BioShock Remastered

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BioShock Remastered
BioShock Remastered cover
Original game Irrational Games
Remastered 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.
Includes the formerly PS3 exclusive Challenge Rooms DLC (challenges, museum, Survival difficulty and new game plus).
The overall audio quality has been downgraded due to poor mixing, lack of EAX support and higher compression of the sound files. See Restore uncompressed audio for solution.
Lots of reports of entire save files lost due to frequent crashes have been issued.[3]

General information

Official website Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
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macOS (OS X)
BioShock™ 1 Classic will be added as a bonus to BioShock™ 1 Remastered at a later time, with no additional cost.
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Also unlocks a copy of the original BioShock.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with -nointro parameter[4]

Restore uncompressed audio[edit]

Download and install this mod

Subtitle background fix[edit]

Small patch to make dialogue subtitle background widescreen friendly. Download here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409710/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BioshockHD\Bioshock\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/409710/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
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 and 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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Supported on OS X.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Replace toggle binds with hold binds[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open User.ini.
  3. Find the Alias section and add the following:
Aliases[57]=(Command="ZoomCycle | onRelease ZoomCycle",Alias=ZoomHold)
Aliases[58]=(Command="ToggleWalk | onRelease ToggleWalk",Alias=WalkHold)
Aliases[59]=(Command="DuckKeyPressed | onRelease DuckKeyReleased | onRelease Jump",Alias=DuckHold)

4. Then find the key you want to change, for example zoom (in this case the key is mouse 2, default is Z) Change it so it looks like this:


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)


Pick individual items from containers[edit]

Pick individual items from containers[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open User.ini.
  3. Scroll down to the [ContainerUIActive] section and bind CollectContainerItemInSlot 0, CollectContainerItemInSlot 1 and CollectContainerItemInSlot 2 to any unused keys. Can be bound over existing keys so long as they aren't used in the container interface (i.e. Hack and Reload).

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
EAX support
Open Bioshock.ini and change the bEAXEnabled= line to true.[5]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Added in PC Patch 3.[6]
Ported from BioShock. Available here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.

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 Dolby Pro Logic support.
Enable Dolby Pro Logic[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Bioshock.ini.
  3. Change SpeakerMode= to SM_ProLogic.
Surround sound requires your output device to be set to 48kHz, otherwise most audio will not play.
Set output device to 48kHz[citation needed]
  1. Right-click the speaker icon in your taskbar.
  2. Select playback devices.
  3. Double-click the entry that says "Default device".
  4. Change to the "Advanced" tab.
  5. Select a 48000Hz format.
  6. 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.

Extremely low resolution textures while running under Linux (Proton/Wine)[edit]

Disable eventfd-based in-process synchronization primitives
  1. In Steam game properties, Set Launch Options as PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 %command%

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video

Performance tweak (Havok)[edit]

Improving Havok physics engine performance[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Builds\Binaries\.
  2. Open Default.ini.
  3. Edit the line HavokNumThreads=2 to represent the number of cores in your machine's CPU. For example, using a quad-core CPU, change the line to HavokNumThreads=4.
  4. Some systems may require doing the same with Bioshock.ini, located in %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\
Improving Engine Memory usage[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\BioshockHD\Bioshock\
  2. Open Bioshock.ini.
  3. Search for the line TextureStreamingMemoryLimit, change this to match your graphics card's VRAM e.g. 2048 for 2 GB
  4. Also change TextureStreamingDistanceLimit to 10000

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.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.12.5 10.12.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 27 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 680MX
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
2 GB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/409710/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (409710) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.