Dead Space

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Dead Space
Dead Space cover
Developers
EA Redwood Shores
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 20, 2008
Dead Space
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space 2 2011
Dead Space 3 2013

Key points

In-game V-Sync limits framerate to half the monitor's refresh rate.
A glitch in the game causes the difficulty to change itself when multiple save files are present. See Issues fixed.
Very poor mouse input due to aggressive acceleration and lowered speed when running above 60 FPS. See Issues fixed.

General information

Dead Space Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Amazon.com
Gamesplanet
GOG.com
Green Man Gaming
Origin SecuROM DRM
Steam Automatically unlocks on Origin if Origin is installed

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Electronic Arts\Dead Space\
controls.rmp (key-binding file) is encrypted

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\Dead Space\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
[citation needed]
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
WSGF multi-monitor screenshot.[1]
WSGF multi-monitor screenshot.[1]
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen Fixer. Works with GOG.com version when selecting Origin game version.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Available in game, but has a tendency to blur image. Best results are found by disabling it and forcing through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Caps frame rate at 30 FPS. Disable it and Force Vsync externally.
60 FPS
In-game Vsync caps frame rate at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Mouse input has problems when running over 60 FPS. Use Dead Space Mouse Fix.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Only required for Nvidia cards.
Modify driver profile[2]
  1. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the Dead Space profile.
  3. Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x004010C0.
  4. Change Antialiasing - Behavior Flags to None.
  5. Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting.
  6. Change Antialiasing - Setting to 8x Multisampling or your desired setting.
  7. Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling.
  8. Click Apply changes.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Game uses controller HUD if controller is present. Simply unplug/disable controller when playing with keyboard and mouse.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
In-game remapping is really limited; see Remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Use Dead Space Mouse Fix for raw mouse input.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Automatically detected.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller given priority for displaying on-screen buttons.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Remapping[edit]

Hex editing example
Hex editing example
Hex edit controls.rmp[3]
  1. Before proceeding change at least one of the default game key bindings in order to generate the required file
  2. Go to the configuration files location.
  3. Open controls.rmp with a hex editor such as HxD.
  4. To simplify things, adjust the program so that you have 20 bytes per row (14 in hex)
  5. Each keyboard or alternate key is stored in the 0C and 0D column
  6. By comparing the codes in the default file with those here you can understand what every lines control
  7. You'll be able to arrange the controls with a little patience and the codes below

Notes

Codes for every keyboard key can be found in one of these website:
  • 1 - "Make" scan code
  • 2 - In the "Keyboard Scan Code" section, the "Make" code of the set 1 column

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.0 output.[4]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Only when minimized

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Russian
See Русификатор к Dead Space (Текст+Звук).
Spanish
Turkish
See Dead Space - %100 Türkçe Yama.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Mouse acceleration, lag, and random sensitivity[edit]

Mouse view becomes messier the more the framerate exceeds 60 FPS.
Use raw mouse input fix[5]

Invisible door[edit]

With a high frame rate, the first door after getting the Plasma Cutter may be impassable.
Limit frame rate to 60 FPS or lower[citation needed]

Large deadzone[edit]

The game inserts massive deadzones onto the analog sticks, making precise control very difficult, especially on gamepads like the Logitech Gamepad F310, which have their own deadzones.
Make deadzones smaller[6]
  1. Download Durazno XInput Wrapper.
  2. Extract the contents and run Durazno.exe.
  3. Set the AntiDeadzone option to 40%, close the program.
  4. Copy Durazno.ini and xinput1_3.dll to the installation folder.
  5. Open the game and disable vsync. Force it through your driver control panel if you want vsync.

Game crashes at launch[edit]

Fix settings.txt[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.txt (if it isn't present create it manually).
  3. Eventually change both Window.Fullscreen and Window.VSync to false.
Try unplugging or disabling controllers[8]
  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Disable all HID compliant game controller under Human Interface Devices [HID].

Audio stutter[edit]

This must be done every time you launch the game.
Make Dead Space a high priority task in Task Manager[9]
  1. Launch Dead Space.
  2. Press Alt+Tab to return to the Desktop.
  3. Click the Processes tab.
  4. Right click Dead Space and click "Go to details."
  5. This selects Dead Space in the Details tab. Right click it, and change priority to "High".

Windows mouse cursor visible[edit]

If this cursor is visible, it will cause problems on multi-monitor systems.[citation needed]
See Disable Origin in game[citation needed]

Spinning camera[edit]

Unplug any extra input device except mouse and keyboard[citation needed]
Disable Logitech G13 Joystick[citation needed]
  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Under Human Interface Devices [HID] disable the Logitech G13 Joystick.

Notes

This will only disable the Joystick meaning the G13 can still be used to play the game.

Difficulty changes itself when multiple save files are present[edit]

Always select "load game" instead of "continue game" on main menu[10]
Alternatively, delete all save files except the one you are using.

Doctor Challus Mercer doesn't appear in Chapter 5: Lethal Devotion[edit]

Momentarily enable Vsync[11]
  • Enter Cryo Chamber with the in-game Vsync enabled.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Intel Pentium IV 2.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+
Intel Core 2 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT
ATI Radeon X1600 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible

References

  1. Dead Space | WSGF
  2. [1]
  3. [DS1] Left Handed Key Bindings - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. Steam Community :: Guide :: [DeadSpaceMouseFix] Raw Mouse Input, Easy To Install - last accessed on 2017-01-08
  6. Dead Space XBOX Controller/60fps Fixes - Steam community discussions
  7. Game launches then crashes (Fixed) :: Dead Space General Discussion
  8. Dead Space Crash on start-up D: - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  9. How to Fix Dead Space Audio Issue
  10. Dead Space: Difficulty Changed Itself - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  11. Wikia - Glitches and oddities in Dead Space