Borderlands 3

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
Borderlands 3
Borderlands 3 cover
Developers
Gearbox Software
Publishers
2K Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows September 13, 2019
macOS (OS X) October 30, 2019
Reception
Metacritic 81
OpenCritic 80
IGDB 82
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Time-limited
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, RPG
Themes Sci-fi, Comedy
Series Borderlands
Borderlands 3 on HowLongToBeat
Borderlands 3 on IGDB
Borderlands 3 guide on StrategyWiki
Borderlands 3 on MobyGames
Borderlands 3 on Wikipedia

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Epic Games Launcher
Limited to Standard Edition and only available in select countries.
Windows
Publisher website
Epic Games Launcher
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available. Choice between Epic Games Store and Steam versions.
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[1]
Optional cross-play between Epic Games Store and Steam versions through a free SHiFT account.

Version differences[edit]

Pre-orders included the Gold Weapon Skins Pack.
Epic Games Store 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.

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass Includes four planned campaign DLC and the Butt Stallion pack comprised of a weapon skin, weapon trinket, and grenade mod.[2]
Windows
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.
Windows
Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot Campaign add-on.
Windows
Guns, Love, and Tentacles Campaign add-on.
Windows
Retro Cosmetic Pack Vault Hunter head and skin, Echo Device skin, weapon skin.
Windows
Neon Cosmetic Pack Vault Hunter head and skin, Echo Device skin, weapon skin.
Windows
Gearbox Cosmetic Pack Weapon skin and trinket.
Windows
Toy Box Weapons Pack Two toy guns, toy grenade mod, trinket.
Windows
Trinkets can be attached from the slot next to the desired equipped weapon in the inventory.

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Cosmetic Skins packs sold as DLC.
Time-limited Cosmetics, 12 golden keys and a weapon available exclusively to Twitch Prime subscribers.[3]

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\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/397540/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 3\Saved\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/397540/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
See the related wiki section for more information.
Steam Cloud
Reportedly nonfunctional.[6][7][8]

Video[edit]

Basic visuals settings.
Basic visuals settings.
Advanced visuals settings.
Advanced visuals settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
HUD is always spanned, cutscenes are 16:9 pillarboxed, some impermanent UI elements are cropped or out of view.
Ultra-widescreen
16:9 pillarboxed cutscenes. Partial cropping of UI elements.
4K Ultra HD
[9]
Field of view (FOV)
70-110° sliders in increments of 1 for player and vehicle FOV.[5]
Windowed
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)
[5]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Smooth 22-62, 30, 60, 120, Custom up to 300, or Unlimited.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR must be enabled in Windows.
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[edit]

Basic controls settings.
Basic controls settings.
Advanced controller settings.
Advanced controller settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Certain actions and keys are not remappable.[10][11] See this wiki page for workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing option.[12]
Mouse sensitivity
Sliders of 1-100 in increments of 1 for look, ADS and vehicle.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
[13]
Controller remapping
[14]
Controller sensitivity
Sliders of 1-10 in increments of 1 for look, ADS and vehicle. Adjustable deadzones for each stick.[14]
Controller Y-axis inversion
Vertical and horizontal inversion for look and map menu.[14]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
[14]
Xbox button prompts
Automatic or manually selectable as Prompt Style 1.[14]
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
[14]
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.[14]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
[14]

Audio[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
[15]
Subtitles
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[16], or DTS Headphone:X 2.0[17] as set in Windows 10.

Localizations

Game language is defined by that of the OS but can be set manually with the noted command line arguments.[18]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
-culture=en
Simplified Chinese
-culture=zh-Hans-CN
Traditional Chinese
-culture=zh-Hant-TW
French
-culture=fr
Defaults to the AZERTY keyboard layout for key bindings.
German
-culture=de
Italian
-culture=it
Japanese
-culture=ja
Korean
-culture=ko
Brazilian Portuguese
-culture=pt-BR
Russian
-culture=ru
Spanish
-culture=es

Network[edit]

Network & Social settings.
Network & Social settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
[19]
LAN play
LAN server browser is available.
Online play
4 Co-op
Campaign, Maliwan Takedown, Circle of Slaughter and Proving Grounds modes.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Region choice between Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, or Automatic.
Dedicated
[20]
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

