62 ratings
22 FPS fix in 2021
By Sephiroth
use the real special k to fix fps issue once and for all
v1.0.2 oct 5 update fixed the slowdown finally! this is no longer needed!
will keep this here for archival purposes....
The guide
FF8R v1.0.2 Fixes this issue!
This is now obsolete unless some other thing pops up!

direct download[]

Site its from ->
download button at top of site
i last tried 11.0.50 version and it was working

use winrar or 7z to extract
place SpecialK32.dll and Specialk32.pdb in the ff8 install directory
rename the SpecialK32.dll to opengl32.dll
play the game

you can play at the normal framerate and have better borderless window support and other stuff
no need to put sleepless window or anything

i will put a back up of the file if the official one goes under or something

Make sure you have all direct x and c++ redistributables installed

disable all antivirus

Try running game as admin and/or installing game 'NOT' in program files

disable haptic feedback in special k menu > input management >
gamepad > haptic feedback for ps5 controllers
pic of it working
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154h6df1gh984367 Jul 12, 2022 @ 11:14am 
imagine getting that mad that somebody won't delete a steam guide. you seem oddly upset over it
Sephiroth  [author] Jul 11, 2022 @ 3:02am 
i kinda want to remember that the games could be fixed with the help of steam guides system yes.
r3d33m3r Jul 11, 2022 @ 1:42am 
I don't think that is the reason for you to not delete it... you just don't want to delete the good ratings, awards and clout you got from this guide :MiscItem:
Sephiroth  [author] Jan 26, 2022 @ 4:35pm 
nah we gotta keep it up so people remember how stupid the port was for a year. until they fix FF7 Remake PC im not going to assume they are all on board for making sure things are fixed on release.
r3d33m3r Jan 23, 2022 @ 1:00pm 
I think you should remove this guide, seeing as the issue has been fixed so the guide is unnecessary right now.
Sephiroth  [author] Oct 18, 2021 @ 8:33pm 
shouldnt lag anymore with the new game patch though.
Sephiroth  [author] Oct 18, 2021 @ 8:32pm 
ill maybe go through the game with cheats and see if it lags anywhere
HelloThere Oct 18, 2021 @ 12:51pm 
I believe it is still lagging even before the patch on certain parts of the game like the desert prison semi-boss battle and Balamb section underground boss battle where you battle the Oil-something monsters
Sephiroth  [author] Oct 9, 2021 @ 10:34pm 
dont need this anymore lmao finally native support!
Stealth Sep 18, 2021 @ 11:21am 
Thank you for linking this for us and thanks for the author of the fix. Nice job, my man. Now I'll keep fighting to make the texture mods work and get a better experience out of this awesome game. :happy_creep: