Having trouble running PUBG at a playable level? Check out six ways you can increase your FPS in PUBG below.
If you don’t have the budget to put together a solid gaming computer or buy a high-end pre-built gaming PC, PUBG is one game you’re probably going to have trouble running. And, while it’s not uncommon for newer video games to tax older hardware, it’s even more so true for how unoptimized PUBG is.
If you do have an older system, though, and you still want to be able to play Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, there are some ways that you can boost your in-game performance. In this guide, we’ll talk about what the best settings for PUBG are and how you can increase your in-game FPS so that the game is more playable.
1. Adjust Your In-Game Graphics Settings
Let’s start simple: in-game settings. The graphics menu should be your go-to in any video game if you’re looking to get more frames per second. Remember that some settings will impact performance more in one game than in another, and some games are so poorly optimized for PC that altering your settings won’t put a dent in your frame rate.
Leave screen scale at its default 100, as it represents under/oversampling and is essentially just a micro adjustment of your rendered resolution. It won’t impact performance much one way or the other. Anti-aliasing isn’t a big deal, either, since Unreal uses post-processing effects to smooth edges.
Serious PUBG players typically play with lower graphics settings despite having high-end gaming PCs. That’s mostly due to the fact that playing with higher graphics settings on PUBG can actually put you at a competitive disadvantage by making it harder to see enemies at a distance.
Speaking of post-processing, you’ll want to lower its quality if you’re experiencing seriously low frames per second. You’ll definitely notice a loss in visual fidelity, but you’ll also see a huge increase in frames per second, given what a resource hog PPE are in PUBG.
Lowering shadows can provide an even larger benefit than lowering PPE. Textures, meanwhile, can stay high—they won’t help much. Next up, “effects” is your biggest culprit in terms of frame rate lag, as it’s the most demanding setting in the game by far. Dropping the effects down to low should net you a nearly 25% increase in frames per second.
Foliage, view distance and motion blur are all minimally graphics intensive settings, so you’re safe to leave those at their default values… especially motion blur, which is the scourge of all video games.
That should do it for in-game settings. It’ll take a little tinkering for you to figure out what the absolute best settings for PUBG are, as some choices come down to personal preference.
2. Adjust Your NVIDIA Control Panel or AMD Radeon Settings
Okay, so you’ve sorted out the in-game settings… and you haven’t closed the guide, so that must mean you need a little more advice on what to do to increase your FPS in PUBG. No problem—next up: changing the settings in your NVIDIA Control Panel. (If you’ve got an AMD graphics card check out the video below).
To start, be aware that you can set manual override rules in the Control Panel that will apply to every game you play. So if there’s a setting that you prefer to always be on or off, you can ensure that the Control Panel enforces that setting in every new game you launch.
In the NVIDIA Control Panel, under the Manage 3D Settings tab, you can change a number of settings that will potentially significantly improve your in-game performance in PUBG.
Head on over to the “Manage 3D Settings” section, where you’ll want to click the Program Settings tab and select PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. You’ll want to change a few settings, such as: set OpenGL rendering GPU to “auto-select,” power management mode ot “prefer maximum performance,” shader cache off, anisotropic sampling on, negative LOD bias allowed, quality set to “high performance,” trilinear optimization off, threaded optimization on, and triple buffering off.
That’s it. You can do a quick Google search to figure out what each setting does, but those should be the best settings for PUBG, as far as the NVIDIA Control Panel is concerned. For an AMD Radeon GPU, check out the following tutorial:
3. Adjust Your Steam Settings
Onto the next avenue—Steam’s own settings.These settings are going to provide considerably less aid in raising your overall frames per second, but you may find that they give you that extra little boost you need to be comfortable in-game.
First, you’ll want to right-click on PUBG in your Steam library and select properties. In the game’s Steam settings, you can untick the box that says “Enable the Steam Overlay While In-Game.” The overlay, while incredibly handy, doesn’t play nice with every game on Steam—and in PUBG, it can shave a few frames off of your total FPS.
