BioShock Remastered

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BioShock Remastered
BioShock Remastered cover
Blind Squirrel Games
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
2K Games
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2016
macOS (OS X) August 22, 2017[1]
BioShock Remastered guide at StrategyWiki
BioShock Remastered at Wikipedia
BioShock 2007
BioShock 2 2010
BioShock Infinite 2013
BioShock Remastered 2016
BioShock 2 Remastered 2016

Key points

Remastered version of BioShock. Released as part of BioShock: The Collection, which also includes BioShock 2 Remastered.
Free to owners of BioShock on Steam.[2] Purchasing this version likewise gives a free Steam copy of the original.
The overall audio quality has been downgraded due to poor mixing, lack of EAX support and higher compression of the sound files.
Lots of reports of entire save files lost due to frequent crashes have been issued.[3]

General information

Official website
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Also unlocks a copy of the original BioShock.
All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with -nointro parameter[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Up to 128 save files (and no more than 512 MB) can be synced.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Added in via patch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Added in via patch. 75° to 130°. Doesn't scale viewmodels.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, toggle only
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate caps. First person animations are locked at 60 fps.

Input settings[edit]

Controllers need to be unplugged or disabled in game settings for mouse to work.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Two keys per action.
Mouse acceleration
Disabled post launch via patch.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
If controller is disabled in settings, requires keyboard or mouse to enable.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Replace toggle binds with hold binds[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open User.ini.
  3. Find the key you want to change, for example zoom (in this case the key is mouse 2, default is Z)
  4. Change it so it looks like this:
Rightmouse=ZoomCycle | onRelease ZoomCycle

Then repeat for all instances of the keybind

Note: This works for walking and crouch as well, changes their lines to (in this case the buttons are Shift and CTRL)

Shift=Walking | onRelease Walking
Ctrl=Duck | onRelease Duck

Audio settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, effects, music and voice.
Surround sound
Added with patch up to 7.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[5]

Surround sound[edit]

The game, after being patched, now supports in-game options for Mono, Stereo, Quad, Surround, 5.1, 7.1. There is no in-game option for Pro Logic support.
Pro Logic support[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Bioshock.ini.
    • Change it to SpeakerMode=SM_ProLogic

Surround sound requires your output device to be set to 48kHz or most audio will not play. To check or change it, right-click the speaker icon in your taskbar.

  1. Select playback devices.
  2. Double-click the entry that says "Default device".
  3. Change to the "Advanced" tab.
  4. Select a 48000Hz format.
  5. Don't forget to save your changes.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game stutters / freezes when entering new area[edit]

Lower the texture detail in config file[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Bioshock.ini.
  3. Go to section [Engine.RenderConfig].
  4. In it change TextureDetail to either Medium or Low.

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Windows 7: install platform update[citation needed]
Reinstall OpenAL[citation needed]

Game crashes reliably at specific points[edit]

Some custom control binds can cause the game to crash at specific points (such as during the tutorial section or after obtaining a new weapon) and appear to be caused by control hints shown on the screen. Mouse buttons 4 and 5 (and likely any additional extra mouse buttons) are known to cause this problem.
Remove or modify controls bound to the mouse[citation needed]
  1. Reset controls to default or change controls that were bound to extra mouse buttons in the game's controls menu.
  2. This may also be fixed by leaving the default control for each function in place and assigning the mouse button you wish to use to the secondary control for that function. The default control should display on the in-game control hints rather than crashing when attempting to display the mouse button.

Game crashes randomly[edit]

Disable reverb[citation needed]
  1. Random crashes may be caused by compatibility issues with audio drivers. Disabling reverb in the game's audio options can stop the crashes, but may cause audio glitches.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1 64-bit
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz
3.0 GHz Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 7770
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
ATI Radeon HD 7970
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Mobile chipsets and integrated/AGP graphics cards may be incompatible.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paradise reborn: BioShock™ Remastered surfaces on macOS August 22nd | Feral News
  2. Remastered BioShock: The Collection Coming to PC on September 13, 2016 - last accessed on June 30, 2016
  3. [1]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2016-09-17
  5. PC PATCH NOTES: 12/5/2017