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Resident Evil 4 (2023)

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This page is for the 2023 remake. For the original game, see Resident Evil 4. For the remastered version of the original game, see Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition.

Resident Evil 4 (2023)
Resident Evil 4 (2023) cover
Developers
Capcom
Engines
RE Engine
Release dates
Windows March 24, 2023
macOS (OS X) December 20, 2023[1]
Reception
Metacritic 91
OpenCritic 92
IGDB 95
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Unlock
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Survival horror, Action
Vehicles Naval/watercraft
Art styles Realistic
Themes Europe, Horror, Supernatural, Contemporary
Series Resident Evil
Resident Evil 4 (2023) on HowLongToBeat
Resident Evil 4 (2023) on IGDB
Resident Evil 4 (2023) guide on StrategyWiki
Resident Evil 4 (2023) on MobyGames
Resident Evil 4 (2023) on Wikipedia
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Resident Evil 4 (2023) 2023

Resident Evil 4[Note 1] is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. It is part of the Resident Evil series and a remake of the original 2005 game of the same name, chronologically takes place six years after the Racoon City's destruction as depicted in Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.

The game was announced at the State of Play in June 2022 and released on March 24, 2023.[2] A demo version of Resident Evil 4 was announced at the Resident Evil Showcase on March 9, 2023.

The Mercenaries mode was added as a free DLC through a post-launch update on April 7, 2023 along with various bug fixes.[3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GamersGate
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Windows
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Gold Edition also available.
Windows
Windows version requires Steam, Denuvo Anti-Tamper, and VMProtect DRM.[4]

Version differences

The Deluxe Edition contains the main game and the Extra DLC Pack.
A demo is available: Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Demo.

Monetization

Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires a one-time real-money purchase to play.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Extra DLC Pack (Deluxe Edition) Leon & Ashley costumes (Casual amd Romantic), Leon Costume & Filter (Hero and Villain), Leon Accessory: Sunglasses (Sporty), Deluxe Weapons (Sentinel Nine and Skull Shaker), Original Ver. Soundtrack Swap and Treasure Map Expansion (unlocks treasures that can't be obtained otherwise.)[5]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Mercenaries Mercenaries mode. Free DLC released on April 7, 2023.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Separate Ways Additional scenario. Paid DLC. Release date: September 21, 2023.[6]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Charm: 'Green Herb' Pre-order Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Attaché Case: 'Classic' Pre-order Deluxe Edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Charm: 'Handgun Ammo' Pre-order only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Attaché Case: 'Gold' Pre-order only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Leon & Ashley Costumes: 'Casual' Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Leon & Ashley Costumes: 'Romantic' Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Treasure Map: Expansion Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Leon Costume & Filter: 'Hero' Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Leon Costume & Filter: 'Villain' Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
'Original Ver.' Soundtrack Swap Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Deluxe Weapon: 'Skull Shaker' Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Deluxe Weapon: 'Sentinel Nine' Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Leon Accessory: 'Sunglasses (Sporty)' Part of the Deluxe Edition, Extra DLC Pack and available separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Microtransactions

Type Notes
Cosmetic Can purchase various cosmetic DLC for the game using real money purchases.
Unlock Various DLCs, acquired using real money purchases, give the player various in-game resources, in-game weapons.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Skip RE Engine logo only[7]
  1. Download the mod.
  2. Install with Fluffy Mod Manager.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\local_config.ini[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2050650/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\2050650\remote\win64_save\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2050650/pfx/[Note 3]
Saves are tied to the Steam user ID. Use LimebrellaSharp to share saves between users.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Saves and most settings.

Video

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes are pillarboxed to 16:9 aspect ratio. Vert- gameplay on 32:9.
Use praydogs REFramework for a fix. To install it, copy dinput8.dll to the game executable folder and use the in-game overlay graphics options.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
90 - 110°.
Use Third Person Camera Controller (recommended) or Simple FOV (affects rifle scopes).[7]
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Bilinear, Trilinear, x2, x4, x8 and x16.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Off, TAA and FXAA + TAA.
Additionally up to 200% SSAA by adjusting the Image Quality slider.
Sharpening filter is forced on at all times.[8] See Disable sharpening.
High-fidelity upscaling
FSR 1.0, FSR 2.2
DLSS 2 and XeSS 1.0 are hackable using this mod.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Toggle On/Off.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate can be set to 30, 60, 120 or Variable.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Works in both fullscreen and windowed modes.
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray-traced light reflection and refraction.

High-fidelity upscaling

This game does not feature native implementations for DLSS and XeSS, and users with capable hardware may be interested in utilizing other technologies.
Use REFramework and UpscalerBasePlugin to benefit from DLSS or XeSS instead of FSR[8]
  1. Download the latest version of the mod.
  2. Follow this guide.

Notes

It is necessary to download the REFramework (Upscaler Beta) for this to work.
The vanilla version does not work with upscaling yet.

Disable sharpening

Hex-edit the game's executable[9]
  1. Open re4.exe in a hex editor
  2. Find hex string 80 B8 B3 01 00 00 00 75 49
  3. Replace with C6 80 B3 01 00 00 01 90 90
  4. Save edit

Notes

It is recommended to make a backup of the game's executable before editing it.

Input

Camera settings
Camera settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Referred to as Maximum Camera Speed (Mouse).
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted. Separated between normal gameplay and aiming.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
6 pre-configured presets.
Controller sensitivity
Referred to as Maximum Camera Speed (Controller).
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted. Separated between normal gameplay and aiming.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Referred to as Button Icon Type B.
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4, DualSense, DualSense Edge
Gyro Aiming functionality (as "Motion Sensor Camera mode"[Note 4] in the Camera settings.) is supported.
PlayStation button prompts
Referred to as Button Icon Type A.[Note 5]
Light bar support
Color changes according to player's health bar.
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth), Wireless (DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter)
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Button Prompts can flicker and Camera can conflict when using Right Stick and Mouse Input at the same time. Gamepad Button prompts gets prioritized when Gamepad Input is active.

