Resident Evil 5

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Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 cover
Windows Mercenary Technology
MT Framework
Release dates
Windows September 17, 2009
Metacritic 86
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Africa, Horror, Supernatural
Series Resident Evil
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Resident Evil 5 on Wikipedia
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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 1999
Resident Evil Survivor 2002
Biohazard 2 (Sourcenext) 2006
Biohazard 3: Last Escape (Sourcenext) 2006
Resident Evil 4 2007
Resident Evil 5 2009
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 2012
Resident Evil 6 2013
Resident Evil: Revelations (series)
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition 2014
Resident Evil HD Remaster 2015
Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster 2016
Umbrella Corps 2016
Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour 2016
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 2017
Resident Evil 2 (2019) 2019
Resident Evil 3 (2020) 2020
Resident Evil Resistance 2020
Resident Evil Village 2021
Resident Evil Re:Verse 2022


For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

Key points

Installing the Windows Live application is mandatory to install the game but not necessary to run it. See Essential improvements for a workaround.

General information

Official Capcom-Unity Forum
Resident Evil Modding Forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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SecuROM v7 and Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.
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Gold Edition also available.
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Gold Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Gold Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Gold Edition also available.
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Gold Edition also available.
Steam version DRM switched from Games for Windows - LIVE and SecuROM to Steam.
All non-Steam versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1]
All retail product keys activate on Steam (Games for Windows Marketplace product keys do not work).[1]
Retail version owners can use the LIVE key to activate the Steamworks version. Also, the LIVE version is available to Steam version owners who miss the features removed during the transition to Steamworks or who use mods incompatible with the Steamworks version by using the code G4WLOriginalVersion in the game's properties' Betas tab.[2][3]
New Steam version update removed DirectX 10 (although this has no impact on performance or graphical features[4]) and Nvidia 3D Vision support.[5] It also removed the Split-Screen code and introduced some minor bugs.[6]


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Untold Stories Bundle Part of the Gold Edition
The Mercenaries United was never made available for the PC version. However, this mode is a combination of "The Mercenaries" and "Mercenaries Reunion" mode (to play as Jill/Wesker for instance), but it's only based on "Mercenaries Reunion" (which means score is more important than time). You can use mods to play as any character you want for both modes.

Essential improvements[edit]

Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition Unofficial Patch[edit]

Based on the patch made by Maluc and updated by RICK to provide more fixes.
Removes GFWL requirement. Fixes the region lock and allows you to join/see any multiplayer server. Gives weapon to AI, fixes versus bugs, etc.

Optional improvement[edit]

1440p / 60fps Upscaled Pre-Rendered Pre-Credits Opening Cutscenes[edit]

Upscaled the Pre-Rendered Pre-Credits Opening Cutscene, logo screen up to 1440p and up to 60fps. Multiple options offered.

Steam Guide[7]

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21690/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\21690\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/21690/pfx/[Note 2]
When trying to move/backup save games in the GFWL version, including the folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\XLive\ is essential. This folder needs to be restored back to the same location.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Approx. 98 KB available.


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are letterboxed.
Menus are Vert-, game will crash on level load. See the WSGF entry.
Menus are Vert-, ultrawide resolutions can be selected but will crash game on level load. See the WSGF entry. There is also a new fix from Lyall here.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 42. Use this mod (changes FOV to 75; zooms back in while aiming; may cause minor bugs in DLC content) or Resident Evil 5 GE Ultimate Trainer.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Set via 'Overall quality' (4x or 16x).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA and 16x QCSAA, causes black outlines around objects.[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 120 FPS, even if unlocked frame rate and higher refresh rate have been selected.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Force SGSSAA (Nvidia only)[8][9]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the Resident Evil 5 profile.
  3. Change Antialiasing compatibility value to 0x000000C1.
  4. Change Antialiasing - Behavior Flags to None.
  5. Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting.
  6. Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling].
  7. Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling.
  8. Press "Apply Changes" in the top-right corner.

