Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X

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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X cover
Ubisoft Romania
Windows Ubisoft Ukraine
Release dates
Windows March 17, 2009
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X guide on StrategyWiki
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X on Wikipedia
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2009
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 2010

Key points

Well ported, including full graphics and control options.
Access to DirectX 10 features requires running a separate executable.[1]
Online multiplayer services have been discontinued.[2]

General information

Official series forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
No third-party DRM, CD-key for online play.[3]
None of the multiple DLC packs released on console are available for PC.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X\Profiles
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X\Profiles
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Centred HUD.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Off/2x/4x/8x options available.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Volume settings.
Volume settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects, music and voiceovers are fully adjustable and mutable.
Surround sound
Cutscene dialogue is automatically subtitled, but in-game voiceovers cannot be subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Audio muted when player uses Alt+Tab .


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Game is currently 2D only with vorpx. Playing 2D does not require any game profile.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Versus
Online play
4 Versus
Online functionalities have been discontinued on October 6, 2015

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on launch (Steam)[edit]

Some Steam users have reported issues with the game (especially the DirectX 10 executable)[5] black screening on launch, forcing them to end the process using task manager.[6]
Disable Steam Community in-game[6]
  1. Right-click on the H.A.W.X icon in the Steam library.
  2. Select "Properties" and uncheck "Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game".
  3. Close the window and launch the game.
Force Windowed mode[citation needed]

A secondary cause is the game launching at an incorrect/unusable resolution.

  1. In %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X\Profiles\_settings_0.1.525.ini, section [Video], set windowd = true

Consistent freezing[edit]

Game freezes every minute or so for upwards of 20 seconds.
Disconnect from the internet[7]
Disconnecting your computer from the internet whilst in single-player appears to resolve this issue.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10, 10.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP) / 2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5900
ATI Radeon 9800
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/21900/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (21900) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.