Section 8

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Section 8
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TimeGate Studios
SouthPeak Interactive
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows September 4, 2009
Metacritic 72
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres TPS, Action
Art styles Stylized
Themes Sci-fi
Series Section 8
Section 8 on HowLongToBeat
Section 8 on IGDB
Section 8 guide on StrategyWiki
Section 8 on MobyGames
Section 8 on Wikipedia
Section 8
Section 8 2009
Section 8: Prejudice 2011


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

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM.
Steam (unavailable)
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All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1]

Essential improvements[edit]


A title update is available. The game should automatically prompt for the update when using a LIVE profile; the update can also be downloaded manually (extract the contents and run either of the executables).[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Section8\S8Game\Config\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/38220/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/38220/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Image is Vert- and FOV cannot be adjusted to compensate.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped to 62 FPS. See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

High frame rate[edit]

Disable frame rate smoothing[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open S8Engine.ini.
  3. Locate line bSmoothFrameRate in [Engine.Engine] section and change TRUE to FALSE.


Input settings
Input settings


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effect and Voice.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Use the German language pack.
Brazilian Portuguese
Unofficial translation; download.


Online features require a Microsoft account (optional for offline play).
Network settings
Network settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
16 Versus
Can be connected to with offline GFWL accounts.
Online play
40 Versus
Section 8 Online has been discontinued, taking down statistics and ranked play with their respective achievements.[3]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Developer-maintained servers known as Section 8 Online have been shutdown in 2013 with developer's bankruptcy. Players can create their own.
Hosting a dedicated server does not allow the hosting player to play.
Direct IP

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Retail copies cannot be launched after updating to the 1.1 version[edit]

The only fix found is to use a no-DVD patch.[4]

Issues fixed[edit]

Cannot continue after "Press any key" prompt[edit]

Update client[5]
  1. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable.
  2. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  3. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP (SP3)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7800 series
ATI Radeon X1800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: SSA 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>/38220/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (38220) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2022-03-02
  2. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2022-03-02
  3. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2022-03-02
  4. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2022-03-02
    Tested with a brand new retail copy. After installing, activating the game in GFWL and updating to 1.1, SecuROM throws a "Wrong Disc Inserted" error. Could not find any other method than to use a no-DVD patch.
  5. Unable to play on Windows 8 :: Section 8 General Discussions