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Revision as of 02:18, 23 June 2021

RayStorm cover
Europe Empire Interactive
Japan CYBERFRONT Corporation
Release dates
Windows April 6, 2001
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view, Scrolling
Controls Direct control
Genres Arcade, Shooter
Vehicles Space flight
Themes Sci-fi
Series RAY
RayStorm on Wikipedia
Layer Section 1997
RayStorm 2001
RayCrisis 2001

Key points

The PC version is also known as Operation: RayStorm 2291 in Europe.
Runs at a higher resolution than the PlayStation version, along with more audible sound effects and faster loading times due to being a port of the arcade version.
Runs badly on Windows 8 and 8.1.[1] See low frame-rate fix for these operating systems.
Missing the "Neu Tanz" soundtrack for the Extra Mode from the PlayStation version.

General information

Official Taito Corporation website
Layer Section Wiki — A wiki about the RAY/LayerSection series
Cuirous Cat — a fansite dedicated to the RAY and Ace Combat series (Japanese)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Can be played without the disc after launching the game, but music will not play and load times increases.[2]
Although it was not released in North America, it can be played on any system regardless of region settings.[3]
PC version is not available digitally.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\CONFIG.SGS[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\UVSAVE.BIN[Note 1]

Video settings

External configuration tool.
External configuration tool.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 320x240 and 640x480 available.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Fixed bird's eye perspective.
Always runs at fullscreen by default. See Windowed for a fix.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Not possible due to the low resolution.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS, and gamespeed is tied to frame-rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Use wndmode[4]
  1. Download wndmode here.
  2. Extract to the contents of wndmode.zip to <path-to-game>.
  3. Right-click RayStorm.exe, go to "Properties" from the context menu, then go to the Compatibility tab in the Properties window, then set the game's Compatibility Mode to Windows XP (Service Pack 3), and then click Apply to save the changes.

Input settings


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Configurater.exe rebinds PlayStation inputs to keyboard, in-game actions must be configured though the Options menu.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse not used at all.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
DirectInput. Controllers must be enabled with Configurater.exe.
Full controller support
The game must be closed by pressing Alt+F4 or closing the window if forcing the game to run in windowed mode.
Controller remapping
Configurater.exe rebinds PlayStation inputs to controller, in-game actions must be configured though the Options menu. Movement is bound to left analog stick.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
For XInput support, see Controller support.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Configuration tool references controller buttons by number. PlayStation prompts are shown in-game regardless of input method.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Game only accepts input devices assigned to each player.

Controller support

A fix is required for the game to recognize XInput D-pad and analog triggers when assigning controls.
Use XInput Plus[5]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set the Target Program to RayStorm.exe.
  3. Go to the Key Assign tab, then go to Left Stick and assign it to Multiple Key, then check Left Stick and DPAD.
  4. Go to the DirectInput tab, then check Enable DirectInput Output.
  5. Click Customize, then assign the following buttons:
    • Left and Right Triggers as Button 7/8, respectively
    • Back/View and Start/Menu buttons as Button 9/10, respectively
    • Left and Right Stick buttons as Button 11/12, respectively
    • And the Guide button as Button 13
  6. Click Apply to save settings and install DLLs into the installation folder.
  7. Configure your controller settings with the external configuration tool and remap the in-game controls accordingly from the Options menu. The game should be able to register XInput D-pad and analog triggers as DirectInput buttons.

Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Has separate sliders for BGM and SE, but the BGM slider does not affect the volume of CD audio.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only chatter from commanding officer can be heard.
In-game chatter is in English.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed

Low frame-rate on Windows 8 and 8.1

The game will run at half speed on Windows 8 and 8.1 due to poor implementation of older Direct3D support. This issue however is not present on Windows 10.[6]

Make sure to use one of these fixes at a time.
Force windowed mode[4]
Use Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit[7]

Follow the instructions found here to learn how to install and use Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit.


Frame-rate my fluctuate during gameplay.
Use a modified DDRAW.dll[8]
  1. Download the modified DDRAW.dll.
  2. Extract the contents of the archive anywhere on your computer, then copy the DDRAW.dll from the folder that matches your operating system and place the file into <path-to-game>.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 98, ME, XP, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz or AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Other CD ROM drive speed x2


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Verified by User:AmethystViper on January 4, 2014
    Tested RayStorm under Windows 8.1 64-bit which caused the game to run at half speed.
  2. Verified by User:AmethystViper on March 5, 2014
    Confirmed by ejecting the disc during gameplay.
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on January 4, 2014
    Tested an imported European version of the game with English region and Unicode settings.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on October 30, 2018
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on October 4, 2016
    Used XInput Plus and works without forcing it through XInput Plus Loader.
  6. Verified by User:AmethystViper on July 29, 2016
    Tested on Windows 10 Home 64-bit and confirmed to run at full speed.
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on March 24, 2015
    Tested on Windows 8.1 64-bit with this fix.
  8. Verified by User:AmethystViper on March 27, 2015
    Tested on Windows 8.1 64-bit by using the modified ddraw.dll file with the game and it fixed the low frame-rate.