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» Essential Software
» Optional Software
» Installing the Game
» Common Problems
» Acknowledgements

Essential Software

» TR 2013 Patch - Reserved for the patch


Optional Software

» x360ce Framework for third-party controllers (Download Freeware)
Put all the files where your "tombraider.exe" is located (steam/steamapps/common/tomb raider/).
Launch "x360ce.exe".
Configure your controller so every buttons and axis work properly. If there is a red square next to your controller, uncheck "Pass Through" in the "Avanced" controller section.
Go to options and check "xinput9_1_0.dll" under "Installed files".
Close the program and launch the game.


Installing the Game

» Enhanced features on the PC version include:

Full integration with Steamworks to offer cloud storage for saves, multiplayer matchmaking, achievements, as well as automatic updates and new content
Support for Steam Big Picture Mode
Configurable mouse and keyboard support
Gamepad support

» High-end graphics:

Very high resolution textures with up to 16x the amount of data
Detail Tessellation to enhance the detail on many surfaces in the game
Higher quality shadows
High quality bokeh depth of field with near-blur
Tessellation algorithms used to smooth out geometry
Improved cloth, SSAO, quality wetness effects, and post-filter effects
LOD quality is adjustable for better quality on higher-end machines

» Low-end graphics:

Crystal care about TR fans being able to run on older systems, unlike many other games they still support Windows XP
A lot of scalability options to suit a range of machines

Before checking the problems below make sure you have checked the following:

» Download the latest drivers for your Graphics, Sound card and Motherboard Chipset.

» Turn off your antivirus software when installing the game. It may cause the installation to fail.

NOTE: TR 2013 is using the latest graphic and sound technology so it is very important that your computer drivers are up to date. Most reported problems are fixed by updating.

» What is the PC specification for TR 2013?


• Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)
• DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM
• AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT nVidia 8600
• Dual core CPU:
AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+) Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)
• 1GB Memory (2GB on Vista and newer)

• Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
• DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
• AMD Radeon HD 5870 nVidia GTX 480
• Quad core CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 565 Intel Core i5-750
• 4GB Memory

» Unsupported cards

• Generally anything older than Minimal required above
• ATI Rage series (128, Pro, Fury etc)
• Intel (810, V3800)
• SIS (650/750 etc)
• S3 (Pro Savage, Twister)
• Matrox (Mystique, Millenium etc)
• Voodoo 3DFX (3, 5 etc)
• ATI RAdeon 7000
• Geforce TNT, TNT2 (Ultra, Pro etc)
• Diamond Viper

• Warning: IGPs (Built-in graphica) can be problematic and the overall performance/graphical experience may be reduced.


Common Problems

» Extreme flickering (especially with SLI or CrossFire)
Set Vsync option to Off on Advanced settings of the Launcher.

» Random CTD (Crash To Desktop) occur
Disable Exclusive Fullscreen option.
Disable any "RAM optimizer" or "Game Booster" programs you may have (generally get rid of the bloatware running).

» Graphical problems while switching betwwen apps or minimizing TR 2013
Same as above - Disable Exclusive Fullscreen option.

» Graphical artifacts and FPS drop on Nvidia GPUs
Disable tesselation on Advanced settings tab of the Launcher. Nvidia promises to fix that one in driver update soon.

» Game crashes at start up on Crossfire or dual-chip GPUs.
Disable tesselation and Vsync on Advanced settings tab of the Launcher.

» Static noise from music and ambient sound in the game.
First check that the latest sound drivers are installed. If it is still a problem, then disable the hardware acceleration on the sound card.
Control Panel > Sound & Audio > Audio Tab > Advanced > Performance > Slide bar to None.

» Graphic gliches after running the game for a period of time.
This could be due to the graphic card overheating.
1. If the card has been overclocked, try reducing the clock speed to normal settings.
2. The card may be covered in dust. Try cleaning the card, fan and heatsink with compressed air.


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