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Latest revision as of 19:37, 28 September 2021

Prince of Persia 3D
Prince of Persia 3D cover
Red Orb Entertainment
The Learning Company
Release dates
Windows September 17, 1999
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Middle East
Series Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia 3D on HowLongToBeat
Prince of Persia 3D on IGDB
Prince of Persia 3D on MobyGames
Prince of Persia 3D on Wikipedia
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia 1989
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame 1993
Prince of Persia 3D 1999
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 2004
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones 2005
Prince of Persia (2008) 2008
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake 2022


Key points

Better textures, higher resolution and better colors than the Dreamcast version.
Worse controls, slower animations and less balanced gameplay than the Dreamcast version.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.
A free demo is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patches 1.1 and 1.2 update the game to the latest version.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\input.ini, fight.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Level 01 Start, Level 01 Start.bmp[Note 2]


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
It causes errors during gameplay. See High FPS Issues.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Apply Widescreen Fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix from here.
  2. Open POP3D_Widescreen_Resolutions.zip.
  3. Extract options.sav from any resolution folder to <path-to-game>.


Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Prince of Persia 3D.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\POP3D.exe.
  5. Set Acquire admin caps.
  6. Go to Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  7. Go to Tweaks tab, select win:NoMainWindowDestruction and click on +.
  8. Click OK, then File and Save.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Brasoft Hits release.

Issues fixed[edit]

FMVs playback issues[edit]

Install QuickTime 4.0 or newer[citation needed]

Low FPS[edit]

Use DxWnd to force windowed mode[citation needed]
Run Windows Media Player[citation needed]
Use DDrawCompat[citation needed]
Use dgVoodoo 2[3]


Under the DirectX tab, it is recommended to set 128 MB of VRAM.
In the second level, it will cause graphical problems underwater.

Weird Textures[edit]

Certain visual elements are not rendered correctly or are upside down.
Use Geometry Patch[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and delete the Geometry folder.
  2. Download Geometry Patch and extract the contents to the same directory.

High FPS Issues[edit]

Use GPU control panel to lock on 60 FPS
Enable V-Sync and set monitor to 60hz

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).