Baldur, Logi & friends [UK] May 11, 2013 @ 6:23am
Probably the most poorly optimised version of DOSBOX imaginable 'n' more.
At Christmas I got the Steam X-COM Bundle due to the (at the time) newly released XCOM: Enemy Unknown (love you, Firaxis!) and I have to tell you, the Steam version of DOSBOX is so poorly optimised and glitchy I had to post this. Bottom Line: THE STEAM VERSION OF DOSBOX SUCKS! Ok, let's see the problems.

X-COM: UFO Defense = Unplayable. Constant framerate glitches, graphical glitches prevent it from being playable in full screen. Headache inducing.

X-COM: Terror From The Deep = Same problems from above.

X-COM: Apocalypse = (Too scary to play it!!!) Ok framerate, very few graphical glitches.

X-COM: Interceptor = (Never really got far into this game, so I can't say much other than it runs ok).

X-COM: Enforcer = No problems.

So, there it is. It games seem to be more playable the more recently it was released. But still, PLEASE FIX DOSBOX ON STEAM, STEAM!

Sincerly yours,
Baldur, Logi & Friends

P.S. All you have to do is copy the GOG version!
Last edited by Baldur, Logi & friends [UK]; Jun 6, 2013 @ 8:27am
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Wonderful Greg May 25, 2013 @ 4:15am 
Forget it. Just download openxcom 0.9 mod and forget about dosbox and pretty much every other issue this game had before.
{NLR} C´est Moi ;D May 25, 2013 @ 5:31pm 
If you're willing to spend a little time googling these things, and work with the dosbox config file, you can get the games running smoothly with little to no issue.
The problem is the default config settings are a bit bleeeeh, 'specially for TFTD.
Italy Jun 1, 2013 @ 10:33pm 
if your gonna buy dosbox games i recomend GOG (good old games)
Baldur, Logi & friends [UK] Jun 2, 2013 @ 4:25am 
Originally posted by italyisbest:
if your gonna buy dosbox games i recomend GOG (good old games)
Me too. GOG uses a much more stable version of Dosbox and they have frequent sales.
[TE] Kuraudo Jun 2, 2013 @ 1:59pm 
2k won't sell xcom on gog for some dumb reason even though they're the one place most qualified to handle the game.

I just sunk 10 dollars into the new xcom game and I already regret it. Xenonauts is excellent and actually superior to the original, but it's early access and still prone to ctd on my machine, so original xcom is my only bet.

What should I search for in order to get dosbox to play nice? I'm too used to GoG.com making everything run perfectly without me having to do anything, haha.
Baldur, Logi & friends [UK] Jun 3, 2013 @ 1:00pm 
Originally posted by TE Kuraudo:
What should I search for in order to get dosbox to play nice?
You shouldn't have to do anything on Steam to get Dosbox working. It's Valve's fault for using an unstable Dosbox.
[TE] Kuraudo Jun 3, 2013 @ 4:00pm 
I did some research and if you play around with the config file, you can get things running perfectly stable. I changed a few numbers with regard to render, draw method, and emulation memory and things are working great, but I still can't find the exact numbers that people were talking about. Legend has it that there is an old thread buried in this forum detailing the right numbers, but I'm having trouble finding it. I'll update when I locate it!

*******
typed "dosbox config" and it was the first thing that popped up hahaha. My search-fu is lacking I guess to not have thought of that earlier.

Here you go:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/7760/discussions/0/864946671967321588/

The post itself:
"
Change the following lines in your Dosbox .conf file
It should be located in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\XCom UFO Defense
Or something to that effect

fullscreen=false (*change to false unless you want to play in fullscreen*)
fullresolution= (*enter whatever your preferred resolution is*)
windowresolution= (*enter whatever your preferred resolution is*)
output=ddraw
cycles=auto limit 16000
blocksize=1024
prebuffer=10
"

There are other numbers to play around with in the file; give it a shot and xcom will run perfectly!
Last edited by [TE] Kuraudo; Jun 3, 2013 @ 4:02pm
Beanchilla Jun 4, 2013 @ 3:27am 
http://openxcom.org/
I just wanted to post this. It makes the game far more updated.

Xcom extender also helps but open xcom is the best as long as you don't mind having your hours not counted. WHO CARES BOUT DAT ♥♥♥♥ ANYWAY?!
Baldur, Logi & friends [UK] Jun 4, 2013 @ 9:06am 
Originally posted by TE Kuraudo:
I did some research and if you play around with the config file, you can get things running perfectly stable.

There are other numbers to play around with in the file; give it a shot and xcom will run perfectly!
I've tried that already. And even when I do that, it's still glitchy.
[TE] Kuraudo Jun 4, 2013 @ 2:11pm 
Originally posted by Baldur, Logi & friends UK:

I've tried that already. And even when I do that, it's still glitchy.

What kind of glitches are you getting? Have you tried changing the output method in the dosbox config?

Are you running the dos or CE version? Make sure to run the dos version as the CE version requires different tweaking (the CE version is the xp option on startup)
Baldur, Logi & friends [UK] Jun 5, 2013 @ 11:06am 
Originally posted by TE Kuraudo:
Originally posted by Baldur, Logi & friends UK:

I've tried that already. And even when I do that, it's still glitchy.

What kind of glitches are you getting? Have you tried changing the output method in the dosbox config?

Are you running the dos or CE version? Make sure to run the dos version as the CE version requires different tweaking (the CE version is the xp option on startup)

Graphical artifacts and a 0 FPS framerate in fullscreen, poor framerate in general.
Cruentus Jun 5, 2013 @ 6:41pm 
Originally posted by Baldur, Logi & friends UK:
At Christmas I got the Steam X-COM Bundle due to the (at the time) newly released XCOM: Enemy Unknown (love you, Firaxis!) and I have to tell you, the Steam version of DOSBOX is so poorly optimised and glitchy I had to post this. Bottom Line: THE STEAM VERSION OF DOSBOX SUCKS! Ok, let's see the problems.

X-COM: UFO Defense = Unplayable. Constant framerate glitches, graphical glitches prevent it from being playable in full screen. Headache inducing.

X-COM: Terror From The Deep = Same problems from above.

X-COM: Apocalypse = (Too scary to play it!!!) Ok framerate, very few graphical glitches.

X-COM: Interceptor = (Never really got far into this game, so I can't say much other than it runs ok).

X-COM: Enforcer = No problems.

So, there it is. It seems be more playable the more recently it was released. But still, PLEASE FIX DOSBOX ON STEAM, STEAM!

Sincerly yours,
Baldur, Logi & Friends

P.S. All you have to do is copy the GOG version!

OpenXcom is the answer. It's the only way to play the original.
[TE] Kuraudo Jun 6, 2013 @ 1:50am 
Originally posted by Cruentus:
OpenXcom is the answer. It's the only way to play the original.

I tried it out through this thread, but I dunno, it feels a lot different gameplay-wise. The options to auto-sell and the slew of other things in the menu are great, but something is completely different about how the tactical battles turn out.

I'd play openXcom without question if I could get it to play like the original; is there something that's disabled that I can re-enable in the options?
Baldur, Logi & friends [UK] Jun 6, 2013 @ 8:26am 
I just wanna say, wow. I never knew this post would get this far. Thank you guys for posting your suggestions and questions and let's hope this gets to the guys at Steam!
APoCaLyPSE NoW Jun 10, 2013 @ 6:43am 
I play under DosBox & Windows 7. Game work nice. You can modify some options from DoxBox .conf to see if you can run it better than Steam build-bot launcher.
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