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DiRT Showdown

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DiRT Showdown
DiRT Showdown cover
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Linux Virtual Programming
Retail Russia Buka Entertainment
EGO 2.0
Release dates
Windows May 24, 2012
macOS (OS X) September 5, 2014
Linux August 17, 2015
Metacritic 72
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Simulation
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Colin McRae Rally
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DiRT Showdown is a singleplayer and multiplayer racing game developed and published by Codemasters. It is part of the Colin McRae Rally series.

The game was released in North America on May 24, 2012, followed by European release on May 30. The MacOS and Linux versions, ported and published by Virtual Programming, were released on September 5, 2014 and August 17, 2015 respectively. The PC versions contains all contents that were originally released as DLC on the console versions.

It was delisted on May 23, 2012.

General information

PC Report - DiRT Showdown on Linux
Steam Community Discussions
Codemasters Dirt Showdown Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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The Windows version has not received the latest patch, the Linux and Mac versions have been updated.
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM.
Base game comes with all the DLC as seen on consoles. This includes:
  • Jackson Adventurer and Subaru Impreza WRX STI GD
  • Monster Energy liveries for the Kohler D350, Duke Coupe and Ford Fiesta Gymkhana 3
  • Hoonigan liveries for the Holbrook Growler, Logan Vulture and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X JUN

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos


Go to Steam\steamapps\common\DiRT Showdown\video and delete or rename all files except sting.bik.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Dirt Showdown\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/com.vpltd.Dirt/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/vpltd/dirt/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/201700/pfx/[Note 1]
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/201700/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/201700/pfx/[Note 1]
Windows and OS X/Linux save files are not compatible.[1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
On Windows, see Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA, CSAA (Nvidia/Windows only), QCSAA (Nvidia/Windows only).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Disable HDR in Win10 to prevent color inaccuracy

Field of view (FOV)

This fix only works for the hood/bonnet camera.
Edit cameras.xml files[citation needed]
  1. Download Dirt3FovChange.
  2. Extract the contents and run Dirt3FovChange.exe.
  3. Specify the installation folder.
  4. Set the desired vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
  5. Check the boxes for bonnet and bonnet_reverse, and uncheck head-cam.
  6. Click Start. Uncheck "Always ask before opening this file" if prompted, then click Run.


While the game can send telemetry data to supported software like SimHub and devices like motion platforms, bass shakers and telemetry displays through the UDP protocol, it has broken UDP support, requiring a third-party fix. Also support D-Box haptic/motion platforms through a proprietary protocol.[2] Requires editing the hardware_settings_config.xml file to enable them.

Controller support

Supported devices are based on what was found in the devicesetup.xml file.
Running game on PC set in Japanese language will rename the Logitech racing wheels to Logicool.
Compatible steering wheels Notes
Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S/Carrera/GT2/GT3 RS
Logitech Driving Force
Logitech Driving Force Pro
Logitech MOMO
Logitech MOMO Racing
Logitech Driving Force GT
Logitech G25
Logitech G27
Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Wheel
Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience Steering Wheel 3-in-1
Thrustmaster Rally GT Force Feedback Pro
Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 Force Feedback
Thrustmaster T500 Default GT rim only.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech, menu music, event music, effects, car audio.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

If you want to mute the annoying guy that keeps talking to you, go to Steam\steamapps\common\DiRT Showdown\audio\speech and rename the "en" folder.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, Tribo Gamer.


RaceNet online features require a Codemasters Account.

Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

VR support

3D modes State GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
OpenGL 4.1, 4.2 macOS/Linux only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio Rapture3D, OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer RaceNet, Steamworks

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D 3.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8000 series
ATI Radeon HD 2000 series
Intel HD Graphics 2500
Supported cards: ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2000 series, HD 3000 series, HD 4000 series, HD 5000 series, HD 6000 series, HD 7000 series; Nvidia GeForce 8000 series, 9000 series, GTX 200 series, GTX 400 series, GTX 500 series.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.9
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 3.06 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 4.1 compatible
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.10, Mint 17.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia or AMD
1 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 4.1 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Anonymous on 2015-12-20
  2. DiRT Showdown - D-Box Catalogue - last accessed on November 5, 2023