Second Sight

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Second Sight
Second Sight cover
Free Radical Design
Release dates
Windows February 4, 2005
Metacritic 73
Second Sight on HowLongToBeat
Second Sight on IGDB
Second Sight guide on StrategyWiki
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Second Sight on Wikipedia

General information Community Discussions Support Page
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce DRM[Note 1]
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Windows (unavailable)
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Forces the game to run at you desktop resolution - or higher - without shrinking the HUD\Menus

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename the trailers folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\secondsight.cfg[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11550/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\profiles\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/11550/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use ThirteenAG's fix Unfortunately, anything higher than 1080p may cause artifacts, it's also recommended to skip the intro videos given that those still play at 4:3 resolutions.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use ThirteenAG's fix
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.


Running the game in windowed mode may cause minor graphical issues.
Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Create wndmode.ini.

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Control settings.
Movement keybindings.
Movement keybindings.
Combat keybindings.
Combat keybindings.
Actions keybindings.
Actions keybindings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput not supported

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Voices
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Low frame rate[edit]

The game may initially run at a low frame rate, such as 38 FPS.
Restart your computer[4]
  • Restarting your computer fixes the low frame rate issue.

Black screen with some resolutions[edit]

Setting the resolution higher than 1024x768 using the in-game options may result in a black screen.
Use widescreen fix[citation needed]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Although the in-game graphics option allows you to select 85 Hz, the game will not run higher than 60 Hz.
Set refresh rate manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open secondsight.cfg.
  3. Change scr_hz=60 to the screen refresh rate.

Other information[edit]


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

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 8500
Nvidia GeForce3 Ti200


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  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>/11550/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (11550) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.