BySimon Rune Knudsen, writer at Creators.co
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Simon Rune Knudsen

In a massive competitive survival shooter like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, you want to be as well-prepared as possible when entering the maddening, multiplayer battle arena action.

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.

9 Tips To Improve FPS And Tweak Graphics In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

The right graphic setup can maximize your ability to survive in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds quite a lot. Not only does it ensure that you stay in a playable range of FPS at all times, guaranteeing you no momentary loss of control, but tuning shadows and foliage can improve your field of vision (FOV) and make it easier for you to spot enemies.

This might sound a bit complicated, but it really isn't since we've already tested which settings make for optimal play.

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 battle arena shooter.

Tip 1. Go Easy On The Shadows

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

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

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

With Effects on Ultra, you will experience a huge framerate drop when something explodes. We like nice-looking fire as much as the next guy, but if you can't enjoy it because of lag it doesn't matter how beautiful it is. And if you die every time a grenade explodes anywhere on your screen because you're lagging, 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 much 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

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

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, so why put unnecessary strain on your CPU and RAM.

  • Recommended setting: Keeping this on Low will cover a quarter of the map, which is all you will ever 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. Also compensates for some of all the other settings you've been tuning down.

  • Recommended setting: Put this on Ultra if your computer can handle it. If it can't, get the setting as high as possible. It's really pleasant on the eye.

Tip 6. Control You Texture Settings

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

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. We wish we could tune it up even higher.

2 More Complex Ways Of Improving FPS In Battlegrounds

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

With the above tips being relatively straightforward, let's uncover more complicated methods for improving PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds performance. As with most other Unreal Engine 4 games, you're able to tweak the graphics settings from outside the game, circumventing the "official" way of tuning by going all McGyver. 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:

[ScalabilityGroups]

sg.ResolutionQuality=70

sg.ViewDistanceQuality=0

sg.AntiAliasingQuality=0

sg.ShadowQuality=0

sg.PostProcessQuality=0

sg.TextureQuality=0

sg.EffectsQuality=0

sg.FoliageQuality=0

sg.TrueSkyQuality=0

sg.GroundClutterQuality=0

sg.IBLQuality=0

sg.HeightFieldShadowQuality=0

Open Engine.ini

[Core.System]

Paths=../../../Engine/Content

Paths=%GAMEDIR%Content

Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/OceanPlugin/Content

Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/Mutable/Content

Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/Runtime/Coherent/CoherentUIGTPlugin/Content

Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/RoadEditor/Content

Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/2D/Paper2D/Content

Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/Wwise/Content

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

Continuing to:

[/script/engine.engine]

bSmoothFrameRate=true

MinDesiredFrameRate=60

SmoothedFrameRateRange=(LowerBound=(Type=”ERangeBoundTypes::Inclusive”,Value=60),UpperBound=(Type=”ERangeBoundTypes::Exclusive”,Value=144))

MaxPixelShaderAdditiveComplexityCount=128

MaxES2PixelShaderAdditiveComplexityCount=45

TimeBetweenPurgingPendingKillObjects=30

bDisablePhysXHardwareSupport=True

And:

[/script/engine.renderersettings]

r.SeparateTranslucency=False

r.CustomDepth=1

r.DefaultFeature.Bloom=False

r.DefaultFeature.AmbientOcclusion=False

r.DefaultFeature.AmbientOcclusionStaticFraction=False

r.DefaultFeature.MotionBlur=False

r.DefaultFeature.LensFlare=False

r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=0

r.ViewDistanceScale=1

r.ShadowQuality=0

r.Shadow.CSM.MaxCascades=1

r.Shadow.MaxResolution=256

r.Shadow.RadiusThreshold=0.1

r.Shadow.DistanceScale=0.1

r.Shadow.CSM.TransitionScale=0

r.DistanceFieldShadowing=0

r.DepthOfFieldQuality=0

r.RenderTargetPoolMin=300

r.LensFlareQuality=0

r.SceneColorFringeQuality=0

r.FastBlurThreshold=0

r.Upscale.Quality=1

r.TonemapperQuality=0

r.RefractionQuality=0

r.SSR.Quality=0

r.SceneColorFormat=3

r.TranslucencyVolumeBlur=0

r.MaterialQualityLevel=0

r.SSS.Scale=0

r.SSS.SampleSet=0

r.EmitterSpawnRateScale=0.75

Scalability.ini

[ScalabilitySettings]

PerfIndexValues_ResolutionQuality=”50 50 50 50″

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r.MSAA.CompositingSampleCount=1

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r.SkeletalMeshLODBias=5

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r.LightFunctionQuality=0

r.ShadowQuality=0

r.Shadow.CSM.MaxCascades=0

r.Shadow.MaxResolution=32

r.Shadow.RadiusThreshold=0.24

r.Shadow.DistanceScale=0.1

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r.DepthOfFieldQuality=0

r.RenderTargetPoolMin=200

r.Upscale.Quality=0

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r.MaxAnisotropy=0

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r.TranslucencyLightingVolumeDim=1

r.RefractionQuality=0

r.SceneColorFormat=3

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r.ParticleLightQuality=0

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

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

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!


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