Borderlands 3

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Borderlands 3
Borderlands 3 cover
Gearbox Software
2K Games
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows September 13, 2019
macOS (OS X) October 30, 2019
Borderlands 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Borderlands 3 on MobyGames
Borderlands 3 on Wikipedia
Borderlands 2009
Borderlands 2 2012
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 2014
Tales from the Borderlands 2014
Borderlands: Game of the Year Enhanced 2019
Borderlands 3 2019
Borderlands 2 VR 2019

General information

Official website
Developer support page
Publisher support page
Official forums - PC-specific tech support category
Official Discord server for game series
Borderlands 3 subreddit


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Launcher
Limited to Standard Edition and only available in select countries.
Official website
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
All versions require Epic Games Launcher and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[1]
Exclusive to the Epic Games Launcher until April 2020.[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Gold Weapon Skins Pack Pre-purchase bonus content comprised of a gold weapon trinket and gold weapon skins applicable to all guns in the game.
Retro Cosmetic Pack Vault Hunter head and skin, Echo Device skin, weapon skin.
Neon Cosmetic Pack Vault Hunter head and skin, Echo Device skin, weapon skin.
Gearbox Cosmetic Pack Weapon skin and trinket.
Toy Box Weapons Pack Two toy guns, toy grenade mod, trinket.
Season Pass Includes four planned campaign DLC and the Butt Stallion pack comprised of a weapon skin, weapon trinket, and grenade mod.[3]
Trinkets can be attached from the slot next to the desired equipped weapon in the inventory.

Version differences[edit]

Pre-orders included the Gold Weapon Skins Pack.
All versions purchased before December 31, 2020 include the Psycho Bundle Pack for Fortnite.
The Standard Edition contains the base game.
The Deluxe Edition includes the Retro Cosmetic Pack, Neon Cosmetic Pack, Gearbox Cosmetic Pack, Toy Box Weapons Pack, equippable XP & loot drop boost mods.
The Super Deluxe Edition includes all Deluxe Edition content and the Season Pass.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos and splash screen[edit]

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument to skip the intro videos[4]
Remove the intro video files[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\OakGame\Content\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename 2KLOGO.mp4, AMDLOGO.mp4 and GBXLOGO.mp4.
Optionally, the new game introduction by Marcus may be skipped by deleting or renaming MARCUS_INTRO.mp4
Remove the splash screen image file[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\OakGame\Content\Splash\
  2. Delete or rename Splash.bmp
A game update may restore the files.

Game data[edit]

Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 3\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 3\Saved\SaveGames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
See the related wiki section for more information.

Video settings[edit]

Basic visuals settings.
Basic visuals settings.
Advanced visuals settings.
Advanced visuals settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
HUD is always spanned, cutscenes are 16:9 pillarboxed, some impermanent UI elements are cropped or out of view.
16:9 pillarboxed cutscenes. Partial cropping of UI elements.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
70-110° sliders in increments of 1 for player and vehicle FOV.[5]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Trilinear, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA or TAA, and SSAA through Resolution Scale up to 200% in 25% increments.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Smooth 22-62, 30, 60, 120, Custom up to 300, or Unlimited.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
4 color options for Friendly, Neutral and Hostile reticles.[5]
The game also includes a benchmarking tool and a dedicated photo mode.

Input settings[edit]

Basic controls settings.
Basic controls settings.
Advanced controller settings.
Advanced controller settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Certain actions and keys are not remappable.[8][9] See this wiki page for workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing option.[10]
Mouse sensitivity
Sliders of 1-100 in increments of 1 for look, ADS and vehicle.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Sliders of 1-10 in increments of 1 for look, ADS and vehicle. Adjustable deadzones for each stick.[12]
Controller Y-axis inversion
Vertical and horizontal inversion for look and map menu.[12]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Automatic or manually selectable as Prompt Style 1.[12]
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
[citation needed]
DualShock button prompts
Automatic or manually selectable as Prompt Style 2
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.[12]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Sound settings.
Sound settings.
Accessibility settings.
Accessibility settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects, Music, Dialogue, Incoming Chat Volume.
Surround sound
Adjustable size and background opacity.
Closed captions
Critical sound effects captioning.
Mute on focus lost
Play in Background option within the Sound settings.
EAX support
Spatial Sound HRTF.
The Spatial Sound setting toggles Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos[14], or DTS Headphone:X 2.0[15] as set in Windows 10.


