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Aliens vs Predator Recommendations and Fixes for 3D Vision Users

February 17th, 2010 · 18 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

Yesterday the game Aliens vs Predator was officially released and it has turned out that the full game has the same issue that was available in the multiplayer demo released over Steam earlier this month. The executable name of the game is the same as an old AvP game that already has a profile in the 3D Vision drivers, but this profile messes things up and most people believe that the game does not work with 3D Vision. If you purchased the full game you will notice that it also has another executable for DirectX 11 and this seems to create issues for 3D Vision not willing to activate when you run the game even on DX10 hardware. So it seems that the fix for the demo version of the game does not work anymore and there are a bit more things you need to do in order to make 3D Vision working. You need to rename both AvP.exe and AvP_DX11.exe executables by adding an additional x at the end of their names so they’ll become AvPx.exe and AvP_DX11x.exe and then extract the replacement launchers from this archive (the two exe and ini files) and then run the game again and try enabling 3D Vision. Do not try launching the game directly from the exe, try running it through the Steam client…

With the above workaround in action you’ll be able to play the game with 3D Vision, but you’ll quickly notice that the new AvP game is not perfect in stereoscopic 3D mode. The crosshair is still being rendered in 2D and there are issues with the lights and shadows, not to mention that the default 3D Vision settings do not provide the best S3D experience. You cannot fix that by yourself, but at least you can lower the negative impact so the game will be looking better and more problem free in stereo 3D mode. The only thing you need to set from the Video Options inside the game is to set to Low the Shadow Complexity (or disable it completely) which will get rid of the weird rendering of the shadows. There is no option do disable the crosshair or to fix the issues with the lights so you’ll have to bear with these if you want to play the game in S3D mode… or at least wait for a patch.

By now you should be very well aware that the new AvP game is definitely not a 3D Vision optimized title having issues even in the profile detection… there should’ve been a fix in the 3D Vision profile detection from Nvidia, especially when the same issue was found in the earlier released demo. For the rest of the problems we might or might not see an update for the game that will provide better stereoscopic 3D compatibility. Meanwhile you can try out my custom convergence settings for the game that have the convergence point set at the tip of the gun, for an example stereo 3D screenshot with them applied click on the image above. Just have in mind that the profile is set to be loaded with a game executable renamed to avp.exe and will not load with the executable being renamed to something else! After importing the custom convergence settings set the starting depth level to 15% and then you can increase or decrease it to best fit your preferences, but just don’t go too high. And as usual please leave your comment on how this has worked for you in the comments below if you’ve tried it…

Download the archive with the launcher fix for the Aliens vs Predator retail game…
Download my custom 3D Vision convergence settings for the game Aliens vs Predator…

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 abyssus // Feb 19, 2010 at 03:07

    Doesn’t working for me
    Winows seven ultimate 64 and GTX eVGA 295

  • 2 abyssus // Feb 19, 2010 at 19:59

    That working now thnak you guy for your fix good job !!!!

  • 3 Gent001 // Feb 19, 2010 at 23:29

    The AvP README says:
    There is a known issue with the light from the Marine flare not working
    on Nvidia cards if the “low” shadow detail option is selected. This may be
    addressed in a later Nvidia driver revision but if you experience this issue
    then please select a different shadow detail option. Note that turning the
    shadow detail option up above “low” will decrease performance on lower end
    video cards so you may need to choose the “off” setting instead.

    from here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1148936

  • 4 Frodoshire // Feb 20, 2010 at 14:21

    This didn’t work for me either, I renamed the files to end with an x, extracted the files into the game folder in steam, tried to launch the game and nothing happened??? Considering the future of gaming is meant to be 3D Nvidia are not doing a good job with new releases.

  • 5 lohan // Feb 20, 2010 at 16:18

    same here!

    I did the process as mentioned above and now nothing happens at all when I try to start the game. The game just won’t start at all!

  • 6 Ferry // Feb 20, 2010 at 17:05

    Worked for me…!
    I had to run it from steam tho…
    Running it from the game icon in win7 didn’t work !

    So for who it didn’t work..,try running it from steam/mygames

  • 7 lohan // Feb 20, 2010 at 18:08

    Got it!

    Just run the fix, EXIT STEAM, start the game again so you get to choose between Direct X11 and Direct X9. Start the “DirectX 9”-option and everything should work just fine……

  • 8 Frodoshire // Feb 21, 2010 at 14:47

    I have managed to get it working now, I also had to rename 2 other files AVP and AVP_DX11 configuration settings to AVPx and AVP_DX11x. So in total I renamed 4 files, then extracted the files you provided into the game file. This now works perfectly!

  • 9 Frodoshire // Feb 21, 2010 at 14:48

    and run in directX 9 from steam, same as Lohan.

  • 10 Nader // Feb 22, 2010 at 17:13

    Worked fine for me thanks

  • 11 New patch broke it? // Mar 2, 2010 at 19:55

    With the new patch yesterday, AVP3 is no longer in 3D. Anybody knows how to fix it?



  • 12 Bloody // Mar 2, 2010 at 20:03

    Have you tried redoing the steps described above after installing the patch, it probably has overwritten the launcher executables when updating the game?

  • 13 Mojo // Mar 2, 2010 at 20:17

    @Bloody: My bad … I had the old x files there. Didn’t realize till now that I had to reanem the new files to x. Stupid me. Works fine now thanks! :))))


  • 14 lohan // Mar 5, 2010 at 00:50

    I enabled 3d-vision with Bloody’s fix and played AvP in beautiful 3D until today. Unfortunately now that I updated my GTX 260 with the new 196.75 drivers, 3D vision won’t kick in when I start the game. It just doesn’t activate. Any idea…anyone?

  • 15 Thomasjn // Jul 28, 2010 at 17:46

    Does anyone know if there is made a patch that have solved the problems yet?

  • 16 Mehmet // Sep 13, 2010 at 09:12

    How can I use your convergence settings after I download ?

  • 17 Bloody // Sep 13, 2010 at 16:25

    Just import the REG file by double clicking on it.

  • 18 Ayanami // May 26, 2012 at 09:57

    Not wokin for me, just opens a cmd for a very brief period then ends the process

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