PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the biggest smash-hit games of 2017, but as an early access title, it hasn’t hit its best point of optimization just yet.
We’ve got some tips for you to maximize your frames-per-second and get the best performance out of the game so you can win some chicken dinners. If you’re having low FPS or performance issues, there are a few ways to make the game run more smoothly.
Obviously, your graphics settings will have the biggest impact on how the game performs.
In general, the game needs a pretty decent PC build to run well. Its minimum requirements include Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB for your GPU, and an Intel Core i3-4340 for your processor. If you’re running on anything lower than that, you’re going to have a bad time.
PUBG currently maxes out its FPS at 144, so let’s aim for somewhere around there.
Screen Scale: This setting affects the under or oversampling of an image, but the effects that it has on your game’s performance should be negligible. Recommendation: Default
Anti-aliasing: This setting won’t have a major effect on your performance, so it’s up to your discretion on if the AA is bothering you or not. Recommendation: Variable
Post-processing: This setting affects how everything loads in after the map’s rendering is complete. Lowering it will only help your FPS. Recommendation: Low
Shadows: This is a big one. Shadows are very pretty and they help add realism on Ultra settings. But do you want to win or do you want things to look pretty? Lower your shadow settings and watch your FPS increase instead. Recommendation: Very Low
Texture: This setting is pretty dependent on how much VRAM your system is running, but lowering will boost your FPS a bit while making rocks look a bit uglier. Try a middle-ground setting and see what it does from there. Recommendation: Medium
Effects: This setting will affect how things like explosions will look. Unless you plan on sitting in the red zone and watching bombs go off around you, you won’t miss much by turning this down lower. Recommendation: Very Low or Low
Foliage: Depending on your rig, this might not have a huge effect on your system’s performance. But the good news is that there is little noticeable difference in foliage between Very Low and Ultra, so pick what works best for you. Recommendation: Variable
View Distance: This one is important. If you can run this on Ultra, do it. View Distance does what its title suggests, as it affects how far off into the distance you can see. In PUBG, this could easily mean the difference between life and death. Recommendation: Ultra or as high as possible
Motion Blur: Does anyone actually use this setting in any game? Turn it off. Always.
The bottom line here is that the better you want the game to run, the more you should lower your settings. If you have a monster PC rig and can run everything on Ultra settings, that’s fantastic. Go nuts.
But odds are you’re here because your PC is having a tough time running the game. If that’s the case, err on the side of caution and lower your settings and test things out for yourself. It may take a few games to get your settings just right. But with some practice and a lot of losses, you may find yourself eating chicken for dinner some day soon.
We recommend to start the game up with everything on Very Low and see how it feels. If the game is still having performance issues, it may be time for an upgrade or to wait for it to be more fully optimized. If not, get out there and get yourself some chicken.