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Jade Empire: Special Edition

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Jade Empire: Special Edition
Jade Empire: Special Edition cover
Windows LTI Gray Matter
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
2007-2008 2K Games
2008-present Electronic Arts
OS X TransGaming Inc.
Release dates
Windows February 26, 2007
macOS (OS X) (Cider) August 18, 2008
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, RPG
Sports Martial arts
Art styles Stylized
Themes Fantasy
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Jade Empire: Special Edition is an enhanced port of the 2005 fantasy ARPG Jade Empire for the Xbox, featuring improved graphics and extra content (fighting styles, weapons, monsters, Jade Master mode).

General information

Jade Empire Wiki Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM disc check.
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Included with EA Play.
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Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows (unavailable)
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Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

Essential improvements

Peixoto's patch

Fixes low frame rate
Forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the texts on the menus and SSAA.

Skip intro videos

Use Configuration Utility[citation needed]
  1. Run <path-to-game>\JadeEmpireConfig.exe
  2. Go to Video tab and check Disable Intro Movies
  3. Select Save Settings from the Jade Empire menu and close the Utility

Alternatively, close the Utility first and click Yes when prompted to save

Change JadeEmpire.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open JadeEmpire.ini.
  3. Change NoLogos=0 to NoLogos=1
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movies.
  2. Delete or rename the following files:

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\JadeEmpire.ini[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7110/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/7110/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Configuration Utility Video Options
Configuration Utility Video Options
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
HUD is stretched, and some resolutions not listed: see Widescreen resolution.
Use Centered HUD fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x or 4x FSAA can be set only in Configuration Utility. Higher values can be forced through graphics card control panel. For an alternate solution see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
30 FPS cap; see High frame rate.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
An external Configuration Utility can be accessed with <path-to-game>\JadeEmpireConfig.exe.

Widescreen resolution

Set resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open JadeEmpire.ini.
  3. Set ScrW and ScrH to the resolution you want.


Play in a window[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open JadeEmpire.ini.
  3. Set Windowed to 1

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Enable anti-aliasing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open JadeEmpire.ini.
  3. Set FSAA=1, FSAA=2 or FSAA=3 to enable 2x, 4x or 8x anti-aliasing respectively.

High frame rate

Using this fix will speed up the cloth physics, as well as the grass and cloud animations.
Increasing FPS[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open JadeEmpire.ini.
  3. Under section [Game] set clampFPS to 0 and save your changes.


In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Unlike the original Xbox version, camera control rotates the player character, instead of rotating around the character like in a 3D platformer or 3D action game.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Wireless controller right analogue stick

Using right stick on 360 wireless controller for looking can be fixed.
Edit JadeEmpire.ini[1]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit JadeEmpire.ini.
  3. Look for the following lines:
    Look L/R=Left StickX
    Look U/D=Left StickY
  4. Change these lines to:
    Look L/R=Right StickX
    Look U/D=Right StickY

Original Xbox controller configuration

Movement L/R=Left StickX
Movement U/D=Left StickY
Look L/R=Right StickX
Look U/D=Right StickY
Menu=Button 8
Combat Pause=Button 7
Fight Style 1=Hat 1
Fight Style 2=Hat 1
Fight Style 3=Hat 1
Fight Style 4=Hat 1
Attack=Button 1
Block=Button 2
Strong Attack=Button 3
Focus=Button 4
Chi Strike=Button 6
Chi Heal=Button 5
Target Left=Left StickZ
Target Right=Right StickZ
No Target=-
Free Look=Button 10


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Royalty free audio
Crashes within seconds of using DSOAL.[2]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Origin and retail versions only
Not available on Steam
Not available on Steam, the language files available.
Not available on Steam
Not available on Steam
Official translation.
Improved fan translation that translates lines still in English by Clan Dlan, download.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Cannot save game progress

Run the game as administrator.[citation needed]

Config utility issues / "Can't Find Steam" error

Run JadeEmpireConfig.exe in compatibility mode for Windows Vista SP2.[citation needed]
If the issue persists or the config tool freezes at one point while gathering system information on the first launch, try the following:
Create a configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Using a text editor, create a blank text file and name it SystemInformation.xml.
  2. Save it to the <path-to-game>\data
  3. Copy the Steam.dll file from the <Steam-folder> into <path-to-game>.
This will effectively bypass the config tool. This should also fix the "Can't Find Steam" error.

Stuttering graphics

When the computer has been up for a while (at least a week) or the Fast Boot option is enabled in Windows 8 or newer, the game will continually stutter regardless of the framerate, hardware capability, or operating system. The game sets its pacing by using the Windows API QueryPerformanceCounter that returns a monotonically increasing total count of CPU cycles since boot. When it gets past 240, the game becomes unplayable. At that point, the only option is to reboot the computer.
Override QueryPerformanceCounter[3]
  1. Download the fix
  2. Extract it, and put the d3d9.dll file into <path-to-game>.


The fix allows the game to count cycles from when the game itself was started.
If the problem recurs (perhaps because you leave the game running for a week), you need only exit and restart the game.

Crash when installed in a storage space

The game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed by a Storage Space on Windows 8 and later.

Install the game on a drive that is not a Storage Space[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 2.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.8


Jade Empire in Style

ModDB page can be found here.
Integrates popular Jade Empire mods, see main page for more details.
Expands gameplay by adding new styles and weapon upgrades.
Includes multiple bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements, such as improved mechanics.
Incompatible with some mods. Incompatible mods listed on the main page.
Development stopped, Last version was released on Jul 17, 2011.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 1800+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6200
ATI Radeon 9500
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.10.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 330M
ATI Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 3000
256 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: