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Best Settings For PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) – High FPS, Optimization, Competitive

By September 20, 2017 20 Comments

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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.

Best monitor for pubg

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 Please note that some of these optimizations may become/already be outdated, so they will not do anything.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)

PC 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)

PUBG Nvidia Best Settings 2017


  1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. Click on Manage 3D Settings
  3. Click on Program Settings
  4. 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)
  5. Find Maximum pre-rendered frames and put it at 1
  6. Find Monitor Technology and put it on G-SYNC (if you have a G-SYNC monitor)
  7. Find Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration and put it at Single display performance mode
  8. Find Power management mode and put it at Prefer maximum performance
  9. Find Preferred refresh rate and put it at Highest available
  10. Find Threaded optimization and put it at On
  11. Find Vertical sync and put it at Off

Ingame Graphics Settingsbest settings for pubg

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  1. Adjust the brightness to your preferred level. Find a good spot, so you are able to spot people in dark corners, etc.
  2. Set Anti-Aliasing to Very Low. You can change this to a higher setting if you can’t play with flickering edges.
  3. Set Shadows to Very Low. This will result in some blocky shadows indoors
  4. Set Post-Processing to Very Low. This will increase visibility since there will be no more saturation and bloom.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Set Foliage to Very Low. This will remove a lot of bushes and grass.
  8. 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.
  9. Make sure MotionBlur is unchecked.
  10. Make sure V-Sync is unchecked.
  11. 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.

  1. Navigate to here on your computer: “C:\Users\<Your PC Name>\AppData\Local\TslGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor”
    1. 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.
    2. You can also just press WINDOWS KEY + R and paste this: %localappdata%\TslGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
  2. Open “Engine.ini”
  3. Paste this at the bottom on a separate line: FrameRateCap=0
  4. Save the file

Launch Options

Best Settings for PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

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.

  1. Right click on “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” on Steam
  2. Click on “Properties”
  3. Click on “Set Launch Options”
  4. Add “-refresh 144 -maxMem=13000 -malloc=system -force-feature-level-11-0 -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -sm4” in there.
    1. Change “144” to your monitor’s maximum refresh rate
    2. Change “13000” to the amount of RAM you want to allocate to the game in MB. Don’t allocate all of your RAM
    3. “-sm4” will change shaders from DX11 to DX10 and will remove some distracting reflections from the game.
    4. “-mallow=system” will force Windows to handle memory allocation
    5. “-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 2019! 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.

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  • Thank you. Seems like a nice guide.

    The only update: -USEALLAVAILABLECORES – this command is already incorporated into the game itself, so no need to use it.


    Thanks a lot for these PUBG launch options! Just brilliant, I’m getting 15 FPS-20 FPS more than before.

    Aren’t these launch options working for Arma?

  • Hector Salamanca

    They are useless now but they are not from a diferent game engine, it’s actually unreal Engine related, source :

  • Akif Nuri Demir

    game creator playerunkown itself made mods for arma and the game h1z1 so it shouldnt be suprised you for the engine part

  • Juk da Niuum

    recommended use -force-feature-level-11-0 ? because not explain on this guide. thanks for the guide dude

  • Michael Onofre

    all of these settings are super old and outdated.

  • Aake Peltonen

    I hope they optimize game soon as it’s totally raping my GPU even if it doesn’t look that good.

  • Zokc

    only low hahah wood pc

  • Sorm Sai

    i have a gtx 160 and my fps is like 119 and lower qhy is that? n i put everything to very low

  • AldriOnd

    It’s to maximize the FPS you’re getting, to make sure it’s not going to lag even when there are a lot of things to load. Plenty of professional gamers play on the very lowest settings possible to make sure nothing drops, and think about their setups.

  • Zokc

    I also gain on Ultra without problems.

  • Marvin Linardi

    fact that u boasting on a comment section makes u so pathetic

  • What’s your point? I have a 7700k, 24gb ram, and 1080ti, yet i still lower my settings to get the best/steadiest FPS i can. Are you going to say i have a wood PC too?

  • Vinicius Gati

    for me the fps is good , the problem is the fps drops on bombs or cars, its really annoying get to 30 fps on some places, randomly.

  • SuicidalBaby


    These have been debunked for MONTHS.

    Malloc is from Arma and does NOTHING.
    Use cores is already enabled by the game when it starts
    sm4 has been disabled by BlueHole.

    the person who wrote this guide didn’t do any research other than ripping off other people’s guides.

  • Ligkonakos

    Yes your pc is trash

  • lmfao

  • I play battlefield 1 with high settings and beautiful graphics with 55-60 stable fps and this game runs on very low with shit graphics and stutters hard. It needs a serious optimization

  • so what, he tried to help people while you sit here with a negative attitude.

  • tysm you saved me from getting 20-30 constant low fps and screen flickering. It’s now constantly running 144 fps in the lobby (was 59), and 70-110 ingame.
    i7-7700k 5.0GHz
    16GiB DDR4-2400 8GiB*2
    GTX 1070 8G
    180Hz G-Sync monitor