Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms cover
Ubisoft Singapore
Release dates
Windows April 10, 2014
Metacritic 70
Monetization Free-to-play, DLC, Subscription
Microtransactions Boost, Cosmetic, Currency, Infinite spend, Loot box, Player trading, Time-limited
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres TPS, Tactical shooter, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Asia
Series Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms on IGDB
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms on MobyGames
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms on Wikipedia
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2001
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2006
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 2007
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms 2014
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 2017
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint 2019
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Frontline TBA

Key points

Servers were shut down on December 1, 2016.[1]
Known as Ghost Recon Online during the beta.

General information

Official website
Steam Community Discussions (NA)
Steam Community Discussions (EU)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Not free, includes a code for ingame-items and a physical artbook (48 pages)
Official website (unavailable)
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Steam (unavailable)
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Free, North American client
Steam (unavailable)
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Free, European client
Requires a Uplay-account but does not use the Uplay client.[2]


Type Notes
DLC Plenty of DLCs with ingame items. Some of them purchasable only for a certain time.
Free-to-play Access to items is unlocked through ranking (per class).[3]
Subscription AAA Pass[4]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Infinite Pack Grants weapons for free when the required level is reached. Applies also retrospectively.[4]
The content of the DLCs can be applied to only one Uplay-account and can therefore not be used with other accounts, despite using the same Steam-account, which owns the respective DLCs.[5]


Type Notes
Boost Timelimited booster: Affecting XP and RP.[3]
Cosmetic Avatars, headgear, different designs for weapons
Currency ATHENA Credits (previously RP) as normal currency (received for playing, challenges), GP as premium currency (only purchasable with realworld-money)
Infinite spend Grenades and Magnum Ammo (boost to damage) are consumables. Non-consumable items have durabilities.[3]
Loot box Crates/boxes are received through playing or buying.[3][6]
Player trading Items can be gifted to ingame-friends. No bilateral trading.
Time-limited Seasonal or items based on events. Applies also to some DLCs.[7]
Earlier access to higher ranked items (weapons, weapon-upgrades, armour), boost to damage and passive abilities were for purchase.[3]
Items could be tested prior to purchase.
Hosting a customised match required a token every time. Tokens needed to be purchased.[8]
Items are bound to a specific class and can not be used by the other two classes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\NCSA-Live\*.ini[Note 1]
Steam <path-to-game>\Game\NCSA-live\*.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/243870/pfx/[Note 2]
Path used varies by region (NCSA-Live for North America, PDC-live for EU).
Stats and progress are stored on Ubisoft servers.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Use GRP Settings Configurator to further adjust game graphics or edit GraphicSettings.ini manually.[9]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Unplayable due to menus being partially offscreen.[10]
Change the resolution in the \Game\PDC-Live\GraphicSettings.ini file.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV can be hacked by turning the game to windowed mode, setting the horizontal resolution through the GraphicSettings.ini to something larger than your monitor, and then using SRWE to change the horizontal resolution back to native, but this sometimes results in unresponsive menus.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Can use SRWE to remove the borders from windowed mode, but is not supported natively.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
While there is an antialiasing option in the GraphicSettings.ini, it may not be effective. Aliasing is still present in much of the game.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Use windowed mode with in-game Vsync enabled to bypass 60 FPS cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


The game controls can be further adjusted by editing KeyMappingsPC.ini.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
There is slight negative mouse acceleration (dubbed "clamping" by the developers) on heavier guns, namely LMGs, but none other than that.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
For native controller support, there are only a couple preset controller layouts as of patch 1.3.1
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Main, SFX, Music
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
16 Versus
Servers were shut down on December 1, 2016.[1]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 443, 21002
UDP 5060, 5062, 12000-13000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Launcher continuous to run in the background[edit]

The game's launcher may continue to run in the background after the launcher window has been closed.
The launcher can be closed from the Windows system tray (usually bottom right),[11] or by right-clicking the taskbar icon and selecting "Close Window" (Windows 7 or above).
This must be repeated every time the player quits the game.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installer crash[edit]

Launcher manual download[12]
  1. Make sure you have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed
  2. Manually download the launcher from here
  3. Run it

Uninstallation problems[edit]

Even when using the "uninstall" option from the launcher, an error message saying the pdc-live files are in use is sometimes present. Deleting the files won't work, sending them to the recycling bin won't work either. The following is not a recommended solution: By renaming the folders "Pdc-live" and "patches" in the GRO folder to something else, uninstallation from the launcher somehow works. The folders that were renamed are removed and GRO no longer appears in "Programs and Features".

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Interface Adobe Flash
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Quazal

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2, 7 SP1, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140 1.6 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 4.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Controller Keyboard and Mouse
Other 8x DVD-ROM drive, Broadband Internet connection for activation, registration and playing
Game requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 on all platforms, and Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista and 7.


  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. 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>/243870/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (243870) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.