If you need every increase in framerate possible in order to get the game to a playable state, try disabling the Steam Overlay option.
The drawback here is, of course, that you won’t be able to chat with your pals while you’re playing. But, if you’re playing duos or squads, you should probably have a gaming headset with a mic to comunicate with your team anyways.
If that hasn’t done the trick, or you don’t feel comfortable turning the overlay off, you always have the option of adjusting the launch options for PUBG in Steam. In the same properties window where you disable the overlay, you’ll find an entry field where you can enter text. If you’ve used launch options in other games, be aware that many standard commands don’t work. The only option you can input is “-sm4,” without quotes. This lowers your shader models to shader model four, which should give you a decent FPS boost.
4. Advanced Changes
Now that you’ve tried some of the more blatant frame rate fixes and launch right into more complex solutions. Do note: If you’re not particularly experienced with adjusting system settings or background processes for video games, or you don’t feel comfortable fiddling with settings outside of in-game menus, these solutions may be a little too technical for you.
First up is adjusting the page file size, or your computer’s virtual memory. When Windows runs out of RAM, it uses some of your hard drive disk space as virtual memory—you’ll find a page file .sys in your Windows folder, and we’d strongly recommend you leave that alone.
For the purposes of adjusting page file size, you’ll need to head to your desktop, right-click on This PC and select properties. Click “Advanced system settings,” then the “Advanced” tab, then the Settings button and the Advanced tab again—boom, right there at the bottom, virtual memory settings. You can adjust the page file size here to whatever you’d like in increments of megabytes, so long as you have that much space available on your hard drive.
Next, consider changing the affinity of CPU-intensive programs that aren’t PUBG. If you’ve got more than four cores and you’re running a program that’s eating up processing power, going into the Task Manager and changing the affinity of those programs so that they don’t overlap with the CPU cores that PUBG is using could give you a huge frame rate boost in-game.
5. Upgrade your old GPU
Sadly, if none of those changes worked for you… well, you’re gonna have to shell out some cash. If your processor and motherboard aren’t too old and you already have a decent amount of memory and a solid power supply, the easiest route would be to upgrade your graphics card.
At just a little over $200, an RX 580 would make for a nice GPU upgrade that will give you a significant FPS increase in PUBG. As a more afforable option, even an RX 570 should do the trick.
Changing out your GPU isn’t too difficult, either. You just need to turn off your computer, unplug it, open your side panel, unplug the PCIe power connector from your old card and pull it out, and then install the new card and connect power to it. No problem. Just make sure you get a GPU that’s compatible with your power supply and that fits inside of your case before you start spending money.
6. Get a New Gaming PC or Laptop Altogether
Of course, if your graphics card isn’t the only aging component in your computer, it might be time to invest in a whole new rig. If you’re looking at replacing the processor and graphics card, that probably means a new motherboard and a new power supply. At that point, you’ve basically got a new rig, so you might as well get a better hard drive—or better yet, a solid state drive—and a newer, bigger case, with better air flow.
You can check out our High-End Gaming PC Builds and Cheap Gaming PC Builds guides for options that would suit your budget.
If you’re looking for a new laptop, you’ll definitely have to shell out more money in order to rub PUBG as well as a desktop, but you can check out these GTX 1080 laptops, or these GTX 1070 laptops as those would be solid options for running Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds.
At any rate. those are six options you have that will allow you to increase your framerate in PUBG. Those last two are drastic measures, of course, but if you’re lucky, one of the first four suggestions will get you up to a tolerable frame rate. PUBG’s Steam guides also have a few tweak recommendations, but the entries on this list are the most common and popular fixes, so you’re not likely to learn anything you don’t already know if you go digging for more solutions.
In any case, best of luck to you and hopefully this guide helps you get more Chicken Dinners.