Silent Hill 3

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Silent Hill 3
Silent Hill 3 cover
Team Silent
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2003
Silent Hill 3 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

The PC version adds improved flashlight lighting and the ability to save at any time during the game.
Fourteen of Heather's outfits from the PlayStation 2 version are not present in the PC release.[1]

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM.
Includes the CD soundtrack.
The North American physical release had 5 CDs, while the European PC physical release features just one DVD.
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Silent Hill 3 with corrected FOV
Silent Hill 3 with corrected FOV

Silent Hill 3 Widescreen Fix[edit]

A D3D8 wrapper which adds some fixes and new features:
  • Widescreen support (With proper Vert- scaling to hide off-screen characters in certain cutscenes)
  • Disable cutscene letterboxing
  • Native single core affinity
  • Removes the fps fluctuation between 30 and 60 fps
  • Correct the UI/ HUD width in widescreen (Through pillar-boxing)
  • Removes the safe mode warning when closing the game through Alt-F4
  • Fixes image deformation when rendering the game at higher resolutions
  • Ability to change the status screen resolution
  • Ability to change the depth of field resolution
  • Ability to change the real time shadows resolution
  • Ability to change the fog complexity
  • Enables several SH2 references for new saves, a feature from sh3proxy

Silent Hill 3 PC Fix by Steam006[edit]

A fix which adds new features and fixes some bugs.
  1. Copy all the files to <path-to-game>
  2. Configure the width and height and other options in Silent_Hill_3_PC_Fix.ini.
  3. Start the game with DLLInjector.exe.

WSMSH3 by Metallist[edit]

WSMSH3 is an unofficial mod which implements widescreen resolution support for the FMVs.
The PC version's FMVs have a resolution of the FMVs 512х384 and not support widescreen resolution.
The WSMSH3 by Metallist improves the quality and upscales the resolution of the FMVs.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete data from files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movie\.
  2. Open op.000 with a text editor.
  3. Delete all contents and save the file.
  4. Go to <path-to-game>\data\pic\.
  5. Open kcet.bmp and konami.bmp with a text editor.
  6. Delete all contents and save the files.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata\[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen Fix or sh3proxy.
Use Widescreen Fix or sh3proxy.
4K Ultra HD
Use Widescreen Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Can also toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can't be forced.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Forced post-process AA only (FXAA, MLAA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Disabled by default. See Force Vsync.
60 FPS
Frame rate may fluctuate between 30 and 60 FPS. See Issues fixed.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. Increases the game speed when uncapped.
Rendering resolution is actually internal framebuffer resolution. Use Widescreen Fix to customize.
It is highly recommended to set the Brightness Level in-game to 5 to get the most contrast.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use FOV Hack[2]
  1. Download and extract Silent Hill 3 FOV Hack.
  2. Run the program alongside the game. If the program fails to run, install the Visual Basic 6 Runtime. If running the game as admin, also run the program as admin.
  3. Edit FOV options as needed. If using Widescreen Fix, simply decreasing Width FOV value is recommended.
  4. Press Numpad * to enable new FOV settings; Numpad / sets defaults. If needed, use the On-Screen Keyboard program built into Windows.


If your only intent is to run the game in widescreen, it's recommended to use the Silent Hill 3 Widescreen Fix instead, since it also corrects all the 2D items/ assets/ menus width.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Strong negative mouse acceleration by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
DirectInput only. For XInput controllers, see Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
See Controller support.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Recognizes every button natively while playing. However, both SH3Config.exe and built-in button config do not detect L2/R2.
Light bar support
Connection modes Bluetooth
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be set between Soft, Normal, Hard, or Off. For XInput controllers, see Controller support.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

A fix is required for the game to recognize XInput Right Stick, LT/RT, LS/RS and D-pad when assigning controls.
Force feedback emulation can also be enabled for XInput controllers.
Use XInput Plus[3][4]
  1. If using Silent Hill 3 Widescreen Fix, rename dinput8.dll to d3d8.dll.
  2. Download and run XInput Plus.
  3. Set the Target Program to sh3.exe.
  4. Go to DirectInput and check Enable DirectInput Output.
  5. Assign Right Stick to Z Axis/Z Rot.
  6. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12.
  7. Assign DPAD to Button 13-16.
  8. Click OK and Apply.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM and SE
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Download d3d8to9.
  2. Copy d3d8.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Download Special K.
  4. Copy SpecialK32.dll to the installation folder.
  5. Rename SpecialK32.dll to d3d9.dll.
  6. Run the game and exit.
  7. Edit d3d9.ini in the installation folder.
  8. Find [Window.System].
  9. Change MuteInBackground=false to MuteInBackground=true.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Forcing anti-aliasing[edit]

If using anti-aliasing (MSAA, at least), the Depth of Field effect becomes corrupted (halos around objects).[citation needed]
Post-process AA (FXAA, MLAA) works as intended (best compatibility in conjunction with the D3D9-11 wrappers).

Issues fixed[edit]

Motion trails[edit]

The light sources affected by bloom leaves long dark motion trails on screen when camera is moving.
Turn off the fullscreen smoothing filter[citation needed]
  • Go to the ingame "Extra Optons" (second options tab) and set the "Display Mode" to "Sharp".


Disabling the smoothing filter leads to more pronounced aliasing.

Frame rate fluctuation[edit]

Frame rate may fluctuate between 30 and 60 FPS.
Both solutions won't work properly with a low FPS. Minimal FPS must be at least 50+.[5]
FPS fluctuation fix[citation needed]

Game freezes on options menu[edit]

Force single core affinity[citation needed]

Low resolution Depth of Field[edit]

Custom DOF resolution[citation needed]
  1. Install Widescreen Fix or sh3proxy.
  2. Adjust DOFRes value.

Low resolution Shadows[edit]

Custom shadows resolution[citation needed]
  1. Install Widescreen Fix or sh3proxy.
  2. Adjust ShadowRes value.

Windows 10 white border[edit]

Fix fullscreen issues[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce3 Ti
AMD Radeon 8500
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).


  1. Silent Hill 3 Costumes - Silent Hill Memories
  2. Racer_S Hacks | WSGF
  3. [REQ] Provide Controller config for Silent hill 2+3 · Issue #191 · ThirteenAG/WidescreenFixesPack - last accessed on 2017-01-21
  4. Verified by User:SavvyKat on 2018-10-13
    Tested options for the Right Stick to fix issues regarding the need to use the mouse to use search mode to its full potential.
  5. New features · Issue #1 · 07151129/sh3proxy