Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia The Dark Descent - cover.png
Release dates
September 8, 2010
September 8, 2010
September 8, 2010
Amnesia: The Dark Descent at Steam Charts
Amnesia: The Dark Descent at SteamDB
 Amnesia: The Dark Descent at Wikipedia
Amnesia: The Dark Descent 2010
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs 2013

Key points

Advantage Various custom campaigns and modifications are available
Disadvantage Will not run on various Intel and AMD integrated cards

General information

More information Amnesia: The Dark Descent Frictional Forums
More information Unofficial Wiki
More information Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information How to have better texture rendering in Amnesia
More information AMD+Intel HD Laptop OpenGL Troubleshooting Guide


Source DRM Notes Keys DRM details are not known PC Download, or retail copy for PC.
Desura DRM-free
GamersGate DRM-free Windows, OS X and Linux. DRM-free Windows and OS X
Humble Store DRM-free Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg OS X version only.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg

Essential improvements[edit]

POM and Shadow Distorting[edit]

Information To enable Parallax Occlusion Mapping and Shadow Distorting with eye-vector clamping do the following:

Fix Enable Parallax Occlusion Mapping and Shadow Distorting

  1. Replace the default deferred_gbuffer_solid_frag.glsl with this one in <path-to-game>\redist\core\shaders\
  2. Edit main_settings.cfg in the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Change ParallaxQuality="1" and GBufferType="1"

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Edit main_settings.cfg

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open main_settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Change ShowPreMenu="true" to ShowPreMenu="false"
  4. Save the changes.

Enable quick save[edit]

Fix Edit user_settings.cfg

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Go into <user-id> and open user_settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Change AllowQuickSave="false" to AllowQuickSave="true"
  4. Save the changes.


Information Press F4 to save and F5 to load.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Amnesia\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Frictional Games/Amnesia/
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Amnesia/
Disadvantage This game does not support the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Amnesia\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Frictional Games/Amnesia/
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Amnesia/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Faked FSAA,[1] labeled as Edge Smooth or Smoothing.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Not present in launcher. Can be enabled in-game.
High frame rate Hackable Capped at 60 FPS by default; see High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Edit game.cfg[2]

  1. Go to config in the installation folder.
  2. Open game.cfg in text editor
  3. Locate line FOV = "70" in section Player_General and change its value to your desired field of view value.

High frame rate[edit]

Information The game limits frame rate to 60 FPS by default.

Fix Edit main_settings.cfg[3]

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open main_settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Locate entry Engine LimitFPS="true" and set it to false.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native Mouse smoothing can be toggled.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native Requires the beta patch 1.3.
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Impossible Only master volume slider.
Surround sound Native DirectSound3D output by default. See below if running Vista or later. Up to 7.0.[4]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible

Restore hardware devices[edit]

Fix Employ OpenAL Soft[5][6]

  1. Download OpenAL Soft (PCGamingWiki mirror).
  2. Extract archive, navigate to Win32 folder from this archive.
  3. Locate file soft_oal.dll and copy it to <path-to-game>
  4. Launch game launcher and navigate to the Sound options tab.
  5. There should be new Unsupported device. Select it and launch the game.

In case there is no Unsupported device:

  1. Launch game with soft_oal.dll file in the same folder as game's exe file.
  2. Quit game and open launcher.log in text editor.
  3. Locate section Initializing Sound Module. There are all available sound devices.
  4. Open main_settings.cfg from the same Main folder.
  5. Locate line <Sound Device="x"... and change x to corresponding value of sound device from launcher.log file.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown Native
German Native Unknown Native
Italian Native Unknown Native
Polish Native Impossible Native Only available in Polish retail release and at local digital distributors. A fan dubbing is being developed by BDIP.
Russian Native Unknown Native
Spanish Native Unknown Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native A Turkish fan patch for the game is available here and for Justine DLC here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Information Frictional Games has put together a troubleshooting guide for Amnesia: The Dark Descent

"Failed to load menu config file" error[edit]

Fix Verify the integrity of game cache

  1. Find Amnesia: The Dark Descent in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Navigate to the Local Files tab
  5. Click Verify Integrity of Game Cache
  6. This will download missing files, it may take a while, depending on how many files are missing.

Fix Disable Steam Community in-game

  1. Find Amnesia: The Dark Descent in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Uncheck Enable Steam Community In-Game
  5. Navigate to the Updates tab
  6. Change to Don't Update
  7. Press OK
  8. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Amnesia (on Windows) and delete the folder named Main
  9. Reboot the game, this should fix the problem. The Main folder will be recreated once the game is rebooted

Adjusting in-game gamma does nothing[edit]

Fix Disable gamma changing programs such as f.lux

Gamma changes persist after exiting the game[edit]

Information If the in-game gamma setting is increased, it can sometimes alter the desktop's gamma even after the game is closed.

Fix Use f.lux to restore gamma

  1. Download and install f.lux.
  2. Run it and the desktop gamma should return to normal.

Fix Enable Nvidia's own color settings in the Nvidia Control Panel

Walking on the ceiling[edit]

Fix Disable insanity

  1. Go to the in-game Options >> Graphics >> Advanced Options.
  2. Disable insanity.

Fix Update graphics drivers

Lamp lights through walls[edit]

Fix Disable switchable graphics

  1. Go to the BIOS.
  2. Disable switchable graphics.

Fix Use the high performance card

  1. Go to your graphics software.
  2. Tell it to use the high performance card.

Alt+Tab does not work[edit]

Fix Install the beta patch 1.3

Mouse cursor stuck in corner after Alt+Tab[edit]

Fix Disable fullscreen

Disable fullscreen in the graphics options, and optionally use a borderless windowed software.

Fix Steam overlay[7]

Bring up the Steam overlay first ( Shift+Tab ), then use Alt+Tab .

System requirements[edit]

Information Drivers should be from NVIDIA/ATI to ensure proper functionality.
Information Caution when using an older or low cost CPU, such as Intel Celeron or AMD Sempron, their performance might not match this requirement.
Information Graphic cards that do not support OpenGL 3.0 will not be able to run the game at all. Laptops that contain integrated graphics cards generally do not support OpenGL 3.0.
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Radeon X1000/Nvidia GeForce 6 (Integrated Intel Graphics not supported)
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8 or Newer
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Radeon X1000/GeForce 6 (Integrated Intel Graphics not supported)
Operating system (OS) Popular 2010 Distribution or Newer
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Radeon X1000/GF 6 (Integrated Intel Graphics not supported)


  1. Anti Aliasing
  2. Amnesia - the dark decent mods. | Se7enSins Gaming Community
  3. Why is the engine frame-rate limited?
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. On surround sound and hardware devices - Frictional Games Forum
  6. Tested at August 6, 2013 by User:LDK with openal-soft-1.15.1-bin version.
  7. Any alt-tab friendly fixes for this game? :: Amnesia: The Dark Descent General Discussions