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Resident Evil 5

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Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 cover
Windows Mercenary Technology
Russia 1C Company[1]
MT Framework
Release dates
Windows September 17, 2009
Metacritic 86
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Survival horror
Vehicles Naval/watercraft
Art styles Realistic
Themes Africa, Horror, Supernatural
Series Resident Evil
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Resident Evil 5 on Wikipedia
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For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

Resident Evil 5 is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person shooter and survival horror game in the Resident Evil series.

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.
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Origin (unavailable)
DRM details are not known

Steam version

Steam version DRM switched from Games for Windows - LIVE and SecuROM to Steam.
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.[4][5]
New Steam version update removed DirectX 10 (although with no impact on performance or graphical features[6]) and Nvidia 3D Vision support.[7] It also introduced some minor bugs.[8] A later update in February of 2023 removed the GFWL requirement, added split-screen co-op back in, and fixed some bugs.[9]

Non-Steam versions

All non-Steam versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1]
All retail product keys activate on Steam, but Games for Windows Marketplace product keys do not work.[10]
Retail version owners can use the LIVE key to activate the Steamworks version.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
UNTOLD STORIES BUNDLE Included in 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 combos are more important than leftover time). You can use mods to play as any character you want for both modes.

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

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

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
Use RE5Fix for custom resolutions.
Use RE5Fix.
Use RE5Fix for ultrawide fixes.
4K Ultra HD
Use RE5Fix for resolutions >4096x4096.
Field of view (FOV)
2 presets (Only Steam Version). See Field of view (FOV).
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.[8]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
60 FPS improves Majini's pathfinding (they sometimes run in circles at 120 FPS).[11][12]
120+ FPS
Capped at 120 FPS (use RE5Fix to uncap).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Force SGSSAA (Nvidia only)[13][14]
  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

Force HBAO+ (Nvidia only)[15][16]
  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.

Field of view (FOV)

2 presets available in the options menu under "Game Settings" > "Camera." Default zooms the camera in; Customized zooms out, similar to the console ports.
Use RE5Fix
Default FOV is 42° vertical; see FOV Calculator for help.
Environmental 3D models may disappear at certain FOV values, especially in the Desperate Escape and Lost in Nightmares modes. Experimenting with the options may be necessary.


Set shadowmap resolution[17]
  1. Install RE5Fix.
  2. Open RE5Fix.ini.
  3. Adjust Value = 4096 under [Shadow Quality].


In-game defaults are: Low=Disabled, Med=512, High=1024. 4096 is recommended.


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.

Depth of field

Disable DOF with Helix Mod[18]
  1. Download Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>.
  3. While in-game, press F4 to toggle the depth of field.
Disable DOF with stripped-down Helix Mod[18]
  1. Download this file.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>.

Color filter

The game's default green/yellow color filter can be disabled.
Disable filter with RE5Fix[17]
  1. Install RE5Fix.
  2. Open RE5Fix.ini.
  3. Change Enabled = false to Enabled = True under [Remove Colour Filter].
Use 3D Vision Fix[18]
  1. Download Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>.
  3. While in-game, press F6 to toggle the color filter.
Use ENBSeries[19]
  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

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

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.[20]
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.
Missing DLC translations.
Fan translation.
Fan translation for Gold Edition by IGTC Team, download.
Missing DLC translations.
Latin American Spanish
Fan translation for Gold Edition by IG Studios.
Latin American Spanish
Fan translation by Primera Llamada and NegaArmax (The Mercenaries Reunion and Versus Mode only).
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
The retail release by 1C was fully dubbed, while Steam's Gold Edition only has subtitles translated. Download the dub for Gold Edition here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Use Nucleus Co-op for non-Steam versions. While it is only playable with gamepads, it is possible to use a keyboard via PPJoy.
LAN play
4 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus Co-op.
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

VR support

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

Issues fixed

Issues with Games for Windows - LIVE

GFWL requirement removed from Steam version in February 2023 update.[21]
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.[22] Game should still work normally,[23][24] but as window requires manual closing it breaks full controller compatibility and may get irritating.
Use Resident Evil 5 Quality of Life Fixes[25]
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.)[26]

Startup video mode errors

Error message ERR09: Unsupported function or mpSwapChain->REsizeTarget(&mdesc) caused by aspect ratio containing decimal number. For example 3440x1440 is 21.5:9.
Use RE5Fix[17]
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.

