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Missing Textures for the Mirror and Refraction Issues
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Not Solved Missing Textures for the Mirror and Refraction Issues

Hello,

I recently bought the game from the Mac App Store, and while it overall is running fantastically given the age of my laptop, apart from lag, I've noticed two things missing from the game:
1. The refraction effect (the blurriness in windows when looking out at the ocean) appears to be completely absent, even when I turn it on the setting.
2. When looking into a mirror, the reflection texture is completely absent.

These may be minor issues, but I was wondering if this was done intentionally by Frictional Games on the Mac version to boost performance, or it's something on my end?
11-14-2017 05:31 PM
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I don't remember SOMA having any functional mirrors. I think they were intentionally occluded because it would be awkward seeing a reflection of the room without seeing Simon himself. Only time I remember a working mirror was a certain scene triggered by the player.

(This post was last modified: 11-14-2017 06:33 PM by Mudbill.)
11-14-2017 06:32 PM
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(11-14-2017 06:32 PM)Mudbill Wrote:  I don't remember SOMA having any functional mirrors. I think they were intentionally occluded because it would be awkward seeing a reflection of the room without seeing Simon himself. Only time I remember a working mirror was a certain scene triggered by the player.

There is definitely a working mirror in the game:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mb6HgjpjgE

However, when I look into it, the texture is basically missing.
11-15-2017 04:23 AM
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Yeah that's the scene I'm talking about. It's not reflective until you interact with it. But I guess that's what you meant then? That the actual scene doesn't play as it should?

11-15-2017 05:02 AM
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(11-15-2017 05:02 AM)Mudbill Wrote:  Yeah that's the scene I'm talking about. It's not reflective until you interact with it. But I guess that's what you meant then? That the actual scene doesn't play as it should?

Yeah, pretty much.
11-15-2017 08:22 AM
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The main thing I can recommend is to simply try updating your Graphics Card drivers in your laptop, as they may be somewhat outdated. If the effect relies on components which are not present on your current driver's software, then that would be the first thing I would try.

Have you also checked and tried altering some of the in-game settings? I believe there are options regarding refraction in there somewhere off memory.

If not, then I'm not sure there's much that can be done. You may opt to try a Steam File Integrity Check in the off chance that there are files missing which provide the effect in SOMA, but I would expect more issues to come up if that were the case.

Have a look at Step 3 here for information regarding updating your drivers, if there is an update available. https://www.frictionalgames.com/forum/thread-30644.html

If you need help with doing a Steam File Integrity Check, check Problem I here:
https://www.frictionalgames.com/forum/thread-30585.html

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11-15-2017 12:58 PM
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(11-15-2017 12:58 PM)Romulator Wrote:  The main thing I can recommend is to simply try updating your Graphics Card drivers in your laptop, as they may be somewhat outdated. If the effect relies on components which are not present on your current driver's software, then that would be the first thing I would try.

Have you also checked and tried altering some of the in-game settings? I believe there are options regarding refraction in there somewhere off memory.

If not, then I'm not sure there's much that can be done. You may opt to try a Steam File Integrity Check in the off chance that there are files missing which provide the effect in SOMA, but I would expect more issues to come up if that were the case.

Have a look at Step 3 here for information regarding updating your drivers, if there is an update available. https://www.frictionalgames.com/forum/thread-30644.html

If you need help with doing a Steam File Integrity Check, check Problem I here:
https://www.frictionalgames.com/forum/thread-30585.html

Thanks for the advice.

I haven't actually updated my Mac in nearly 3 years - I'm installing the new High Sierra OS after missing Yosemite, which should take a night to complete.
11-15-2017 03:58 PM
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(11-15-2017 12:58 PM)Romulator Wrote:  The main thing I can recommend is to simply try updating your Graphics Card drivers in your laptop, as they may be somewhat outdated. If the effect relies on components which are not present on your current driver's software, then that would be the first thing I would try.

Have you also checked and tried altering some of the in-game settings? I believe there are options regarding refraction in there somewhere off memory.

If not, then I'm not sure there's much that can be done. You may opt to try a Steam File Integrity Check in the off chance that there are files missing which provide the effect in SOMA, but I would expect more issues to come up if that were the case.

Have a look at Step 3 here for information regarding updating your drivers, if there is an update available. https://www.frictionalgames.com/forum/thread-30644.html

If you need help with doing a Steam File Integrity Check, check Problem I here:
https://www.frictionalgames.com/forum/thread-30585.html

So I updated my drivers and the issue still persists. I'm guessing that it's just a problem with Intel.

Thanks for the help anyway.
11-16-2017 07:51 AM
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(11-16-2017 07:51 AM)mmmmmmm Wrote:  So I updated my drivers and the issue still persists. I'm guessing that it's just a problem with Intel.

Thanks for the help anyway.

Ah sorry to hear! Sad

If you manage to get it fixed, feel free to post a solution here! I hope that the rest of the experience isn't ruined for you over this visual error.

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11-16-2017 10:04 AM
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