Even if you know how to perfectly manage the circle , or you can kill hackers at 1000 paces , there are always ways to improve your PUBG game. Ahead we’ll share with you the sorts of settings the pros use to ensure they get a consistent framerate while they’re smashing through their competition on the way to another chicken dinner.
We’ve already taken you through the biggest tweak — if you haven’t done it yet, do yourself a favour and snag ReShade to dramatically change the game’s colour palette and find yourself better able to see moving enemies in the distance. And don’t forget to turn it off for a more authentic Zombies experience, too.
Just as a heads-up, we won’t get into any advantage-altering tweaks here. Editing the “ini” files was locked down with version 1.0, and any tweaks that allow you to remove grass and foliage from the game convey an unfair advantage which can get you banned, so we don’t recommend it. Still, the settings list we use can absolutely create a fair advantage against others who play the game with everything maxed, so you should keep reading!
Let’s run through the graphics settings you want to change so you can nail down a smooth game. In many cases these settings should be good for any PC setup, but we’ll note any you can play around with when we get to them.
Field of View
FOV, or Field of View, is a bit of a personal preference setting, but you should set it to 100 (provided it doesn’t make you feel motion sick) to squeeze a little bit of extra peripheral information out of the game.
Inventory Screen Character Render
Turning this off will make it so your character doesn’t show up in the inventory screen when you press tab. This change is huge, regardless of how good your PC is – we noticed a 30% increase in frames in the inventory thanks to switching this off.
The downside to this is that it takes a few microseconds longer to work out what helmet and vest you are wearing, but you can fix that by turning the “Equipments HUD” on, and you’ll see three icons representing your backpack, helmet and vest down the bottom of your screen (and the icons turn red when your equipment is damaged). Another downside is that if you accidentally replace your sexy red jeans with boring blue pants, you won’t notice until it’s too late.
AA controls the ‘jaggies’ that you see in games, where in-game models appear to be made of dozens of sharp edges when you look at them. It’s very much up to you whether you set this to Ultra or not, but we recommend going with Ultra because there’s not much of a frames-per-second difference between having it on or off, and it looks better.
If you don’t mind some jaggies, or if you have a lower-end PC which struggles to run PUBG, try setting it to Very Low (which technically turns it off in-game). If you see a noticeable improvement, leave it off — but you probably won’t.
Post-Processing should be dumped on Low in all cases. ReShade does all the more interesting post-processing for you already, so having PP any higher than Low adds pointless bloom (that’s additional brightness) to the game, as well as motion blur which some can find nauseating.
Setting Shadows to Very Low can make them look a bit weird indoors — they get pretty blocky as they try to render collisions. If your PC can handle it, don’t go any lower than Low to avoid this. Even if your PC is a beast, you should leave it on Low as it can help spot players who are belly crawling through grass when you’re in the open fields during the last few circles.
Textures have probably the biggest impact on gameplay in general. Put it on Very Low if you have an older PC and you’ll find that the game is able to load buildings at the start of a match a lot faster.
I have a pretty good computer, but I don’t go above High — going lower to Medium makes literally no difference, but setting it to Ultra can cause some frame drops in towns like Los Leones.
Effects is similar to Textures, in that you will see performance increases the lower you set it. Going above Medium for Effects can make hiding out in the Red Zone a bit of a slideshow on even my beastly PC, so I recommend leaving it on Medium!
Turn Foliage on Very Low. It’s not a huge difference, but the grass in fields will render for a slightly shorter distance the lower you put this, which means on very low you will be able to see people snaking through fields a little closer. It’s a matter of 10s of metres, but it counts.
Regardless of your computer’s performance, View Distance shouldn’t be lower than Medium. There is functionally no difference in the game between View Distance on Very Low and Medium, so go Medium or nothing.
Setting it above Medium is up to personal preference, but there’s not much point putting it on High either, as it’s nearly identical to Ultra. I go for Ultra, but if you see frame-rate increases on Medium then leave it there and you shouldn’t be disadvantaged in-game.
Remember to tweak these settings to best suit your PC setup! Hopefully though these options should create the perfect balance between performance and viewability to best allow you to earn all those PUBG chicken dinners you so richly deserve.