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BioShock
Bioshockcover.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
August 21, 2007
OS X
October 7, 2009
BioShock at WineHQ
BioShock at Steam Charts
BioShock at SteamDB
 BioShock at Wikipedia
BioShock
BioShock 2007
BioShock 2 2010
BioShock Infinite 2013

Key points

Information Windows 7 users and up may experience crash issues on startup. See Playing on modern systems.
Disadvantage Global lighting does not appear to be working properly on Windows 8.[1]
Disadvantage Ragdoll physics and animations are locked at 30 FPS.

General information

More information Official Forum
More information BioShock Wiki - Large wiki for the BioShock series
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc checkRequires online activation DRM: SecuROM.
Amazon.com Requires online activation Windows. DRM: SecuROM.
Amazon.com DRM details are not known OS X
GamersGate Requires online activation Windows. DRM: SecuROM.
GamersGate DRM details are not known OS X. DRM: Feral Interactive.
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Windows only.
Information The retail, GamersGate (Windows), and Amazon.com (Windows) versions use SecuROM DRM; however, as of June 19, 2008 unlimited activations are allowed. An internet connection is required for installation.
Information A DRM-free Windows version is available as part of the Humble 2K Bundle.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Launch the game with -nointro parameter

Patch 1.1[edit]

Advantage An essential patch for retail versions of the game. The Steam version is already updated to use the latest version.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %APPDATA%\Bioshock\*.ini
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Bioshock\SaveGames\
OS X

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg See Widescreen Fixer if normal FoV hack isn't enough
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF 4K Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No FPS or refresh rate cap.[2] Physics and animations locked at 30 FPS.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Flawless WidescreenLink

  1. See Flawless Widescreen.
  2. Download the Bioshock plugin, set the desired fixes, then run the game.

Notes

Information Contrarily to common sense Horizontal FOV Lock (in the graphic options) has to be turned On.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Fix Anisotropic filteringLink

  1. Open bioshock.ini with a text editor
  2. Find the following lines and set them to your desired values.
[D3DDrv.D3DRenderDevice]
LevelOfAnisotropy=16

[D3DDrv10.D3DRenderDevice10]
LevelOfAnisotropy=16

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Hackable See Mouse acceleration to disable.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Native This mode hides most options menus.
Full controller support Impossible
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Open User.ini with a text editor
  2. Find the following lines in both files and set them to these values.
[Engine.PlayerInput]
MouseSmoothingMode=0
MouseAccelThreshold=0.0

Notes

Information Use Ctrl+F in order to find these lines easily.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native Up to 7.1 [3]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible
EAX support Native EAX 5.[4]

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

Crash on startup[edit]

Information This fix circumvents the main crash issues related to OpenAL on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Download the appropriate archive and extract the files to <path-to-game>\Builds\Release

Video settings not saving[edit]

Fix Force DirectX 9[citation needed]Link

Launch the game with -dx9 parameter.

Crashing when changing the resolution[edit]

Fix Change resolutions while in windowed modeLink

  1. Push Alt+ Enter before going in the Video Options menu.
  2. Set your desired settings, leave your resolution unchanged then push the Confirm button.
  3. While being outside the Video Options menu push Alt+ Enter.

Fix Force DirectX 9Link

Launch the game with -dx9 parameter.

Fix Edit default resolutionLink

  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\Builds\Release.
  2. Open Default.ini with a text editor.
  3. Find FullscreenViewportX and FullscreenViewportYlines under [WinDrv.WindowsClient] and set them to your desired values.

Excessive screen tearing (Nvidia)[edit]

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel. Open the 3D Settings menu.
  2. Add Bioshock.exe to the list. Enable FXAA and V-Sync.

Notes

Information This should be necessary due to "somewhat broken MLAA"[citation needed]

Frame rate stuttering[edit]

Fix Disable V-SyncLink

Fix Force DirectX 9Link

Launch the game with -dx9 parameter.

Missing sound effects[edit]

Fix Install OpenAL for Windows 7 and upLink

  • Download OpenAL from here, install then restart Windows.

Fix Windows XP (SP2) compatibility modeLink

  1. See compatibility mode.
  2. Navigate to <path-to-game>\Builds\Release and find Bioshock.exe
  3. Set the executable to run under the Windows XP (Service Pack 2) compatibility mode.

Fix Plug-in a microphone or a pair of headphones.[5]Link

Fix Enabling Stereo Mix for Realtek HD[6]Link

  1. Open the Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound, then go to Sound.
  2. Select the Recording tab, Right Click on any spaces and check Show Disabled Devices.
  3. Right Click on Stereo Mix then select Enable.

Fix Creative Audigy/X-Fi fixLink

  1. Open the Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound, then go to Sound.
  2. Select the Recording tab, Right Click on any spaces and check Show Disabled Devices.
  3. Right Click on What U Hear then select Enable.

Gameplay breaking issues[edit]

Information Minor spoilers ahead.

In Arcadia (the fifth level), do not have the Scrounger tonic equipped around the time you search Langford's Safe. The safe holds a required quest item. To fix this issue, you must reload an earlier save and remove the tonic by visiting a Gene Bank. Once you have the item from the safe, you can safely use the Scrounger tonic for the rest of the game.

In Fort Frolic, do not leave the level using the Bathysphere that you begin the level next to. If you do leave Fort Frolic using that Bathysphere then when you return to Fort Frolic the curtain that needs to be open to perform the "Cohen's Masterpiece" quest will be permanently closed. If this happens then you cannot get to the Fort Frolic exit Bathysphere to progress to the next level.[7]

In Fort Frolic, it is possible to get trapped in Rapture Records. When trying to kill Silas Cobb, don't use the Hypnotize plasmid. If you do and the Big Daddy kills Cobb before he's able to perform a scripted task, you must return to the main map by killing yourself. (The Incinerate! plasmid at your feet works well.) Reloading an old save is also an option.[8]

If your saves to do not go far enough back then the first two are game-ending issues. Technically, modifying the save file or using a trainer would also fix the issue, but neither solution has been documented.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP 7
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz AMD Athlon 64 x2
Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
nVidia GeForce 7900 GT
nVidia GeForce 8600
512 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Information Requires an Intel processor. The game does not support Intel GMA integrated video chipsets (older Mac minis and MacBooks), but does run on GeForce 9400M graphics cards or better.

References

  1. Tested by RaTcHeT302.
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. BioShock Game Options - The BioShock Wiki
  4. Techgage - Creative EAX vs Asus DS3D GX 2.0
  5. No Sound Windows 8 SOLVED - Steam Community Discussions
  6. How to fix the "Bioshock.exe has stopped working" (Windows 7) - Steam Users' Forums
  7. Known Bioshock Issues
  8. Fort Frolic - The BioShock Wiki