Anonymous edits have been disabled on the wiki. If you want to contribute please login or create an account.


From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
TimeShift cover
Saber Interactive
Sierra Entertainment
Digital Activision
Saber3D Engine
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2007
Metacritic 71
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Vehicles Motorcycle, Flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
TimeShift on HowLongToBeat
TimeShift on IGDB
TimeShift on MobyGames
TimeShift on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

TimeShift is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS and shooter game.

The game has some compatibility issue with modern hardware. Additionally, due to how the title implemented GPU checks, the game will refused to launch on any system using Intel graphics by default regardless of actual hardware capabilities, in addition it may not switching to compatible discrete graphics device on hybrid GPU systems. Affected user can check Issues Fixed for workaround.

General information

Official developer site 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
Icon overlay.png
Is currently using an outdated version of the game. See Patches.
Missing the Urban ReDuel Multiplayer Map Pack DLC, and Futures-Past Multiplayer Map Pack DLC.
Not available for sale on GOG or Steam in Germany.

Version differences

The Steam version is outdated and has certain unintended gameplay effects not seen on a fully patched retail copy. I.E. the protective helmets on green-armored enemies do not function correctly, as a result they die in one headshot from any weapon. See Patches for a fix.


Demo can be downloaded here or here.

Essential improvements


  • All available patches for the retail version can be found here.
  • Patch 1.02 for the Steam release can be found here.[1]
  • GOG release is already patched to 1.02.[2]

Skip intro videos

Delete game files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video\
  2. Delete or rename saber_logo.bik, sierra_logo.bik and twimtbp.bik.

Fix startup crash on modern multi-core CPUs

Make sure that the game is updated to 1.02 release before following the steps below. See Patches for more information.
Install Unofficial Patch for > 8 Thread CPUs[3]
  1. Download the patched executable.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\bin\.
  3. Make a backup of the original executable TimeShift.exe.
  4. Copy and paste the patched executable over the original.

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\UserConfigs[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10130/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\UserConfigs[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10130/pfx/[Note 2]
Each hit of the "quicksave" button creates a permanent new save, quicksaves don't override each other.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Menu and HUD elements are stretched. FMVs are in 16:9 resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider in settings appears to specify current horizontal FOV, however the game itself uses vertical FOV. To avoid confusion, it is best to set the vertical FOV via config. See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 200 fps
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Set custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\UserConfigs\Default\
  2. Edit user.ini.
  3. Change FOV = 56.250000 value to the desired vertical FOV. WPN_FOV = 56.250000 sets the FOV for viewmodel, Menu_FOV = 56.250000 sets the main menu FOV.


Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. At the top click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Enable Do not notify on task switch.
  5. Click OK, start the game normally.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Force SGSSAA[4]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Search and open the game profile.
  3. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x004010C4.
  4. Set Antialiasing Behavior Flags to None.
  5. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  6. Set Antialiasing Setting to Multisampling (2x, 4x, 8xQ).
  7. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to Sparse Grid Supersampling (same as previous value).
  8. Apply changes.
Enable FSAA[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\UserConfigs\Default\.
  2. Edit user.ini.
  3. Set the VIDEO_FSAA property to yes.
  4. Set the VIDEO_FSAA_Qual property to 2.
  5. Save the changes.


In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Options mentions 5.1 but it outputs up to 7.1.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Not available on Steam.
Only retail in Germany, censored violence. This patch adds German language to Steam version while keeping the game uncut, and also includes the 1.2 patch. This patch does the same for the GOG and international DVD versions.
Not available on Steam.
See this guide to enable in the Steam version.
Brazilian Portuguese
Unofficial translation; TriboGamer.
Local retail version only, download.
GOG only. Steam version, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
16 GameSpy services have been shut down;[7] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7777-7877, 27900, 27901, 28910, 29910
UDP 7777-7877, 27900, 27901, 28910, 29910
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed

Game refuses to launch on system with more than 8 CPU cores or threads.

The game does not run on CPUs with more than 8 cores or threads. Issue including stuck at shader compilation process and general instabilities.[8]
Install Unofficial Patch for > 8 Thread CPUs[3]
  1. Download the patched executable.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\bin\.
  3. Make a backup of the original executable TimeShift.exe.
  4. Copy and paste the patched executable over the original.
(AMD only) Use Ryzen Master Utility and limit CPU to 8 cores without multithreading.[9]
Setting up compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Right click on the TimeShift.exe file (located in <path-to-game>\bin) and select "Properties".
  2. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)") and Run this program as an administrator.
  3. Launch the game.
  4. If the game still does not launch, disable Compatibility Mode and try again.

Driver error message upon launch

Setting up compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Right click on the TimeShift.exe file (located in <path-to-game>\bin) and select "Properties".
  2. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)").
  3. Launch the game.

Micro stuttering

Lock frame rate
  1. Enable VSync in Video Settings.
  2. Limit frame rate to your monitor's refresh rate.
  1. Download the latest DXVK release.
  2. Extract the dxvk-version.tar.gz archive.
  3. Copy d3d9.dll from the x32 folder.
  4. Paste d3d9.dll into <path-to-game>\bin.

Game launches with black screen

Fix black screen[citation needed]
  • If game launches with black screen, disable all monitors other than the primary one in Windows, or just for the game by changing HRTF value in UserConfigs\Default\user.ini to 1 ("HRTF = 1").

Game crashes with Intel GPU

Use one of these fixes when the game launches with a white screen. Or closes immediately after launching it.
Use 3D-Analyze[10]
  1. Download 3D-Analyze.
  2. Start the program with administrative rights and select Timeshift.exe
  3. In the Vendor ID field type: 4318
  4. Start the game via Run
Use Fallout 3's Intel GPU bypass package.[11]
The fixes were made for Fallout 3, but also works with TimeShift. Only extract d3d9.dll from the archive to <path-to-game>\bin.

"Shadow map resolution" option grayed out and locked at medium

Due to how graphics card detection was implemented in this game, modern GPUs will not able to increase "Shadow Map Resolution" above the default Medium setting.
Edit Configuration File[12]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Search for VIDEO_ShadowMapRes and change values from 1 to 0.
Changing any option in graphics settings will cause reverting "Shadow map resolution" option to medium setting.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 2.0b
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X700
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0b support
The game does not support Intel integrated graphics chipsets


  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>/10130/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10130) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Steam Community :: Guide :: TimeShift Update 1.2 - Download and Installation Guide - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Verified by User:Radishface on 2023-03-26
  3. 3.0 3.1 [FIX] CPU and Startup loading crash.
  4. NVidia Anti-Aliasing Guide (updated) - Forums - last accessed on November 14, 2016
  5. FSAA - PCGamingWiki - last accessed on May 2023
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  7. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  8. - last accessed on May 2023
  9. (Howto) Running TimeShift on Windows 10 (64 bit) on 4+ cores :: TimeShift General Discussions
  10. Possible solution the problems with the launch, that helped me :: TimeShift General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  11. Verified by User:Fudgesiclesxd on 2022-09-07
    Works on my system with 4th generation Intel Core i5 with Intel HD 4600. Tested with Windows 11 with final intel Graphics driver
  12. "Shadow map resolution" grayed out, locked to medium :: TimeShift General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023