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X: Beyond the Frontier

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X: Beyond the Frontier
X: Beyond the Frontier cover
Developers
Egosoft
Publishers
THQ
EU SouthPeak Interactive
Engines
X Engine
Release dates
Windows July 1, 1999
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Vehicle simulator, Business
Vehicles Space flight
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series X
X: Beyond the Frontier on HowLongToBeat
X: Beyond the Frontier on MobyGames
X: Beyond the Frontier on Wikipedia
X
X: Beyond the Frontier 1999
X-Tension 2000
X2: The Threat 2003
X3: Reunion 2005
X3: Terran Conflict 2008
X Rebirth 2013
X Rebirth VR Edition 2017
X4: Foundations 2018

General information

Official forums
Argonopedia - A wiki for the X series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes X-Tension.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Two demos versions available on the developer website

Essential improvements

Patches

Can be found on the developer website

Game data

Launcher options menu.
Launcher options menu.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2840/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2840/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
[1]

Video

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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Top/bottom cropped. This includes portions of the cockpit HUD, making parts of the UI unreadable and the game much tougher to play.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input

In-game key/button map settings.
In-game key/button map settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Cannot remap every function.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Cannot navigate main menu with mouse.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Cannot remap every function.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

In-game general audio settings.
In-game general audio settings.
In-game advanced audio settings.
In-game advanced audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
[2]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0[2]
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 275 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

Resolution issues

The game only works as intended with a 4:3 resolution selected, such as 800 x 600, even though it allows to select other resolutions that don't match that aspect ration, such as 1920x1080. Going beyond 4:3 aspect ratio will cause top & bottom areas of the screen being cut off at all times and the only fix is to stick with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Your vertical screen size limits how much horizontal size you're allowed. So for 1920x1080 you'd be stuck with 1440x1080 as the biggest 4:3 aspect ratio (calculated: 1080 * 4 / 3 = 1440). As that isn't a selectable resolution (F8 in the game → "graphics card / 3d") you could take a look at your graphics software, if it allows to force a custom resolution fitting a 4:3 aspect ratio, or select one with a 4:3 size that the game offers, like 1280x960. For the vertical sizes of 940, 1024, 1050, 1080 the game offers no matching values to keep a 4:3 ratio.

Notes

  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>/2840/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2840) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. 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).

References