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.
2K Games
OS X TransGaming Inc.
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows February 26, 2007
macOS (OS X) (Cider) August 18, 2008
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, RPG
Art styles Stylized
Themes Fantasy
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Key points

PC version features improved graphics and extra content not present in the original Xbox release.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS, though it can be fixed (see High frame rate).

General information

Jade Empire Wiki
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)
SecuROM 7 DRM disc check.
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Included with EA Play.
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Included with EA Play (Steam).
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Essential improvements[edit]

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Fixes low frame rate
Forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the texts on the menus and super sampling anti aliasing

Skip intro videos[edit]

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[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam 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.
An external Configuration Utility can be accessed with <path-to-game>\JadeEmpireConfig.exe

Widescreen resolution[edit]

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)[edit]

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[edit]

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
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Wireless controller right analogue stick[edit]

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 Config[edit]

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
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.
Fan translation that translates lines still in English, download.

VR support[edit]

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot Save Game Progress[edit]

Cannot Save Game Progress[citation needed]

If the game is started as a normal user, game progress cannot be saved. To fix this, run the game as Administrator

  1. Find the start menu shortcut for Jade Empire, right click on it, then Properties. Select the Compatibility tab, then check 'Run this program in compatibility mode' and select 'Windows XP (Service Pack 2)', then check 'Run this program as an administrator' and then 'OK'.

Config Utility Issues / Can't Find Steam[edit]

"Can't Find Steam" error[citation needed]
  1. Locate the JadeEmpireConfig.exe file in the <path-to-game>.
  2. Set Windows Vista SP2 compatibility mode.
If the issue persists or the config tool freezes at one point while gathering system information on your first launch, try the following:
Config Tool Crashes[citation needed]
  1. Using Notepad, 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 the <path-to-game>.
This will effectively bypass the config tool which should allow you to launch the game. This should also fix the "Can't Find Steam" error.

Stuttering Graphics[edit]

When your PC has been up for a while (at least a week) or you use W8/10 (Fast Boot), the game will continually stutter regardless of the framerate, hardware capability, or OS. 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 2^40, 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 in the same folder as the Jade Empire executable.


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[edit]

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

Installing the Game on a drive that is not a Storage Space will fix this issue[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
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[edit]

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.
Multiple bugfixes for the game.
QOL improvements, such as improved mechanics.
Incompatibility with some mods. Incompatible mods listed on the main page.
Development stopped, Last version was released on Jul 17, 2011.

System requirements[edit]

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 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>/7110/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (7110) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.