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings
Language settings
Language settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate volume sliders available for Master, Voice, BGM, Sound Effects, Menu and Ballistic Impact Volume with options for small, normal and large.
Surround sound
3D Audio options available, height speakers function when Atmos or DTS:X options are configured in Windows but are not represented in the game options.
Also has speaker angle degree adjustment.
Subtitles
Toggle On/Off with separate Size, Background Opacity, Color and Speaker Name Display/Color options available.
Closed captions
Toggle On/Off. Subtitle settings also apply to closed captions.
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Croatian
Fan translation #1 Download, Fan translation #2 Download.
Arabic
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Fan dubbing by Primera Llamada and NegaArmax (Separate Ways DLC not dubbed).

Issues unresolved

Traversal-related stutters

The game suffers from some minor CPU-load related hitching issues during traversal at specific points in the world where data is being loaded.
More powerful CPUs will show a less intense stutter.[8]

Frame rate-related quirks

Some physics are tied to the frame rate, which mainly concerns speed running tactics. 120 FPS causes more waves to appear during the Del Lago fight.[10]
30 FPS makes grenades have bigger explosions/do more damage, while also making it easier to phase through knights' hitboxes.[11]

Issues fixed

Crashes during gameplay (Fatal D3D Error)

This Fatal D3D Error crash is believed to be VRAM-related; the game crashing when running out of VRAM instead of using system RAM in that case.
However, according to some reports, these crashes can occur even on high-end GPUs such as the RTX 4090, which realistically should not suffer from any VRAM limitations.[8]
Reduce VRAM usage by lowering texture quality, resolution, and/or disabling ray tracing.[8][12][13]

Going back to the village after rescuing Ashley causes FPS drop (Chapter 4)

Once arrived at the village (after passing the church) the fps will drop massively in that area (happens on all platforms).
This is due to the particles (rain, wind, etc.) and the amount of NPCs (enemies) that are present at that moment.[dubious – discuss]
Press Alt+Tab to save some VRAM[citation needed]
Pause the game for 5 seconds[dubious – discuss]

Game saves corruption

On Steam, if the game is closed while a save is being created or backed up, all other saves may be corrupted.[14][15]
Follow the steps as described in the Steam forums

Notes

Currently, there is no way to restore CP earned except by redoing the challenges.

Other information

VR support

3D modes State Notes
vorpX
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR.
Officially supported game.
Headsets
SteamVR
Use Praydog's REFramework.
Oculus VR (LibOVR)
Use Praydog's REFramework.
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer, or Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR.
Devices
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
Play area
Seated
Use Praydog's REFramework.
Standing
Use Praydog's REFramework.
Room-scale
Experimental. Use Praydog's REFramework.

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Windows Media Video

Mods

Manual Flashlight

Requires REFramework.

Resident Evil 4 Fusion Mod

Adds an option to enable Logitech G LIGHTSYNC RGB Lighting.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-7500
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
AMD Radeon RX 560
4 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Minimum system requirements target 1080p 45 FPS (on the 'Prioritize Performance' preset); recommended system requirements target 1080p 60 FPS.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT are required for ray tracing.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 13.0
Processor (CPU) Apple M1
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 19.3 GB


Notes

  1. Known as Biohazard RE:4 (Japanese: バイオハザード RE:4) in Japan
  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 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>/2050650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2050650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. Wired connectivity only
  5. This Icon type is based on DualSense Controller.

References

  1. Resident Evil 4 remake for Mac, iPhone, and iPad launches December 20 - Gematsu - last accessed on 2023-11-07
  2. Resident Evil 4 Remake Officially Announced for Next Year - last accessed on 2023-03-23
  3. 3.0 3.1 Resident Evil 4 Title Update - ResidentEvil - last accessed on 2023-04-07
  4. Verified by User:Fds29 on 2023-09-28
    Scanned the executable with Detect It Easy.
  5. Resident Evil 4 Remake Deluxe Edition Treasure Map is Causing Controversy - GameRant - last accessed on 2023-03-11
    "What Resident Evil fans have taken issue with is a Treasure Map: Expansion item that unlocks new treasures in Resident Evil 4 that can't be obtained otherwise."
  6. The RE4 DLC "Separate Ways" launches 9/21! A free update is also coming! - Steam - last accessed on 2023-09-20
  7. 7.0 7.1 Verified by User:Keith on 2023-05-16
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Resident Evil 4 Remake PC - It's Got Issues - Optimised Settings - DF Tech Review - Digital Foundry - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-03-29
  9. Resident Evil 4 - Sharpness Fix - last accessed on 2024-01-13
  10. Game Masters - Resident Evil 4 (2023) - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  11. Is the difficulty everyone hates so much on Hardcore and Pro tied to framerate? :: Resident Evil 4 General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  12. Game Crash - Alexander Battaglia - Twitter - last accessed on 2023-03-24
  13. Verified by User:Phyziyx on 2023-03-24
    I had the same exact crash when testing the Chainsaw Demo for the first time
  14. Resident Evil 4 Remake On Steam Is Corrupting Save Files, Ending Playthroughs - TheGamer - last accessed on 2023-04-03
  15. HELP!!! Save corrupted/unable to load or even save game anymore!! - Steam Discussions - last accessed on 2023-04-03