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.
vorpX
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported. See the 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.[21][22][23]
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.[24][25]
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.[26][27]
Block all network connections from the game to potentially reduce stuttering[28]
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 2][30][31][32]
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.[33]
Temporarily switch to a 16:9 resolution through the Visuals menu within Options.[33]

Issues fixed[edit]

Progression loss[edit]

Multiple players have reported character progression loss after game crashes or switching between computers.[34]
  • A number of the players have chosen to overwrite local files at the Epic Games Launcher cloud saves conflict prompt,[35][36] 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.[37]
  • In the event of save corruption for reasons unrelated to cloud saving, backups created by the game may be found in the save folder.[38]
Restore corrupt save files from backup[39]
  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]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 DirectX 12 support is in beta stage.[23]
OpenGL
Only on macOS.[citation needed]
Metal support
Only on macOS.[citation needed]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

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[40]
  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[41]
  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]

Windows
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.[42]

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>/397540/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (397540) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. At 21:9 and wider, the Map, Events, and Guardian Rank screens are vertically cropped, resulting in the bottom parts being inaccessible. This includes the navigation keys legend, challenges, guardian rank upgrades and notifications.
    16:10 resolutions are affected by minor cropping - for example, the "e" in "Close" at the Map screen is out of view.[29]

References

  1. Denuvo Support Page - last accessed on 2019-09-12
  2. Borderlands.com - Borderlands 3 - Season Pass - last accessed on 2019-04-03
  3. Borderlands 3 Twitch Prime - last accessed on 2020-05-22
  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. Cloud Saves Not Working - last accessed on 2020-03-15
  7. syncing Saves - last accessed on 2020-03-15
  8. Cloud Saves Not syncing - last accessed on 2020-03-15
  9. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    Tested at 3840x2160 custom resolution, reflected in much lower than normal FPS.
  10. Bugs and Glitches Mega Thread (SPOILERS) 2 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  11. Bugs and Glitches Mega Thread (SPOILERS) 3 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  15. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-09-13
    The rear speakers were used for positional audio on the 5.1 system.
  16. Borderlands 3 w/ Dolby Atmos
  17. Borderlands 3 Spatial Audio With DTS Headphone:X
  18. Borderlands 3 - Changing the Language on Epic - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  19. Gearbox producer Patrick Fenn on Twitter - last accessed on 2019-09-12
    "split screen shall be a console exclusive feature"
  20. No dedicated servers mean this is practically a single player game. - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  21. So i changed to dx12. And yeah i cant get the game to start - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  22. 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."
  23. 23.0 23.1 Gearbox Official on DX12 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  24. Bugs and Glitches Mega Thread (SPOILERS) 1 - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  25. Horrible FPS Drops/Stuttering - last accessed on 2019-09-13
  26. Borderlands 3 performance issues - last accessed on 2019-09-22
  27. Borderlands 3 performance issues - last accessed on 2019-09-22
  28. Holy s**t i mightv'e found a fix for us having stuttering issues!! - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  29. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-02-19
    Tested at 1280x800 windowed and 2560x1080 native full screen.
  30. Bug: Screen Resolution cutting stuff off cut scenes and messages on top of the screen - last accessed on 2019-09-14
  31. Having issues with cutoff on ultrawide resolution is there a way to fix this? happens in all menus - last accessed on 2020-02-19
  32. Map size in HUD too big for my screen - last accessed on 2020-02-19
  33. 33.0 33.1 Borderlands 3 Map navigation howto for Stephen - last accessed on 2020-02-19
  34. Completely Lost Save File - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  35. Played from 14 to 18 this morning. Logged on and back to 16... - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  36. My character just got reset, possible bug. Please help! - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  37. Epic Games store tweet - last accessed on 2019-09-16
  38. Level 47 Siren got corrupted - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  39. How To Fix Corrupt Character Save In Borderlands 3 PC - last accessed on 2019-09-15
  40. Remove Cel Shading(PC) - last accessed on 2019-09-17
  41. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Screenshots taken and compared.
  42. Borderlands 3 system requirements, settings, benchmarks, and performance analysis - last accessed on 2019-09-12