Sleeping Dogs

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Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs cover
United Front Games
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows August 14, 2012
Sleeping Dogs at Wikipedia
Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs 2012
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition 2014

For the enhanced version, containing all DLC rebalanced and properly integrated into the game's story, updated graphics and various additional enhancements, see Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.

Key points

Great PC port, featuring DX11 support, a high-res texture pack, and others.[1]
German version is highly outdated and has no DLCs.[2]

General information

Official website
Sleeping Dogs General Discussion - Square Enix Forums
Sleeping Dogs Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


In-game general settings (1/3).
In-game general settings (1/3).
In-game general settings (2/3).
In-game general settings (2/3).
In-game general settings (3/3).
In-game general settings (3/3).
Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Only DLC is available.
All versions require Steam DRM; digital versions do not contain serial keys, instead registering directly onto the Steam ID.[3]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Valve T-Shirt Pack Available for free
Deep Undercover Pack
Drunken Fist Pack
Gangland Style Pack
Ghost Pig
GSP Pack
The High Roller Pack
High Resolution Texture Pack Available for free. Requires 4 GB of HD space. See the DLC Steam page for a download link.
Law Enforcer Pack
Martial Arts Pack
Monkey King Pack
Movie Masters Pack
Nightmare in North Point
Police Protection Pack
The Red Envelope Pack
Retro Triad Pack
Screen Legends Pack
Square Enix Character Pack
Street Racer Pack
The SWAT Pack
Tactical Soldier Pack
Top Dog Gold Pack
Top Dog Silver Pack
Triad Enforcer Pack
Wheels of Fury
Year of the Snake
Zodiac Tournament

Version differences[edit]

The Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition contains all DLC rebalanced and properly integrated into the game's story, updated graphics and various additional enhancements.[4]
Sleeping Dogs Collection is a complete edition with all DLC.[5] The free High Resolution Texture Pack is a separate download.
The Japanese version is a Low Violence Version and only includes Japanese and English languages. Japanese is not available for purchases in other countries.
The German version is a Low Violence Version and only includes the German language.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\
DisplaySettings.xml and HK Options

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\

Save file information:

  • Main story save files: HK Autosave Slot and HK GameSlot # (# is 1 - 4)
  • Nightmare in North Point DLC save files: HK AutosaveG Slot and HK GameSlotG # (# is 1 - 2)
  • The Year of the Snake DLC save files: HK AutosaveN Slot and HK GameSlotN # (# is 1 - 2)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
All graphics changing requires a restart, otherwise visual elements will be missing from the game.[8]

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Under Controller Layout. Not all keys can be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
No option. Mouse acceleration not present. Some mouse smoothing - turning on Raw Input should reduce it.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[9]
Can also be turned on only for when Cantonese is spoken.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Japan region purchases only.

Issues unresolved[edit]

HkShip.exe has stopped working[edit]

To be resolved issue.[10]

Run the game in compatibility mode[citation needed]
Run the game in a lower quality[citation needed]

Can't choose custom refresh rate[edit]

When selecting resolution in video options, only pre-made presets are available, user can't choose to change refresh rate, which often force players to play in windowed mode.

Can't force game into fullscreen[edit]

The game starts in windowed mode and no matter what you do it just stays in windowed mode. Alt+ Enter doesn't work and neither does setting the video option to fullscreen.
Close TeamViewer if installed[citation needed]
Disable TeamViewer's QuickConnect[citation needed]
  1. Go into TeamViewer's advanced settings.
  2. Disable the "QuickConnect" feature.
Close (or stop) Actual Multiple Monitors, or other multi-monitor software if installed[citation needed]
Change monitor's refresh rate to the native one[citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

Constantly scrolling up[edit]

Caused by controller drivers.
Disable Human Interface Devices[11]
This specific fix is only for use when playing using keyboard and mouse.
  1. Go into your Device Manager > Human Interface Devices
  2. Right click on any that say HID-compiant consumer control device, for example, USB Input Device, USB Game Controller, HID-compliant device.
  3. Right click and disable every device apart from your keyboard.

FPS issues and/or stuttering[edit]

The game may lag or stutter on high-end systems, particularly during day time.[12]
Run the game in windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Start the game and enable windowed mode.
  2. See Borderless fullscreen windowed to make the game borderless.

Black screen during cutscenes[edit]

Reinstall the game[13]

Disable 'Cheat' DLC[edit]

DLC can be selectively disabled from the game's properties in the Steam client.[14]
Game features DLC that give unbalanced bonuses for player. Some people may not realize this when buying DLC packs.
Instructions[citation needed]
  • The following DLC may be considered 'cheats' and can be disabled at the player's discretion:
    • Gold Top Dog (Gives you 8,250 Triad, 4,500 Cop and 4,500 extra Face Experience Points)
    • Silver Top Dog (Gives you 8,250 Triad, 4,500 Cop and 4,500 extra Face Experience Points)
    • Red Envelope Pack (Distributes 20 envelopes that have $50k each throughout Hong Kong)
    • High Roller Pack (Gives Tuono vehicle, High Roller outfit, and an extra $200k)


DLC can't be removed from save file. A new game must be started in order for the DLC to not be applied.
To grant the DLC bonus to any save game simply re-enable that DLC and load the save game.

Can't remap to arrow keys[edit]

Can be remapped to number pad arrow keys, but not standard arrow keys.[15]
Enable arrow key movement[citation needed]
  1. Install AutoHotkey.
  2. After installation, when prompted to create the first script, choose Yes in the dialog box.
  3. Delete everything from the Notepad file which opens and paste the following:


  1. Right click on the AutoHotkey icon in the notification tray and choose Reload script. In the future if you want to use the arrow keys in the game just start the AutoHotkey application and you are done.

Low performance on Nvidia cards[edit]

The game is optimized for AMD cards, and thus Nvidia cards can post low FPS for the auto detected settings.
Improve frame rate[citation needed]

Setting "Enable Quality Anti-Aliasing" and "Screen Space Ambient Occlusion" to Normal should noticeably improve FPS.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 Only supports DirectX 11; backward compatibility for DirectX 10 and 10.1 GPUs is provided by DirectX 11
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 7
Processor (CPU) Althon X2 2.7 GHz
Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
Quad-core Intel
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 3870
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
DirectX 10 compatible
ATI Radeon 6950
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560
DirectX 11 compatible


  1. The PA Report - Sleeping Dogs proves that an unlikely champion of modern PC games is… Square Enix? | The Penny Arcade Report
  2. Sleeping Dogs forums • German Customers! Only Patch 1.1 and no DLC´s!
  3. Sleeping Dogs forums • Where is the serial key when purchased through Steam.
  4. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition confirmed! | SQUARE ENIX
  5. Sleeping Dogs Collection :: Sleeping Dogs™ General Discussions
  6. Sleeping Dogs | WSGF
  7. New 120Hz Games Report
  8. World disappearing on gfx change - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  9. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  10. HkShip.exe has stopped working.. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  11. Game receiving phantom "up" input, unplayable. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  15. Sleeping Dogs forums• Can't map movement to arrow keys