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This page is for the original release. For the Director's Cut, see Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut.

Not to be confused with Cube.

Q.U.B.E. cover
Toxic Games
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows December 16, 2011
macOS (OS X) December 17, 2012
Metacritic 69
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Puzzle, Platform
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Q.U.B.E.
Q.U.B.E. on HowLongToBeat
Q.U.B.E. on IGDB
Q.U.B.E. on MobyGames
Q.U.B.E. on Wikipedia
Q.U.B.E. 2011
Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut 2014
Q.U.B.E. 2 2018
Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary 2022

General information

Official FAQ (archived)
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Bundled with Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut.[1]
Can be played without Steam running. Start <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\QUBE.exe for 32-bit version or <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win64\QUBE.exe for 64-bit version.[2]
macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Steam owners of the original version receive the Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut for free.[3]


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
No microtransactions None

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Against the Qlock 10 challenge levels with online leaderboards.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the -nostartupmovies command line argument

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\UDKGame\Config\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203730/pfx/[Note 2]
64-bit version has a different save location <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win64\. Save files are compatible between 32-bit and 64-bit versions but must be copied manually.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\SaveGame.bin[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\SaveGameATQ.bin[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\SaveGameALTATQ.bin[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\Binaries\Win64\*.bin[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203730/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings
Video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-. Menu covers only part of the screen. See Custom resolution.[4]
Vert-. Menu covers only part of the screen. See Custom resolution.[5]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Disable bSmoothFrameRate in <path-to-game>\Engine\Config\BaseEngine.ini
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Custom resolution

Use the -ResX=<width> -ResY=<height> command line argument. E.g. -ResX=3840 -ResY=1080.[2]

Field of view (FOV)

Field of view (FOV)[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Engine\Config\
  2. Open BaseInput.ini.
  3. Look for the line ;ConsoleKey=Tilde.
  4. Remove the ; from the start of that line.
  5. Launch the game.
  6. Press ~ to bring up the console.
  7. Type FOV 110 and press Enter. You can replace 110 with any value from 10 up to 165.


Input settings
Input settings
Controls Layout
Controls Layout


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Sound FX.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

Various problems can be fixed through the use of the game's Official FAQ page (archived).

Issues starting the game

There are various possible solutions to this problem:
Verify Your Game Cache[citation needed]
  1. Find Q.U.B.E. in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game title
  3. Select Properties
  4. Go to the Local Files tab
  5. Select Verify Integrity of Game Cache...
  6. This may take a while, just wait for it to finish
  7. Once it's done press OK
  8. Launch the game
Game Permissions[citation needed]
  • Make sure Q.U.B.E has the necessary permissions to run as admin.
  • You can check this by locking the following file: <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\QUBE.exe (The one with a cube icon)
  • Right click the follow and press Properties. Click the Compatibility tab and make sure "Run as Administrator" is checked.
This also applies to OS X users, though the steps are different.
Start the game in Windowed Mode[citation needed]
  • Locate the following file: <path-to-game>\UDKGame\Config\UDKEngine.ini
  • Find the [SystemSettings] header. Somewhere under this there will be Fullscreen. Change this to False
Re-install the game and the pre-requisite install file[citation needed]

Locate and run the following file: <path-to-game>\Binaries\Redist\UE3Redist.exe

If this doesn't work you may not have the latest releases of the following programs installed. Check the following websites for installs of programs necessary to run Q.U.B.E.:
64-bit Users may be required to install both x86 and x64 versions of each C++ Redistributable package in order to play Q.U.B.E.
Disable engine distortion[citation needed]

Locate and open the following file:


Now search for bInitializeShadersOnDemand and set it to True. In the same file, search for Distortion and set it to False. Save the file and load up the game again.

Anti-Virus and firewall blockage[citation needed]

Ensure that your Anti-Virus/Firewall software is not blocking the game from launching. Determining this depends on your Anti-Virus software. This has been found to be a problem for both Windows and OS X users.

Set sound quality to 24 bit, 48000 Hz[citation needed]

See Sound problems (cracking, delays, missing music/effects, etc.)

Unable to see the intro start-up screen but can hear sound

Use only a single monitor[citation needed]

This is commonly caused by the game engine when using Dual Monitors. Try unplugging or disabling your other monitors and launching again.

Areas in the game are completely black

This is due to Dynamic Lighting[citation needed]

In the menu go to Options > Advanced Graphics. Make sure Dynamic Lighting is On and press Apply Changes.

"Failed to Create D3D Device!" error

Ensure you have the latest .NET framework installed[citation needed]

You can check this by visiting Windows Update and ensuring you have the latest .NET framework, as well as other critical updates.

MSVCR100.DLL missing from my computer

Ensure you have the latest .NET framework installed[citation needed]

You can check this by visiting Windows Update and ensuring you have the latest .NET framework, as well as other critical updates.


Update DirectX files[citation needed]

Install the DirectX End-User Runtimes.

Game not saving

Windows doesn't give necessary 'write' permissions to Q.U.B.E[citation needed]

This means that Q.U.B.E. is unable to change any files. To fix it go to Q.U.B.E.'s installation folder:


  1. Find the Config folder and right click on it
  2. Go to Properties and select the Security tab
  3. Click Advanced and select the Owner tab in the new window
  4. Click Edit… then select the new owner of the folder and Apply

Character moving/turning without user input

Unplug USB devices[citation needed]

This is usually caused by USB devices or controllers plugged into your computer while playing. To fix this problem, please unplug all unnecessary USB devices before playing.

VR support

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

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OS X only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Game is configure to always run 32-bit executable in Steam. 64-bit executable is present and can be run manually via <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win64\QUBE.exe.
macOS (OS X)

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz (Dual-core recommended)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8000 series
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) 1.6 GHz (Dual Core) Intel
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel HD 4000
OpenGL OpenGL 3.3 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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>/203730/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (203730) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut · SubID: 44065 · Steam Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 Verified by User:Mastan on 2022-08-15
  3. Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut moving to FREE for owners of the original game :: Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut General Discussions - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  4. Verified by User:Mastan on 2022-08-14
    Tested at 3840x1080 custom resolution
  5. Verified by User:Mastan on 2022-08-14
    Tested at 2560x1080 custom resolution
  6. Verified by User:Mastan on 2022-08-14
    Tested in 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter. No audio output detected in LFE channel.