Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia TDD.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 details are not known 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 DistortingLink

  1. Replace the default deferred_gbuffer_solid_frag.glsl with this one in <path-to-game>\redist\core\shaders\
  2. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Amnesia\Main\main_settings.cfg
  3. Change ParallaxQuality="1" and GBufferType="1"

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Amnesia\Main\
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Amnesia/

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Amnesia
Linux ~/.frictionalgames/Amnesia/
Disadvantage This game does not support the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Ingame graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Edge Smoothing
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Not present in launcher. Can be activated 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[1]Link

  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[2]Link

  1. Go to the Configuration file(s) location.
  2. Go into the Main folder and edit main_settings.cfg.
  3. Locate entry Engine LimitFPS="true" and set it to false.

Input settings[edit]

Ingame input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native Mouse Smoothing option in game's menu.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Impossible True for OnLive version only.[3]

Audio settings[edit]

Ingame audio settings.
Ingame game and audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Impossible Only "Master".
Surround sound Native DirectSound3D output by default. See below if running Vista or newer.
Up to 7.0 [4]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Impossible

Restore hardware devices[edit]

Fix Employ OpenAL Soft[5][6]Link

  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 CacheLink

  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-gameLink

  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 programsLink

This problem is likely caused by something that is taking control of your gamma options, most likely the program F.lux. To fix this problem, disable the program you believe is causing this.

Walking on the Ceiling[edit]

Fix Turn off INSANITY in Amnesia's main menuLink

  1. Open Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  2. Select Options
  3. Select Graphics
  4. Select Advanced
  5. Turn the INSANITY option off

Fix Update your graphics driversLink

Lamp lights through walls[edit]

Fix Disable Switchable GraphicsLink

  1. Go to your BIOS
  2. Disable switchable graphics

Fix Use the High Performance CardLink

  1. Go to your graphics software
  2. Tell it to use the High Performance card

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)


  2. 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.