Silent Hill 4: The Room

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Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Hill 4: The Room cover
Developers
Team Silent
Publishers
Konami
Release dates
Windows September 9, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 67
Silent Hill 4: The Room on HowLongToBeat
Silent Hill 4: The Room on IGDB
Silent Hill 4: The Room on MobyGames
Silent Hill 4: The Room 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

Game must be installed on the main drive. See Issues fixed.
30 FPS cap. See High frame rate.
Only supports DirectInput for controllers, with no true analog support. See Controller support.
Some of the "hauntings" from the console version are missing.[1]

General information

Silent Hill Memories - Informative site
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v5 DRM.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Port of the European PC version.[citation needed]
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use Silent Hill 4 Widescreen Fix

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\input.ini[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves\[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The GOG version supports Widescreen Resolutions. Use Silent Hill 4: Wrapper by Nemesis or Silent Hill 4 Widescreen Fix for retail version.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Native for the GOG version. Use Silent Hill 4: Wrapper by Nemesis or Silent Hill 4 Widescreen Fix for the retail version.
Field of view (FOV)
Use sh4tool.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Forcing through GPU driver can cause visual glitches.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Forcing through GPU driver can cause visual glitches.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
30 FPS cap in retail and digital releases. 15 FPS cap for cutscenes in physical release. See High frame rate.
120+ FPS
Recommended in-game settings: Brightness = 4, Contrast = 8, and all gamma 1.0.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click on Input tab, set Cursor Clipper to On.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.

High frame rate[edit]

Enable 60 FPS support
  1. Download Silent Hill 4 Wrapper by Nemesis.
  2. Copy Nemesis 60FPS contents to the installation folder.

Notes

Causes Henry to be unable to move in attack stance.
Cannot finish the game because of a game-breaking bug during the final boss.

Disable blur in cutscenes[edit]

Disable blur
  1. Install Silent Hill 4: Wrapper by Nemesis.
  2. Edit sh4w.ini and change all blur values from -1.0 to 0.0.

Fix the flickering screen on Windows 8/8.1[edit]

Put the D3D8to9 DLL by crosire in the game folder.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse deceleration present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
DirectInput only. No true analog support. See Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Default bindings are awkward. Controls should be adjusted.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
For XInput controllers see Force feedback driver for XInput.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

A fix is required for the game to properly recognize XInput triggers and right analog stick when assigning controls.
Fix button assignment[citation needed]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus
  2. Set the Target Program to SILENT HILL 4.exe
  3. Go to DirectInput and check Enable DirectInput Output
  4. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12
  5. Assign right stick to Z Rot / Z Axis
  6. Click Apply, this will install a DLL file in the installation folder
XInput Plus replaces the dinput8.dll included in the Wrapper by Nemesis.
Use XInput Plus and Wrapper by Nemesis
  1. Clean up the game installation folder to its initial state: delete all DLLs besides checkdx.dll, drc.dll and dsetup.dll
  2. Open the Wrapper by Nemesis archive, extract Nemesis 60FPS or Nemesis Wrapper folder to the game installation folder (based on your preferable framerate) and rename it to scripts
  3. Delete the dinput8.dll and rename sh4w.dll to sh4w.asi in the scripts folder
  4. Download the latest Ultimate ASI Loader, extract dinput8.dll, rename it to d3d8.dll and place it to the game installation folder
  5. Now you can install XInput Plus
Alternatively, the GOG version can be launched through Steam as a non-Steam game. Steam Input's community controller configurations can then be used.
Alternative: Use Steam Input[2]
  1. Add to Steam as a non-Steam game. Path to executable is <path-to-game>\SILENT HILL 4.exe.
  2. Launch through Big Picture mode.
  3. Check the community-made configurations for an applicable set of bindings.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM and SE
Surround sound
Dolby Digital 5.1. May get up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Set Dolby Digital in-game and use DSOAL to get HRTF.[3]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, download.
French
German
Italian
Only available in the European version.
Japanese
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Spanish
Only available in the European version.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Poor cutscene shadows[edit]

Shadows look poor in many cutscenes. Disabling them in the options menu is recommended.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game closes itself briefly after launching[edit]

White screen shows up twice, but no logos are visible when they should be. Game closes itself immediately after.
Install game on the main drive of the computer[4]

Game fails to run[edit]

Some systems that meet the technical requirements may still fail to run the game.
Use Silent Hill 4 Widescreen Fix
Bypass initial check[5]
  1. Open the folder where the game is installed.
  2. Rename CheckSpec.dll to something else or delete the file.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Mods[edit]

Silent Hill 4: The Room Wrapper by Nemesis[edit]

A wrapper for the North American version which adds some fixes and new features, such as:
  • Change the resolution
  • Correct the FOV to widescreen
  • Disable cutscene letterboxing
  • Changes FPS in cutscenes to run at 30 instead of 15
  • Enable 60 FPS support. Has serious issues:
Causes Henry to be unable to move in attack stance.
Cannot finish the game because of a game-breaking bug during the final boss.
  • Disable the blur in cutscenes (change all values to 0)
  • Pause background will render at native resolution.
Notes[edit]
Not required for the GOG-version as it natively supports Widescreen-Resolutions.
Does not fix the pause background resolution and brightness.

Silent Hill 4: The Room Widescreen Fix by ThirteenAG[edit]

A D3D8 wrapper which adds some fixes and new features, such as:
  • Widescreen support.
  • Disable cutscene letterboxing.
  • Changes FPS in cutscenes to run at 30 instead of 15.
  • Correct the UI/ HUD width in widescreen.
Enabling this option disables shader effects and makes some UI elements look strange.
  • Disables hardware check before launch.
Notes[edit]
Not required for the GOG-version as it natively supports Widescreen-Resolutions.

Silent Hill 4: The Room 16:9 FMV Pack by CataBridge[edit]

A modified in-game video pack that lets you watch the FMVs in 16:9 ratio without the 2Dfix option of the ThirteenAG patch. Can work with ThirteenAG Widescreen Fix/GOG version. Without the 2Dfix option you can now use the ThirteenAG fix without losing any shaders along with the correct aspect ratio of FMV.
Notes[edit]
Converted from the PS2 version.
Doesn't support aspect ratio other than 16:9.

Silent Hill 4 PC Fix by Steam006[edit]

A fix which adds new features and fixes some bugs found within the game.
GOG version support added in version 1.5.0.
When prompted for a password during installation, type in pcgw.
Adding a Windows Security exception may be necessary for moving DLLInjector.exe.
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Copy all the files to <path-to-game>
  2. Configure options in Silent_Hill_4_PC_Fix.ini.
  3. Start the game with DLLInjector.exe.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz or AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3 Ti
ATI Radeon 8500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1b compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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).

References

  1. http://www.silenthillmemories.net/sh4/hauntings_en.htm
  2. Verified by User:Shooterboss on 2021-08-11
    Just uploaded a community controller configuration on Steam for this game.
  3. Silent Hill 4: The Room w/ 3D spatial sound 🎧 (OpenAL Soft HRTF audio)
  4. Verified by User:Shooterboss on 2021-08-11
  5. dns/Silent-Hill-4-Wide-Screen-Patch: Silent Hill 4 with Wide Screen support - last accessed on 2017-01-21