Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut cover
Access Games
Windows Rising Star Games
Rising Star Games
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2013

Key points

With mods, and while the game is not suffering from technical issues, it is the most definitive version of the game.
Resolution locked to 1280x720. Use DPfix to increase rendering resolution along with many other options.
This port was heavily criticized at release due to glitches. A patch was released to increase stability. It is recommended to save frequently and make occasional backup copies of the save file, especially before chapter 9.
The Director's Cut suffers from an extremely unsaturated cold color palette that is very different from the original Xbox 360 version. See SweetFX for a workaround.

General information

Planet Redwood - Informative fansite
Welcome to Greenvale - Informative fansite Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Essential improvements[edit]

The game at 1920x1080 with DPfix and Color Fix.
The game at 1920x1080 with DPfix and Color Fix.


Unzip the files to the game's install folder and change the options you want in the DPfix.ini file.
Increases resolution above 1280x720, adds many graphics/window options and more.
When running the game in fullscreen mode, using Alt+Tab will crash the game. Use windowed or borderless windowed mode to prevent these crashes; uncheck "fullscreen" in the launcher.

Improved textures[edit]

  1. Download DPfix.
  2. Change enableTextureOverride 0 to enableTextureOverride 1 in DPfix.ini
  3. Download the improved files and move them to <path-to-game>\dpfix\tex_override.

Optional PlayStation buttons:

Optional font:

  • Clear font - This font is considerate of dyslexia and removes the unnecessary [ and ] for items.


While the outdoor scenes are typically better than the Xbox version because it removed the original purple filter, the indoor scenes are extremely bleak.[1] A SweetFX profile is mandatory to fix the bad color palette.
The game without and with SweetFX
The game without and with SweetFX
  1. If DPfix is installed, rename d3d9.dll to dpfix.dll (if not, skip this step)
  2. Put this wrapper in the game's directory.
    • If DPfix is installed, edit SweetFX_settings.txt and ensure this line is at the end: external_d3d9_wrapper = dpfix.dll
  3. For an easy preset, enable Lift Gamma Gain, Vibrance and Curves. To fix the cool temperature in favor of a warmer one, for the Lift Gamma Gain, you can use the values in this preset. Make Vibrance between 0.50 and 1.00 to saturate the colors. To increase contrast, make the curves mode 2, contrast .20 and formula 3.
  4. Play the game

Extra outfits for Emily[edit]

Simply dump the files in the "addon" folder:

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.cnf

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
1280x720 only; for other resolutions use DPfix.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable windowed in the launcher, then use DPfix. May cause crashing.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use DPfix or force from GPU control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use DPfix for downsampling and either FXAA or SMAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always enabled.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Exclusive fullscreen forces 60Hz refresh rate. Exceeding 60 FPS speeds up game elements. If forcing higher refresh rate or playing in windowed/borderless windowed, cap the frame rate to 60 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

Launcher settings and input settings.
Launcher settings and input settings.
Launcher controller rebinding.
Launcher controller rebinding.
In game general settings.
In game general settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Set in launcher. Some keys are hard-coded.
Mouse acceleration
Strong negative acceleration is present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Either X, Y or both for aiming and camera seperately.
Controller support
DirectInput only. Designed to be used with Xbox 360 Controller.
Full controller support
Have to be selected from the launcher, launcher useable with controller.
Controller remapping
Set in launcher. Some keys and all axis are hard-coded, some actions can't be bound to triggers (Look/Draw Weapon and Attack), renders most DirectInput controllers unuseable as XInput wrappers can't be used either.[2]
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Either X, Y or both for aiming and camera seperately.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock buttons, see DPfix.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

In game audio settings.
In game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, effects and voice.
Surround sound
Autodetection, with some surround support. Main audio only stereo. Surround sound is mostly broken.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes

Issues unresolved[edit]

York begins mumbling at sidequest 20[edit]

When York is talking to Lilly in the Milk Barn for the third and final storage room sidequest, York begins mumbling during the conversation.[3]

There are no known fixes for this, although this is a very minor glitch and does not prevent the player from doing the sidequest.

