Prince of Persia 3D

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Prince of Persia 3D
Prince of Persia 3D cover
Developers
Red Orb Entertainment
Publishers
Mindscape
The Learning Company
Engines
NetImmerse
Release dates
Windows September 17, 1999
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Middle East
Series Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia 3D on HowLongToBeat
Prince of Persia 3D on IGDB
Prince of Persia 3D on MobyGames
Prince of Persia 3D on Wikipedia
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia 1989
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame 1993
Prince of Persia 3D 1999
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 2004
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones 2005
Prince of Persia (2008) 2008
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake 2022

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Better textures, higher resolution and better colors than the Dreamcast version.
Worse controls, slower animations and less balanced gameplay than the Dreamcast version.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.
A free demo is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches 1.1 and 1.2 update the game to the latest version.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\input.ini, fight.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Level 01 Start, Level 01 Start.bmp[Note 2]

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
If it's necessary, use 3rd party SW or GPU control panel to lock FPS.
120+ FPS
It causes errors during gameplay.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Apply Widescreen Fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix from here.
  2. Open POP3D_Widescreen_Resolutions.zip.
  3. Extract options.sav from any resolution folder to <path-to-game>.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Prince of Persia 3D.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\POP3D.exe.
  5. Set Acquire admin caps.
  6. Go to Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  7. Go to Tweaks tab, select win:NoMainWindowDestruction and click on +.
  8. Click OK, then File and Save.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Italian

Issues fixed[edit]

FMVs playback issues[edit]

Install QuickTime 4.0 or newer[citation needed]

Low FPS[edit]

Use DxWnd to force windowed mode[citation needed]
Run Windows Media Player[citation needed]
Use DDrawCompat[citation needed]
Use dgVoodoo 2[3]

Notes

Under the DirectX tab, it is recommended to set 128 MB of VRAM.
In the second level, it will cause graphical problems underwater.

Weird Textures[edit]

Certain visual elements are not rendered correctly or are upside down.
Use Geometry Patch[citation needed]
  1. Delete the Geometry folder located in the <path-to-game>.
  2. Download the Geometry Patch and extract the contents to the same directory.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).

References