BioShock Remastered

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BioShock Remastered
BioShock Remastered cover
Developers
Original game Irrational Games
Remastered Blind Squirrel Games
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
Publishers
2K Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2016
macOS (OS X) August 22, 2017[1]
BioShock Remastered guide on StrategyWiki
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BioShock
BioShock 2007
BioShock 2 2010
BioShock Infinite 2013
BioShock Remastered 2016
BioShock 2 Remastered 2016

Key points

Remastered version of BioShock. Released as part of BioShock: The Collection, which also includes BioShock 2 Remastered.
Free to owners of BioShock on Steam.[2] Purchasing this version likewise gives a free Steam copy of the original.
Includes the formerly PS3 exclusive Challenge Rooms DLC (challenges, museum, Survival difficulty and new game plus).
The overall audio quality has been downgraded due to poor sound balance, lack of EAX support & proper reverb settings. Actual bitrate of audio files is much higher, but not for BIK video audio tracks, which were severely compressed (See Restore uncompressed audio for video for solution).
Lots of reports of entire save files lost due to frequent crashes have been issued.[3]

General information

Official website
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
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macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Included with BioShock Classic.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Also unlocks a copy of the original BioShock.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with -nointro parameter[4]

Restore uncompressed FMV audio[edit]

Download and install this mod

GUI Fixes Pack[edit]

Rather big patch for game interface. Features a number of fixes such as patch to make dialogue subtitle background widescreen friendly. Download here.

BioShock Tweaker[edit]

Allows you to change settings that are not normally adjustable from the options menu (i.e. custom resolution). Point the program at the game's configuration file location.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/BioShock Remastered/VFS/User/AppData/Roaming/BioshockHD/Bioshock/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409710/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409710/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Up to 128 save files (and no more than 512 MB) can be synced.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Added in via patch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in via patch. 75° to 130°. Doesn't scale viewmodels.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, toggle only
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate caps. First person animations are locked at 60 fps.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Controllers need to be unplugged or disabled in game settings for mouse to work.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Two keys per action.
Mouse acceleration
Disabled post launch via patch.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
If controller is disabled in settings, requires keyboard or mouse to enable.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Supported on OS X.
DualShock button prompts
See DualShock button prompts.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

DualShock button prompts[edit]

Download and install the PlayStation Button Icons mod[5]
Breaks certain GUI elements that were fixed by the GUI Fixes Pack.

Replace toggle binds with hold binds[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
It is strongly recommended to make a backup of the .ini file, because these tweaks can lead to some issues (see below)
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open User.ini.
  3. Find the Alias section and add the following:
Aliases[57]=(Command="ZoomCycle | onRelease ZoomCycle",Alias=ZoomHold)
Aliases[58]=(Command="ToggleWalk | onRelease ToggleWalk",Alias=WalkHold)
Aliases[59]=(Command="DuckKeyPressed | onRelease DuckKeyReleased | onRelease Jump",Alias=DuckHold)

4. Bind each alias to a key in the following sections:

[Default]
[GathererChoice]
[ContainerUIActive]
[MovementOnly] (can skip ZoomHold)
[NoJump]
[NoMovement]
[OnlyMedHypoAndMovement] (can skip ZoomHold)
[NoPlasmids]
[EverythingExceptWeaponAndPlasmids] (can skip ZoomHold)
[InResurrectionStation]

Example: find the key you want to change, for example zoom (Aiming Down Sights, Right Mouse Button in this case):

Rightmouse=ZoomCycle

And change it to:

Rightmouse=ZoomHold
If you change any Toggle key (Zoom, Crouch, Walk), you will encounter issues like ADS reverting to Toggle or being stuck in Crouch or Walk mode. Save and reload doesn't fix this. Save and go back to the main menu then load your saved game to fix the issue.
The in-game "Customize Binding" menu won't allow to rebind any key that has been changed from Toggle to Hold using this method. This can be fixed by adding a ReplaceableAction= for each in the sections that are relevant to them.