Ambient occlusion[edit]

Force HBAO+ (Nvidia only)[10][11]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the Resident Evil 5 profile.
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility value to 0x0000001A.
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to High Quality.
  5. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled.
  6. Press "Apply Changes" in the top-right corner.


Depth of field[edit]

Works with the Steam version only.
Turn depth of field off[12]
  1. Download this file.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>.

Disabling post-processing effects separately[edit]

Helix Mod 3D Vision Fix adds hotkeys to toggle color filter, depth of field, HDR/bloom level, HUD, weapon laser color, and provides optional files to disable heat waves and lens flares.
Use 3D Vision Fix[12]
  1. Download Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>.
  3. While in-game, press the corresponding hotkeys to disable the desired effects (F4: depth of field, F5: weapon laser color toggle, F6: color filter toggle, z: HUD toggle, b: four HDR/bloom presets). Heat waves and lens flares are automatically disabled with the optional files added.

Alternative color filter removal[edit]

Use ENBSeries[13]
  1. Download ENBSeries 1.3.
  2. Extract all but effect folder into the installation folder.
  3. Go into shaderinput.
  4. Rename psh031923D9.txt to pshCBF350A4.txt.


Only works with the DX9 executable.
Decreasing the in-game brightness is recommended to compensate for the lack of filter.
Doesn't remove the pink filter in the ending of Lost in Nightmares.
For an additional color boost, download this and extract it to the installation folder. Replace all files with it. Brightness should be normal. Don't Alt+Tab on fullscreen mode or it will crash.


In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.


When mapping a button which already is mapped to another function, a warning will show up, informing the player that the controls may not work properly. To solve this, just either unbind the other function or preferably just remap it to another unused button.

Controller remapping[edit]

Modify config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Config.ini and find the [JOYPAD] section
  3. Edit the button numbers as desired.
Example for DualShock 4:
ProductName=Wireless Controller


Controller button numbers can be found by opening Set up USB game controllers (accessed by Win+R and joy.cpl), clicking properties, and then switching to the Test tab. Actual button number is -1 from shown, e.g. if button 1 lights up, it's button 0.

DualShock Button Prompts[edit]

original and DualShock 3 variants available for both Steam and GFWL versions of the game.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output.[14]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Set quadraphonic in Windows speaker config and use DSOAL.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Steam only.
Fan translation.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation for Gold Edition, download.
Fan translation for Gold Edition by IGTC Team, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Use the Splitscreen Mod.
LAN play
4 Co-op, Versus
Online play
4 Co-op, Versus
2 players Co-op, 4 players Versus. Use the Versus Mod or Untold Stories Bundle DLC (official support).

Connection types

Split screen mode[edit]

This application enables split-screen coop in any version. While it is only playable with gamepads, it is possible to use a keyboard via PPJoy.
A video tutorial is available here: Download it, run it and download the RE5 script, choose a split mode using the interface, then click > followed by PLAY at the top right.

Versus mod[edit]

Official support for versus mode is included with the Untold Stories Bundle DLC.
This mod enables versus mode in the GFWL version, which also was left in the game's code.[15]
Mod Download
Extras (optional) Download

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Native for GFWL. See Helix Mod: Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition.
TriDef 3D
User created game profile (DX9), see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

Issues with Games for Windows - LIVE[edit]

See Games for Windows - LIVE Issues fixed.
As of Steamworks update, game does still require GFWL components to be installed so users are able to import their save game data and achievements, even though it isn't used with main game.
Launcher errors, such as res = 1, err = 0x0000007e and res = 1, err = 0x00000012, are GFWL related and is possibly linked that there's no GFWL related data found.[16] Game should still work normally,[17][18] but as window requires manual closing it breaks full controller compatibility and may get irritating.
Remove GFWL requirement[19]

Use Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition Unofficial Patch.

In combination with this patch, it is possible to prevent the GFWL software from being installed on the game's first run by deleting the "Run Process" key (and its children) in the BH5AE_install.vdf file in the game folder prior to running the game for the first time. This will disable importing GFWL saves (the relevant menu option will be grayed out.)[20]

Majini with a key card gets stuck[edit]

In chapter 6–1, sometimes the Majini with a key card can't jump down after spawning and you can't kill him to get a key card.
Use unofficial patch[citation needed]

Use Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition Unofficial Patch.

