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Prince of Persia 3D

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Prince of Persia 3D
Prince of Persia 3D cover
Red Orb Entertainment
Release dates
Windows September 17, 1999
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle
Art styles Realistic
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 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 Lost Crown 2024
The Rogue Prince of Persia 2024
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake TBA


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Prince of Persia 3D is a singleplayer third-person action, adventure, platform and puzzle game in the Prince of Persia series.

General information

Official franchise Discord server


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo is available here.

Essential improvements


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

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
By default Vsync (enable by default) is activated only in the game, the menu does not use Vsync. Use dgVoodoo2 or DxWnd for better Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Character animations are capped at 30 FPS.
It causes errors during gameplay. See High FPS Issues.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution

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


Use DxWnd
  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. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click on Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  8. Click on Tweaks tab, select win:NoMainWindowDestruction and click on +.
  9. Click OK, then File and Save.
  10. Run the game directly from DxWnd.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Japanese retail release.
Brazilian Portuguese
BraSoft Hits release.[4]

Issues unresolved

Black screen during the lower dirigible level

Occurs on version 1.1 when reaching this part of the lower dirigible level. Just move the lever without fighting the enemy NPC; otherwise a black screen will occur.

Issues fixed

FMVs playback issues

Install QuickTime 4.0 or newer


Use DxWnd to force windowed mode
Play a media file through Windows Media Player or MPC-HC in the background
Use DDrawCompat
Use dgVoodoo 2[5]


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

Weird Textures

Certain visual elements are not rendered correctly or are upside down.
Use Geometry Patch
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and delete Geometry.
  2. Download Geometry Patch and extract the contents into <path-to-game>.

High FPS Issues

Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS[6]
Use DxWnd
  1. Use the following configuration in DxWnd:
    • Under the DirectX(2) tab, set VSync to ON and Wait for Frequency.
  2. Set the monitor refresh rate to 60Hz.

Patch 1.1 not successfully applied

In some cases, it may happen that patch 1.1 files are extracted to C:\Windows\.
Add string value in regedit
  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Red Orb\Prince of Persia 3D\1.0.
  4. Create a new String Value named Directory.
  5. Change its value data according to the location where the game is installed.
  6. Click OK.


For 64-bit operating systems, the regedit path could be something like:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Red Orb\Prince of Persia 3D\1.0.
Download Unpacked Patch 1.1, and extract the contents into the game directory.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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

System requirements

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


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 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).