Stretched pre-rendered video playback and incorrect UI scaling at high aspect ratios

Use RE5Fix[17]

Graphics flicker in fullscreen

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

Disable lens flares[citation needed]

Use Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition 3D Vision Fix.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 10 Direct3D 10 was removed from the Steam version.[7]
Shader Model support 3, 4 Direct3D 10 was removed from the Steam version, inherently removing Shader Model 4 support.[7]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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


Resident Evil 5 Quality of Life Fixes

Downgrades the game version upon installation, which will not allow players to find and join sessions from other players using the latest official patch, as the latter uses its own servers for leaderboards and session lists.
Based on the patch made by Maluc and updated by RICK to provide more fixes.
Removes GFWL requirement. Fixes the region lock, weapon trading with the AI, various versus bugs, etc.

LAA 4GB Memory Patch

Enables support for 4GB LAA. This should allow for smoother gameplay, faster loading times, better fps and less frequent crashes.
Install this mod after the one above.

Upscaled Pre-Rendered Cutscenes

Several video qualities available up to 2560x1440 @ 30 FPS.
Subtitles and credits will playback at double speed when using the 60 FPS versions.
Upscales made from the low quality PC port video files.

Higher Quality Pre-Rendered Cutscenes from PlayStation 4 version

Directly ripped from the PlayStation 4 port of the game.
1080p with much better compression when compared with the 720p, and highly compressed original PC files.


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

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

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

Use Resident Evil 5 Quality of Life Fixes to configure.

Use No control scheme pop-up[citation needed]

System requirements

Steam version

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
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

Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 delisted from requirements since April 24th 2022.[27]

Original Release

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 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. [1] - last accessed on 2023-05-30
  2. Games For Windows Live store is up! - last accessed on 19 August 2022
  3. Origin - Products - last accessed on 7 June 2022
  4. TrueAchievements forum post on how to play the GFWL version. - last accessed on 2021-11-16
  5. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2023-02-28
    The branch password still works as of the February 2023 update and GFWL is still accessible, although only through the DirectX 10 executable thanks to a shader file error causing the DirectX 9 executable to crash on launch.
  6. "Benefits for the DirectX 10 users: Nothing special, no enhancement." -
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 DirectX 10 is gone :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussions
  8. 8.0 8.1 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
  9. [[2] ] - last accessed on 2023-02-28
  10. "Gold Edition" Content Now Available! - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 - last accessed on May 2023
  11. 120 FPS vs 60 FPS comparison - last accessed on May 2023
  12. Chapter 5-2 Uroboros Mkono bug FIX :: Resident Evil 5 General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  13. NVidia Profile Inspector - AA Flags - Google Drive - last accessed on May 2023
  15. HBAO+ Compatibility Flags - last accessed on May 2023
  16. Original HBAO+ Post at Forums - last accessed on May 2023
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Verified by User:Keith on 2022-11-22
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Helix Mod: Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition
  19. Resident Evil 5 - Comparaison MOD ENB (PC) - YouTube - last accessed on 2017-01-23
  20. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  21. [[3] ] - last accessed on 2023-02-28
  22. Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition Launcher help :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion - Post #1
  23. the specified module could not be found :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion - Post #2
  24. Windows 10 :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion - Post #9
  25. Patch 1 Fixes By Maluc. :: Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 General Discussion - last accessed on May 2023
  26. Resident Evil 5 / Biohazard 5 :: Guide :: Installing Without GfWL - last accessed on May 2023
  27. [4]