Game language is defined by that of the OS but can be set manually with the noted command line arguments.[16]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Defaults to the AZERTY keyboard layout for key bindings.
Brazilian Portuguese


Network & Social settings.
Network & Social settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
LAN server browser is available.
Online play
4 Co-op
Campaign, Circle of Slaughter and Proving Grounds modes.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Region choice between Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, or Automatic.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3478-3479, 5060, 5062, 6250, 12000-65000
UDP 3478-3479, 5060, 5062, 6250, 12000-65000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Borderlands 3.
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Loading issues in DirectX 12 mode[edit]

The game may take longer to load or get stuck at the intro loading screen when the DirectX 12 mode is selected.[19][20][21]
Edit the config file to return to DirectX 11[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini in a text editor.
  3. Locate the PreferredGraphicsAPI=DX12 line.
  4. Change it to PreferredGraphicsAPI=DX11 and save the file.

Stuttering on high-end hardware[edit]

There have been multiple reports of the game stuttering on hardware exceeding the recommended system requirements.[22][23]
Switching to DirectX 12 may result in better performance and reduction of stuttering, as well as better utilization of the CPU in combat on high-end hardware.[24][25]
Block all network connections from the game to potentially reduce stuttering[26]
Disables multiplayer functionality.
  1. Go to the Control Panel, click on System and Security, then Windows Defender Firewall.
  2. On the sidebar, click on Advanced settings.
  3. On the sidebar, click on Outbound rules.
  4. Under Actions, click on New Rule...
  5. Select Program, click on Browse... and select <path-to-game>\OakGame\Binaries\Win64\Borderlands3.exe, then Block the connection. Check every box on the next page, enter a name for the rule, click on Finish.
Right-click the rule and select Disable Rule when it's no longer needed.

UI cropping[edit]

The game has cropping issues affecting the user interface at resolutions other than 16:9.[Note 1][28][29][30]
At first game launch, the Brightness and Subtitles screen may be vertically cropped, resulting in hidden elements.
Press Enter or the controller equivalent at the Brightness and Subtitles setup screen to skip it and configure through main menu Options.[5]
At the Map screen, navigate by clicking on the planets and zones in the middle of the screen rather than their names.[31]
Temporarily switch to a 16:9 resolution through the Visuals menu within Options.[31]

Issues fixed[edit]

Progression loss[edit]

Multiple players have reported character progression loss after game crashes or switching between computers.[32]
  • A number of the players have chosen to overwrite local files at the Epic Games Launcher cloud saves conflict prompt,[33][34] which attributes at least some of the cases to user error.
    On September 16, 2019, Epic Games stated that the conflict prompt screen has not appeared in every case of conflict between local and cloud saves, and a hotfix has been deployed.[35]
  • In the event of save corruption for reasons unrelated to cloud saving, backups created by the game may be found in the save folder.[36]
Restore corrupt save files from backup[37]
  1. Go to the save game data location.
  2. Move or rename the .sav file of the corrupt character (e.g. 1.sav to 1.sav.corrupt).
  3. Rename the matching .tmp backup file after the original name of the corrupt character file (e.g. 1.sav~RF41d945e.tmp to 1.sav).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 DirectX 12 support is in beta stage.[21]
Only on macOS.[citation needed]
Metal support
Only on macOS.[citation needed]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform

Black outlines thickness and removal[edit]

