Custom versions of Special K tailored to certain games are available. These versions sometimes features more in-depth changes or fixes that might not exist in the main branch, or are essentially “frozen” versions of Special K known to have the highest compatibility with their respective game for the specific game version it targets.
Compatibility between Special K and games can go either way; a game that continues to receive updates after these custom “frozen” versions might see the support for Special K diminish or end entirely. Similarly, the main Special K project might see compatibility with older games suffer as the main project undergoes continuous development. Because of this it might be worth trying both the “frozen” Special K version as well as the latest version of the main Special K project, see Local (game-specific).
Almost all game-specific mods and tweaks are usually eventually embedded into the main Special K project.
A full list of embedded game plug-ins in Special K can be found over in the souce code. Each file correlates to one game plug-in embedded in the main Special K project.
In the below table,
Archive refers to a game-specific mod that requires the user to manually download, install, and update the mod.
SKIM refers to a game-specific mod which supports automatic installation through the Special K Install Manager as well as auto-updates post-install.
|Game||Mod Name||Install Type||Comment|
|Disgaea PC||Pretty Prinny||SKIM||Focuses on render, usability, performance, and stability enhancements.|
|Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen||Agnostic Dragon||Archive||Fixes UI/aspect ratio scaling for ultra-widescreen resolutions.|
|Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster||Untitled Project X (UnX)||SKIM||A ton of changes, improvements, and features.|
|Final Fantasy XV||FFXV Performance Fixes||Archive||Improves frame pacing.|
|.hack//G.U. Last Recode||.hack//G.P.U.||SKIM||(semi-obsolete) Fixes texture shimmering, performance issues, and over-powered bloom lightning.
Under [Steam.Log] set Silent=true otherwise the game will crash when opening the SK menu.
Can be replaced with a newer regular Local or Global install. Also, the in-game display mode may need to be set to
|Lego City Undercover||LEGO City Recovered||Global, Local||Solves issues with fullscreen mode, uncaps the framerate, and fixes multi-threading performance problems.|
|NieR: Automata||Fix Automata Resolution (FAR)||Global, Local||Performance improvements, loading times speed-ups. Supports both Steam and Microsoft Store versions.|
|NieR: Replicant||Radical Replicant||Global, Local||Performance improvements, frame rate unlocker, DualShock 4 button prompts.|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||Sekiro Fix||Global, Local||Nvidia HDR improvements, improved FPS limiting|
|Tales of Berseria||Tales of Berseria “Fix” (TBFix)||Archive||A ton of stuff.|
|Tales of Symphonia||Tales of Symphonia “Fix” (TSFix)||SKIM||A ton of stuff.|
|Tales of Vesperia||Tales of Vesperia “Fix” (TVFix)||Archive||Eliminate most micro-stutter, disable DoF, Bloom, and Blur. adds MSAA support and HDR display output.|
|Tales of Zestiria||Tales of Zestiria “Fix” (TZFix)||SKIM||A ton of stuff.|
|Yakuza 0||Yakuza 0||Archive||Toggles for disabling blur, depth of field, ambient occlusion. Allows HUD-less screenshots.|
|Yakuza Kiwami 2||Yakuza Kiwami 2||Archive||Toggles for disabling depth of field and various other minor stuff.|
Do the following:
Download and run the following installer:
Select one of the following game-specific mod in the product list:
|.hack//G.P.U||.hack//G.U. Last Recode|
|Tales of Berseria “Fix”||Tales of Berseria||TBFix|
|Tales of Zestiria “Fix”||Tales of Zestiria||TZFix|
|Tales of Symphonia “Fix”||Tales of Symphonia||TSFix|
|Pretty Prinny||Disgaea PC|
|“Untitled” Project X||Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster||UnX|
|Souls “Unsqueezed”||Dark Souls III||v 0.5.0 can result in a ban — v 0.4.0 is known to be more compatible.|
|Ni no Stutter||Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom||Not fully functional since v1.03 of the game.|
|Fallout 4 “Works”||Fallout 4||Use latest Local (game-specific) version instead.|
|“FAR” (Fix Automata Res.)||NieR: Automata||See the updated instructions instead: Steam / Microsoft Store.|
This is a list of all Special K based standalone game mods which are not recommended and should not be used any longer. It is instead recommended to use the latest versions of Special K through a regular Local or Global install.
|Game/Mod thread||Install Type||Comment|
|Assassin’s Creed Odyssey||Archive||(obsolete) — Thread scheduling changes.|
|Dark Souls III||SKIM||(avoid) — Focuses on render and usability enhancements.
The versions v 0.5.0 and v 0.6.0 of the mod are known to cause bans, and many recommend using v 0.4.0 instead.
|Fallout 4||SKIM||(obsolete) — Improves frame pacing. This mod is one of the very first versions of Special K dated 2016.
Use latest Local (game-specific) version instead.
|Monster Hunter: World||Archive||(obsolete) — Enables HDR10/scRGB output, improves frame pacing and CPU utilization.
Use latest Global version instead.
|Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom||SKIM||(obsolete) — Fixes timing issues and frame pacing.
Not fully functional since v1.03 of the game.
|NieR: Automata||SKIM||(obsolete) — Performance improvements, loading times speed-ups.
Use latest Global or Local version instead, see FAR for more information.
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||Archive||(obsolete) — Nvidia HDR improvements, improved FPS limiting
Use latest Global or Local version instead, see Sekiro for more information.
|Shenmue I & II||Archive||(obsolete) — Anisotropic filtering, mipmap generation, pillarbox remover for cutscenes.|