Competing in Apex Legends is a mixture of being a quick shooter and outmaneuvering your enemies with superior gear and tactics. But you’ll consistently find yourself lagging behind your foes if you’re having framerate and stuttering issues. These problems are fairly common, and there are a few things you can do to ensure that these problems no longer plague you.
Improving your graphics
A key way to reduce the amount of stuttering on your machine is to improve your graphics. You’ll want to optimize them by ensuring the latest drivers have been installed on your equipment, which you can do outside of the game on your desktop. It will vary based on what graphics card you have. If you have an Nvidia card, open up the Nvidia Geforce Experience, and there should be a drivers section for you to download. For those who have an AMD Ryzen, you can visit AMD’s website to receive the latest ones.
After ensuring you have the latest options downloaded, you can proceed into Apex Legends and correct the in-game settings. There are several options available to you to fit your computer, and they won’t always be the same for every player.
All Apex Legends settings to improve FPS and reduce lag
These are all of the settings you can modify in Apex Legends and where you want to place them to improve your game’s performance. This should ensure you experience the least amount of lag possible.
- Display mode: Full Screen
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (native)
- Resolution: 1920×1080 (native)
- V-Sync: You can turn this off
- Anti-Aliasing: This one boils down to personal preference, but the most optimized choice is to make sure it’s turned off
- Texture Streaming Budget: You want to go lower on the spectrum, especially if you’re already experiencing graphical problems. For those with a higher quality graphics card, you can keep it closer to the medium setting
- Texture Filtering: Anisotropic 2X
- Ambient Occlusion Quality: Disabled to low
- Sun Shadow Coverage: Low
- Sun Shadow Detail: Low
- Spot Shadow Detail: Off to low
- Volumetric Lighting: Disabled
- Dynamic Spot Shadows: Disabled
- Model Detail: Low to medium
- Effects Detail: Low to medium
- Impact Marks: Low to medium
- Ragdoll: Low to medium
Adjusting and playing around with these internal settings may vary given the type of machine you’re playing, Apex Legends. Overall, many of them are flavor graphics that add to the immersion, but if you want a smoother experience that doesn’t experience any stuttering, double-check you’ve lowered as much of these as possible in your options, and then restart your game to make sure they’ve been applied.
Remove Apex Legends FPS cap
Another way to ensure you’re not in trouble with FPS problems is to remove the cap. You can do this by going into game properties in the Steam library, and it works similarly to how you did it on Origins. Go to the library where Apex is, click the set launch options, and then type in, “+fps_max 160.”