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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Windows Ubisoft Ukraine
macOS (OS X) Ubisoft Ukraine
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
LEAD Engine
Release dates
Windows March 27, 2010
macOS (OS X) February 17, 2011
Reception
Metacritic 83
IGDB 85
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, 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
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction on HowLongToBeat
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction on IGDB
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction guide on StrategyWiki
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction on MobyGames
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction on Wikipedia
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

Heavily unoptimized, very poor performance and frequent crashes/freezing even with modern PC configurations.[1]
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS in co-op mode. See High frame rate for a workaround.


General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Requires online activation
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Ubisoft Store (unavailable)
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Deluxe Edition. Included with Ubisoft+.
Windows
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Windows
All versions require Ubisoft Connect DRM.
Windows version requires an internet connection to launch (no longer requires a constant connection).[3]
Ubisoft Connect version contains the Third Echelon Map for the Deniable Ops game mode & the SPAS-12 Shotgun, both of which are not included in the Steam version.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Insurgency Pack Still for sale on Steam and Ubisoft Connect despite it being impossible to redeem the content in-game due to server closure.
Windows
See Issues fixed for a workaround on inaccessible additional content and DLC.

Essential improvements

Patches

All versions of the game update automatically to the latest patch. Previous patches can be found here.

Splinter Cell Conviction Fusion Mod

Skips intro.
Skips system detection errors on startup which cause problems on modern systems.
Enables enhanced sonar vision.
Disables depth of field effect and the black and white filter.

Skip intro videos

Use Splinter Cell Conviction Fusion Mod
Delete or rename video files[4]
  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

Configuration file(s) location

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

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
NA
Ubisoft Connect

Video

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Open <path-to-game>\src\system\Conviction.ini with a text editor and set FovAngleDegrees to the desired FOV value.[citation needed]
Windowed
Use Splinter Cell Conviction Fusion Mod.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Splinter Cell Conviction Fusion Mod.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x. May not work on modern graphics cards.[citation needed]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA and up to 16x QCSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 30 FPS in co-op mode (see High frame rate for a workaround).
Capped at 120 FPS in single-player mode (some environmental objects such as flags stop moving at 120 FPS).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

High frame rate

The frame rate is capped at 30 FPS in co-op mode.
Use ConvictionCoopFpsUnlocker

Depth of field

Use Splinter Cell Conviction Fusion Mod
Turn depth of field off
Disables the DOF effect during gameplay and in-game cutscenes.
  1. Download this file.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>\src\system.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Frame rate dependent negative mouse acceleration always present.[citation needed]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Shares the same option with mouse.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Only keyboard input is recognized; no mouse input is detected.

Change aim down sights behaviour from toggle to hold

AutoHotkey script for hold to aim[citation needed]
  1. Download and install AutoHotkey.
  2. Create a new text file with any text editor and save it with the AHK extension.
  3. Copy the following code to it:
    #NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
    ; #Warn  ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors.
    SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
    SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.
     
    ; SPLINTER CELL CONVICTION HOLD ADS SCRIPT
    ; Changes aim down sights behaviour from toggle to hold
    
    #IfWinActive Conviction
    
    ; RIGHT CLICK MOUSE BUTTON (AIM/ZOOM)
    ; *Bind 'Zoom' to Right Mouse Button in-game
     
    *$RButton::
        Click Down R
        Sleep, 50
        Click Up R
     
        While GetKeyState("RButton","P")
        {
            Sleep, 10
        }
     
        Click Down R
        Sleep, 50
        Click Up R
    Return
     
    #IfWinActive
     
    F12::ExitApp
  4. Save the file and close it.
  5. Run the file as administrator upon running the game.

