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Binary Domain

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Binary Domain
Binary Domain cover
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Windows Devil's Details
Release dates
Windows April 27, 2012
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Japan, Sci-fi
Binary Domain on HowLongToBeat
Binary Domain on IGDB
Binary Domain guide on StrategyWiki
Binary Domain on MobyGames
Binary Domain on Wikipedia

Key points

Best suited for a controller due to the odd mouse controls, often unmarked keyboard prompts, and flawed key rebinding. See Issues fixed regarding XInput controllers.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Europe only.
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Binary Domain Collection.
Humble Store
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Binary Domain Collection.
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Binary Domain Collection also available.
Windows (unavailable)
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GamersGate (unavailable)
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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All versions require Steam DRM.


A demo is available on Steam.

Version differences

The Binary Domain Collection includes the base game, the Dan Marshall Pack, and the Multiplayer Map Pack.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Dan Marshall Pack
Multiplayer Map Pack

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\UserCFG.txt[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203750/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\[Note 1]
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\203750\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203750/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Most graphical options have to be set through an external configuration utility.
External video settings.
External video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Aspect ratios narrower than 16:9 are letterboxed (use Flawless Widescreen).
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
20-80° (vertical). The slider text always shows 20 degrees when the configuration tool is re-opened (the actual setting is remembered correctly despite this).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Cutscenes are capped at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[1]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


External keyboard and mouse settings.
External keyboard and mouse settings.
External gamepad settings.
External gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Keys such as Shift, Ctrl, Enter, Backslash, Delete, and other special characters cannot be remapped. For left-handed players this means many of the keys around the arrow keys cannot be mapped. Although UserCFG.txt can be edited with raw keyboard scancodes.
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration. Use Binary Domaim for raw mouse input.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Along with the X axis and both X and Y.
Controller support
Xbox One controllers will not work properly in-game. See Issues fixed.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Choice of Xbox or keyboard prompts under Input Configuration. For DS3 icons use this mod.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Fan translation by «ZoG Forum Team / ENPY Studio» link #1 #2.
The game features characters speaking in Japanese, regardless of the chosen language, although individual subtitles for these dialogues are not provided. General subtitles have to be enabled instead.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
10 Versus, Co-op
Use Nucleus Co-op. Co-op supports 4 players.
LAN play
Online play
10 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports 4 players.

Connection types

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Binary Domain.
TriDef 3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved

Low performance with certain AMD configurations

In certain AMD CPU + GPU configurations performance will be extremely low when engaged in combat.

Issues fixed

Negative mouse acceleration

Use RollinBarrel's "Binary Domaim" fix[2]
  1. Download the "Binary Domaim" fix.
  2. Place the DINPUT8.dll in the <path-to-game> directory.
  3. Launch the game.
Use the +/- keys to adjust the mouse sensitivity in-game. The current sensitivity will be shown in the HUD instead of the ammo counter for a brief period.

Controller inputs are illogical or not working correctly

XInput controllers, especially Xbox One controllers, will have their button mappings in awkward places.
Disable the appropriate 'HID-compliant game controller' under 'Human Interface Devices' in Device Manager
Launch the game directly through BinaryDomain.exe instead of the Steam Client or disable Steam input for the game and only connect the controller after launching the game
Use a modified version of Dark_Buf0n's controller configuration[3]
  1. Using Big Picture Mode's Controller Configuration feature, select the highest-voted community-created configuration by Dark_Buf0n, which maps the keyboard controls to the controller.
  2. Select the right analog stick (mapped to joystick mouse) to adjust the aim sensitivity. It's also recommended to check "additional settings" to change the deadzone shape to circle in case you have aiming problems.
  3. Launch the Binary Domain configurator. Under Input Configuration, have "Keyboard" selected at the top under Input Device.
  4. Scroll down on that page until you see "Input Display Icons," and switch that option to Xbox 360 controls. This will enable Xbox button prompts in-game despite taking inputs from the keyboard.
Use devreorder to hide XInput device(s) and disable Steam Input support for the game
  1. Download devreorder and unpack it into a temporary folder
  2. Run DeviceLister.exe, copy the GUIDs of all available controllers
  3. Open devreorder.ini for editing and paste the GUIDs into [hidden] section, save the file
  4. Put the edited devreorder.ini and the dinput8.dll from x86 folder into game's installation folder (where binarydomain.exe is)
  5. In game's properties in Steam set Controller override drop down on "Controller" tab to "Disable Steam Input"
The game should detect gamepad fine now. If there will be issues with configuring the game to use the gamepad try doing it with x360ce active (you don't need it to be active while playing the game).

Incorrect Input Display Icons

Normally the game shows you the Xbox 360 buttons for the buttons you have to press. You can change this in the configuration utility of the game under the Input configuration tab.

"Graphics device is invalid, please run the configuration tool" error on launch

Reapply settings[4]
  1. Open the configuration tool.
  2. Open the Graphics Adapter and Resolution lists and select the correct option for each (even if it is already highlighted).
  3. Choose Save and Quit to apply the change.

"Configuration file not found" error on launch

Run as administrator with audio input disabled[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Right click on BinaryDomain.exe and select "Properties".
  3. On the compatibility tab select "Run this program as administrator" and click OK.
  4. Repeat this with BinaryDomainConfiguration.exe.
  5. Run the configuration tool and select "None" as "Input Audio Adapter" on the audio configuration page.

Sudden Game Over near the objective's goal during Chapter 2's sewer rescue Mission even when well within the time limit

This can always happen on the first attempt of any playthrough, any subsequent attempt plays out fine. Can be pre-emptively avoided by manually reloading the checkpoint right after you first get to this part.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio SpeechFX, CriWare
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 2 GB (XP)
3 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 220
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
512 MB of VRAM


  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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: