In a massive competitive survival shooter like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, you want to be as well-prepared as possible when entering the multiplayer madness.
That includes knowing where to find all the best weapons, equipment and survival tips, but also how to make sure something as basic as your graphical settings are tuned to max potential.
The Ultimate Tweak Guide To Improve FPS & FOV In 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds'
With the right setup, you can maximize your ability to survive in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. This might sound a bit complicated, but it really isn't since we've already tested which settings make for optimal play.
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And not only does it ensure that you stay in the right, playable range of FPS at all times, guaranteeing you no momentary loss of character control, but tuning shadows and foliage can generally improve your field of vision (FOV) and make it easier for you to spot enemies.
Let's take a closer look at the graphics settings you can easily adjust to improve your FOV and FPS in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Here's 7 simple tips to get you going and 2 more complex ways of improving performance in the popular battle arena shooter.
Tip 1. Go Easy On The Shadows
Not only is High Shadow-settings really hard on your FPS, it also ends up making the game really dark. Which translates into you having a more difficult time spotting enemies. Above Medium, every leaf of grass and every tree starts casting shadows so don't go there.
- Recommended setting: Very low is advised to see enemies clearly while Medium is a good choice if you still want decent visuals.
Tip 2. Effects On Ultra Can Screw Up Your Game
With Effects on Ultra, you will experience a huge framerate drop when something explodes. We like nice-looking fire and gunfire as much as the next guy, but if you can't enjoy it because of lag it doesn't really matter how beautiful it is. And if you die every time a grenade explodes anywhere on your screen because you're lagging out, things need to change.
- Recommended setting: When bullets are flying and explosions are happening, you want the best framerate possible. Keep effects on Low.
Tip 3. It's Hard To See Enemies With High Foliage
Foliage adjusts how nice grass, leaves and every piece of green nature looks in-game. But unless you're really into grass we recommend going easy on this setting. Higher options fill the world with grass which makes it more difficult to see the enemy.
- Recommended setting: Put this on Low. No need for all that grass.
Tip 4. You Don't Need View Distance To Be Good
The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds map is huge and you don't need max View Distance to experience it. No sniper rifle in the game has the range to punish you from that far away.
- Recommended setting: Keeping this on Low will cover a quarter of the map, which is all you really need. Tuning it up will punish your FPS, and if you find yourself on a hill or tall building you might have a hard time actually playing because of lag.
Tip 5. Tune Up The Post-Processing
Post-processing doesn't take much toll on your performance and it makes Battlegrounds look a lot less blurry which makes it easier to spot enemies from far away.
- Recommended setting: Put this on Ultra if your computer can handle it. If it can't, get the setting as high as possible.
Tip 6. Control You Texture Settings
Texture basically improves the detail of every object in the game and as such is a costly option when it comes to FPS. With that said, putting this on Low will make the Playerunknown's Battlegrounds look kind of terrible.
- Recommended setting: Get this to at least Medium, preferably High. Ultra is unnecessary and will jump up your FPS with no apparent effect.
Tip 7. Go Wild On Anti-Aliasing
This setting doesn't have a very notable impact on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds performance so tune it up. It makes everything look smoother, and less pixelated without being blurry.
- Recommended setting: Put this on Ultra. It doesn't require much and we wish we could tune it up even higher.
2 Ways Of Improving FPS In More Complex Ways
With the tips prior to this point being relatively straightforward, let's uncover more complicated methods for improving the game's performance. As with most other Unreal Engine 4 games, you're able to tweak the graphics settings from outside Battlegrounds, circumventing the "official" way of tuning the game and going all McGyver on its ass. However:
Try the following at your own risk. We can't guarantee the results if you type in the wrong characters or numbers!
To start your meddling, follow the path: Steam Library > Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds > right click on Properties > Steam launch option. Once there all you need to do is copy and paste the following:
malloc=system +mat_antialias 0 window -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -sm4
Tip 8. Adjusting PUB Settings
After you've typed in the above, you can proceed to finding %APPDATA% using the file explorer. Follow this path: Local > TslGame > Saved > Config > WindowsNoEditor. Open GameUserSettings.ini and make the following changes:
PerfIndexValues_ResolutionQuality=”50 50 50 50″
You will need to save and configure as 'Read only' in order for these PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tweaks to work.
Tip 9. Boosting FPS For Nvidia Users
It goes without saying that you should of course update your video card drivers to their latest, workable versions. Having done that, players using an Nvidia GPU can take an extra step to get a small FPS boost.
Open the Nvidia control panel and go to '3D settings'. Click on 'Manage 3D settings' and go to the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds local files and add the TslGame.exe file. Once the game has been added, you need to change the settings as follows:
- Maximum pre-rendered frames: 1
- Multi-display/mixed GPU acceleration: Single display performance mode
- Power management mode: Prefer maximum performance
- Vertical sync: Off
And voilà! Even higher FPS.
Do you have any graphics advice for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds yourself? Let us know in the comments!