Pick individual items from containers[edit]

Pick individual items from containers[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open User.ini.
  3. Scroll down to the [ContainerUIActive] section and bind CollectContainerItemInSlot 0, CollectContainerItemInSlot 1 and CollectContainerItemInSlot 2 to any unused keys. Can be bound over existing keys so long as they aren't used in the container interface (i.e. Hack and Reload). Note that, much like the hold binds, binding over other bind can make you unable to change them in the menus. the fix is to add the following ReplaceableAction= to the [ContainerUIActive] section:
ReplaceableAction=CollectContainerItemInSlot 2
ReplaceableAction=CollectContainerItemInSlot 1
ReplaceableAction=CollectContainerItemInSlot 0

Audio settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, effects, music and voice.
Surround sound
Added with patch up to 7.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Open Bioshock.ini and change the bEAXEnabled= line to true.[6]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[7]
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation, download.
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Ported from BioShock. Available here.
Spanish

Surround sound[edit]

The game, after being patched, now supports in-game options for Mono, Stereo, Quad, Surround, 5.1, 7.1. There is no in-game option for Dolby Pro Logic support.
Enable Dolby Pro Logic[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Bioshock.ini.
  3. Change SpeakerMode= to SM_ProLogic.
Surround sound requires your output device to be set to 48kHz, otherwise most audio will not play.
Set output device to 48kHz[citation needed]
  1. Right-click the speaker icon in your taskbar.
  2. Select playback devices.
  3. Double-click the entry that says "Default device".
  4. Change to the "Advanced" tab.
  5. Select a 48000Hz format.
  6. Don't forget to save your changes.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game stutters / freezes when entering new area[edit]

Lower the texture detail in config file[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Bioshock.ini.
  3. Go to section [Engine.RenderConfig].
  4. In it change TextureDetail to either Medium or Low.

How to keep proper weapon order in Neptune's Bounty[edit]

Instructions

You just shouldn't pick up any weapons after putting yours into Pneumo. It might be hard to survive the ambush on high difficulty levels, but it's the only way to prevent incorrect weapon order from causing.

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Windows 7: install platform update[citation needed]
Reinstall OpenAL[citation needed]

Game crashes reliably at specific points[edit]

Some custom control binds can cause the game to crash at specific points (such as during the tutorial section or after obtaining a new weapon) and appear to be caused by control hints shown on the screen. Mouse buttons 4 and 5 (and likely any additional extra mouse buttons) are known to cause this problem.
Remove or modify controls bound to the mouse[citation needed]
  1. Reset controls to default or change controls that were bound to extra mouse buttons in the game's controls menu.
  2. This may also be fixed by leaving the default control for each function in place and assigning the mouse button you wish to use to the secondary control for that function. The default control should display on the in-game control hints rather than crashing when attempting to display the mouse button.

Game crashes randomly[edit]

Disable reverb[citation needed]
  1. Random crashes may be caused by compatibility issues with audio drivers. Disabling reverb in the game's audio options can stop the crashes, but may cause audio glitches.

Extremely low resolution textures while running under Linux (Proton/Wine)[edit]

Disable eventfd-based in-process synchronization primitives
  1. In Steam game properties, Set Launch Options as PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 %command%

Brightness adjustments have no effect (Windows 10)[edit]

Disable Fullscreen Optimizations
  1. Locate BioshockHD.exe under <path-to-game>\Build\Final.
  2. Right Click on BioshockHD.exe and select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Under settings select "Disable fullscreen optimizations" and click OK to save the changes.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD, OpenAL
Interface Flash
Cutscenes Bink Video, Flash

Performance tweak (Havok)[edit]

Improving Havok physics engine performance[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Build\Final\.
  2. Open Default.ini.
  3. Edit the line HavokNumThreads=2 to represent the number of cores in your machine's CPU. For example, using a quad-core CPU, change the line to HavokNumThreads=4.
  4. Some systems may require doing the same with Bioshock.ini, located in %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\
Improving Engine Memory usage[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Build\Final\
  2. Open Default.ini.
  3. Search for [Engine.GameEngine] and increase the CacheSizeMegs value under it (maxes out at 512).
  4. Some systems may require doing the same with Bioshock.ini, located in %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1 64-bit
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 7770
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Mobile chipsets and integrated/AGP graphics cards may be incompatible.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.12.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 27 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 680MX
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
2 GB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/409710/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (409710) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Paradise reborn: BioShock™ Remastered surfaces on macOS August 22nd | Feral News
  2. Remastered BioShock: The Collection Coming to PC on September 13, 2016 - last accessed on June 30, 2016
  3. [1]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2016-09-17
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2019-11-02
    Although this mod works, certain GUI elements become misaligned when installed even with the GUI Fixes Pack installed.
  6. https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/09/16/bioshock-remastered-fixes/
  7. PC PATCH NOTES: 12/5/2017