Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter

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Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter cover
Devolver Digital
Serious Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 24, 2009
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Egypt, Sci-fi
Series Serious Sam
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter guide on StrategyWiki
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Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter 2012
Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter 2017
Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter 2017
Serious Sam's Bogus Detour 2017
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Serious Sam Classics: Revolution 2019
Serious Sam 4 2020
Serious Sam Fusion 2017 TBA
Serious Sam: Tormental TBA

General information

Official game series site
Serious Sam Wiki
Seriously! Forums
Steam Community Discussions


All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\41000\local
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41000/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\41000\local\SeriousSamHD\SavedGames
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41000/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Changing FOV[citation needed]
  1. Open console with ~.
  2. Enter plr_fFOVOverride = X

4K Ultra HD[edit]

Custom Resolution[citation needed]
This fix will also work for other resolutions such as 1920x1200, 2560x1440 and other resolutions.
  1. Open SeriousSamHD config file in <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/41000/local using a text editor.
  2. you should find gfx_pixResWidth/height and gfx_pixLastGoodResHeight/Width
  3. Now type your custom resolution, example,
 gfx_pixLastGoodResHeight = 2160;
 gfx_pixLastGoodResWidth = 3840;
 gfx_pixLastGoodWinHeight = 2160;
 gfx_pixLastGoodWinWidth = 3840;
 gfx_pixResHeight = 2160;
 gfx_pixResWidth = 3840;
 gfx_pixWinHeight = 2160;
Now save and set SeriousSamHD to "Read Only" in properties

Input settings[edit]

In-game general keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game general keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.

Audio settings[edit]

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Effects and Music sliders.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Use OpenAL Soft to get binaural HRTF mixing.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Available in Serious Sam Fusion 2017
LAN play
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Use gam_strConnectToIP [IP address here] in the in-game console.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27015
UDP 27016
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game.
Note:Game is on official list but not yet confirmed to be 3D.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking
Supports: Aim at Gaze, Clean UI, Dynamic Light, Extended View - Eye & Head Tracking, Flashlight Control, Interaction at Gaze. For Eye tracking features to work you must be playing the Serious Sam Fusion 2017 version of this game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Steamworks

Enable Cheats[edit]

open the file "SeriousSamHD.ini" with an editor (f.e. notepad). Now look for the line

"cht_bEnableCheats = 0;"

and change it to

"cht_bEnableCheats = 1;" (you can choose 1 - 9; 9 is for developer cheats. Choosable ingame with Esc and then F3 in the menue)

All without dashes! Now save the changes and close the editor!

Run game, load level/start new game, open console with (Tilde) ^ and enter the desired command of the desired commands below! ;)

.. Oh, and have Fun!

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0+ GHz
AMD Athlon64 3500+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600
ATI Radeon X1600
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3 support
Integrated graphic chipsets are not supported


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/41000/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (41000) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.