It almost looks like that I'm running the game without textures (you can enlarge the images):




I'm running the game at the highest settings (with some exceptions such as the unwanted chromatic aberration). This issue manifested after starting the game again with the gold edition — I played past the midway point at release and no graphical issues were present.

I have tried fully reinstalling the game and verified the integrity of files on Steam. I have Intel i7-4770K (@3.50GHz) and Nvidia RTX 2070 Super (drivers are up to date), well exceeding the recommend system specifications. HDR is disabled and appears to be grayed out on non-supported monitors.

The game looks better in a shade, but no visual aspect seems to be entirely right:



And for reference, the real-time main menu seems to be rendered flawlessly:


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    Real is Brown?
    – Joachim
    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:25
  • I admit that I haven't played RE7 recently, but from memory the beginning of the game has a lot of brown in it.
    – Powerlord
    Oct 5, 2019 at 17:38
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    WARNING: TV TROPES LINK IN COMMENTS. Click only if you want to lose the next two hours of your life. Oct 5, 2019 at 19:17
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    @RobertHarvey Yet you came back from the land of the undead to warn us of its perils. There is hope for us yet!
    – Joachim
    Oct 5, 2019 at 21:30
  • @Powerlord: That's correct, but you can see in any walkthrough video that the leaves have natural color and no texture looks like in my game. This isn't any filter or color palette, but flat-out broken.
    – user238464
    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:56

3 Answers 3


The issue was caused by "subsurface scattering", which according to the game's description "improves skin rendering"... this can be a bug in Nvidia's drivers (436.48 version currently installed) or in the game.


subsurface scattering off

subsurface scattering on

enabling reflections also changes the look of the scene significantly:

reflections on

  • Glad to see you got fixed. It's strange that subsurface scattering has such a dramatic effect on the overall look of the game, though.
    – Joachim
    Oct 9, 2019 at 17:20

This seems to be a common bug.

  • Apparently, you can fix the issue by changing HDRMode=1 to HDRMode=0 in the re7_config.ini file, under the header [Display].
    The file can be found in the Resident Evil 7 game folder (under '/Steam/steamapps/').
  • The setting was set to HDRMode=1 despite that HDR is shown as disabled in the game.
    – user238464
    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:43
  • Unfortunately the game looks the same after setting HDRMode=0 — a good answer nonetheless.
    – user238464
    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:46
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    The linked Reddit thread is for RE2.
    – user238464
    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:47
  • Thanks for the heads up; removed. Sorry to hear it didn't work out.
    – Joachim
    Oct 5, 2019 at 11:26
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    It's also possible that HDRMode=1 means OFF and HDRMode=2 ON (see this comment). Sometimes this syntax is used in configuration files instead, albeit I don't know f 0 is omitted entirely.
    – user238464
    Oct 6, 2019 at 8:57

I'm using an RTX2070 and had to use the following settings else the image was wash washed out with bronzed watercolour effect or way too dark.

Mode: Window Borderless (Full Screen / HDR Mode completelry darkens the image)

I ran Geforce Experience and it came up with the following for optimal setting which gave the correct colours: Anti-Aliasing: TAA (gives a good FPS) Ambient Occlusion: HBAO+ Color Space: SRGB

The remainder I set for what I wanted as my preferred FPS vs Quality.

I tend not to update graphic drivers unless I have to. That's more usefull for recent releases. It creates more problems than it solves with older games.

To rollback to a previous Nvidia driver use this link: https://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/find.aspx?lang=en-uk

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