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 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

Heavily unoptimized, very bad performance 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[edit]

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
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Deluxe Edition. Included with Ubisoft+.
Windows
Origin (unavailable)
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
All versions require Ubisoft Connect DRM.
Windows version requires an internet connection to launch (no longer requires a constant connection).[2]
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.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

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

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[3]
  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.

Disable Black and White Filter in shadows[edit]

This mod also disables all other post-processing effects like HDR, depth of field, bloom, distortions on optical cable screen, etc...
Instructions
  1. Download this mod: Removing the Black & White Filter in Shadows, extract the files to <path-to-game>\src\system\ and then press F1 while in-game to disable the black and white filter in shadowed areas.

Notes

It 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[edit]

Instructions
  1. Download this mod: Toggle HUD and last known position (Updated 2018), extract the files to <path-to-game>\src\system\ and then press TAB while in-game to toggle the HUD and last known position silhouette.

Notes

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

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 <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[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings[edit]

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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x, but may not work on modern graphics cards, force in GPU control panel instead.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA and up to 16x QCSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The frame rate is capped at 120 FPS in singleplayer mode and 30 FPS in co-op mode, although it might be possible to unlock the co-op frame rate cap with a mod. See High frame rate for a workaround.
When running at 120 FPS some environmental objects such as flags stop moving. See Flags don't move for a workaround.

High frame rate[edit]

The frame rate is capped at 30 FPS in co-op mode, but there's a possible fix. This fix lacks instructions and needs testing.
Co-op 30 fps unlocker

https://steamcommunity.com/app/33220/discussions/0/1519260397775827213/

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.
Subtitles
Under Gameplay Options.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

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 translation presumably «7Wolf» audio.
Polish
Local retail only, download

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Console version only.[4]
LAN play
Online play

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[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

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

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[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 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[edit]

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 120Hz 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]

Edit config[5]
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[edit]

Follow this guide

Wireless controller not working

  1. Download this fix
  2. Extract to: Splinter Cell Conviction\src\system
Fix was originally made for Assassin's Creed 1 & 2, but also happens to work with Splinter Cell: Conviction.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

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