Using the wrong game settings and haven’t a low FPS are two things that can result in an awful gameplay experience. FPS standing for Frames Per Second which is the rate that consecutive images appear on your screen. A low FPS rate can make the game look a bit strange and makes it harder to control which can also have a direct effect on your gameplay experience.
Problems such as lag might be down to your FPS and not the connection to the server if you have a very low FPS rate in PUBG. This is the same for most games but is something more noticeable in shooter games and especially multiplayer ones. Having a high FPS helps to avoid problems relating to recoil or movements which can come from a low FPS giving the screen a laggy look. This isn’t something you might notice if you’re used to playing PUBG at 30fps but it’s certainly noticeable from Youtube videos running at different fps speeds.
How to Display FPS
If you’ve never seen or experienced problems during the game, there might not be any FPS issues with your game. It’s still a good idea to check what your current FPS levels are like for the game otherwise there’s no way to know if any minor or major improvements are needed.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that the FPS of any game naturally changes throughout the game depending on what’s happening on screen. It’s common for the FPS to drop slightly when objects are loading onto your screen or when there’s a lot of action on the screen. This means you shouldn’t be alarmed by the occasional sudden drop while playing the game.
These are the methods to display your FPS while playing PUBG.
There’s a super-easy way to constantly monitor your FPS for Steam games without needing to download or run any other software while playing. Valve has added a lot of features to Steam including the ability to permanently display FPS while playing any game through this gaming platform. The process is straightforward and is useful to leave turned on even when you’ve finished playing PUBG.
- While on Steam, go to the top of the screen and click the Steam drop-down menu then select Settings
- Select the In-Game section
- There’s a section called In-Game FPS Counter which is turned off by default
- Click that drop-down option and select where you want the FPS to be displayed on the screen
- Press OK to save it and all games will have FPS displayed on the screen
It’s also a good idea to turn on the option for High Contrast Color underneath the FPS counter drop-down menu. It’s much easier to see the FPS on the screen when this option is enabled which is perfect for an action-packed game like PUBG. This option is enabled when the box has a small tick in it and is disabled when the box is empty. To turn this off all you need to do is go back to the In-Game FPS Counter option and change the drop-down menu back to “off”.
If you still have Fraps installed then this can be used to monitor FPS as well. Not everyone has this software of course as it was mostly used by content creators to record video games. This can be a useful FPS tracking tool since it shows the FPS while playing a game and it also lets players measure the FPS between two points. Fraps can also be used as a benchmarking tool for measuring FPS throughout individual games or over a period of time too.
While this can be useful, Fraps can cause FPS problems with older computers so this might not be a good option for everyone. The software does need to be purchased for full access to the features.
- Go to the Fraps official website here: https://www.fraps.com/download.php
- Download the newest version of Fraps
- Install Fraps (if you have it installed, make sure it’s up to date!)
- Launch the software
- Go to the 99 FPS tab
- Choose where you want the FPS Overlay on the screen
- Minimize the window then launch the game
Use Nvidia GeForce Experience to display FPS
If you have an Nvidia Geforce graphics card then you’ll have this installed already. It can only be used with those graphics cards so if you don’t have one then we advise using the built-in option on Steam or another option.
The software the cards come with contains many features including some to help with optimization and to personalise your gameplay with special filters. It will also work with all PC gaming platforms such as Steam and Ubisoft so this can be used for all your games. It also lets you put an FPS overlay on your games making it perfect to checking your PUBG FPS.
To double-check what graphics card is in your computer, follow these steps:
- Go to your Control Panel
- Find the Device Manager and open it
- Double click Display Adapters
- The dropdown will show you the graphics card in your PC
If you have an Nvidia Geforce graphics card in the computer then you can follow these steps to install the software and to enable the FPS counter. If you have the software installed already then skip to number 4.
- Go to the Nvidia Geforce Experience website here: https://www.nvidia.com/en-gb/geforce/geforce-experience/
- Download the software with a green button below the Geforce Experience text
- Go through all the steps to install the program as well
- Sign in or create a new account
- Open the Geforce Experience Overlay by pressing Alt + Z (while the game is open)
- Click the gear icon next to your avatar and turn on the “In-Game Overlay” at the bottom of the options then click “Settings”
- Choose HUD Layout then click the FPS Counter and choose what position to keep it in
Other options for You to try
Most record and streaming software include an FPS overlay option and other benchmarking software does also. If you already have some software installed then it’s a good idea to double-check if the software does allow for this. For example, RivaTurner is a popular benchmarking software which also allows you to have an FPS overlay while also offering an FPS.
FPS overlays are generally add on features for most software and not their main focus which is why they’re not usually advertised. Not all software includes an FPS overlay so always make sure you check with the official website.
