20 November 2010

Quake3 in HD

Dust off the old PK3 files:
Although it's over 10 years old, Quake 3 is still being played in offices around the world. Since id software has open sourced the Quake 3 engine; a community of developers has created an updated engine called ioquake3 and has recently also included a high resolution texture pack. ioquake3 is 100% compatable with Quake3 v1.32 so you will be able to join servers running the original Quake3 engine and vice versa. All you will need are the original pk3 files found in your Quake 3 baseq3 folder.

Playing Quake3 in HD:
ioquake3 installer - Once installed copy pak0.pk3 ~ pak8.pk3 from "Quake III Arena/baseq3" to "ioquake3/baseq3"
hi-res texture pack - Drop the pk3 from this zip file to "ioquake3/baseq3"
HD config file - Drop this in "ioquake3/baseq3". The resolution is set to 1920x1080 in this file, edit this to your screen's native resolution before running ioquake3.

Running ioquake3 with hi-res textures, in Full HD on Ubuntu:

Some of the improvements in the ioquake3 engine:
  • Full 7.1 surround sound audio
  • Built-in VOIP, with optional player-location support
  • 64bit binaries
  • Various console improvements
  • Stereoscopic 3D support
Unlike a lot of other Quake 3 rewrites ioquake3 has not added any unnecessary modern graphical features like dynamic shadows or bump mapping. Instead they've opted to keep the engine simple and improve it's performance. They have also made it possible to run ioquake3 on Linux based smartphones like Android and MeeGo. Stereoscopic 3D support was apparently started by id themselves but never materialised, the ioquake3 team has now finished it off.

Update: I found this post on nvidia forums explaining how to get nvidia 3D vision working for OpenGL games. All you need to do is drop the opengl32.dll from this download into the same directory as the game executable you want to play and nvidia 3D vision should be working normally from there. Note: this won't work for OpenGL 2.0+, only older games unfortunately.


Draygera said...

Damn, this setup definitely helped improve my game on Quake 3 arena. I couldn't get my resolution to work right for the longest time and because of your autoexec.cfg, my 1920 x 1080 works.

Andrew Craucamp said...

Glad i could help ;)

fatal1ty said...

dont need to download the ioquake if u have the original q3 installed... just get the hd textures and drop them os the baseq3 of ur original q3...

Viral MediaCa said...

Thanks , i was actually browsing thru my Installed games HDD , saw Q3A , figured .. Why doesnt anyone revamp this in HD , googled it and found this page.. Nice nice. Playing on 56 inch 1080p and enjoying what i see. Thanks again :) Frag time.

Samuel Salfate Calderón said...

in full screen only with 65 fps. :/ and minimized 125 :( whats happend?

upon said...

seems ioquake3 has its own "background" mouse acceleration which can't be turned off.
away with this trash.

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