Silent Hill 4: The Room

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Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Hill 4: The Room cover
Team Silent
Release dates
Windows September 9, 2004
Silent Hill 4: The Room at Wikipedia
Silent Hill
Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut 2002
Silent Hill 3 2003
Silent Hill 4: The Room 2004
Silent Hill: Homecoming 2008

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS, cutscenes at 15 FPS. See High frame rate.
Only supports DirectInput for controllers, with no true analog support.
Some of the hauntings from the console version are missing.

General information

Silent Hill Wiki - A wiki for the series
Silent Hill Memories - Informative site


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v5 DRM.

Essential improvements

Silent Hill 4: The Room Wrapper by Nemesis

A wrapper for the North American version which can:
  • Disable cutscene letterboxing
  • Change the 15 FPS cutscenes to 30 FPS
  • Enable 60 FPS support. Has serious issues:
    • Causes Henry to be unable to move in attack stance
    • Cannot finish the game because of a game breaking bug during the final boss
  • Disable the blur in cutscenes (change all values to 0)
  • Change the resolution
  • Correct the FOV to widescreen

Silent Hill 4: The Room Widescreen Fix by Thirteenag

A D3D8 wrapper which adds some fixes and new features, such as:
  • Widescreen support
  • Disable cutscene letterboxing
  • Correct the UI/ HUD width in widescreen.
    • Enabling this option disables shader effects.
  • Corrects the cutscenes framerate from 15 to 30
  • Disables hardware check before launch

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\input.ini

Save game data location

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

Video settings

Silent Hill 4 in widescreen HD.
Silent Hill 4 in widescreen HD.
It is highly recommended to adjust the default brightness and contrast. Brightness = 4, Contrast = 8, all gamma 1.0 looks fine.
It is highly recommended to set on realtime shadows in the game settings.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click on Input tab, set Cursor Clipper to On.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.

High frame rate

Enable 60 FPS support[citation needed]
  1. Download Silent Hill 4 Wrapper by Nemesis.
  2. Copy Nemesis 60FPS contents to the installation folder.


Causes Henry to be unable to move in attack stance.
Cannot finish the game because of a game breaking bug during the final boss.

Disable blur in cutscenes

Disable blur[citation needed]
  1. Install Silent Hill 4: Wrapper by Nemesis.
  2. Edit sh4w.ini and change all blur values from -1.0 to 0.0.

Fix the flickering screen on Windows 8/8.1

Fix the flickering[citation needed]
  1. Put the D3D8to9 DLL by crosire in the game folder.

Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse deceleration present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
DirectInput only. No true analog support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Default bindings are awkward. Controls should be adjusted.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
For XInput controllers see Force feedback driver for XInput.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support

A fix is required for the game to properly recognize XInput triggers and right analog stick when assigning controls.
Fix button assignment[citation needed]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus
  2. Set the Target Program to SILENT HILL 4.exe
  3. Go to DirectInput and check Enable DirectInput Output
  4. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12
  5. Assign right stick to Z Axis/Z Rot
  6. Click Apply, this will install a DLL file in the installation folder
XInput Plus replaces the dinput8.dll included in the Wrapper by Nemesis.
  1. Clean up the game installation folder to its initial state: delete all DLLs besides checkdx.dll, drc.dll and dsetup.dll
  2. Open the Wrapper by Nemesis archive, extract Nemesis 60FPS or Nemesis Wrapper folder to the game installation folder (based on your preferable framerate) and rename it to scripts
  3. Delete the dinput8.dll and rename sh4w.dll to sh4w.asi in the scripts folder
  4. Download the latest Ultimate ASI Loader, extract dinput8.dll, rename it to d3d8.dll and place it to the game installation folder
  5. Now you can install XInput Plus

Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM and SE
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in the European version.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Only available in the European version.

Issues unresolved

Poor cutscene shadows

Shadows looks poor in many cutscenes and the player may want to disable them in the options.

Issues fixed

Game fails to run

On some systems, even though you meet the requirements to play the game it won't run.
Bypass initial check[1]
  1. Open the folder where the game is installed.
  2. Rename CheckSpec.dll to something else or delete the file.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III - 1 GHz
AMD Athlon - 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3 Ti
ATI Radeon 8500
DirectX 8.1 compatible