The best launch options for better performance and gameplay
As much as we would all love to play our favourite games with the highest resolution, the graphical features on ultra and still run on a smooth 60FPS, this isn’t possible for all of us. Some of us have to make concessions and sacrifice some graphical detail in return for stable gameplay. However, there are things that we can do to get the best setup we can possibly achieve. So here are some considerations to make when picking your launch preferences for PUBG so that your experience is as good as it possibly can be.
Best In-Game Settings
Before you go messing with anything under the hood, the easiest way to deal with poor performance is by changing the in-game settings. This menu gives you the ability to alter the overall resolution, the texture quality, view distance, toggle shadows and many other features that can make the game run slower if on high settings. Here is a rundown of the ideal settings for players who don’t have the most up to date hardware:
- Screen Mode: Fullscreen
- Quality: Custom
- Screen Scale: 100
- Anti-Aliasing: Very Low
- Post-Processing: Very Low
- Shadows: Very Low
- Texture: Medium
- Effects: Very Low
- Foliage: Very Low
- View Distance: Ultra
- Motion Blur: Disabled
- V-Sync: Disabled
It may be tempting to start messing around with the integrity of the game file to push the performance of your system to its limits. However, in some cases, it’s more trouble than it’s worth. So if you can fix the issue without even closing the game, we urge you to do this.
There are also a number of commands and launch options that can be implemented to improve performance. These changes make sure that the computer is set to its optimal settings and that performance is being prioritized over visuals. So here are a number of small tweaks you can make.
Change Your Refresh Rate
One common issue that can be causing your display to be janky is the wrong refresh rate setting. This relates to the number of images that your monitor produces a second. Of course, PUBG is capable of running at 60FPS consistently but if you have your monitor set at 50HZ, you are stopping it from achieving max potential display quality. Thankfully, this is an easy fix.Here is a quick step by step guide on how to find out your monitor’s refresh rate:
- When on your desktop screen, right-click and on the drop-down menu, select display settings
- Once in the display menu, locate and select the advanced setting option.
- This will take you to a screen where your display settings are shown in full detail, including your refresh rate.
Max Out Memory
The command you’ll need to enter is as follows:MaxMem=(max RAM)This allows the computer to allocate all of its memory towards running PUBG as smoothly as possible. This will vary depending on the size of RAM that your system has.So as a point of reference, here is what you’ll need to input for these common RAM sizes.
- 8GB of RAM = MaxMem=7168
- 12GB of RAM = MaxMem=11264
- 16GB of RAM = MaxMem=13000
However, if you don’t want the pressure of deciding how much memory should be allocated, there is another option. You can ask the computer to allocate what it deems to be the appropriate amount of memory to PUBG. The command you’ll need to enter is as follows:malloc=system
Much like the memory commands, there is a command to have the processor run at max capacity when running PUBG. With the use of this command, all the processing cores are allocated to PUBG to have it run at optimal performance. Here is the command you’ll need to enter:ALLAVAILABLECORES
Direct X is a software that is used by all windows systems to manage multimedia tasks such as movie playback, music and indeed, games. The most optimal Direct X software available at the moment is DirectX 12. However, if your system is chugging along at a snail’s pace and losing you games at those clutch moments, then it might be better to drop down a level.You can use a command that will ask your system to use lesser DirectX software such as 10/11 if you are currently using 12. This will cause a drop in visuals but will see a spike in performance. Here is what you will need to input:Sm4
How to apply changes in Steam
Now that you know what is possible to alter, you need to know how to make it happen. You can do this through Steam and the process isn’t even that difficult, meaning you can get PUBG running optimally in minutes. Here is a quick guide on how to apply these changes:
- Open Steam and find PUBG within the game library. When you do this, right-click on PUBG.
- This will open up a drop-down menu. Within this menu select ‘Properties’.
- Select the general tab and within this menu, click on the ‘set launch options’ button.
- This will open a field where you can enter your launch options. This will be different for each individual but as a point of reference, here is an example of how this can be formatted.refresh 60-maxMem=13000-malloc=system-USEALLAVAILABLECORES-sm4
- Press Ok and launch PUBG to check if overall performance has improved.
Editing PUBG’s ini. File
Although the previous steps will usually do enough to give you acceptable performance, there are other tweaks that can be made if necessary.To do this, you will have to make changes to the engine file for PUBG. This will allow you to make changes that aren’t made readily available by the game developers but can help you run the game on less powerful systems. Here is a guide on how to make this happen.
- Begin by pressing WIN + R and when entering the command in the field, copy and paste the following:%appdata%\Local\TslGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
- This will bring you to the game file containing the engine file. When you locate this, right-click on it and open with notepad.
- This will show you the current settings. What you need to do is delete this and then copy and paste the following into the notepad:[/script/engine.renderersettings]
- After you have done this, save the file and then launch PUBG to check if it is running more smoothly.
What to do if PUBG won’t launch
When you’re rooting around under the bonnet of the game, it’s possible to make a misstep along the way and break the game files. It’s an easy mistake to make so don’t beat yourself up about it. Plus, it’s really easy to fix as well. So, if this happens to you, simply follow this guide and you’ll be all set to try altering your performance again.
Fix the File Integrity
When messing with the files, even slight errors in the command and code will cause the game to crash or not launch. You may think that the only way to fix this is to uninstall and reinstall PUBG. However, there is a much faster solution. Simply go to PUBG in the Steam game library and right-click on it. Then in the drop-down menu, select properties. From here, simply select local files and you will see an option to ‘verify integrity of game files'. Select this and it will check for any missing parts and restore them to your file.
Prevent System Overload
This is more common on less powerful systems but is also relative to how many programmes you are running at once. Often, PUBG will not launch due to the programmes and software running in the background. So ensure that all unnecessary programs are closed by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete and running task manager. This will show you all the active programmes and tasks. Simply right-click on unnecessary tasks and select end task. This should help your PC run more smoothly and allocate more resources to PUBG.
Adjust your window size
Something that can really affect your performance that you may not even have considered, is that the window size can cause a drop in frame rate. If your window is not full screen, you will see a much more clear and crisp display. However, what you’ll notice also, is a much more inconsistent frame rate. So what we would advise for those who have systems unable to support this, is to have your window open in full-screen mode.This will ensure the most consistent performance possible at the cost of less refined visuals. Be sure to experiment with the window size by trying 90% of the screen too. If your system can support it without a drop in frame rate then, by all means, enjoy better visuals.
Launch Yourself Towards Success
A failure to prepare is a recipe for disaster when it comes to PUBG. This goes for both your actions when playing and your launch options before playing. Having the optimum setup is key to giving yourself the best chance of cooking up some tasty chicken dinners. So be sure to make the most of the tips on offer on this guide and ensure that you are best equipped to drop in and wipe the floor with your opponentsSo that’s our guide on the best launch options for PUBG? What is the best setup for your system? What system are you currently using to play PUBG? Are there any tips and tricks we missed that could help improve performance? Let us know in the comments and as always, thank you for reading, TheGlobalGaming.