Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction cover
Ubisoft Montreal
Windows Ubisoft Ukraine
macOS (OS X) Ubisoft Ukraine
LEAD Engine
Release dates
Windows March 27, 2010
macOS (OS X) February 17, 2011
Metacritic 83
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America, Europe, Middle East
Series Splinter Cell
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Splinter Cell
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Splinter Cell 2003
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 2004
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 2005
Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006
Splinter Cell: Conviction 2010
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2013

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS in the co-op mode.[1]

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Requires online activation
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Deluxe Edition.
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition.
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition.
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Deluxe Edition.
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Deluxe Edition.
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Deluxe Edition. Included with Uplay+.
All versions require Uplay DRM.
Windows version requires an internet connection to launch (no longer requires a constant connection).[2]

Essential improvements[edit]


Game updates by itself. If you have any problem latest patch can be found here.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\Videos\
  2. Delete or rename Logo_ESRB_01.bik, Logo_ESRB_02.bik, Logo_MiddleWare_01.bik, Logo_Ubisoft.bik and Logo_Clancy_01.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\Ubisoft\Conviction\ConvictionUserPC.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33229/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>/savegames/<user-id>/2/
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33229/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA and up to 16x QCSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS in co-op mode.[1]
120+ FPS
Single-player frame rate is capped at 120 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Options only for 5.1 sound.
Under Gameplay Options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
1) Official localization by «Руссобит-М/GFI». Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
2) Unofficial translation presumably «7Wolf» audio.
Local retail only


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Console version only.[3]
LAN play
Online play


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80,3081,3105,22350-22380
UDP 9100,9103,10196
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash when installed in a Storage Space[edit]

The game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed by a Storage Space on Windows 8 and later.
Install the game on a standard drive[citation needed]

Game locks up[edit]

The game will hang on some computers, although audio will still play, the frame will occasionally be frozen for a very long time.
Disable hyperthreading from your computer's BIOS setup[citation needed]

Exceptionally bad performance or refusing to launch on some AMD GPUs[edit]

Roll back display driver[citation needed]
Set affinity to only cores 0 and 1 in Task Manager

After realoading whole level by returning to main menu, it returns to all cores, but game can start behave more stable (eg. Iraq level). You can also consider disabling HT in bios (if you have HT).

Edit configuration file (Conviction.ini)

See this guide.

Download Low Spec Gamer Ragnos1997 config (ConvictionUserPC.ini)

Official tool's site or config only - just edit this file and input your Uplay user name in [UserVideoOptions.your_user_name]

Set "CullDistance=100" in ConvictionUserPC.ini[4]

Black border with certain aspect ratio[edit]

Edit config[5]
It can be used in non-16:9 widescreen ARs, if you really can't stand the black bars. What you'll get is a full-height picture with no distortion, a Vert+ FOV and massively squeezed HUD/crosshair/mouse cursor/FMVs. Not exactly a better solution than the default anamorphism, but:
  1. Open file C:\ProgramData\Ubisoft\Conviction\ConvictionUserPC.ini
  2. Edit the value so that it is not higher than your aspect ratio:

[Engine.Display] MinTripleDispRatio=3.9

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB (XP) / 2 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1800
Nvidia GeForce 7800
256 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5, 10.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 8800 series
ATI Radeon HD 2600 series
Notebook graphics cards may work but are not officially supported.


  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>/33229/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (33229) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.