NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… – Technical Issues & Fixes: A Comprehensive Guide

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… – Technical Issues & Fixes: A Comprehensive Guide 1 -
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… – Technical Issues & Fixes: A Comprehensive Guide 1 -
Expect 50-100% higher fps! This guide will attempt to list all of the various technical issues with this game, and provide simple fixes.



Toylogic has done a commendable job updating this cla*sic game to modern visual and gameplay standards. When it comes to the PC port, however, they really dropped the ball. 
Automata was criticized at launch for a bad PC port. Sadly, this game doesn’t fair any better. 
Thankfully, most of the game’s technical issues have simple fixes, and in this guide I’ll do my best do give beginner-friendly instructions to fix all of them. I’ll do my best to keep things up-to-date, and feel free to comment any issues/fixes you’ve encountered. 
Update: Some great people from the Special-K discord server put together a special mod that fixes most issues. Follow the instructions below to install it. 

Performance / FPS Issues


Make sure to follow the instructions to install and configure the Special-K mod. It will fix most performance issues. Only check the rest of this section once you have done that. 

Fix most issues with the Special-K/Radical Replicant mod

Special-K is a multipurpose mod to fix various issues with games. Radical Replicant is a special-er version of Special-K that adds a bunch of extra improvements for this game specifically. It ma*sively improves performance, and fixes many issues in NieR: Replicant, including: 

  • Low FPS 
  • Inconsistent FPS 
  • Stuttering 
  • Game speed too fast / “Hyperspeed” 
  • Input latency 
  • Mouse over gameplay


Installing Special-K

0. Save and close the game 
1. – You can hold off on restarting for now. 
2. Open the install folder for NieR: Replicant (Right click it in your steam library, then Manage > Browse Local Files) 
3. Download the Special-K/Radical Replicant mod. – or – 
4. Extract “dxgi.dll” from the zip you just downloaded, and place it in the install folder for NieR: Replicant. If there is a “dxgi.ini” file here, delete it now. If there is instead a file called “specialk64.dll,” rename it to dxgi.dll and then copy it. 
5. (Recommended) Restart to complete the VC-Redist install, if you didn’t earlier 
6. Start the game, you should see a banner pop up notifying you that special-K is now installed. Proceed to configuration. 

Configuring Special-K

Special-K/Radical Replicant is preconfigured with the best settings for NieR: Replicant, however it is highly recommended to switch to borderless windowed in the game’s settings, and turn on an additional option in Special-K. 
1. In the game’s graphics settings (Pause -> Options -> Screen or Main Menu -> Options -> Game Settings -> Screen set “Screen Mode” to “Borderless Window,” 
2. Set “Resolution” to the resolution of your display (usually the highest value) 
3. Apply settings in game. 
4. (Recommended) Open Special-K settings by pressing Control+Shift+Space 
5. (Recommended) Under Direct3D 11 Settings -> SwapChain Management, make sure all three boxes are checked 

Stuttering/Dropped Frames

Fix: Disable Steam input 
1. Right click on NieR: Replicant in your game library, the click “Properties…” 
2. In properties, select the controller tab on the left 
3. Change the dropdown from “Use default settings” to “Disable steam input” 

Low/Inconsistent FPS

Fix: Change Graphics settings 
The game’s graphics settings can be found by navigating to: Pause -> Options -> Screen or Main Menu -> Options -> Game Settings -> Screen 
1. Enable performance mode 
The main thing that will effect performance is resolution. Instead of decreasing the resolution setting, I would recommend enabling “Performance Mode.” This will dynamically change the resolution of the 3D parts of the game to maintain 60fps, which keeping the UI full quality. It also plays nice with Borderless Windowed mode. 
2. Turn off Ambient Occlusion 
Turning off “Ambient Occlusion” will improve performance quite a bit, especially in open, gra*sy areas without making the game look much worse. 
3. Turn off AntiAliasing 
Off doesn’t actually disable AA, just reduces it. I personally prefer the off option as the image is a little sharper. Should improve FPS a bit. 

Locked to 30fps / FPS drop when connecting controller

Fix: Reload Save 
Some menus are intentionally locked to 30FPS. This fix is for whengameplay is locked at 30fps 
1. If the game is closed: Load your save from the main menu (ie: Continue) 
2. If the game is open: Save your game at a mailbox 
3. From the pause menu, go to Options -> Other -> Load and reload your save 

BONUS: Framerates above 60fps

UPDATE: As of v0.4.1 Special-K/Radical Replicant has a >60fps mode. It is currently incomplete though, and the following instructions are still recommended 
1. Install and configure the Special-K mod with the above instructions 
2. – 
3. Place both “dinput8.dll” and “dinput8.ini” files from the zip in the folder as the special-k dxgi.dll. 
4. Open the game 
5. Open Special-K settings (control+shift+backspace) and set the framerate limiter to 120fps (or your desired framerate) 
Note that this mod is not fully tested, however no major issues are currently known. 
The mod caps fps to 120, you can try editing this in dinput8.ini but it is not recommended. 

Controller Issues




PS5 Controller Not Working

Fix: Disable Steam Input 
1. Right click on NieR: Replicant in your game library, the click “Properties…” 
2. In properties, select the controller tab on the left 
3. Change the dropdown from “Use default settings” to “Disable steam input” 

Lock-On Moving Randomly / Menus Stuck

Fix: Block Mouse Input using Special K 
1. Install Special-K using the instructions above. 
2. Open Special-K settings (control+shift+backspace) 
3. Navigate to “Input Management -> Enable/Disable Devices” and check “disable mouse input to game” 

Phantom Input/Camera or character moving on its own

Fix: Restart the game & make sure no buttons are pressed 
1. Save and quit 
2. Connect your controller, if not already connected 
3. Open the game again. Do not touch the controller until the main menu is loaded. 

Miscellaneous Issues




Washed out colors in Fullscreen mode




There is a serious issue where colors will, in the vast majority of cases, appear greatly washed-out. You may not even notice it, but this seems to effect pretty much everyone playing the game in fullscreen. If you’re not sure if you’re affected, switch the game to windowed mode. If colors appear significantly different, you are affected. 
[TODO: Insert before/after screenshots] 


Under Options -> Screen -> switch from “Fullscreen” to “Borderless Windowed” mode 
The game still appears fullscreen, but colors are fixed. 
If you were a good boy and followed the SpecialK install instructions, you will have already done this. 


The game always tries to run in full HDR mode. HDR is a technology that allows a wider range of brightness, but requires a screen that supports it. Additionally, different screens have different amounts of HDR support. If your monitor doesn’t support “maximum HDR,” this borked HDR signal will just cause colors to be weirdly compressed and dimmed. 
This issue was previously undocumented as far as I can tell. NieR: Automata has an intentionally desaturated artstyle, but Replicant is intended to be a fairly vibrant game, and this issue completely ruins that. 

Written by Isaboob

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