How to Increase your PUBG FPS
Your FPS can be influenced by a lot of things, if you’ve already made some changes to other games to help those then most of these options won’t be that unfamiliar. When it comes to boosting PUBG FPS, you might find that you only need to make one or two minor changes to bring it up to 60fps. If you need to make more changes then you’ll want to consider making larger changes to things such as the graphics or potentially even upgrade the PC soon.
Lower the graphics
When any game has FPS problems one of the best solutions is to lower the graphics. When doing this there are a lot of different modifications you could make to the game which will help to boost the FPS. If you find your PC runs into trouble when going over certain FPS them you can also place an in-game FPS cap through the PUBG settings.
Boosting PUBG FPS through this method is pretty simple and allow for a lot of customization. It’s possible to make very minor adjustments through the graphics settings or make larger ones making this a great option. We recommend making changes slowly to see what helps you the most and which ones don’t work for you. Lowering the graphics will make your game look worse and you might decide you don’t like all of the changes. The PUBG graphics settings below are the best for optimization and you don’t need to make all of these changes unless you have severe FPS problems with the game.
- Window Mode: Fullscreen (Windowed or fullscreen)
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Brightness: 50 – 70 (This is the optimal range)
- Render Scale: 100
- Camera FOV: 90 – 100 (This is the optimal range)
- Overall Graphics Quality: Custom
- Anti-Aliasing: Very Low
- Post-Processing: Very Low
- Shadows: Very Low
- Textures: Medium (With the other changes to the graphics, it shouldn’t need modification but lower this is needed too)
- Effects: Very Low
- Foliage: Very Low
- View Distance: Medium
- Sharpen: Disable
- V-Sync: Disable
- Motion Blur: Disable
Lowering graphics might sound more like a solution for PC problems but most of the changes listed above will help other platforms too. For PUBG Mobile only a few adjustments are needed and these are only recommended to people with low-end devices. If you need to adjust PUBG Mobile, we recommend these changes:
- Graphics: Smooth
- Frame Rate: High (30fps) or Ultra High (60fps)
- Style: Colorful (Depends on your personal preference)
- Anti-Aliasing: Disable
- Auto-Adjust Graphics: Disable
Use Steam Launch Options
While making graphics changes are probably the best thing to do, adding some Steam Launch Options can also help give the game a small boost. You can do this to any game on the Steam platform though they all use different Launch Options. So while you can add these to other games, they might not do anything to help the game. This also goes for other options you might use for different games on Steam.
If you don’t know how to use Steam Launch Options, this is how to add them to the game:
- Go to the Steam Library
- Right-click PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Select Properties to open a new window
- Click the Set Launch Options
- Type or copy and paste commands into the smaller window it opens
- Click OK to save it
Each option should have a space between them and needs to have a “-” or a “+” in front of it. If you copy and paste the options into notepad then from there into the window or type them accurately then this should work.
This tells the game to use all of the CPU cores in the computer which helps to boost the overall performance of the game.
As a last resort option, it lets you run PUBG using DirectX 10 instead of 11 or 12 which can work better for older computers. This helps the game run smoother and will cause less stress on your PC if you’ve noticed problems while playing PUBG.
This one lets your operating system decide how much memory should be allocated to the game which is very useful for an older PC.
You can set the RAM allocation for PUBG using this Launch Option which means you can prioritize the game using this. Keep in mind that some should be left open for your PC to use as well.
Use one of these as the Steam Launch Option depending on how much RAM is in your computer:
16GB RAM: -maxMem=13000
12GB RAM: -maxMem=11264
8GB RAM: -maxMen=7168
Most Steam Launch Options don’t work with PUBG but the handful listed above will help boost your PUBG FPS. Keep in mind that you might not notice much of a visual difference to the game when using these settings but they will be working. It’s best to add them slowly so that if one does cause you additional problems then it’s possible to identify the one that’s causing them.
Modify your Nvidia 3D Settings
If you have an Nvidia graphics card in your computer then this is a fantastic option. Making changes to these settings will help improve the PUBG FPS you’re currently seeing in the game. These changes are also standard for all frames per second issues regardless of the game so if you have trouble with other games then this can help them too.
- Open the NVidia control panel,
- Click on “Manage 3D Settings”
- Use the following settings:
- Maximum pre-rendered frames: 1
- Power management mode: Maximum performance
- Texture filtering: High Performance
- Vertical sync: Off
- Anti-aliasing: Off
Disable Superfetch and Background Intelligent Transfer Service
While Windows 10 might be pretty good, it still has a variety of unnecessary features that you won’t probably even use but they’re still working in the background. The Superfetch Service has been reported by many to take a lot of processing power to maintain which could be hurting your gameplay experience and your PUBG FPS.