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Spanish
Russian
1) Official localization by «Руссобит-М/GFI». Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
2) Unofficial dub by presumably «7Wolf» here.
Polish
Local retail only, download
Traditional Chinese

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Use Nucleus Co-op
LAN play
Online play
The official multiplayer service was shut down on June 1, 2021 for Windows and September 24, 2016 for OS X.[5]

Ports

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

Issues fixed

Additional content is inaccessible

As of Summer 2021, content from the Limited Collector's Edition, Gamestop pre-orders, Deluxe Edition, and the Uplay Rewards is no longer accessible due to server closure and will not show up in-game even if the code for it has been redeemed previously.
Install this mod[citation needed]

Insurgency Pack DLC is inaccessible

As of Summer 2021, the Insurgency Pack DLC is no longer accessible due to server closure and the added maps will not show up in-game even if the code for it has been redeemed previously.
Install this mod[citation needed]

Notes

This mod adds a toggle to disable the black and white filter, among other things. It restores access to the DLC maps due to the hex-edited exe. Using the mod features is not required, merely installing it fixes the DLC.
Using a save game that had the Insurgency Pack DLC activated on may be required to make this fix work.
Causes the singleplayer campaign to crash during the intro cutscenes.

Loads indefinitely when installed on a drive other than the main C: drive

The game will be stuck on the trifocal loading screen indefinitely after the intro videos when installed on a non-C: drive.
Move the game install to the C: drive[citation needed]

Crash when installed in a Storage Space

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

The game will hang on some computers and 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]

Flags don't move

When running at 120 FPS some environmental objects such as flags stop moving, this can be seen on the Iraq level.
Enable V-Sync with the refresh rate set to anything lower than 120 Hz or use an external tool to limit the frame rate to any amount below 120 FPS[citation needed]

Black borders with certain aspect ratios

Edit config[6]
Can be used in non-16:9 widescreen monitors. Will cause a full-height picture with no distortion, a Vert+ FOV and massively squeezed HUD/crosshair/mouse cursor/FMVs. Might not be a better solution compared to the default anamorphism for some people.
  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

Unable to connect with a friend in Coop

Follow this guide[citation needed]

Wireless controller not working

Use RealRufoo fix[citation needed]
This does not use X360CE, XInput Plus or anything like that as those methods aren't elegant and are bloated.

These approaches are wrong, fiddly and cumbersome. Conviction doesn't actually use XInput properly and only uses it to enumerate X360 controllers.

  1. Download this fix
  2. Extract to: <path-to-game>\src\system
  3. Overwrite the ProfileDefaultsPC.ini with the one in the package.
This has been tested on Xbox One Wireless Controller, DualShock 4, and 8BitDo SF30 Pro.

Q: Why do I need to overwrite the ProfileDefaultsPC.ini?

A: Because there are entries for LOGITECH and SAITEK controllers which have been removed. When Conviction doesn't detect an X360 controller it falls back to the LOGITECH type. Hence the removal of those entries.

Stuttering and low FPS

Install dxvk-async
The fix can be the most beneficial for old CPUs and/or possibly AMD cards.[7]
Maximising the game after task switching may not function

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio XAudio2 [8]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Anti-cheat NA NA

Modifications

Disable Black and White Filter in shadows

Instructions
  1. Download this mod.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>\src\system\.
  3. While in-game, press F1 to disable the black and white filter in shadowed areas.

Notes

Disabling the Black and White Filter also disables all other post-processing effects like HDR, bloom, distortions on optical cable screen, etc.
Causes the singleplayer campaign to crash during the intro cutscenes.
The mod can also be done manually by following the steps presented in the following page: A Guide to Removing the Black & White Filter in Conviction (+ some more neat stuff)

Toggle HUD and Last Known Position silhouette

Instructions
  1. Download this mod.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>\src\system\.
  3. While in-game, press TAB to toggle the HUD and last known position silhouette.

Notes

Also hides menus, so it might be necessary to toggle the HUD on to use them. The TAB key is also set to "show objective" by default, so it might be desirable to rebind it.

System requirements

Windows
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) Nvidia GeForce 7800
ATI Radeon X1800
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 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600
Notebook graphics cards may work but are not officially supported.

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>/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.

References