Blur

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Blur
Blur cover
Developers
Bizarre Creations
Publishers
Activision
Engines
Horizon
Release dates
Windows May 25, 2010
Blur guide on StrategyWiki
Blur on Wikipedia

Key points

Game uses its own online account system[1] and doesn't include VOIP, text chat or any other way to communicate with online players.
Frame rates over 60 FPS cause the game's audio to be distorted and broken (limit the frame rate to 60 FPS).

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v7.41.0004 DRM
Windows
Online features require registering an account in-game.[1]
This game is no longer sold digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\UI\movies\
  2. Delete or rename atvi.bik and BizarreSplash.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\bizarre creations\blur\settings.xml
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\bizarre creations\blur\save\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42640/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Can also be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Causes audio to be distorted and broken; cap the frame rate at 60 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard layout.
Keyboard layout.
Controller layout.
Controller layout.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Two layouts only.
Mouse acceleration
No mouse support.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Only keyboard button prompts are displayed.
Controller remapping
Three layouts only.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Add Blur to Steam as a non-Steam game and use the 'Gamepad' preset in the controller configuration. Vibration can be disabled via Steam Big Picture.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
See Haptic feedback.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Keyboard only.

Haptic feedback[edit]

Disable controller vibration[citation needed]
  1. See the Special K Unofficial Guide to install Special K.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Input Management", then "Gamepad".
  4. Enable "Disable ALL Rumble" and close the Control Panel.
  5. Press Ctrl+ Shift+O to disable Special K's On-Screen Display.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, Music, Menu music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.
Medium, and High audio settings will sound better, but the audio will cut sooner, and may not properly load.

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Mute in background[citation needed]
  1. See the Special K Unofficial Guide to install Special K.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Window Management", then "Input/Output Behavior".
  4. Enable "Mute Game" and close the Control Panel.
  5. Press Ctrl+ Shift+O to disable Special K's On-Screen Display.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish
Local retail version only.
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

Network[edit]

Online features require registering an account in-game.[1]
Servers seems to be still online as of August 23, 2018.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Split-screen.
LAN play
20
Online play
20

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Blur for better 3D support.
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Note:Windowed mode may crash game !

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen, degrading frame rate, freezes on launch, or loads endlessly[edit]

Install DirectPlay[3]

Windows 8/8.1/10 removes important DirectX components, causing the framerate to degrade overtime. These components can be brought back by installing DirectPlay. More about DirectPlay here.

  1. Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'.
  2. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off'
  3. Click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'.
  4. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer.

Notes

It is recommended to reinstall the game after installing DirectPlay.
Resetting CPU Affinity
  1. While the game is running, alt-tab, and open Task Manager. Make sure you click the 'More details' arrow to show the full Task Manager.
  2. Go to the 'Details' tab, and find the process 'Blur.exe'
  3. Right click the process, and select 'Set affinity'.
  4. Uncheck the box for '<All Processors>', recheck 'CPU 0', and click OK.
  5. Right click the 'Blur.exe' process again, and recheck the box for '<All Processors>', and click OK.
This has to be done every time the game is launched.
Changing CPU Affinity
  1. Open the Task Manager, and go to the Details tab.
  2. Right-click 'Blur.exe' and select 'Set Affinity'.
  3. Disable CPU 0 and leave the other CPUs checked. Then hit OK.
This has to be done every time the game is launched.

Distorted audio quality[edit]

Frame rates over 60 FPS cause the game's audio to be distorted and broken.

Audio cuts out when game first loads[edit]

This issue only occurs with the Medium, and High audio setting.
Enable Compatibility Mode
  1. Right click on either on 'Blur.exe', or the shortcut to the exe, and select 'Properties'.
  2. Click on the 'Compatibility' tab.
  3. Under the Compatibility mode section, check the box 'Run this program...', and select Windows 7.
  4. Click Apply, and then click OK.

Unable to play online[edit]

This is an issue which involves an inability to connect to online games, caused by Blur's overly strict reliance on port forwarding.
The only reliable way to play online is to use Virtual LAN software such as Hamachi or Tunngle, the latter of which had an active Blur community, but had to shut down its services in 30/04/2018 due to the EU GDPR.
Play online via Tunngle[citation needed]
  1. Download and install the Tunngle client.
  2. Log in and search for Blur in the search box to the left of the client.
  3. Enter the Blur room to connect to the VLAN system.
  4. Launch Blur and navigate to the Local Area Network multiplayer game mode, where Tunngle games will then become visible.

Retail installer hangs[edit]

Retail copies of the game may get stuck during the install process, specifically before the installer starts copying files from the disc. This mostly is to occur on PCs running Windows 8/8.1/10.
Installing the game without the disk[3]
  1. Make a folder called 'BLUR_DVD' anywhere you choose in the computer.
  2. Open File Explorer, and view the files for BLUR_DVD.
  3. Select all of the files, copy, and paste them into the 'BLUR_DVD' folder.
  4. Once all the files have been copied over, select the 'Setup' folder, then the 'rsrc' folder.
  5. Select 'AUTORUN.exe' to start the installation

Mouse cursor always visible in game[edit]

Hide mouse cursor[citation needed]
  1. See the Special K Unofficial Guide to install Special K.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Input Management", then "Mouse Cursor".
  4. Enable "Hide When Not Moved" and set "Seconds Before Hiding" to "0".
  5. Close the Control Panel and press Ctrl+ Shift+O to disable Special K's On-Screen Display.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D Dual Core 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
ATI Radeon X1600 XT
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/42640/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (42640) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References