Special K - "Kaldaien's Mod" Special☆K
Special K - "Kaldaien's Mod" Special☆K
May 23, 2016
ABOUT Special K - "Kaldaien's Mod"

Special K moved off Steam in August 2020

Special K is an extensive game modifying framework allowing for various forms of in-depth tweaking of a game. The focus is primarily on the graphics pipeline but the tool also includes features such as input device blocking/configuring, window and volume management, enhancements for some of the in-game functionality of Steam, and more. On top of this the framework includes various game-specific changes and optimizations that its developer Kaldaien have come across and fixed over the years.

Please join us over on one of our external places!

Special K moved off Steam in August 2020
  • Discord[] - Where active development and the very latest versions are.
  • Forum[] - Carries a more stable release dated by a few months.
  • Wiki[] - Extensive knowledge base about the project.

The Discord server is where active development happens and the latest test versions can be found, while the forum contains the latest "stable" version (usually a few months out of date).

I also recommend checking the wiki out! A lot of work have gone into documenting the most frequently asked topics, and clarifying confusion or questions users might have about Special K.

For users wanting to support the project, we now also have a Patreon![]

Over the last year the project have seen major improvements, new features, and changes:

  • Special K have received DirectX 12 (Direct3D 12) support, including for HDR retrofitting, as well as multi-monitor management and an in-game HDR toggle of its own.

  • Updated plugins for NieR: Automata (FAR) and NieR: Replicant (Radiant Replicant) are embedded in the latest versions of Special K on the Discord server. These plugins can bring major performance or frame pacing improvements for players of those games, and are highly recommended.

  • For Nvidia hardware users, Special K can now also enable Nvidia Reflex in DirectX 11-12 games! Reflex is Nvidia's feature for optimizing and measuring latency[] in competitive games, but it can also help reduce input latency in many singleplayer titles!

  • The core feature of Intel's PresentMon[] is now integrated as well, and Special K can monitor and display presentation mode changes for a game as they occur in real-time.

      What this means is that users do not need to be uncertain whether exclusive fullscreen mode has engaged properly, or if the fullscreen optimziations of Win10 overrides that mode. The presentation model also makes it easy to separate games running in the most performant mode (bypassing the DWM of Windows) from those using suboptimal or obsolete presentation modes where additional render latencies is incurred.

  • We are testing an installer over in the Discord server! This installer is expected to become the main method of installing and eventually updating Special K.

  • SKIF have received major updates, new features, as well as a UI refresh and a ton of fixes, including support for Steam's new library manifest format.

  • The On-Screen Display (OSD) text (the yellow text in the top left corner) have been updated to rely on the same ImGui library that powers the widgets and control panel of Special K. This is an ongoing project to phase out CEGUI which it was previously based on, as that library is not compatible with DirectX 12.

We have also received a cool trailer curtesy of GPUnity, please check it out, or one of their other videos where they showcased their texture mods for various games, such as NieR: Automata and Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Aemony on behalf of the Special K Team

Initial Public Release of Special K (Standalone)
Special K - "Kaldaien's Mod" reviews
"Technical problems; solutions and game enhancements."
Here are a few recent reviews by Special K - "Kaldaien's Mod"
rain Jan 28 @ 12:42am 
does anyone know how to make the ninja gaiden 2 sigma blood mod work
Nowhere_Man Jan 3 @ 10:23pm 
Special K is not working for me. I've followed all directions from other channels. Epic games is sneaky about this. I'll hold out on this game until a new mod is up.
么 Clyrik [RO] Oct 2, 2021 @ 1:17pm 
Special K house
Aemony Sep 30, 2021 @ 4:50pm 
@Michelle: I'm not quite sure what you're talking about. Special K works through DLL files called SpecialK32.dll and SpecialK64.dll. Beyond that we also have two separate frontend apps called SKIF.exe (current) and SKIM.exe (obsolete). From your description, it sounds like whatever you ran is something else entirely.

Or is it possible you've perhaps installed SpecialK64.dll in the Saints Row 3 Remastered folder? If so, please check your game folder for a file called "dxgi.dll" or "d3d11.dll" and if you find it, please remove it. That should remove Special K from that game, if that's what you've installed.
No More Discrimination Sep 30, 2021 @ 3:30pm 
they basically targeting epic.
No More Discrimination Sep 30, 2021 @ 3:30pm 
prevents the game on epic from even running since it disguises itself after restarting your pc as the saintsrow3remastered exe and prevents that exe from being used again.

don't download and use this.
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