PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) is a massive survival game that has gained immense popularity since it went to Early Access stages on March 23, 2017. Since it is Early Access stage at the time of this writing, the game is not optimized at all, so you might experience lag issues if you do not optimize the game as much as you can yourself. You might lag even after doing game optimizations on PUBG, but not as much as before the optimizations. You can utilize a high refresh rate monitor for this game, so if you have one, you might very interested in getting higher frame rates to get a smoother gaming experience and possibly give you a competitive edge. These are also the settings that a lot of pro players use.
So without any further ado, here are the best game settings for PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds). Please note that some of these optimizations may become/already be outdated, so they will not do anything. (mostly the launch options and advanced settings)
First and foremost, change your power settings to High Performance if you’re on a laptop. Also, make sure that you have your graphics card settings optimized in order to deliver more performance.
If you have a NVIDIA graphics card, follow these steps to get higher FPS easily. (Credits to /u/naxelk on Reddit)
- Open NVIDIA Control Panel
- Click on Manage 3D Settings
- Click on Program Settings
- Find TlsGame on the drop-down menu and add it. If it’s not there, click on “Add” and find TlsGame. If it’s not on the list there either, open up PUBG and close it again, then open this window again. It should be there now and if it’s still not there, add it manually at “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\PUBG\TslGame\Binaries\Win64” (Your exact TslGame.exe location may differ)
- Find Maximum pre-rendered frames and put it at 1
- Find Monitor Technology and put it on G-SYNC (if you have a G-SYNC monitor)
- Find Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration and put it at Single display performance mode
- Find Power management mode and put it at Prefer maximum performance
- Find Preferred refresh rate and put it at Highest available
- Find Threaded optimization and put it at On
- Find Vertical sync and put it at Off
Ingame Graphics Settings
- Adjust the brightness to your preferred level. Find a good spot, so you are able to spot people in dark corners, etc.
- Set Anti-Aliasing to Very Low. You can change this to a higher setting if you can’t play with flickering edges.
- Set Shadows to Very Low. This will result in some blocky shadows indoors
- Set Post-Processing to Very Low. This will increase visibility since there will be no more saturation and bloom.
- Set Texture to anything you are comfortable with. Compare your FPS while changing this setting, as you might get a higher FPS on a higher setting due to CPU overload in the game’s current state. Some professionals argue that it’s harder to see enemies in high-quality textures. Keeping this at Medium should suffice for most users. If you have low VRAM, then put this on Low.
- Set Effects to Very Low. If you don’t want to sacrifice too much visibility, then this is one of the best settings to change for that purpose.
- Set Foliage to Very Low. This will remove a lot of bushes and grass.
- Set View Distance to Low. Having this setting on Low should cover a quarter of the map, which will be more than enough. Having it any higher will punish your FPS for no apparent gains. You can always change this setting if you’re on a sniper tower, if you want to of course.
- Make sure MotionBlur is unchecked.
- Make sure V-Sync is unchecked.
- Reduce your Screen Scale to a number under 100 if you want higher FPS. If you have a good card, this setting should be at 100 to maintain good pixel quality.
If you don’t want a very bad looking game, you can mess around with the Texture, Effects and Shadows setting as you like, but it will come at the cost of some performance if you change them to a higher setting.
Advanced Settings for PUBG
Warning: PUBG has updated the FAQ and it now clearly states that messing with the config file can result in a ban. Proceed at your own risk.
These settings will change the maximum FPS limit of 144. If this should cause lag, then set try setting it to 240 or remove it again. Only start this step AFTER you have saved your preferred in-game settings above.
- Navigate to here on your computer: “C:\Users\<Your PC Name>\AppData\Local\TslGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor”
- You can open this folder by searching on your Windows search field: %appdata%. Note that this will open the Roaming folder inside AppData, so you have to move up one level and then select the Local folder from there.
- You can also just press WINDOWS KEY + R and paste this: %localappdata%\TslGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
- Open “Engine.ini”
- Paste this at the bottom on a separate line: FrameRateCap=0
- Save the file
Note: A lot of the launch options are now outdated and do not have any effect anymore. We’re keeping this for legacy purposes.
We’ll now make sure that the launch options are optimized for PUBG, we think you’ll find these especially useful since some of them can’t be configured in the game itself, so you have to modify the launch settings yourself.
- Right click on “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” on Steam
- Click on “Properties”
- Click on “Set Launch Options”
- Add “-refresh 144 -maxMem=13000 -malloc=system -force-feature-level-11-0 -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -sm4” in there.
- Change “144” to your monitor’s maximum refresh rate
- Change “13000” to the amount of RAM you want to allocate to the game in MB. Don’t allocate all of your RAM
- “-sm4” will change shaders from DX11 to DX10 and will remove some distracting reflections from the game.
- “-mallow=system” will force Windows to handle memory allocation
- “-USEALLAVAILABLECORES” should make the game utilize all your CPU cores, but it’s uncertain if it still helps as the game should be able to do this on its own now.
That was it! We hope you enjoyed our PUBG Optimization Guide 2018! If you have any comments or suggestions, put them in the comments section below. Now go and get that chicken dinner!
This PUBG Optimization Guide was made with the help of /u/Dantesick from Reddit.