How to achieve the best FPS settings to boost performance in PUBG, whether you're playing on PC or Xbox One.
It's safe to say that PUBG isn't exactly the most well-optimised game you can play on PC or Xbox One, and that we've got a while to wait before it's buttery smooth. Game-breaking glitches and frustrating crashes to desktop are part and parcel of this Battle Royale experience we're afraid. Not only do you have to outlast one hundred other players, you're also contending with the game itself most of the time - how long will it take before being hit with a black screen of death?
Achieving decent performance on PC is especially tricky, and it's suprising how even the most powerful systems will often struggle to achieve a solid 60 FPS. Getting that wonderful gameplay experience largely depends on how you fiddle with PUBG's numerous in-game graphics options.
Finding that magical combination of optimal settings for the first time isn't user-friendly either, particularly for players who aren't familiar with what any graphics options actually accomplish. To help you out, we've put together a complete breakdown of all the settings you should change, along with simple explanations as to why you're tweaking each one.
Editor's NOTE: We've updated this page with an NVIDIA settings section that'll take you through a few tweaks to squeeze as much performance out of your GPU as possible.
Make sure you visit our core PUBG Guide hub when you're done here. It contains all of the most important tips and tactics you need to win more games.
Best FPS settings
These are easily the most important settings you'll be changing. Make sure you tweak these first before you mess around with anything else!
- Screen Scale: 100-103
- Anti-Aliasing: High
- Post-Processing: Very Low
- Shadows: Very Low
- Textures: High
- Effects: Very Low
- Foliage: Very Low
- View Distance: Very Low
- V-Sync: Off
- Motion Blur: Off
Post-Processing, Shadows, Effects and Foliage simply aren't needed at high settings as they're more for show than anything else. Setting them all to Very Low will save you some serious FPS.
You're probably wondering why View Distance is set to Very Low as well. Setting this to High or above doesn't actually give you a distinct advantage as it only governs how much detail is rendered at a distance, such as foliage and objects. Other players will still be visible at long ranges no matter whether you have this set to Ultra or Very Low.
Anti-Aliasing affects how jagged textures appear on the screen. Setting this to High or above will make everything in general look a bit smoother. You can set this to Medium or below to save a few extra frames, but expect things to appear jankier.
Set your Textures based on how powerful your PC is, but it's nice to keep it on High or Medium so the game doesn't look awful.
Turning V-Sync off will prevent input lag and will ensure you're getting as many frames as possible out of the client.
Motion Blur only makes things a little bit prettier and makes action more cinematic. Unfortunately it tanks performance pretty hard, so turn it off to save yourself some hefty FPS.
Changing this to Off will stop the game from loading a 3D model of your character when opening up your inventory. It's completey unnecessary, so it's worth turning this off just to boost your inventory loading speeds. Every little counts when it comes to staying tuned into the game after all.
- Inventory Character Render: Off
If you've got an NVIDIA Graphics Card you can gain a slight performance boost by heading into your NVIDIA Control Panel and tweaking a few settings. While this method won't give you enormous FPS gains, it's still worth doing!
Just follow this simple step by step guide:
- Click the arrow in the bottom right of your desktop tray to bring up an icon menu. Right click the Nvidia logo (green and black) and select "NVIDIA Control Panel".
- Select "Manage 3D Settings" and find "PUBG" or "TslGame" in the drop down menu. If you can't find them, click "Add" and you should find them there.
- Set "Maximum pre-rendered frames" to 1.
- Set "Monitor Technology" to "G-SYNC" if applicable. Otherwise leave it be.
- Set "Power management mode" to "Prefer maximum performance".
- Set "Preferred refresh rate" to "Highest Available".
- Set "Threaded Optimisation" to "On".
- Set "Vertical Sync" to "Use the 3D application setting".
More PUBG guides
- 1. Main Guide - PUBG: Guide 2018 - Tips, tricks and strategy advice
- 2. Mouse Settings - PUBG: Best mouse DPI and sensitivity settings guide
- 3. Keybinds - PUBG: Best keybinds, hotkeys and keyboard layout
- 4. FPS Settings - PUBG: Best FPS settings to boost performance
- 5. Map Choice - PUBG: How to only play the old map (or the new one!)
General PC Settings
Out of date drivers can play havoc with your FPS and render PUBG (and all other games if we're honest) practically unplayable. Asa a general rule of thumb it's important to keep them updated.
As PUBG progresses with each major patch, we’ll make sure to keep updating this guide for those of you who are determined to chase ever-improving optimal performance from PUBG.