Engine:Unreal Engine 3

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Unreal Engine 3
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Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Set launch options[1]

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument.

There is also the -nomovies command line argument, however this one can sometimes disable all movies in the game, including prerendered story cutscenes and such.

Skip the splash screen[edit]

Set launch options

Use the -nosplash command line argument.

Video[edit]

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Borderless fullscreen windowed will not work with Borderless Gaming.[2][3]
Other methods of forcing borderless windowed, like GeDoSaTo may work, however.

Force desired resolution[edit]

Set launch options
  1. use theResX=xxxx ResY=yyyy Command line arguments.
    Replace xxxx and yyyy with the desired resolution,xxxx for width and yyyy for height.

Issues fixed[edit]

Smoothed frame rate[edit]

Many Unreal Engine 3 games use frame rate smoothing with a default value of 62. Users with a PC strong enough to maintain stable framerates above 60 may want to change or disable this.
Minimizes lag spikes and provides smoother gameplay overall with any monitor regardless of the refresh rate.[4]
Frame rate won't exceed a specified value and has a small impact on the overall frame rate which may not be ideal on a lower end gaming PC or when benchmarking.[5]
High frame rates may affect in-game logic in certain games, leading to various glitches of varying severity. See each game's individual entry page for details.
If you'd like to raise frame rate smoothing cap:
Raise frame rate smoothing cap[citation needed]
  1. Navigate to configuration file(s) location, usually located in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\.... If you have trouble finding it, see the Game data section in the PCGamingWiki article for that specific game.
  2. Open the XEngine.ini (where X is a game-specific variable) with a text editor.
  3. Using Ctrl+F, search for MaxSmoothedFrameRate in the text file.
    1. The preferred value would be your monitor refresh rate plus 2. For example, when using a 144Hz monitor the value would preferably be set to 146.
    2. Change the relevant config values to this. Be aware that there may be multiple values that need to be changed for a specific game. If you still experience issues, you may have missed some.
  4. Once you've edited all relevant values, save the text file.
If you'd like to disable frame rate smoothing:
Disable frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Navigate to configuration file(s) location, usually located in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\.... If you have trouble finding it, see the Game data section in the PCGamingWiki article for that specific game.
  2. Open the XEngine.ini (where X is a game-specific variable) with a text editor.
  3. Using Ctrl+F, search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE. Be aware that there may be multiple values that need to be changed for a specific game, be sure to get them all.
  4. Once you've edited all relevant values, save the text file.
If you experience screen tearing you may want to use regular V-sync or a frame rate cap rather than changing smoothing.
Some games reset the values to default after game starting, setting file to "read-only" prevents this but some games may crash because of this. Please refer to the specific article for each game to see if setting its config files to "read-only" is needed.

No surround sound[edit]

Force native device[6]
  1. Rename original OpenAL32.dll, usually located in <path-to-game>\Binaries\ folder
  2. Install - Creative OpenAL libraries
  3. Locate xxxxxxxEngine.ini configuration file and open it in text editor.
  4. Search for [WinDrv.WindowsClient], and note which class is used in AudioDeviceClass=
  5. Look below for it.
  6. Delete DeviceName= value (leave blank)

Notes

Only works on games running on OpenAL
If unsure, force a specific audio device by inserting its name (as reported by ALC_ENUMERATION_EXT in EnumerateWin32) as value

Stuttering and texture "popping"[edit]

Edit *Engine.ini[7]
  1. Find the PoolSize= value in the Texture streaming section and set it roughly to your VRAM memory amount (in MB).
  2. Find the ThreadedShaderCompileThreshold= in the DevOptions.Shaders section and set it to the number of physical CPU cores your machine has.
According to some ThreadedShaderCompileThreshold=' should be set to your physical cores -2.

Other information[edit]

Console commands[edit]

Games running on Unreal Engine 3 can utilize some of the UE3 Console Commands for various tasks.
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