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Dead Space (2023)

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This page is for the 2023 remake. For the 2008 original, see Dead Space.

Dead Space (2023)
Dead Space (2023) cover
Developers
Motive Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Physical Limited Run Games
Engines
Frostbite 3[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows January 27, 2023
Reception
Metacritic 87
OpenCritic 89
IGDB 91
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror, Sci-fi, Space
Series Dead Space
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Dead Space (2023) on Wikipedia
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013
Dead Space (2023) 2023

Dead Space (2023) is a singleplayer third-person shooter and survival horror game in the Dead Space series.

The game was received well by many critics, especially for its visuals, improved zero-gravity sections and many other changes that were made compared to the 2008 original Dead Space.[2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Official Forum (Answers HQ)

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.com
Origin
Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Amazon.com
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Origin
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play.
Digital Deluxe Edition also available. Deluxe Edition included with EA Play Pro.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
Windows
Steam
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Included with EA Play (Steam).
Digital Deluxe Edition also available
Windows
All versions require Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[3][4]

Version differences

(Digital) Deluxe Edition: contains the base game and 5 cosmetic items; three unique suits (Infested, Lone survivor and Venture) and two unique suit textures (Sanctified and Bloody).
Pre-ordering the game through Origin or Steam granted a copy of Dead Space 2 on launch.

Monetization

Type Notes
DLC Edition upgrade can be bought to unlock cosmetics.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Digital Deluxe Edition upgrade Upgrades the game to the deluxe edition, featuring five cosmetic items; three unique suits (Infested, Lone survivor and Venture) and two unique suit textures (Sanctified and Bloody).
Windows

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dead Space (2023)\settings\steam
Origin %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dead Space (2023)\settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1693980/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dead Space (2023)\settings\steam
Origin %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dead Space (2023)\settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1693980/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Origin
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Saves and some settings.
Xbox Cloud

Video

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
[5]
Field of view (FOV)
Default FOV is 55°. Use Cheat Engine table by Akira (affects UI and map).
Windowed
[6]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also available.[6]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
No setting available to adjust AF.[6]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA with Low and High settings.[6]
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.5, FSR 2.1
[7][8]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On/Off toggle.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
All UI animations play at 30 FPS.[9]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
The game has no HDR calibration and outputs the same image independently of the screen.[6] Targets 4000 nits.
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray traced ambient occlusion.[10]
Color blind mode
Protanopia, Deuteranopia and Tritanopia options available.[11]
This game can utilizes a tier 2 software Variable Rate Shading (VRS) solution. Can be disabled since January 30, 2023 patch.[12][13][14]
Game's Display and Graphics menu overlays gameplay. This allows the game to show the visual differences of changing graphical settings in real-time.[9]

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
[5]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
[5]
Mouse input in menus
Only for pause menu; does not work for inventory, map, or interactive elements.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
[5]
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Has separate Default, DS2 and DS1 presets. Use Custom preset to remap the control layout.[5]
Controller sensitivity
Stick and trigger sensitivity can be adjusted separately. Seperate Camera Y-axis Speed and Camera X-axis Speed settings are also available.[5]
Controller Y-axis inversion
[5]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4, DualSense
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Dualsense controllers don't support adaptive triggers or haptic feedback [15]
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth)
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate volume sliders available for Music, Dialogue, Sound effects and Menu narration.[11]
Surround sound
Mono, Stereo, Multichannel (5.1 and up) and 3D headphones options available.[11]
Subtitles
Separate settings available for Font size, Capitalization, Color, Background opacity, Speaker name and Name color.[11]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Named Keep audio in background.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Translation by "Team RIG", download.
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Ukrainian
Fan translation, download.

Issues unresolved

Traversal and streaming related stutters

The game suffers from frequent stutters when the player crosses invisible boundaries in the game, like opening a door or when walking around. This is likely caused by the game inefficiently loading in the next area, causing a large frame time spike, which is perceived as a stutter. While traversal stutter may also happen on console, it is believed to be exacerbated on PC. The more powerful the PC is, the less frequent and intense these stutters become.[9] Using DXVK could further improve performance.

Shader compilation stutters in some rare cases

Shader compilation stutters can possibly trigger during gameplay after changing graphical settings. Additionally, there are strong suspicions that the game's shader pre-compilation is not fully exhaustive in pre-compiling all shaders used by the game. This can lead to some rare shader compilation related stutters.[9]

Inconsistent performance between runs

The same in-game scene can sometimes run with different performance between runs for unknown reasons. This happens even after changing no in-game settings and a full PC system reboot.[9]

FSR leads to blurry animated UI

FSR doesn't properly take animations of UI-elements into account when upscaling the image, resulting in blurry and ghosting UI animations.[9]

Issues fixed

Lower performance and random performance drops after changing graphical settings

Performance can go lower than expected after changing graphical settings in the in-game menu.[9]
Workaround: restart the game[9]