Cutscenes don't play[edit]

For some, cutscenes aren't shown. The player must press escape or enter to get past a black screen in order to get to the next section.

Issues fixed[edit]


Game crashes on startup[edit]

Reinstall PhysX

Install the latest NVIDIA PhysX System Software.

Game crashes after intro movie[edit]

Uninstall LAV Filters[4]
or blacklist by adding a DWORD named DP.exe set to 1 in the windows register
  1. \Audio\Blacklist
  2. \Video\Blacklist
  3. \Formats\Blacklist[5]

Runtime Error Crash[edit]

Launch with dp.exe instead of dplauncher.exe
If the game continues to crash, do this to make dp.exe aware of large addresses, or use the 4GB patch (see Color grading and DOF Fix.

Crash (dp.exe has stopped working)[edit]

Use the CFF Explorer or 4GB patch listed above.
Restart your PC
Run the game in compatibility mode[6]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right click on dp.exe and choose Properties.
  3. In Compatibility tab check Run this program in compatibility mode and choose Windows 98 / Windows Me from the list. If Windows 98 / Me does not work, Windows XP (Service Pack 3) is also reported to make the game stable, though this may cause the character can't aim up properly issue.
  4. Check Run this program as administrator.
(Steam) Disable the Steam overlay
  1. Go to your Steam library.
  2. Right click on Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut and choose properties.
  3. In General tab uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
The Chapter 9 diner crash.
Smoke a (in-game) cigarette
  • In Chapter 9, after Olivia gives York the "Key to Back Yard" in the diner, it is common for the game to crash during the cutscene outside, right after York says, "Let's hope it's not just something for the gossip columns." Many users have reported that smoking a cigarette (in-game) in the diner for an hour or two (about 13:00) before leaving the diner will help prevent the crash.
Skip the cutscene

Crash during cutscene after Episode 1, Chapter 3 Hospital Level[edit]

Set the game to windowed mode, or download a gamesave after the cutscene

After the encounter with the shotgun enemies in the hospital level, the game will load, and as it starts to play a new cutscene, will crash. Setting the game to windowed mode in the launcher seems to fix this, but the cutscenes must be skipped, or they will freeze. Here is a savegame directly after the cutscene, and here is the cutscene that you missed.

Crash during cutscene in Chapter 3 (hospital level)[edit]

Select "Controller" as your controls in the launcher to prevent the crash

Crash at the beginning of Chapter 9 corrupts save file[edit]

     * A common occurrence is for the game to crash during the cutscenes at the start of chapter 9 and corrupt the save file. The cutscenes should be skipped to avoid this.
  • A save file made right after these cutscenes is available here.

Freeze in the Side Missions menu[edit]

Side mission information can found here.
     In Compatibility tab check Run this program in compatibility mode and choose Windows XP. See Run the game in compatibility mode.

Please note that this may cause the character can't aim up properly issue.

Non-crash related[edit]

Low frame rate[edit]

Restarting your PC[7]
Try a compatibility mode

Character can't aim up properly[edit]

Set DP.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows 98
Turn off any compatibility modes, such as Windows XP

Save failed error[edit]

Create savedata folder in the installation folder[8]

Controller undetected in launcher[edit]

Set controller as preferred device
  1. Open Windows Start screen/Start menu (bottom left), type joy.cpl into search and press Enter.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Ensure your controller is set as the preferred device.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the window.

Launcher options constantly scroll up[edit]

Remove all possible Bluetooth devices, such as a Wii Remote

Bad audio mix and brake sound while in a car with 5.1 audio[edit]

Switch to stereo audio in Windows

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Input WinMM

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz Intel Quad Core 1.6 GHz
AMD Quad Core 1.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 16:9 monitor.
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 4890
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card.


  1. Deadly Premonition Director's Cut Quick Cutscene Comparison 3 - YouTube
  2. Tested by Marioysikax, DS4 R2 is start and camera spins because of hooking the triggers instead of right stick, neither can be remapped.
  3. York has a stroke
  4. Crashes after opening cinematic - Steam Community
  6. Deadly Premonition Windows, PS3, X360 game - Mod DB
  8. Can't Save; "Save Failed"