Tachyon: The Fringe

"Caught in the middle of a violent conflict on the fringe of the galaxy — your ability to survive will depend on your piloting skills and combat savvy as a mercenary space fighter. But, as you explore the vastly detailed world of Tachyon: The Fringe, you will often find that the most powerful weapon on your ship is in your head."

-Steam

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Support summary
Screen change: 
Vert-

Widescreen Method: 
Hud Stretch: 
  • None

Multi-monitor Method: 
Multi-monitor HUD: 

Ultra/Super-Wide Method: 
  • None
Ultra/Super-Wide HUD: 

4k UHD Method: 
Hack
4k UHD HUD: 
Stretched

Rendered cut-scenes: 
FMV cut-scenes: 
Game information
Game status:
Release Date:
Thursday, 30 March, 2000

Tested Version: 
GOG.com (1.00.00.36r) and Steam (1.00.00.36r)

Setting: 
Genre: 
Play styles: 
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Developer: 

Developer feedback: 

Use the Steam version or download the patches from NovaLogic's website.


Steam ID's: 
32760, , , ,
AttachmentSize
Fixed space.exe for Steam version537.27 KB
Comparison Screenshots
  • 4:3 Screenshot
    Tachyon: The Fringe
  • 16:10 Screenshot
    Tachyon: The Fringe
  • 16:9 Screenshot
    Tachyon: The Fringe
  • Super-Wide (32:9) Screenshot
    Tachyon: The Fringe
  • Eyefinity / Surround Screenshot
    Tachyon: The Fringe
Solutions & Issues
Baseline (Widescreen) Solution & Issues

Direct3D renderer
The resolution list is hard-coded. Resolutions can be changed by hex editing, but widescreen resolutions do not work properly: the HUD is broken, some important menu functions are off-screen, and mouse aiming mode causes camera to spin. Widescreen resolutions crop cutscenes at the bottom instead of reducing letterboxing on both the top and bottom.

The following steps replace 640x480 with the desired resolution:

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. For Steam, download the replacement space.exe in the attachments section and replace the existing file (some other releases may also need this step).
  3. Open space.exe in a hex editor.
  4. Go to offset 00148730.
  5. Replace both instances of 80 02 00 00 E0 01 with the desired resolution pairs (see common hex values - 80 02 is width, E0 01 is height).
  6. Run Tachyon.exe.
  7. Choose Video Setup.
  8. Choose the 640x480 resolution and click OK. The game will now run at the resolution set in space.exe.

Glide renderer
For the GOG.com version, run nglide_config.exe in the installation folder to configure the resolution.

For versions other than GOG.com, install nGlide and set the video settings in the Tachyon.cfg file to the following:

[VIDEO]
WINDOWED=0
USE_HARDWARE=1
NO_VSYNC=0
RES=2
HW_TYPE=1
DEVICE=0
DEF_GAMMA=100
DEF_BRIGHT=70

With the nGLide configurator you can use custom desktop resolutions by creating a custom desktop resolution with your video card settings.

The "Hw_3dfx.dll" file in the game directory has messed up alpha blending so just make a backup of that and replace it with the fixed version (the GOG.com version already includes this fix).

As far as custom resolutions are concerned, try using a 3:2 aspect ratio. 1620x1080 is a good start.




Ultra/Super-Wide (21:9/32:9) Specific Solution & Issues



Eyefinity / Surround Specific Solution & Issues



4k UHD Specific Solution & Issues



Stereoscopic-3D Solution & Issues

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