to "Yes".
  4. Exit the window and resume gameplay as normal.

Linux Issues[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
For documentation and discussion of issues with the Linux ports of Terran Conflict and Albion Prelude, refer to this thread on the official EgoSoft forums.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 1.1, 3 [citation needed]
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista SP1, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
Shader model 3.0 support
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7 10.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-2620M
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD Graphics 3000
256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
512 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.0 compatible
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-2620M
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Mesa 9.0
256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0 compatible
512 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.0 compatible


  1. egosoft.com :: View topic - X3: Terran Conflict 2.5 has arrived!
  2. Steam Cloud Sync Enabled - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: X3: Terran Conflict
  3. Realtek spdif out - no surround? - egosoft.com forum
  4. Some Sound Questions - egosoft.com forum
  5. EGOSOFT · Support · FAQs · FAQ: Read answer
  6. X3:TC Forums, "How to disable ffdshow"