Enter the Matrix

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Enter the Matrix
Enter the Matrix cover
Shiny Entertainment
Release dates
Windows May 14, 2003
Metacritic 58
Series The Matrix
Enter the Matrix on HowLongToBeat
Enter the Matrix on IGDB
Enter the Matrix guide on StrategyWiki
Enter the Matrix on MobyGames
Enter the Matrix on Wikipedia
The Matrix
Enter the Matrix 2003
The Matrix Online 2005
The Matrix: Path of Neo 2005

General information

Official site - retrieved with Wayback machine from July 2008.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
4 CD-ROMS. 1-3 install discs and play disc, Or 1 DVD-ROM.
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.52 updates the game to the latest version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movies\.
  2. Delete or rename atari.avi, shiny.avi, wb.avi and optionally totitle.avi.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\MatrixConfig.ini[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saved\[Note 1]


Launcher window.
Launcher window.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Enter the Matrix Widescreen Fix.
Use Enter the Matrix Widescreen Fix.
Use Enter the Matrix Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use Enter the Matrix Widescreen Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
On/off only. See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Broken on modern systems. Force in the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Cutscenes are capped at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[1]


Run in windowed/borderless[citation needed]
  1. Download Enter the Matrix Widescreen Fix.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Create wndmode.ini in the installation folder.


Window is always borderless, so selecting monitors native resolution makes the game borderless windowed.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Change AF manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open MatrixConfig.ini.
  3. Set FILTERING =3.


Mouse settings.
Mouse settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Heavy reverse mouse acceleration and smoothing.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Emulates joystick movement. Recommended to use keyboard instead.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Only movement will work, other buttons have to be bound in settings first.
Controller remapping
Same remapping with keyboard buttons.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Rebinding does not work properly.
DualShock 4 controllers
Works trough DirectInput mode.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio output settings.
Audio output settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Under Graphics settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.
EAX support
EAX 3[2]
Language choices presented with first start up.
Language choices presented with first start up.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Local retail version only.

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Expand "Window Management" and "Input/Output Behavior".
  4. Enable "Mute Game" under "Background Behavior".

Issues unresolved[edit]

Extremely low performance[edit]

On many configurations the game performs badly. One way to improve the performance a bit is to enable Force Object LOD in game's launcher - this however comes at the cost of poor model quality.

Changing language[edit]

Language option is only given when first starting the game. Changing language requires complete deletion of save data.

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\Matrix.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes DivX

Add texture filtering to character clothes[edit]

The PC port by default has unfiltered textures for character clothing
Force texture filtering using dgVoodoo2 (tested with version 2.75.1)
  1. Follow the DirectX 9 installation guide on dgVoodoo2's page
  2. Open the dgVoodoo2 Control Panel and select the path to Enter the Matrix from the dropdown menu if it is not selected already
  3. Go to the DirectX tab
  4. Under Videocard select GeForce FX 5700 Ultra and set it's VRAM to 256 MB
  5. Under Texturing select the Force anisotropic 16x Filtering option
  6. Tick the Fast video memory access box and untick the dgVoodoo Watermark box

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Duron 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 256
ATI Radeon 8500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) Windows-compatible sound card
Other 4X CD-ROM Drive


  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:Suicide machine on August 13, 2016
    despite changes in config file and forcing Vsync off, I wasn't able to get the game past 60fps
  2. EAX Featured Game: Enter The Matrix - EAX.CREATIVE.COM (retrieved)