Adjust the thickness of the game objects' black outlines through a config file[38]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GameUserSettings.ini in a text editor.
  3. Locate EdgeDetectionTexelOffset=-1.00000 and change the numerical value as desired between -1.0 and 1.99.
    Setting to 1.3 should result in barely visible outlines.
Remove black outlines from the game objects with a DLL injection[39]
  1. Download this archive.
  2. Unpack and copy the files from the archive to <path-to-game>\OakGame\Binaries\Win64\
Only works in the DirectX 11 mode.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) AMD FX-8350
Intel Core i5-3570
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 75 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 7970
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
2 GB of VRAM
64-bit OS and processor are required.
Independent benchmarks indicate that meeting the recommended system requirements is not enough for 60 FPS at 1080p at the High and Ultra graphics presets.[40]


  1. At 21:9 and wider, the Map and Events screens are vertically cropped, resulting in the bottom parts being inaccessible. This includes the navigation keys legend, challenges and notifications.
    16:10 resolutions are affected by minor cropping - for example, the "e" in "Close" at the Map screen is out of view.[27]


  1. Denuvo Support Page - last accessed on 2019-09-12
  2. Borderlands 3 PC is releasing exclusively on the Epic Store in September - last accessed on 2019-09-12
  3. - Borderlands 3 - Season Pass - last accessed on 2019-04-03
  4. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-12
  6. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    Tested at 3840x2160 custom resolution, reflected in much lower than normal FPS.
  7. Borderlands - Borderlands 3 PC Specs Detailed - last accessed on 2019-08-28
  8. Bugs and Glitches Mega Thread (SPOILERS) 2 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  9. Bugs and Glitches Mega Thread (SPOILERS) 3 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  10. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    With smoothing enabled, the reticle always failed to reach the starting position when moving the mouse back quicker.
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    Right after game launch, each menu was navigated and the game was briefly played with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    The rear speakers were used for positional audio on the 5.1 system.
  14. Borderlands 3 w/ Dolby Atmos
  15. Borderlands 3 Spatial Audio With DTS Headphone:X
  16. Borderlands 3 - Changing the Language on Epic - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  17. Gearbox producer Patrick Fenn on Twitter - last accessed on 2019-09-12
    "split screen shall be a console exclusive feature"
  18. No dedicated servers mean this is practically a single player game. - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  19. So i changed to dx12. And yeah i cant get the game to start - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  20. FPS Lag/Loading issues on DirectX11/DirectX12 (benchmark results), plus other bugs - last accessed on 2019-09-19
    "I’ve waited 30 minutes for loading on the claptrap screen on DirectX12, it didn’t work."
  21. 21.0 21.1 Gearbox Official on DX12 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  22. Bugs and Glitches Mega Thread (SPOILERS) 1 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  23. Horrible FPS Drops/Stuttering - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  24. Borderlands 3 performance issues - last accessed on 2019-09-22
  25. Borderlands 3 performance issues - last accessed on 2019-09-22
  26. Holy s**t i mightv'e found a fix for us having stuttering issues!! - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  27. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-02-19
    Tested at 1280x800 windowed and 2560x1080 native full screen.
  28. Bug: Screen Resolution cutting stuff off cut scenes and messages on top of the screen - last accessed on 2019-09-14
  29. Having issues with cutoff on ultrawide resolution is there a way to fix this? happens in all menus - last accessed on 2020-02-19
  30. Map size in HUD too big for my screen - last accessed on 2020-02-19
  31. 31.0 31.1 Borderlands 3 Map navigation howto for Stephen - last accessed on 2020-02-19
  32. Completely Lost Save File - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  33. Played from 14 to 18 this morning. Logged on and back to 16... - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  34. My character just got reset, possible bug. Please help! - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  35. Epic Games store tweet - last accessed on 2019-09-16
  36. Level 47 Siren got corrupted - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  37. How To Fix Corrupt Character Save In Borderlands 3 PC - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  38. Remove Cel Shading(PC) - last accessed on 2019-09-17
  39. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Screenshots taken and compared.
  40. Borderlands 3 system requirements, settings, benchmarks, and performance analysis - last accessed on 2019-09-12