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Saber Interactive
Sierra Entertainment
Digital Activision
Saber3D Engine
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2007
TimeShift on Wikipedia


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

Key points

Timeshift cannot be run on integrated graphics. A possible fix through 3D Analyze is found here.

General information

Official developer site
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Is currently using an outdated version of the game.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 in Germany due to German censorship laws.

Version differences[edit]

The Steam version is outdated and has certain unintended gameplay effects not seen on a fully patched retail copy.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.

Essential improvements[edit]


All available patches for the retail version can be found here.

Patch 1.2 for the Steam release can be found here.[1]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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)
75-120° horizontal. Default is 80°. 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

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

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 these values to the desired vertical FOV.
FOV = 56.250000
WPN_FOV = 56.250000
Menu_FOV = 56.250000


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)[edit]

Force SGSSAA[2]
  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.

Input settings[edit]

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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

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.[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Not available on Steam.
Not available on Steam.
See this guide to enable in the Steam version.
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;[4] OpenSpy can be used as a workaround.[5]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Game does not launch[edit]

The game does not run on CPUs using more than 8 threads.[6]
Install Unofficial Patch for > 8 Thread CPUs[7]
  1. Download the fixed executable and copy it to <path-to-game>\bin.
(AMD only) Use Ryzen Master Utility and limit CPU to 8 cores without multithreading.[8]
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.

Game Pause Glitch on level load[edit]

Install the game on the drive where the OS is installed[citation needed]
  1. If game does not run from the drive where the OS is installed, the game may work on a vhd or an external drive.

Driver error message upon launch[edit]

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.


There is currently no completely reliable fix beyond lowering graphics settings.
Disable Smooth Shadows[citation needed]

Game launches with black screen[edit]

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[edit]

Game crashes with Intel GPU[9]
  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

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0b
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

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


  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.