Sonic CD (2012)

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This page is for the updated version. For the 1996 version, see Sonic CD (1996).

Sonic CD
Sonic CD cover
Sonic Team
Windows BlitWorks
Windows Christian Whitehead
Retro Engine
Release dates
Windows January 19, 2012
Sonic CD (2012) on IGDB
Sonic CD (2012) guide on StrategyWiki
Sonic CD (2012) on MobyGames
Sonic CD (2012) on Wikipedia
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Key points

Includes both the US and Japanese/European soundtracks.
Game physics and speed are tied around 60 FPS, meaning slowdowns on lower end machines and speedups with high refresh rate monitors.

General information

Official developer site
Sonic News Network - A massive wiki for the Sonic the Hedgehog universe
Sonic Retro - A huge fan site for everything Sonic the Hedgehog. Mods for all the games can be found here.
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\200940\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/200940/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\200940\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/200940/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


External video settings.
External video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
5:3 only, stretched to fit the set resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Game speed bound to frame rate. Must cap the frame rate at 60 FPS.

Pixel-perfect scaling[edit]

The game's graphics in this re-release appear rather blurry, regardless of resolution selected and the in-game Nostalgia video filter does not provide a clear nearest-neighbor image. Follow this guide by TheA_Gamer554 for a workaround to make the game run in a pixel-perfect scaled image; pre-made 4:3 and 15:9 setup.dat files are available to download.[1]


Xbox 360 Controller layout for the game.
Xbox 360 Controller layout for the game.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No mouse support.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Except for display mode window.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In-game soundtrack selection menu.
In-game soundtrack selection menu.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Song lyrics are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only US songs are voiced. The Japanese songs use their instrumental versions due to licensing issues; use the Restore Lyrics mod.[Note 2]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Mods require the Mod loader.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 321 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 compatible


  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>/200940/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (200940) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Japanese, when in reference to the Sonic CD soundtracks, refers to nationality only and not language spoken. All songs in Sonic CD with vocals are sung in English only.
  3. OP: Sonic - You Can Do Anything
    ED: Cosmic Eternity - Believe in Yourself


  1. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-01-17