Beat Hazard

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Beat Hazard
Beat Hazard cover
Cold Beam Games
macOS (OS X) d3t
Retail version THQ
Linux Allegro[1]
Release dates
Windows April 15, 2010
macOS (OS X) October 18, 2011
Linux February 19, 2013
Beat Hazard on MobyGames
Beat Hazard on Wikipedia


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
Beat Hazard
Beat Hazard 2010
Beat Hazard 2 2019

Key points

This game uses songs found on your computer.
Supported file formats includes MP3, MP4, WAV, AIFF, OGG, MWA, FLAC. AAC and M4A (iTunes).[2]
Supports LastFM Scrobble and internet radio.[3]

General information

Unofficial Beat Hazard Wiki Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
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Beat Hazard Ultra.
macOS (OS X)
Beat Hazard Classic on CD-ROM with 20 extra tracks and the unlockable Suicidal difficulty from Beat Hazard Ultra.
Beat Hazard Ultra with all Steam DLCs included.[4]
Humble Store
Beat Hazard Ultra with all Steam DLCs included.[5]
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Beat Hazard Ultra.
macOS (OS X)
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Beat Hazard Classic.
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

Beat Hazard Ultra is an updated version of Beat Hazard (Classic) that adds new content, achievements, and for the Steam version, online multiplayer. Most digital distribution versions carry Beat Hazard Ultra while the Steam version features the Ultra content as a standalone expansion.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Beat Hazard Ultra The Classic version can still be played as a standalone game or by adding Vanilla; in BeatHazardPref.txt file.
macOS (OS X)
Shadow Operations Unit Adds new ships plus the ability to create and download user-created ships from Steam Workshop once unlocked from completing Shadow Missions.
macOS (OS X)
Golden Ship Unlocks a golden ship in Beat Hazard. Only available between June 30, 2011 and July 10, 2011 during the Steam Summer Sale 2011.
macOS (OS X)
All DLCs are currently available only on Steam with the exception of the and Humble Bundle versions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Beat Hazard
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/BeatHazard_Linux2/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/49600/remote/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Custom resolutions and fine-tuning of the game settings are possible through BeatHazardPref.txt file.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Beat Hazard
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/BeatHazard_Linux2/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/49600/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Game settings.
Game settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor HUD: Position Affects Gameplay[6]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
2D game.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.[7]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Linux version locked to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Only applies to the alternative mouse controls; add a line with the setting AltMouseAimingSensitivity 1.0; in BeatHazardPref.txt and adjust valves as desired.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse wheel is used to scroll through options.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Non-XInput controllers are not supported in the retail version.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Xbox 360 prompts are shown for controllers.
Controller hotplugging
False for the retail version; true for the Steam version.[8]
Haptic feedback
Cannot be disabled in the retail version.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music volume, SFX volume, and Ship Firing SFX (Beat Hazard Ultra-only option).
Surround sound
No speech.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Game is 2D only. User confirmed 2D with vorpx and default profile.
Devices Native Notes
Novint Falcon


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op, Versus
Only one keyboard usable, other players use controllers.
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus
Requires Steam version of Beat Hazard Ultra.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Xbox One controller incompatibility (DRM-free version)[edit]

The DRM-free release does not detect the inputs from the Xbox One controller beyond the title screen and the game does not allow players to assign their inputs.[9]

Issues fixed[edit]

Some issues have been listed in the game's FAQ.
List of common issues on Steam Community Discussions

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) Intel
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS or equivalent
Processor (CPU) x86 1.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB


  1. 1.0 1.1 Beat Hazard for Linux on Steam - last accessed on 2021-01-12
    "The Linux version uses Allegro 5.0! [...] PC uses HGE"
  2. Beat Hazard on Steam - last accessed on August 9, 2018
  3. Beat Hazard on Steam - last accessed on August 9, 2018
  4. Is the DLC 'Beat Hazard - Shadow Operations Unit' included in the GOG version? - last accessed on 2019-10-23
    "The developer also confirmed it in Discord. The GOG version of 'Beat Hazard Ultra' includes EVERYthing you can see in the Steam version."
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-06-25
    The Humble Bundle version received the Steam June 6, 2020 build update for the DRM-free Windows version.
  6. Beat Hazard | WSGF
  7. Game Compatibility List, Borderless Gaming on Steam Community Discussion
  8. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 28 November 2015
  9. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2019-10-07
    This is an issue I have been experiencing with the Humble Store DRM-free version (v1.68.pc IT).)