The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth cover
Developers
Edmund McMillen
Nicalis
Release dates
Windows November 4, 2014
macOS (OS X) November 4, 2014
Linux November 4, 2014
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth at Wikipedia
The Binding of Isaac
The Binding of Isaac 2011
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 2014

This page is for the 2014 remake. For the original game, see The Binding of Isaac.

General information

Official website
Community Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Afterbirth
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Afterbirth+ Requires Afterbirth
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Modifications[edit]

Antibirth[edit]

Antibirth is an unofficial expansion that brings additional new content. It can be downloaded from the official website.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Binding of Isaac Rebirth\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Binding of Isaac Rebirth/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/binding of isaac rebirth/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/250900/remote/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Binding of Isaac Rebirth\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Binding of Isaac Rebirth/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/binding of isaac rebirth/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/250900/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Currently there are problems with save game syncing on OS X.

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native 960x540.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Can also be toggled with F. Window can be resized.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use fullscreen mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Toggle with VSync=1/0 inside options.ini
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[1]
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.
In-game gamepad button map settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Second player plays with a random follower, not a full character. On pressing start the main player loses 1 heart container for the second player. Upon death, or the second player leaving the game again, the container is returned. A controller is needed for co-op.
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Improve performance on old hardware[edit]

Set MaxRenderScale[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Set MaxRenderScale to 1.

Notes

This fix will make scrolling choppier and add some artifacts to scaled sprites.
Disable certain effects on Windows and Linux[3]
  1. Navigate to the resources directory in the installation folder.
  2. Create a file titled config.ini with the following content:
[Options]
EnableColorCorrection=0
EnableCaustics=0
EnableShockwave=0
EnableLighting=0
EnableFilter=0
EnablePixelation=0
EnableBloom=0
This fix may also amend broken shaders.
To disable only certain effects, enter 0 or 1 for some options.
It is recommended to leave EnableLighting on in order to preserve the game's atmosphere.
Disable certain effects on Mac[4]
  1. Right-click on the App bundle
  2. Select "View Package Contents"
  3. Go into Contents/Resources/resources
  4. Create the same config.ini as listed above.

Crash on game start[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
Sometimes, the "Preparing to start game" window pops up and nothing happens. The following log is usually produced:
*timeBeginPeriod( 1 )
*GLFW Error 65542: WGL: The driver does not appear to support OpenGL
*GLFW Error 65542: WGL: The driver does not appear to support OpenGL
*Failed to create OpenGL window / context
*Caught exception, writing minidump...
Most likely, some OpenGL extensions are not supported by your graphics card or driver. No fix is available in this case.
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth requires OpenGL 2.0 support, with OpenGL 3.0 recommended.
  • Try installing the most recent graphics drivers. It is recommended to uninstall the drivers included with the operating system and install the ones directly from the vendor site (NVIDIA, AMD, Intel ...).
  • If you have both an integrated on-board graphics chip and a discrete graphics card, make sure the game is running on the discrete graphics card.
  • Try to "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" in Steam.

Keyboard getting stuck sometimes[edit]

Some wireless keyboards might have the same problem, as there is a limited number of combinations of keypresses these keyboards can transmit. Try altering the controls until the issue is resolved.
Seems to occur mostly with the Logitech G110 keyboard, but other models might be affected as well.
Disable controller hotplugging[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change ControllerHotplug=1 to ControllerHotplug=0.

Sound effects not working[edit]

Usually, the music may work but sound effects are either missing or only transmitting from one side of a pair of Stereo speakers.
Option #1 - Switching settings[citation needed]
  • Try different settings for your speakers, e.g. switch from Surround to Stereo mode or vice versa.
Option #2 - Switching versions of OpenAL libraries[citation needed]
  1. Install the OpenAL libraries from http://www.openal.org/creative-installers/oalinst.zip
  2. Go to the game folder by right-clicking on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, then selecting Properties, Local Files, Browse Local Files...
  3. Delete or rename OpenAL32.dll.

Speed issues, unstable frame rate[edit]

Some players with strong systems report the game running too fast or too slow.
Disable VSync[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change VSync=1 to VSync=0.

Audio noise for hardware connected via USB[edit]

Some users are experiencing crackling or scrambled audio with audio devices connected via USB.
Disable gamepad hotplugging[citation needed]
Gamepad hotplugging may be interfering with the USB devices.
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change ControllerHotplug=1 to ControllerHotplug=0.
Alternatively, one can also avoid connecting audio hardware (speakers, headphones, headsets, microphones) via USB if the option is available.

Motion sickness caused by the camera[edit]

Switch camera modes[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.ini.
  3. Change CameraStyle=1 to CameraStyle=2.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 2.0
64-bit executable
OS X and Linux only.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Theora

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Quad Core 2.0 or higher
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 449 MB
Video card (GPU) "Discreet video card" Intel HD Graphics 4000
ATI Radeon HD 4650
Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8 10.9
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Dual Core 2.0 or higher
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 449 MB
Video card (GPU) "Discreet video card" Intel HD Graphics 4000
ATI Radeon HD 4650
Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Dual Core 2.0
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 449 MB
Video card (GPU) "Discreet video card"

References