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Heavy Rain

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Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain cover
Quantic Dream
Windows Virtuos[1]
Quantic Dream
Release dates
Windows June 24, 2019
Metacritic 75
OpenCritic 73
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure, Quick time events
Art styles Realistic
Themes Detective/mystery
Heavy Rain on HowLongToBeat
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Heavy Rain on Wikipedia

General information

Official support page
Community subreddit Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
Epic Games Launcher
Box version containing an artbook and stickers.
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
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Humble Store
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed from the Epic Games Store version on June 24, 2020.[2]
Based on the PlayStation 4 version; The Taxidermist DLC released for PlayStation 3 is not included in the PC version, due to the PS4 version omitting it as well.[3][Note 1]


Demo versions providing access to the first act of the game are available on Epic Games Store and Steam.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Remove the video file[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos
  2. Delete or rename HR_SCREEN_US.BIK
A game update may restore the file.

Neural 1080p Enhanced Cutscenes

Improves cutscenes in game, applying strong anti-aliasing, sharpness and cleaning artifacts.
Weight of new videos only 25% more than the originals.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\user_setting.ini[Note 2]
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\HeavyRainNS\TEST00000-A\0
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\HeavyRain\TEST00000-A\0
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/960910/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\HeavyRainNS\
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\HeavyRain\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/960910/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:10 resolutions are letterboxed. Use the related PCGW community tool.
Pillarboxed.[5] Use the related PCGW community tool for up to 32:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA or SMAA, and 2x, 4x, 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. See Vertical sync (Vsync) to disable it.
60 FPS
Limiter of 30 or 60 FPS.
120+ FPS
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Edit the config file to disable Vsync[7]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\user_setting.ini.
  2. Find VSync=1 and VSyncInterval=1 and set both values to 0.
  3. Save the file and launch the game.
Adjusting the in-game Limit FPS setting will require closing the game and editing the file again.


Keyboard and mouse settings.
Keyboard and mouse settings.
Xbox gamepad controls.
Xbox gamepad controls.
DualShock 4 gamepad controls.
DualShock 4 gamepad controls.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse buttons are not remappable.[8]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
0-30 in increments of 1.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
GOG Release does not support controllers, despite the description stating otherwise.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Steam version relies on Steam Input.[9]
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Gyro is supported.
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Only standard blue in use.
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter)
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Gyro is supported for Steam Controller and DualShock 4. There are issues with in-game actions using the Right Analog stick. See here for solution.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


Sound settings.
Sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voices, FX, Music.
Surround sound
5.1 option.[12]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Language settings.
Language settings.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

VR support

Issues unresolved

Stuttering on surround sound system

Set system sound to stereo[13]
  1. Go to the Control Panel, select Hardware and Sound, then Sound.
  2. Under the Playback tab, select the sound output device and click on Configure.
  3. Under Audio channels, select Stereo and go through the steps to save the selection.

Rotation moves don't work (Steam Input)

Steam Input template[14]
  1. Download the community template Should fix the right stick problem
Steam Input configuration[15]
  1. Click on the game cover in library
  2. Select Controller Configuration
  3. Select Right Stick ABS and then ADDITIONAL SETTINGS
  4. Change Enable Deadzone to Configuration
  5. Set Dead Zone Inner to minimum value Dead Zone Outer to maximum value
  6. Export the config

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok [16]
Interface Omegame Menus Master [16]
Cutscenes Bink Video [17]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4430 3 GHz
AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Other Requirements for 30 FPS at 720p
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. The Taxidermist was to be the first part of a series of DLC scenarios called The Heavy Rain Chronicles. Only the first episode was completed; development for the rest was later cancelled.
  2. 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-07-16
    Virtuos Ltd. appears under Heavy Rain PC edition at the ending credits.
  2. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-06-24
    Closed Epic Games Launcher, renamed its app and %LOCALAPPDATA% folders, checked for Windows Credentials, and launched the game from its .exe without issues.
  3. Heavy Rain PC Review - A new way to press for the same Jason - last accessed on 2019-06-27
  4. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-26
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-24
    Ran the release version at 2560x1080 and a custom 3840x1080 resolution.
  6. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-24
    Tested the release version at the custom resolution of 3840x2160.
  7. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-24
    Editing the file as instructed resulted in over 170 FPS on my computer.
  8. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-24
    Release version tested.
  9. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-09-17
    Forcing Steam Input off for the game results in the game failing to recognize the controller.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-24
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-09-17
    Official configurations by Quantic Dream for Steam Controller, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 controllers are present.
  12. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-24
    The rear speakers were used.
  13. Audio Causing Stuttering (PC) - last accessed on June 25, 2019
  14. Verified by User:Blackbird on 2021-12-04
    Using emulated DS4V1 pad this worked fine.
  15. Rotation Moves With PS4 Controller not Working :: Heavy Rain General Discussions - last accessed on 2021-12-04
  16. 16.0 16.1 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-07-16
    Part of the game ending credits.
  17. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-06-24
    The installation folder contains bink2w64.dll