Dragon Age: Origins

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Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins cover
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 3, 2009
macOS (OS X) (Cider) December 3, 2009
Metacritic 91
Monetization DLC, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Third-person
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy, LGBTQ
Series Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins on HowLongToBeat
Dragon Age: Origins on IGDB
Dragon Age: Origins guide on StrategyWiki
Dragon Age: Origins on MobyGames
Dragon Age: Origins on Wikipedia
Dragon Age
Dragon Age: Origins 2009
Dragon Age II 2011
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Ultimate Edition DLC must be activated online.
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Ultimate Edition.
Humble Store
Ultimate Edition included with EA Play.
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Included with EA Play (Steam).
No longer region locked
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Amazon.com (unavailable)
All product keys can be optionally activated on Origin.
The GOG.com version includes all the DLC like the Collector's Edition items, A Tale of Orzammar and the Camp storage chest with a patch
macOS (OS X) version is no longer available for purchase after TransGaming Inc. shut down their GameTree Mac service in 2015.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

Free DLC can be installed manually from the EA support site.
All of the DLC is now available in a bundle on Origin.
Name Notes
Blood Dragon Armor Free.
The Darkspawn Chronicles
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening Included with EA Play.
Feastday Combo Pack 1 & 2 Includes both Feastday Gifts and Feastday Pranks
Feastday Gifts
Feastday Pranks
The Golems of Amgarrak
Leliana's Song
Promotional Pack
Return to Ostagar
The Stone Prisoner Free.
Warden's Keep
Witch Hunt

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest patch is Dragon Age: Origins 1.05. Applying this patch is highly recommended (GOG.com, Steam and Origin users do not need to install the patch).

Numerous issues are fixed in Qwinn's Ultimate Dragon Age: Origins Fixpack mod (but be aware that it is incompatible with many other mods).


  • NTCore's 4GB patch allows you to patch the game's executable to let it use up to 4 GB of RAM (as opposed to the default 2 GB limit). You must be running a 64-bit version of Windows to properly use the patch. To patch your game, be sure to install the latest update and backup the game's executable before patching it.
    • Works with the Origin version[2] and the GOG.com version. The Steam version can use the exe located in this Steam guide to use the 4GB patch.
  • Console font is the file that is often missing from the install data. Install this to make console commands visible.
  • FtG UI Mod: By default, the game uses a small font that is difficult to read when running the game at a higher resolution. This mod increases the font's size.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Check the "Disable Intro Movies" box in the configure tool available in the launcher, or edit the config file manually:

Edit config file[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open DragonAge.ini.
  3. Change the line DisableIntroMovies=0 to DisableIntroMovies=1 and save the file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings\DragonAge.ini
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Characters\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/47810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
At higher resolutions, the text can be difficult to read. Use the FtG UI Mod.
See Multi-monitor.
Dialog screens are pillarboxed.
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K. Use the FtG UI Mod to partially improve text readability.
Field of view (FOV)
Missing menu option. Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with Borderless Gaming. In BG settings make sure to set the resolution to your native res, to avoid inaccurate mouse placement.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
The option in DragonAge.ini appears to do nothing.[4] Force through the GPU control panel instead.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector using the 0x004010C0 antialiasing compatibility bits.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Custom resolutions, wider than 16:9[citation needed]
You may need to manually add resolutions wider than 16:9.
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\Settings\DragonAge.ini
  2. Change ResolutionWidth= and ResolutionHeight= to the resolution you want.


Use Widescreen Fixer with this plugin to fix HUD position.


Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, music and dialogue.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
DLC translations can be found here and here.
Fix #1 and Fix #2
Official translation.
Improved fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See also Helix Mod: Dragon Age:Origins UPDATED.
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Ultimate Edition crashes to desktop on exit[edit]

The Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins sometimes crashes upon exiting.

Issues fixed[edit]

  • Steam users have been compiling a list of in-game bugs on the Steam Forums. Some bugs, and their solutions, may be listed there.

EA Account Log-In Issues[edit]

EA Account Log-In Issues[6]

If you are having issues logging into Dragon Age: Origins with your EA Account it is most likely because you have special characters (like "#") in your password which the game does not support.

Failed to find supported Video Card driver[edit]

Failed to find supported Video Card driver[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open DAOriginsConfig.exe and disable Fullscreen mode.
  3. You can activate Fullscreen from the options in-game.

Crash to desktop[edit]

You will most likely not need to apply all the fixes below at the same time
Change processor affinity[citation needed]
  1. Open task manager
  2. Right click on daorigins.exe
  3. Select 'Set processor affinity'
  4. Uncheck all but the first 2 cores
Make large-address-aware with laa
Doesn't work for the Steam version.
  1. Download laa_2_0_x.zip here.
  2. Unpack it and execute the Large Address Aware.exe
  3. In the opening menu, select the DAO exe (<path-to-game>\bin_ship\DAOrigins.exe) and apply the patch.
GOG/Origin: Apply the 4GB patch[7]
  1. Make a backup copy of <path-to-game>\bin_ship\daorigins.exe
  2. Download and unzip the 4 GB Patch
  3. Start the patch and choose the original daorigins.exe
  4. If the patching is successful, start the game
  5. If the game does not start, replace the patched exe with you backup
Steam: Apply the 4GB patch[8]
  1. Make a backup copy of <path-to-game>\bin_ship\daorigins.exe
  2. Download and unzip the pre-patched exe from the guide on the Steam forums
  3. Replace the original daorigins.exe and start the game
  4. If the game does not start, replace the patched exe with you backup
Lower the graphics settings (regardless of your computers performance)[9][10][citation needed]
  1. Open the Video tab in the Options window
  2. Change graphic details and texture details to medium
  3. This might only affect specific areas of the game, you can try restore your settings later
Disable Tactics[11]
  1. Click the Tactics button visible in the top menu
  2. In the bottom left: Click the button which says Disable Tactics
  3. Repeat step 2 for all characters in your party
  4. This might only affect specific areas of the game, you can try to restore your settings later
Force Direct X 9[12][13]
  1. Create a shortcut to <path-to-game>\bin_ship\daorigins.exe (right click on the file, create shortcut)
  2. Open the shortcut properties (right click on the shortcut and choose properties)
  3. In the Target field, add -dx9 after the final "
  4. Launch the game via the shortcut from now on

Can't use DLC offline[edit]

Disable automatic login[14]
  1. Log in in-game with internet access to authenticate the current DLC.
  2. Log out of the account in-game.
  3. Ensure "always log me in" is unchecked.
  4. Continue playing normally. If you add more DLC repeat these steps to authorise it for offline use.

PhysX fails to initialize when starting game[edit]

PhysX fails to initialize when starting game[15]
  1. Uninstall currently installed PhysX driver (even if it is the latest version)
  2. Install the latest NVIDIA PhysX System Software.

Error: Switch from current encoding to specified encoding not supported[edit]

Install an older MSXML version[16][citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Uses SpeedTreeRT for trees modelling[17]
Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX 2.8.1
Audio FMOD Ex 4.24.24
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.8v

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Single Core 1.6 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X850 (XP)
ATI Radeon X1550 (Vista, 7)
Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (XP)
Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT (Vista, 7)
128 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
Nvidia GeForce GT 7300


  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>/47810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (47810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.