Sleeping Dogs

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Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs.jpg
Release dates
August 14, 2012
Sleeping Dogs at Steam Charts
Sleeping Dogs at SteamDB
 Sleeping Dogs at Wikipedia

Key points

Advantage Great PC port, featuring DX11 support, a high-res texture pack (see High Resolution Texture Pack), and others.[1][2]
Disadvantage German version is highly outdated and has no DLCs.[3]
Disadvantage Can not remap movement to arrow keys in PC port.[4]

General information

More information Official game site
More information Official Sleepings Dogs Forum - PC General Discussion - This forum is the most active for PC technical issues
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In-game general settings (1/3).
In-game general settings (2/3).
In-game general settings (3/3).
Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Digital Distribution Steamicon.png
Steam Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Steam, including retail; digital versions do not contain serial keys, instead registering directly onto the Steam ID.[5]

High Resolution Texture Pack[edit]

Information A PC-specific high resolution texture pack is available for free which requires an additional 4 GB space.[6]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Data
Information DisplaySettings.xml and HK Options

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\Data

Save file information:

  • Main story save files: HK Autosave Slot and HK GameSlot # (# is 1 - 4)
  • Nightmare in North Point DLC save files: HK AutosaveG Slot and HK GameSlotG # (# is 1 - 2)
  • The Year of the Snake DLC save files: HK AutosaveN Slot and HK GameSlotN # (# is 1 - 2)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.png
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Can be adjusted via Racer_S Camera Control
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Can be forced using Nvidia Inspector / RadeonPro
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native FXAA and SSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[7]

Graphics Change[edit]

Information All graphics changing requires a restart, otherwise visual elements will be missing from the game.[8]

Nvidia Card Performance[edit]

The game is optimized for AMD cards, and thus Nvidia cards can post low FPS for the auto detected settings. Setting "Enable Quality Anti-Aliasing" and "Screen Space Ambient Occlusion" to Normal should noticeably improve FPS.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native Under Controller Layout.
Mouse acceleration Impossible No option. Mouse acceleration not present. Some mouse smoothing - turning on Raw Input should reduce it.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native XInput only.
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Can't Remap To Arrow Keys[edit]

Disadvantage Can be remapped to number pad arrow keys, but not standard arrow keys.[9]

But you can remap your Up, Down, Left and Right arrow keys to work like W,S,A,D and vice versa using the application Autohotkey at After installation, when prompted to create the first script, choose Yes in the dialog box. Then, delete everything from the Notepad file which opens and paste the following: After that, right click on the Autohotkey icon in the notification tray and choose Reload script and you will be able to use the arrow keys to move the player and cars. As a last step, add the Autohotkey application to startup and you are done.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native 5.0
Subtitles Native Can also be turned on only for when Cantonese is spoken.
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

Issues unresolved[edit]

'HkShip.exe has stopped working'[edit]

To be resolved issue.[10]

'Can't choose custom refresh rate'[edit]

When selecting resolution in video options, only pre-made presets are available, user can't choose to change refresh rate, which often force players to play in windowed mode.

'Can't force game into fullscreen'[edit]

The game starts in windowed mode and no matter what you do it just stays in windowed mode. Alt+ Enter doesn't work and neither does setting the video option to fullscreen.

POTENTIAL FIX: Close TeamViewer if installed. (Note: The issue with TeamViewer is the "QuickConnect" feature, which puts a little arrow next to the close, minimize, etc. buttons. Go into TeamViewer's advanced settings to disable this, and you can run TeamViewer with Sleeping Dogs in full screen at the same time.

POTENTIAL FIX: Close (or stop) Actual Multiple Monitors if installed.

Issues fixed[edit]

Constantly Scrolling Up[edit]

Information Caused by controller drivers.

Fix Disable Human Interface DevicesLink

Information This specific fix is only for use when playing using keyboard and mouse.[11]
  1. Go into your Device Manager > Human Interface Devices
  2. Right click on any that say HID-compiant consumer control device, for example, USB Input Device, USB Game Controller, HID-compliant device.
  3. Right click and disable every device apart from your keyboard.

FPS issues and/or stuttering[edit]

Information The game may lag or stutter on high-end systems, particularly during day time.[12]

Fix Run the Game in Borderless Windowed ModeLink

  1. Start the game, change it to windowed mode.
  2. Download Windowed Borderless Gaming.
  3. Follow the instructions in his post to get rid of the window border and then adjust the x and y axes to make it fit your screen.
  4. Your game now looks like full screen and may have an improved frame rate. At 1920x1080 use the values X=2 ; Y =1.

Black Screen During Cutscene[edit]

Fix Reinstall GameLink

A potential fix is to reinstall the game.[13]

Disable 'Cheat' DLC[edit]

Advantage For those who bought all the DLC but didn't realize that some of it gave unbalanced bonuses to the player.
  • Open the following folder:


  • To disable one of the following DLCs simply rename its extension from .dat to something else.
  • The following files represent DLC may be considered 'cheats' and can be disabled at the player's discretion by renaming them:

1E6323E1.dat - Gold Top Dog (Gives you 8,250 Triad, 4,500 Cop and 4,500 extra Face Experience Points) 576E446C.dat - Silver Top Dog (Gives you 8,250 Triad, 4,500 Cop and 4,500 extra Face Experience Points) E58008F5.dat - Red Envelope Pack (Distributes 20 envelopes that have $50k each throughout Hong Kong)

AC8D6F78.dat - High Roller Pack (Gives Tuono vehicle, High Roller outfit, and an extra $200k)
  • Note that a new game must be started in order for the DLC to not be applied.
  • It may be necessary to disable automatic Steam updates for this game to prevent the DLC from re-downloading.
  • To grant the DLC bonus to any save game simply restore the name of the file and load the save game.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 7
Processor (CPU) Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 3870
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon 6950
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
DirectX 11 compatible
Information Windows XP cannot run this game.


  7. New 120Hz Games Report