BioShock Remastered

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BioShock Remastered
BioShock Remastered cover
Original game Irrational Games
Remastered Blind Squirrel Games
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
2K Games
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2016
macOS (OS X) August 22, 2017[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Immersive sim
Art styles Realistic, Stylized
Themes Sci-fi, Steampunk
Series BioShock
BioShock Remastered on HowLongToBeat
BioShock Remastered on IGDB
BioShock Remastered guide on StrategyWiki
BioShock Remastered on MobyGames
BioShock Remastered on Wikipedia
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 and BioShock Infinite.
Free to owners of BioShock on Steam.[2] Purchasing this version likewise gives a free Steam copy of the original.
Includes the formerly PlayStation 3 exclusive Challenge Rooms DLC which includes new challenges, a museum, Survival difficulty and New Game+.
Audio quality downgraded. See Restore uncompressed FMV audio.
Lots of reports of entire save files lost due to frequent crashes have been issued.[3]

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
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macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Requires 2K Launcher.
Included with BioShock Classic.
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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Also unlocks a copy of the original BioShock.
As of 31 August 2022, 2K Launcher is required.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with -nointro parameter[4]

Skip 2K Launcher[edit]

Use the "<path-to-game>BioShockHD" -run %command% command line argument

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock\SaveGames\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Bioshock Epic HD\Bioshock\<Epic account hexadecimal number>\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409710/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Up to 128 save files (and no more than 512 MB) can be synced.


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Added in via patch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in via patch. 75° to 130°. Default is 100°. Doesn't scale viewmodels.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Controllers need to be unplugged or disabled in game settings for mouse to work.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Two keys per action.
Mouse acceleration
Disabled post launch via patch.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Enabling controller disables mouse, but keyboard still works.

DualShock button prompts[edit]

Download and install the PlayStation Button Icons mod[5]
Make sure to download the patch for 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:

[MovementOnly] (can skip ZoomHold)
[OnlyMedHypoAndMovement] (can skip ZoomHold)
[EverythingExceptWeaponAndPlasmids] (can skip ZoomHold)

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


And change it to:

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


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
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[6]
Fan translation, download.
Ported from BioShock. Available here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Ported from BioShock. Available here.

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 48 kHz, 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.

Reverb and EAX Support[edit]

All reverb has been removed from the game, including the software openAL EFX based reverb (for those without EAX hardware support). In standard openAL, the games would use EAX hardware support if a supported soundcard was detected and fallback to software EFX implementation of these effects if not. The reverb setting in the audio menu does nothing anymore because of this. Even if you set bEAXEnabled=True and UseEAX=True Use3DSound=True in Bioshock.ini, it will not do anything as OpenAL appears to have been gutted from the game and only FMOD is used (the original game appeared to use a combination of FMOD the bulk of the sound engine and openAL for the EAX effects).

VR support[edit]

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Restore uncompressed FMV audio[edit]

The overall audio quality has been downgraded due to poor sound balance, lack of EAX support and proper reverb settings. Actual bitrate of audio files is much higher, but not for BIK video audio tracks, which were severely compressed.
Download and install this mod

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]


Do not pick up any weapons after putting yours into the Pneumo outside the freezer. It might be hard to survive the ambush on high difficulty levels, but it is the only way to prevent incorrect weapon order from transpiring.

Plasmid order changes when new plasmids are purchased[edit]

Occurs when a plasmid is picked up and immediately placed into a slot, rather than "stored in gene bank".

Select your first plasmid, change it to something you do not intend to use. Then, immediately change it to the one you intend to use. Do the same for the second, third, fourth, and so on. "Reset" the plasmids in each slot. Reference.

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.
Ensure that ForceGlobalLighting is set to False in both Bioshock.ini and Default.ini
  1. Setting this to anything other than False will cause the game to attempt to load a shader file called GlobalLitLighting.hlsl that was not included in the game content archives, leading to consistent freezes at particular points of the game. This is verifiable by examining the logs that can be found in the %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\ShaderErrors folder after at least one such crash occurs.

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.
Set MaximumLevelSaveSizeBytes[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Build\Final\.
  2. Open Default.ini.
  3. Change line MaximumLevelSaveSizeBytes=2097152 to 10485760 or 20971520.
Bioshock 1&2 Remastered fix (Steam guide)[citation needed]

This full workaround-fix should help preventing the game from frequent crashes. It's been in development for some years...
Bioshock 1&2 Remastered workaround-fix Steam guide.

Game displays nothing but a black screen when launched for the first time[edit]

Follow the instructions at the provided link[citation needed]
  1. Detailed steps to fix the issue can be found under the "Instructions" section of this Steam forum post.


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

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

Game doesn't start anymore[edit]

If you have core dumps enabled and the game crashed once, it won't start anymore.

Delete core file from the games folder

rm <path-to-game>/Build/Final/core

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.

Run Game using Internal Graphics Card.

For NVIDIA drivers

  1. Press the Windows key, Search for "Graphics Settings" and click OPEN.
  2. Under "Choose an app to set preference" click "Desktop App", then click "Browse".
  3. Locate BioshockHD.exe under <path-to-game>\Build\Final.
  4. Under Bioshock.exe, select "Options".
  5. In the Graphics Preference window, select "Power Saving", and "Save".

See comment #8 on Jul 2, 2020 @ 3:00pm, from this Steam Discussion,

Settings Aren't Saved (Windows 10)[edit]

Run as Administrator
  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 check "Run this program as an administrator" and click OK to save the changes.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD, OpenAL OpenAL only used for EAX support
Interface Flash
Cutscenes Bink Video, Flash


A GUI Mod for BioShock: Remastered[edit]

This mod changes, restores, and fixes some of the mispositioned graphics in the graphic user interface. Download here.
Works with the GOG version.
Currently updated to work on both Steam & Epic Games Version.

BioShock Tweaker[edit]

Allows 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.
May increase the frequency and likelihood of crashes on some machines.
Allows access to ForceGlobalLighting, a setting left over from the original 2007 release that will cause the game to freeze in specific places if enabled. This is verifiable by examining the logs that can be found in the %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\ShaderErrors folder after at least one such crash occurs.

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]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7770
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
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
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  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.


  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. Bioshock Remastered Discussions - Steam
  4. 4.0 4.1 Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2016-09-17
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2019-11-02
    Make sure to download the patch for GUI Fixes Pack in the optionals section of the mod page.
  6. PC PATCH NOTES: 12/5/2017