Turning this off can boost your PUBG FPS and doesn’t usually have negative side effects. You can use these steps to see if the Superfetch and Background Intelligent Transfer Service is enabled and how to disable it if it is.
- Open the task manager and click on the services tab
- Find and select Superfetch and Background Intelligent transfer service
- Open properties by right-clicking
- Change the startup type from “automatic” to “disabled”
- Make Sure All Drivers Are Up to Date
Close other Software
This is the first thing you should do if you notice any sudden computer problems with PUBG or any other game too. Gaming is intensive and other software can steal processing power away from the game which causes all kinds of problems including FPS issues and it can also overload your CPU triggering crashes.
Some software is okay to have open while gaming but too much can cause issues. While something like Discord or Spotify might work okay, more intensive software might not. It’s important to monitor when you start getting PUBG FPS problems and if any specific software triggers them. If it suddenly starts to cause problems then you should also check to see there are any updates for that software.
Be sure to check the Task Bar to make sure nothing is hiding in there that shouldn’t be open and also use Task Manager to confirm there’s nothing else open.
Update your Drivers
While this is simple to do, it’s also very easy to forget that you do need to update your drivers to the most recent version of the software. Using an out of date version can cause problems so if you suddenly notice problems without having any other software open, this is a likely cause.
Most graphics cards have some kind of software you can install which can check for updates and install them for you. For example, Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon Software both include these features.
Disable Steam Overlay
It might be annoying and inconvenient but turning off the Steam Overlay while you’re playing games can boost your performance in the long run for all of your games. This can be turned on and off whenever needed so you don’t need to leave this disabled for less intensive games. Turning this off will stop you from accessing internet browsers through Steam or from responding to Steam Chat while tabbed into the game. Without this enabled, you need to ALT+TAB out of the game to respond to Steam Chat.
This can be accessed in-game and without any games being open, you just need to have Steam launched. If you’re doing this while a game is open then press SHIFT+TAB to bring the Steam Overlay up. Without a game open, click the Steam drop-down button on the top menu then open the Settings there.
- Go to Steam Settings via the instructions above
- Go to the In-Game Tab if it didn’t open automatically
- Click the Enable Steam Overlay box
When the box is empty it’s been disabled and when there’s a tick in the box the Steam Overlay is enabled.
Upgrade the Device
For most people, this won’t be immediately possible but if you’ve tried everything else then this is the only option left. If you’re current PC or mobile is struggling to run PUBG then the only options left are either:
- Stop playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Keep playing with poor FPS
- Get new hardware
Upgrading your PC can be expensive so if nothing else has worked and you can’t upgrade at the moment then you either have to accept the current FPS level or stop playing. Keep in mind that if you’re getting low FPS this could also be a sign that your computer is struggling to run the game which could also cause damage to the hardware if it’s exposed to this for a very long period. Which would mean playing a game your computer struggles with daily for several months could degrade the hardware further.
PUBG Graphics Settings the Pros use
Professional players for any game have their settings set up however they like which also includes boosting their FPS. Each person has customized their PUBG settings according to their computers which means these graphic settings are perfect for them. Just because these are perfect to them, doesn’t ensure they’ll work well for you. If you intend to use these then we suggest you keep in mind that they might not be perfect for you and could need further adjustments.
If you do intend to upgrade the PC then these are the best graphics cards to use for PUBG and these are the best processors to use for PUBG.
He’s one of the most popular PUBG Twitch streamers around also a professional player. Shroud makes graphics settings obvious when he streams making them easy to emulate. If you find these are causing you problems then scroll back up to the section on changing the graphics to make further adjustments.
Take a look at the image here to see what settings Shroud uses.
Most competitive players keep their settings at minimal values but DanucD has hers set to something different. She prioritizes a better-looking gameplay experience at the cost of extremely high FPS. For people with a decent computer who don’t want to reduce the graphics too much, using her settings is the best option.
Link to DanucD settings: https://dotesports.com/pubg/news/danucd-pubg-settings-and-keybinds
Improving FPS is a simple process for all games and it works generally the same way. Modifying the graphics of any game is the best way to give yourself an FPS boost and various pre-made settings can be found online from the best players in the game. It’s a good idea to edit settings in accordance with your computer so you can get the best PUBG FPS possible. Having a higher FPS can help improve your gameplay experience overall by reducing a laggy look on the screen.
Remember to update the device drivers and to close any background software first before making major changes to the game. These minor issues are often the cause of many problems with games and can be easy to forget about. Most of the solutions listed here are perfect for all games and not just for dealing with any PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds frame rate issues.