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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
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Adventure, Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror
Series Silent Hill
Silent Hill: Homecoming on HowLongToBeat
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
Silent Hill: The Arcade (unofficial port) 2014
Silent Hill 2 2024

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Silent Hill Memories - Informative site

Availability

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
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Not available in many regions [1].
Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential Improvements

Unknownproject's Patch

A patch that enables 60FPS+, Native Controller button prompts, reworks QTE (to deal with broken QTE due to game engine), 21:9 support, crash fixes, and more.[1][2][3]
Changes save game location data. See Save game data location.
Instructions[4]
  1. Download Unknownproject's Patch v2.50/3.0D and Unknownproject's Patch v3.xx.
  2. Install Patch v2.50/3.0D first and then Patch v3.xx to <path-to-game>. If installed correctly, a new folder will be added to the game directory (eg. 'Silent Hill Homecoming\Bin_v3.0').
  3. Run the game from <path-to-game>\Bin_v3.0\SilentHill.exe), then press Home. If a version number is shown, the patch is working properly.

Notes

Consult Unknownproject's official Discord server for more detailed or updated instructions.
Users with GSync displays may need to disable GSync and force Fixed Refresh in NVidia Control Panel.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Public Documents\Silent Hill Homecoming\shv_save.bin
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19000/pfx/[Note 2]
Unknownproject's Patch changes save game data location to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\KONAMI\Silent Hill Homecoming\Engine\savegame\shv_save.bin.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video

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.[5]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Use Unknownproject's Patch.
4K Ultra HD
Use Unknownproject's Patch.
Field of view (FOV)
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.
High-fidelity upscaling
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.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

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

Force windowed[6]
  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[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Engine\.
  2. Open vars_pc.cfg.
  3. Change FullScreen=true to FullScreen=false.

Film grain

Remove film grain[8]
  1. Download and run SHHPatcher.
  2. Select the Remove Film Grain option.

Input

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
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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
PlayStation controllers
PlayStation button prompts
Use SHHPatcher.
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Generic/other controllers
Generic DirectInput controllers are supported.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Fan - 1
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Unofficial translation; for retail or Steam version. Gamevício. 1) Grisson's fan-translation (Needs unknownproject's patch).
2) TriboGamer fan-translation by danielnds (not tested with the patches mentioned above).
Russian
1) Fan translation by «ZoG team / DK team».
2) Fan voice-over by «EnclaveTeam».
Slovak
Fan - 1
Spanish
Polish
A Steam guide to install the fan translation is available here.

Issues fixed

Game crashes on Alt+Tab

Run the game in windowed mode[9]
Fullscreen solution[4]
  • Use Unknownproject'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 losing original system requirements.

Issues arising from high resolution

Game may crash in certain areas, such as entering the Shepherd House.
Change the resolution to 1920x1080 or lower[10]
Map screen may be improperly cropped.
Change the resolution to 1920x1080 or lower[10]

Loading screen freezes

Enable/disable admin mode[citation needed]

Loading screen crashes

Use Unknownproject's Patch

Run the game at screen refresh rate

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 or 100 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.[11]
Set screen refresh rate[9]
  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 used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].
Use Unknownproject's Patch

Camera won't stop rotating when using controller

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

Game does not support any speaker configuration other than 5.1.[12]
Change speaker settings[citation needed]
  1. Go into audio manager.
  2. Change speaker settings to surround sound 5.1.
Choose a "Headphones" setting
Convert audio files from Surround 5.1 to Stereo (for Stereo systems)
  1. Download this package with audio files converted to Stereo.
  2. Extract the package to <path-to-game>\Engine\audio\OGG\Streams\.
Download and install this sound patch (For 5.1 Surround systems)[citation needed]
  1. If using a Stereo system, perform these additional steps:
  2. Install this special sound driver or Realtek driver so that the game thinks it is running in 5.1.
  3. Configure the computer's sound settings to 5.1 after the install.

Notes

The audio may crackle with the Razor sound driver installed. Download and run 'DPC latency checker' to fix this.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c Unknownproject's Patch uses 9Ex.
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

Mods

4K Remastered Pre-Rendered Cutscenes

Remasters the Pre-Rendered Cutscenes of SHH to 4K.

ENBSeries

Improves the graphics of the game.

System requirements

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


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:

References