Dead Space

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Dead Space
Dead Space cover
EA Redwood Shores
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 20, 2008
Dead Space
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Key points

In-game v-sync (enabled by default) caps frame rate at 30 FPS[1] and is bugged. Disable it.
Exceeding the threshold of 60 FPS cuts down mouse speed.

General information

Dead Space Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
Origin Uses SecuROM DRM
Steam Automatically unlocks on Origin if Origin is installed

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Electronic Arts\Dead Space\settings.txt
controls.rmp (key-binding file) is encrypted

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\Dead Space\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
WSGF multi-monitor screenshot.[2]
WSGF multi-monitor screenshot.[2]
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen Fixer. Press * on the number pad to activate the fix.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Available in game, but has a tendency to blur image. Best results are found by disabling it and forcing through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Caps frame rate at 30FPS.[1] See Vertical sync (Vsync) for 3rd party solutions.
60 FPS
In-game Vsync caps frame rate at 30 FPS.[1]
120+ FPS
In-game Vsync caps frame rate at 30 FPS.[1] The game has problems when running over 60 FPS. See High frame rate.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

AMD only solution[3]
  1. Download and install RadeonPro
  2. Open the program and "Add new profile" (and select the corresponding game executable)
  3. Locate the "Tweaks" tab to the right, and set "Vsync control" to Always on
  4. In the same tab make sure "Triple Buffering" it's also ticked
  5. Right click on the just created profile on the left and press "Apply now"


If you have an on-screen FPS counter, you can hide it in the RadeonPro's general settings
If you have a low-spec PC, you had better set "Vsync control" to Dynamic
Nvidia only solution[4]
  1. Download and open Nvidia Inspector
  2. Press on the tools button
  3. Search for the game in the search bar and click on it
  4. Set "Vertical Sync" to Force On (Adaptive Vsync is recommended)
  5. Apply changes
Vendor agnostic solution[5]
  1. Download and extract D3DOverrider
  2. Open D3DOverrider.exe
  3. Create a custom profile for the game
  4. Make sure "Force triple buffering" and "Force VSync" are both enabled

High frame rate[edit]

Game doesn't feature any FPS lock besides the disableable v-sync. However mouse view control breaks when exceeding 60 FPS. It's still possible to manually force extreme sensitivities inside the configuration file by increasing Control.MouseSensitivity value
The best way to avoid control issues is to play the game with a controller or by limiting the game to 60 FPS. See Mouse lag and random sensitivity.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Game uses controller HUD if controller is present. Simply unplug/disable controller when playing with keyboard and mouse.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
In-game remapping is really limited; see Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Large deadzone sometimes completely kills slow movements
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Automatically detected. Controller given priority for displaying on-screen buttons.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback


Hex editing example
Hex editing example
Hex edit controls.rmp[6]
Before proceeding change at least one of the default game key bindings in order to generate the required file
  1. Navigate to the configuration files folder and open controls.rmp with an hex editor
  2. To simplify things, adjust the program so that you have 20 bytes per row (14 in hex)
  3. Each keyboard or alternate key is stored in the 0C and 0D column
  4. By comparing the codes in the default file with those here you can understand what every lines control
  5. You'll be able to arrange the controls with a little patience and the codes below

Codes for every keyboard key can be found in one of these website:

  • 1 - "Make" scan code
  • 2 - In the "Keyboard Scan Code" section, the "Make" code of the set 1 column

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Only when minimized


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Use Dead Space - %100 Türkçe Yama.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Mouse lag and random sensitivity[edit]

Mouse view becomes messier the more you exceed 60 FPS.
Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS - MSI Afterburner
  1. Download and install MSI Afterburner (make sure to install the included RivaTuner Statistics Server too)
  2. Open the program and then its settings
  3. Locate the "On-Screen Display" tab and press the More button
  4. Add a custom profile for the game by pressing the button in the bottom left corner of the RTSS proprieties
  5. Set "Framerate limit" to 60
  6. Minimize the RTSS screen
  7. Confirm MSI Afterburner settings
Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS - RadeonPro[3]
  1. Download and install RadeonPro
  2. Open the program and "Add new profile" (and select the corresponding game executable)
  3. Locate the "Tweaks" tab to the right, and enable "Dynamic Framerate Control" to 60 FPS
  4. Right click on the just created profile on the left and press "Apply now"

Large deadzone[edit]

Make deadzones smaller[8]
The game inserts massive deadzones onto the analog sticks, making precise control very difficult, especially on gamepads like the Logitech Gamepad F310, which have their own deadzones.
  1. Open Dead Space and disable vsync. Force it through your driver control panel if you want vsync.
  2. Download Durazno.
  3. Unpack and run the Durazno.exe and close it to create a config.
  4. Open Durazno.ini with a text editor and change AntiDeadzone=0 to AntiDeadzone=40 on line 11 and save.
  5. Copy Durazno.ini and xinput1_3.dll into the installation folder.
  6. Play game and test analog stick deadzones. If you want smaller deadzones edit Durazno.ini and set AntiDeadzone=40 to a higher value.

Game crashes at launch[edit]

Fix settings.txt[9]
  1. If configuration file isn't present create it manually.
  2. Eventually change both Window.Fullscreen and Window.VSync to false
Try unplugging controllers[10]
  • Alternatively open Device Manager and disable all HID compliant game controller under Human Interface Devices [HID].

Audio Stutter[edit]

This must be done every time you launch the game.
Make Dead Space a High Priority task in Task Manager[11]
  1. Launch Dead Space.
  2. Hit Alt and Tab to return to the Desktop.
  3. Click the Processes tab.
  4. Right Click Dead Space and click "Go to details."
  5. This selects Dead Space in the Details tab. Right click it, and change priority to "High."

Windows mouse cursor visible[edit]

If this cursor is visible, it will cause problems on multi-monitor systems.

Disable the Origin In Game overlay. Instructions for doing so is found on Origin.

Spinning camera[edit]

Try unplugging any extra input device except mouse and keyboard
  • The Logitech G13 causes the camera to spin; this can be fixed via the Windows Device Manager: under Human Interface Devices [HID] disable the Logitech G13 Joystick.

This will only disable the Joystick meaning the G13 can still be used to play the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Intel Pentium IV 2.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+
Intel Core 2 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT
ATI Radeon X1600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Some insight into Dead Space control problems - The Tech Report
  2. Dead Space | WSGF
  3. 3.0 3.1 Running Dead Space on an AMD GPU - Steam community guide
  4. How to fix Dead Space PC control problems - Aegis7 forums
  5. Dead Space Control Fix - Steam Users' Forums
  6. [DS1] Left Handed Key Bindings - Steam Users' Forums
  7. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  8. Dead Space XBOX Controller/60fps Fixes - Steam community discussions
  9. Game launches then crashes (Fixed) :: Dead Space General Discussion
  10. Dead Space Crash on start-up D: - Steam Users' Forums
  11. How to Fix Dead Space Audio Issue