Silent Hill: Homecoming

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Silent Hill: Homecoming
Silent Hill: Homecoming cover
Developers
Double Helix Games
Publishers
Konami
Engines
Slayer
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2008
Reception
Metacritic 64
IGDB 67
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror
Series Silent Hill
Silent Hill: Homecoming on IGDB
Silent Hill: Homecoming guide on StrategyWiki
Silent Hill: Homecoming on MobyGames
Silent Hill: Homecoming on Wikipedia
Silent Hill
Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut 2002
Silent Hill 3 2003
Silent Hill 4: The Room 2004
Silent Hill: Homecoming 2008

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. Can be fixed.
The game has severe sound issues on all PC configurations and all sound systems types. Can be fixed.
Resolutions above 1920x1080 may have major issues. Can be fixed.
The game may crash when using Alt+Tab in fullscreen.[1] See Windowed.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Silent Hill Wiki - A wiki for the series
Silent Hill Memories - Informative site

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Unknownproject's Patch[edit]

A patch that enables 60FPS+, Native Controller button prompts, reworks QTE (to deal with broken QTE due to game engine), and more! Includes 21:9 support.[2][3][4]
Instructions[5]
  1. Download Unknownproject's Patch.
  2. Run and Extract Patch2.5_PreRelease.exe to <path-to-game>.
  3. Use the latest update and check out the changelog from the project page - https://unknownproject.github.io/silent_hill

Silent Hill Homecoming PC Fix by Steam006[edit]

A fix which adds new features and fixes some bugs
Sometimes don't work
Install[citation needed]
  1. Start the game normally and set the resolution of your monitor in the options menu. Exit the game.
  2. Copy all the files to <path-to-game>\Bin\
  3. Configure the width and height and other options in Silent_Hill_Homecoming_PC_Fix.ini.
  4. Start the game with DLLInjector.exe.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Engine\default_pc.cfg[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\Engine\vars_pc.cfg
<path-to-game>\Engine\binds_pc_mjs.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19000/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Public Documents\Silent Hill Homecoming\shv_save.bin
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19000/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings. Video quality can be set to either Medium or High, the latter resulting in slightly better textures and shadows.
In-game video settings. Video quality can be set to either Medium or High, the latter resulting in slightly better textures and shadows.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Unknownproject's Patch to fix the map and examined inventory items.[6]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Use Unknownproject's Patch.
4K Ultra HD
Use Unknownproject's Patch.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Silent Hill Homecoming PC Fix by Steam006.
Windowed
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)
Enabled by default. Can be forced off using graphics card control panel.
60 FPS
Capped at 30 FPS. Use Unknownproject's Patch.
120+ FPS
Use Unknownproject's Patch.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Engine\.
  2. Open vars_pc.cfg.
  3. Change ScreenResHeight= and ScreenResWidth= to the desired resolution.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed[7]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Options and enable Expert mode.
  3. Click on Edit and Add.
  4. Set the path to <path-to-game>\Bin\SilentHill.exe.
  5. Set the desired window position and size.
  6. Set Desktop if you want borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click on the Hook tab, and change the injection mode to Debugger mode.
  8. Click on the Input tab.
  9. Set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  10. Set Cursor Clipper to On.
  11. Click OK, then File and Save.
Edit secondary config[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Engine\.
  2. Open vars_pc.cfg.
  3. Change FullScreen=true to FullScreen=false.

Film grain[edit]

Remove film grain[9]
  1. Download and run SHHPatcher.
  2. Select the Remove Film Grain option.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Key mappings are stored in the individual save game files rather than a normal configuration file.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Can be set higher than what the game menu allows with Silent Hill Homecoming PC Fix by Steam006
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Use Silent Hill Homecoming PC Fix by Steam006 to invert x-axis
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Needs to be manually enabled from the configuration menu.
Go to the controller settings in the game options and select to use the controller rather than mouse and keyboard, and then press Escape to exit the controller configuration menu.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Use SHHPatcher.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Use SHHPatcher.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Generic DirectInput controllers are supported.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 only.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
1) Grisson's fan-translation on Github (WIP - Need unknownproject's patch).
2) TriboGamer fan-translation by danielnds (not tested with the patches mentioned above).
Spanish
Russian
1) Fan translation by «ZoG team / DK team».
2) Fan voice-over by «EnclaveTeam»

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on Alt+Tab[edit]

Run the game in windowed mode.[10]
Fullscreen solution[11]

You can use Unknown project's Patch with bonus executables [v.3.0] that using the WDDM driver model and converting the game from D3D9 to D3D9EX to fix focus management without loosing original system requirements.

Game crashes randomly[edit]

The game may crash in certain areas, such as entering the Shepherd House.
Change the resolution to 1920x1080 or lower[12]

Map screen is cropped[edit]

Change the resolution to 1920x1080 or lower[12]

Loading screen freezes[edit]

Enable/disable admin mode[citation needed]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 or 100 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.[1]
Set screen refresh rate[10]
  1. Install Special K by following the Unofficial Special K Guide.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\Bin\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\SilentHill.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

Camera won't stop rotating when using controller[edit]

Restart your PC or log out/in[citation needed]
Modify file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Engine\
  2. Open binds_pc_mjs.cfg.
  3. Change:
setbind 0 COMMAND_CAMERA_X       MOUSE      0 AXIS_X          -1.0 1.0 1.0
setbind 0 COMMAND_CAMERA_Y       MOUSE      0 AXIS_Y          -1.0 1.0 -1.0
setbind 0 COMMAND_CAMERA_Z       MOUSE      0 AXIS_Z          -1.0 1.0 1.0
to:
setbind 1 COMMAND_CAMERA_X       CONTROLLER 0 AXIS_RX         -1.0 1.0 1.0
setbind 1 COMMAND_CAMERA_Y       CONTROLLER 0 AXIS_RY         -1.0 1.0 1.0
setbind 1 COMMAND_CAMERA_Z       CONTROLLER 0 AXIS_Z          -1.0 1.0 1.0

Some sounds only come out of the right speaker[edit]

Change speaker settings[citation needed]
  1. Go into audio manager.
  2. Change speaker settings to surround sound 5.1.

Alternatively, a "Headphones" setting might resolve this issue as well.

Alternatively, in Windows 10 you can enable Mono Audio in Settings.

If this does not work, you will have to download a sound patch for the game, see below.

Fix sounds in the game[citation needed]

This game does not support any speaker configuration other than 5.1, that's to say you will need to patch the game in order for it to work if the workaround above didn't help.[13]

  1. Download this file: http://www.mediafire.com/file/wzux85diw1e02nw/Silent+Hill+Homecoming+BIG+Sound+FIX.exe
  2. Install it.

This should work in most cases. If you are using Stereo systems then you will need to do the following:

  1. Install the patch linked to above.
  2. Install this special sound driver that will make it so that the game thinks the system is running on 5.1: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ra64c1l437taxia/Razer_Surround_Driver_v1.05.26.exe
  3. Config the sound settings for your pc after the install.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink

Other information[edit]

ENBSeries[edit]

Install ENBSeries[citation needed]
  1. Download ENBSeries version d11 patch.
  2. Extract file vars_pc.cfg to <path-to-game>\Engine\ (replace old one).
  3. Extract all other files to <path-to-game>\Bin\
  4. It's strongly recommended to never set the quality level to High in the video options.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD Series
Nvidia GeForce 7800 Series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  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).
  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>/19000/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (19000) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References