About the Project

Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition is an ongoing project of enhancement packages that makes the PC version of Silent Hill 2 compatible with modern hardware and playable in a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, while improving visuals, audio, and bugs.

Examples of what Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition provides are: The use of a widescreen camera; high definition resolutions; upscaled fonts and 2D images; PlayStation 2 quality audio, fog, and shadows; restored post-processing effects; better controller support; and much more.

Made by a collaborative team of programmers, modders, and artists, the use of these enhancement packages makes for a definitive Silent Hill 2 HD experience.

Browse the media below to see examples of the many improvements and enhancements in action.

Spoilers for Silent Hill 2 are present in the content below.

Update Videos

Learn more about the fixes and enhancements we're implementing by viewing our project update videos.

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Comparison Photos

Compare Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition to other platforms by selecting the appropriate tab below.

Vanilla PC vs Enhanced Edition

Soft Shadows

Soft shadows are restored for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.

Self Shadows

Dynamic objects receiving shadows upon themselves is restored for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.

Restored Effects

Post-processing effects, such as the depth-of-field blur, are restored.

Restored Effects

Post-processing effects, such as motion blur, are restored.

Restored Effects

Post-processing effects, such as pseudo light blooms, along with shadow levels, are restored.

Restored Fog Density

Fog density is restored and is also fully customizable for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition, if you prefer to have more or less of it.

Restored Specularity

Specularity is restored. This gives "shininess" to things such as character eyeballs, Pyramid Head's helmet, Maria's skirt, etc.

Restored Specularity

Specularity is restored. This gives "shininess" to things such as character eyeballs, Pyramid Head's helmet, Maria's skirt, etc.

Lighting Adjustments

Lighting levels have been restored to their original values to correctly brighten environments and dynamic objects.

Upscaled Full Screen Images

Full screen images have been AI-upscaled or lovingly recreated by hand, making them the highest quality versions to date.

Upscaled Full Screen Images

Full screen images have been AI-upscaled or lovingly recreated by hand, making them the highest quality versions to date.

High Resolution Font

A high resolution font makes for improved legibility and presentation.

PCSX2 vs Enhanced Edition

Scaled Cutscenes

Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition scales cutscenes to match their original 4:3 horizontal compositions. This hides any visual anomolies, when played in widescreen.

Scaled Cutscenes

Scaled cutscenes, when played in widescreen, hide incorrect visuals such as "frozen" characters you were never meant to see, that are supposed to be just out of bounds.

Softer Shadows

Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition maintains softer shadows at higher rendering resolutions.

Restored Fog Density

Fog density is restored and is also fully customizable for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition, if you prefer to have more or less of it.

Per-Pixel Lighting

Per-pixel lighting creates round and smooth lighting effects, as seen in Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.

Preserve Environment Visuals

For Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition, chunks of the environment stay visible when the camera is close to their geometry, when played in a widescreen aspect ratio.

Camera Adjustments

Stationary cameras have been adjusted in Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition to prevent the camera from clipping into walls at certain angles, when played in widescreen.

Maintain Image Aspect Ratio

Full screen images maintain their original aspect ratios, when played in widescreen, for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition. This prevents image stretching/distortion.

Maintain Menu Aspect Ratio/High Resolution Font

Menus maintain their original aspect ratios, when played in widescreen, for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition. And a high resolution font makes for improved legibility and presentation.

Texture Mapping

Correct texture mapping is accounted for in Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition.

Increased Draw Distance

The front draw distance for Silent Hill 2: Enhanced Edition is increased to hide the environment loading into frame. (Images brightened to better illustrate.)

HD Collection vs Enhanced Edition

PlayStation 2 vs Enhanced Edition

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System Requirements

Minimum

OS: Windows 7 1

Processor: Newer than 8 years old

Graphics: Newer than 8 years old

Graphics Type: Dedicated graphics card 2

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Storage: 10 GB available space

Recommended

OS: Windows 10 1

Processor: Newer than 5 years old

Graphics: Newer than 5 years old

Graphics Type: Dedicated graphics card 2

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Storage: 10 GB available space


The system requirements above are estimates based for 1080 resolution gameplay. Newer hardware may be required if playing at higher resolutions (such as 4K) or if using certain forms of anti-aliasing.

1 Compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

2 We recommend a dedicated graphics card, as integrated graphics cards may likely experience slow down when using visually demanding features for the game, such as anti-aliasing, restored fog effects, or HD resolutions, due to it sharing/using system memory for graphics processing. Learn more about the differences between integrated and dedicated graphics cards.