Use unofficial fix[6]

Use Resident Evil 5 - Chapter 6-1: Ship Deck bug fix.

Startup video mode errors[edit]

Error messages caused by an unsupported video mode: ERR09: Unsupported function and mpSwapChain->REsizeTarget(&mdesc).
Edit the config.ini file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\CAPCOM\RESIDENT EVIL 5\config.ini
  2. Look for Resolution and RefreshRate and change to a known good setting (e.g. 640x480, or disable FullScreen).
  3. Save your changes.

Issues with ultrawide resolutions (21:9)[edit]

Error message ERR09: Unsupported function caused by aspect ratio containing decimal number. For example 3440x1440 is 21.5:9.
Add custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Use CRU (Custom Resolution Utility) or Nvidia Control Panel to add following custom resolution for:
    • 2560x1080 → 2520x1440
    • 3440x1440 → 3360x1440
  2. Apply in game.

Graphics flicker in fullscreen[edit]

This flickering can occur on modern graphics cards and drivers, popping up as frequently as several minutes or as infrequently as every couple hours.
Use SweetFX Shader Suite[citation needed]
  1. Download SweetFX Shader Suite
  2. Unpack to the installation folder.
  3. While playing, Alt+Tab to switch back to your desktop or another window.
  4. Switch back to the game. The flickering will not occur again.


The game will retain all its original visuals, and performance will not be significantly impacted.

Incorrect lens flare coming from light sources[edit]

Disable lens flares[citation needed]

Use Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition 3D Vision Fix.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10 Direct3D 10 was removed from the Steam version.[5]
Shader Model support 3, 4 Direct3D 10 was removed from the Steam version, inherently removing Shader Model 4 support.[5]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Multiplayer Games for Windows - LIVE, Steamworks



Crosshair can be replaced with laser sights when playing with keyboard and mouse.
Laser sights mods[citation needed]

Gold Edition

GFWL version

See Custom Crosshair Pack[citation needed]

Minimalist HUD[edit]

Removes unnecessary HUD character names and dark circles around health.
A version compatible with the DualShock button mod can be found here.

No control scheme pop-up[edit]

Disables the notification when you switch between controller and keyboard and mouse.
Use unofficial patch[citation needed]

Use Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition Unofficial Patch to configure.

Use No control scheme pop-up[citation needed]

System requirements[edit]

Steam version

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz
AMD Phenom II x4 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9800
ATI Radeon HD 7770
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectSound compatible
Other Minimum 800 x 600 pixel resolution

Original Release

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Win XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D Processor or higher
AMD Athlon 64 x2 or higher
System memory (RAM) 512 mb (Windows XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 series
ATi Radeon HD 2400 Pro
256 MB of VRAM


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: Legacy activation, supports local profiles.
  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>/21690/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (21690) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. "Gold Edition" Content Now Available! - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5
  2. TrueAchievements forum post on how to play the GFWL version. - last accessed on 2021-11-16
  3. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2022-05-15
  4. "Benefits for the DirectX 10 users: Nothing special, no enhancement." -
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 DirectX 10 is gone :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussions
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bugs found in RE5 (Steam) so far + links to fan made fixes for some... :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussions - last accessed on 2017-01-23
  7. Verified by User:No_one_17 on 2021-12-25
  8. NVidia Profile Inspector - AA Flags - Google Drive
  10. HBAO+ Compatibility Flags
  11. Original HBAO+ Post at Forums
  12. 12.0 12.1 Helix Mod: Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition
  13. Resident Evil 5 - Comparaison MOD ENB (PC) - YouTube - last accessed on 2017-01-23
  14. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  15. Versus - Resident Evil Modding Forum
  16. Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition Launcher help :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion - Post #1
  17. the specified module could not be found :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion - Post #2
  18. Windows 10 :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion - Post #9
  19. Patch 1 Fixes By Maluc. :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion
  20. Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 :: Guide :: Installing Without GfWL