Shader pre-compilation does not trigger when reinstalling same GPU driver version

After reinstallation of same GPU driver version, the game's shader cache will be deleted as intended, but the game does not trigger shader pre-compilation at boot after this. Leading to huge shader compilation related stutters during gameplay.[9]
Install a newer GPU driver version to re-trigger shader pre-compilation[9]

Lower resolution texture used when using FSR or DLSS

When using either upscaling technique the game provides, the game uses lower resolution textures compared to using Native + TAA anti-aliasing option. This is not because of the upscaling, but likely due to the wrong texture mipmap being used by the game while upscaling is enabled, which should normally be based on the output resolution of the upscaling option. There is no fix available for AMD and Intel GPU users.[9]
Nvidia only: use Nvidia Profile Inspector to adjust LOD bias[9]
  1. Download and install Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Open it and select the Dead Space [Remake] profile.
  3. Adjust the Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling setting to 0x00000008 AA_MODE_REPLAY_MODE_ALL.
  4. Adjust the Texture Filtering - LOD Bias (DX) setting according to upscaling mode selected. Recommended LOD bias values are:
    1. Performance mode: -1.5.
    2. Balanced mode: -1.0.
    3. Quality mode: -0.5.

Notes

Applies these LOD bias settings to all textures. This does not work nicely with the main menu's distortion effect, causing the main menu to flicker more than it usually does and it showing more moiré-patterns than it usually does (upscaling artifact).[9]

"DXGI_ERROR_NOT_CURRENTLY_AVAILABLE" error at launch

Rollback the GPU driver to version 527.37 (Nvidia) or 22.5.1 (AMD)[16]
Multiple users are reporting that this fix is not working.[16]
Enable Debug Mode in the Nvidia Control Panel[17]

Video logs do not replay and database interface does not show

Load a savegame[18]
Pick up a text or audio log in-game[18]

Incorrect tooltip in Chapter 6

When trying to accomplish the objective "Inject Weezer 6" in Chapter 6 of the game, the game asks the player to press the action key (E by default) to insert Deck System Card into a Circuit Breaker. That tooltip however is incorrect giving player the impression that the game softlocked. The tooltip is just incorrect.
Use UI Accept key (default Enter) instead, like with all other Circuit Breaker interactions[19]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-8600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
System memory (RAM) 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB SATA SSD
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
AMD Radeon RX 5700
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


Notes

  1. Frostbite 3 engine build: 2021-2.3[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/1693980/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1693980) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-01-31
    Seen through Engine.BuildInfo.dll.
  2. DEAD SPACE REVIEW - PCGamer - last accessed on 2023-01-27
  3. Dead Space Remake and Redfall are using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech - DSOG - last accessed on 2023-01-27
  4. Verified by User:Aemony on 2023-01-28
    Verified myself using the Steam version of the game. Blocking Denuvo's servers results in the typical Denuvo popup on launch, and points users to performing a manual activation through https://support.codefusion.technology/anti-tamper/
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Dead Space Remake 4K PC Gameplay Part 1 - RTX 4090 24GB Ryzen 5900x | 4K 60FPS | Max Settings - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-27
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 GTX 1650 - Dead Space Remake - 1080p All Settings Tested (FSR 2.0) - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-27
  7. Dead Space Launches January 27 With DLSS 2 - DLSS Momentum Continues: 50 Released and Upcoming DLSS 3 Games, Over 250 DLSS Games and Creative Apps Available Now - Nvidia GeForce News - last accessed on 2023-01-04
  8. Latest FSR 2 Supported Games List - AMD Community - last accessed on 2023-01-18
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 Dead Space Remake PC: a premium port marred by intrusive stutter – Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2023-02-13
  10. Dead Space (2023) is a Remake Done Right [Exclusive Gameplay] - last accessed on 2022-11-30
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Dead Space (Remake) - Settings & Accessibility Menu (Xbox Series X) - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-01-27
  12. Alexander Battaglia @Dachsjaeger - 9:06 PM · Jan 27, 2023 - Twitter - last accessed on 2023-01-28
  13. EA Help - 11:06 PM · Jan 30, 2023 - Twitter - last accessed on 2023-01-31
  14. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-01-31
    Checked in the game settings, VRS toggle is now indeed available.
  15. Reddit post detailing support for Dualsense - last accessed on 2023-01-27
  16. 16.0 16.1 "DXGI_ERROR_NOT_CURRENTLY_AVAILABLE" Error - EA Answers HQ - last accessed on 2023-01-28
  17. "Game keeps crashing while playing" Error - EA Answers HQ - last accessed on 2023-05-28
  18. 18.0 18.1 Video logs not replaying/Database Interface not showing - EA Answers HQ - last accessed on 2023-01-28
  19. Chapter 6 Bug -- SPOILERS [KBM] - last accessed on 2023-02-03