SOMA

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SOMA
SOMA cover
Developers
Frictional Games
macOS (OS X) Aaron Melcher
Linux Aaron Melcher
Engines
HPL Engine 3
Release dates
Windows September 22, 2015
macOS (OS X) September 22, 2015
Linux September 22, 2015
SOMA at Wikipedia

Key points

Vsync may cause performance issues due to a lack of triple buffering.[1] Force triple buffering externally to fix this.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Frictional Games SOMA Forum
Frictional Games SOMA Support Forum

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Humble Store
DRM-free
Windows
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Twitch
DRM-free after installation through Twitch Desktop App (see notes)
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Soma\Main\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Frictional Games/Soma/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/frictionalgames/Soma/Main/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Soma\Main\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Frictional Games/Soma/<user-id>/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/frictionalgames/Soma/Main/<user-id>/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video Settings menu.
Video Settings menu.
Video Display Settings.
Video Display Settings.
Video Post Processing Settings.
Video Post Processing Settings.
Video Rendering Settings.
Video Rendering Settings.
Game Settings some settings affect Post Processing (Color Separation and Video Distortion Effects).
Game Settings some settings affect Post Processing (Color Separation and Video Distortion Effects).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Scales depending on Resolution. Lowest Seen = 60º, Highest Seen = 118º horizontal.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA; see Super Sampling to see how to use DSR and VSR SSAA with SOMA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Off, On, and Adaptive. Does not include triple buffering (see Force Vsync to enable).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. See High frame rate.

High frame rate[edit]

The game limits frame rate to 60 FPS by default.
Remove FPS cap[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open <user-id>_user_settings.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Add entry <Engine LimitFPS="false" /> on a new line or set the value to false if it already exists.
Set a higher FPS cap (vsync needs to be on)
  1. Change the entry <RefreshRate="60" e.g. to <RefreshRate="144" in <user-id>_user_settings.cfg

Input settings[edit]

Control Settings Menu.
Control Settings Menu.
Control Mouse Settings.
Control Mouse Settings.
Controller Settings.
Controller Settings.

DualShock 4 Button Mod[edit]

Use DualShock 4 Button Mod[citation needed]
  1. Download the DualShock 4 Button Mod
  2. Extract the archive to the installation folder and replace all files.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Settings.
Audio Settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[2]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Issues fixed[edit]

Frictional Games has put together a troubleshooting guide for SOMA

Low frame rate or fluctuation with Vsync enabled[edit]

Frame rate may fluctuate between full and half refresh rate values.
Set triple buffering[1]
  1. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
  2. Turn on Triple buffering by following the instructions.

Super Sampling[edit]

Mouse Viewport is smaller than the DSR/VSR resolution[edit]

Check "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings"[citation needed]
  1. Open Soma.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Check the Disable display scaling on high DPI settings check box and click OK.
Restart the game after setting the desired DSR/VSR resolution[citation needed]

SLI not working[edit]

Set 'MULTICHIP_OGL_OPTIONS (0x209746C1)' to '0x00000002'[citation needed]
  1. Open Nvidia Inspector and navigate to the Profile Settings window
  2. Select the game's profile by typing 'Soma' into the Profiles search bar, or by manually locating the game in the Profiles drop down list
  3. Make sure the profile points to Soma's executable by clicking the Add application to current profile button
  4. Set the SLI rendering mode to SLI_RENDERING_MODE_FORCE_AFR2
  5. Click the Show unknown settings from NVIDIA predefined profiles button and scroll down until you reach the Unknown category
  6. Locate the property called MULTICHIP_OGL_OPTIONS (0x209746C1) and change its value from 0x00000000 to 0x00000002
  7. Locate SLI Indicator under the SLI category and enable it in order to check if SLI is working. Remember to disable this when you're done!
  8. Hit the Apply changes button at the top of the window when you're done! Your changes won't stick unless you do!
A visual guide to this solution can be found in this Steam guide.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.3 [3]
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Newton Dynamics [4]
Audio FMOD [2]

Remove the crosshair[edit]

Remove the crosshair[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\script\player\.
  2. Open Player.hps with a text editor.
  3. Change const bool gbDrawCrosshair =true; to const bool gbDrawCrosshair =false;
  4. Change const bool gbDrawDefaultCrosshair = true; to const bool gbDrawDefaultCrosshair = false;

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 (SP1)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3
AMD A6 2.4 GHz
Intel Core i5
AMD FX
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 240
AMD Radeon HD 5570
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce 480
AMD Radeon HD 5970
2 GB of VRAM
32-bit systems are not supported.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 240
AMD Radeon HD 5570
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce 480
AMD Radeon HD 5970
2 GB of VRAM
32-bit systems are not supported.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Major Linux distribution from 2014
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3
AMD A6 2.4 GHz
Intel Core i5
AMD FX
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 240
AMD Radeon HD 5570
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce 480
AMD Radeon HD 5970
2 GB of VRAM
32-bit systems are not supported.

References