Star Wars: Battlefront

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For the 2015 game, see Star Wars Battlefront (2015).

Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront cover
Pandemic Studios
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Release dates
Windows September 21, 2004
macOS (OS X) July 25, 2005
Metacritic 76
Series Star Wars: Battlefront
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Star Wars: Battlefront
Subseries of Star Wars
Star Wars: Battlefront 2004
Star Wars: Battlefront II 2005
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 2015
Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) 2017


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Key points

The and Steam versions were updated with multiplayer support in May 2020.[1] Crossplay between these versions is available.[2]

General information

SWBFGamers - Active multiplayer community.
Wookieepedia - A huge wiki dedicated to the Star Wars universe Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
CD-ROM edition with 3 discs and a rare DVD-ROM version.
SecuROM 5 DRM until Patch 1.11.
macOS (OS X)
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Humble Store
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Doesn't support multiplayer. Included with EA Play.
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Essential improvements[edit]


Latest version available for retail releases is Patch 1.2. This patch adds the Tatooine: Jabba's Palace map.
Digital releases were updated further, replacing GameSpy for online play with GOG Galaxy middleware (regardless of platform), adding Xinput controller support and more.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the /nointro command line argument[3]

Game data[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\SaveGames\*.profile[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1058020/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\SaveGames[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1058020/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.
In-game map, demonstrating reduced accessibility to users with deuteranopia.
In-game map, demonstrating reduced accessibility to users with deuteranopia.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
1.3.5 (only digital versions) released on May 1, 2020 adds a native support for widescreen solutions without stretching.
For 1.2, use Sui's Widescreen Fix.
Use the Field of View Enhancer.
Use the Field of View Enhancer.[4]
4K Ultra HD
Resolutions higher than 1920x1080 can cause some graphical effects to be rendered incorrectly.[5]
Field of view (FOV)
Modifiable using the Star Wars Battlefront 1 Field of View Enhancer Mod, capable of 90°, 100°, 110° and 120° FOV presets, based on horizontal FOV in 4:3 mode.
Use the /win command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming while in windowed mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Uses a different set amount based on the texture and surface; force in the GPU control panel instead.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector without any compatibility bits.[Note 3]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use the /noframelock command line argument to disable it.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Vehicle physics glitches when using over 60fps seem to be fixed in 1.3.5 (only digital versions), but more testing needs to be done.
For 1.3 and earlier, use cap the frame rate to 60 FPS or lower or set refresh rate monitor on 60hz.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Friendly info is indicated with green, and enemy info is indicated with red (ex: command posts, point bar).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Star Wars Battlefront 1 Field of View Enhancer (Mod DB, Nexus Mods) provides several preset files/folders that can be used to set the field of view to 90°, 100°, 110° and 120°, based on horizontal FOV in 4:3 mode. These FOV presets can be easily dragged and dropped into the root directory of the game for quick installation.
The default 4:3 first person value of 70° corresponds to 86° at 16:9, 102° at 21:9 and 124° at 32:9. 48:9 requires at least 141°, unsupported by the mod.
Cuts off the player viewmodel in 1.3 and earlier unless Widescreen aspect ratio fix is used.



Audio settings, with hardware acceleration and EAX support.
Audio settings, with hardware acceleration and EAX support.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, SFX and speech.
Surround sound
Mono, Stereo, Headphone, Dolby Pro Logic II, Quadrophonic, 5.1, 7.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4.[8]
1.3.5 released on May 1, 2020 adds native support for OpenAL Soft HRTF (set Mixer Config to OpenAL and Output Mode to Stereo or Headphones).
To use HRTF on older versions, use DSOAL, set Mixer Config to Hardware, set Output Mode to 7.1, and disable Bass Management.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
64 After update with GOG Galaxy and Steam, online is limited to 32 players.

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

"Steam must be running to play OR you does not own this game!"[sic] (Error message)[edit]

  • After update to version 1.3.5 some users receive error message mentioned above.[citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

An Official FAQ is available for the Windows version.
TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL Soft Since version 1.3.5.
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy, Galaxy Version 1.3.5 introduced Galaxy as replacement for defunct GameSpy.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Hardware Transform & Lighting (T&L) capable
64 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>/1058020/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1058020) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. LOD adjustment and the "AA Fix" are not necessary