Sonic R (1998)

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Sonic R
Sonic R cover
Traveller's Tales
Release dates
Windows December 11, 1998
Sonic R (1998) guide at StrategyWiki
Sonic R (1998) at Wikipedia

This page is for the original 1998 release. For the rare 2004 port, see Sonic R (2004).

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic CD (1996) 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R (1998) 1998
Sonic R (2004) 2004
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Key points

Has networked multiplayer support.
1998 version is incompatible with modern versions of Windows without a considerable amount of undocumented work; use Sonic R Updater to update to the 2004 release.
Some reprints are missing the music.
Configuration files can be edited to increase resolution and draw distance beyond what in-game menus allow
Modified official network patch adds multiplayer over LAN and now working on modern systems.

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Network mode does not require a disc
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Sonic R Updater[edit]

  • Sonic R Updater switches you to the 2004 release of the game which runs flawlessly on modern hardware, and includes the Sonic R Mod Loader with it, along with some essential improvements.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\sonicr.inf

Save game data location[edit]

System Location

Video settings[edit]

Video settings
Video settings

Widescreen resolution[edit]

1080p Edited Configuration[1]
  1. Download this file.
  2. Replace the sonicr.inf
  3. To get music back, go to Options/Sound and set Volume more than 1.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Audio settings[edit]

Sound settings
Sound settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effect volume slider only.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only. Voices were translated.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Versus
LAN play
4 Versus
Requires Network patch
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300
UDP 2350
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashing on start[edit]

Game crashing on start[2]

No input in the game[edit]

No input in the game[3]
  1. Download DxWnd.
  2. On the Edit menu, select Add
  3. Go to the installation folder and select sonicr.exe
  4. Now select Directx9, Do not Notify on Task Change, DirectInput Hooking, Correct Mouse Position and Optimize CPU (DirectX1-7)
Should look like this
Sonic R does not work correctly in DXWnd versions above 2.01.43

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 90 MHz Pentium
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB