Seemingly out of nowhere, Apex Legends (a Battle Royale game) has been released, and it’s off to a great start. It was created by the Titanfall developers, Respawn Entertainment, and published by EA on Origin for PC. The game has been fully released and is free-to-play on PC, PS4, and XBOX.
It’s also built on a modified version of the Source engine, so the game is very optimized, and you’ll feel it right away. But if you’re experiencing problems, then here’s our take on the best settings for Apex Legends. We have also included some other optimizations that we usually include with our game optimization guides.
Ensure that you meet the minimum and preferably the recommended system requirements for Apex Legends, as shown below. Otherwise, you’re bound to experience issues, but these tips may help you a bit.
Minimum System Requirements For Apex Legends
Recommended System Requirements For Apex Legends
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Will you be playing Apex Legends on a laptop? Then make sure that the battery mode is set on “High Performance.” Furthermore, check that all your drivers are up-to-date, especially your GPU drivers, as NVIDIA and AMD usually release new drivers ahead of game releases that will optimize your system significantly.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, we recommend that you also perform the following optimizations. Note that not all these settings may be available to you.
- Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to Manage 3D Settings.
- Select the tab Program Settings and find Apex Legends. If you can not find it, click on Add and try to find it here. (try running the game first and close it down again if you can not find it)
- Under the dropdown called Select the preferred graphics processor for this program, select a High-performance NVIDIA processor. This ensures that the game does not use your integrated GPU, which many people were reporting issues with.
- Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1.
- Set Monitor Technology to G-SYNC (if applicable).
- Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode.
- Set Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance.
- Set Texture filtering – Quality to Performance.
- Disable Vertical Sync.
- Enable Threaded Optimization.
- Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest available.
- Apply the changes and navigate to Adjust desktop size and position.
- Check the checkbox Override the scaling mode set by games and programs and click on Apply.
Optimize Your Apex Legends Settings
Let’s start optimizing the Apex Legends game now. These are our settings, so you should probably tweak them to your liking a bit.
- Launch Apex Legends.
- Open the settings page via the gear icon on the bottom right corner.
- Click on the Video tab.
- Set Display Mode to Full Screen.
- Set Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
- Set V-Sync to Disabled.
- Set Anti-aliasing to TSAA. Having this setting at Disabled is not worth the FPS increase (about 2-3%).
- Set Texture Streaming Budget to High.
- Set Texture Filtering to Anisotropic 4X.
- Set Ambient Occlusion Quality to Low. This setting has a very high impact on performance.
- Set Sun Shadow Coverage to Low.
- Set Sun Shadow Detail to Low.
- Set Spot Shadow Detail to Low.
- Set Volumetric Lighting to Disabled.
- Set Dynamic Spot Shadows to Disabled.
- Set Model Detail to Medium.
- Set Effects Detail to Medium.
- Set Impact Marks to Low.
- Set Ragdolls to Medium.
Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization
Let us disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization now. Simply follow these instructions:
- Open the Windows Start Menu and enter Windows Update settings and click on the search result for it.
- Click on Advanced Options
- Click on Delivery Optimization
- Ensure that the Allow downloads from other PCs setting is off.
We recommend that you disable OneDrive if you’re not using it. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar and click on Exit.
If you happen to use Discord, then ensure that you optimize it as well to boost your FPS in all your games, including Apex Legends, while Discord is running.
- Open up Discord and go to the User Settings page.
- Click on the Appearance tab and uncheck the Hardware Acceleration setting.
Optimizing Google Chrome
You can also turn off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome so that background applications executed by Chrome do not consume too many resources when you’re playing Apex Legends.
- Open up Google Chrome and go to the Settings page.
- Scroll all the way down and click on the Advanced tab.
- Again, scroll all the way down and make sure that the setting Use hardware acceleration when available is switched off.
- Relaunch Google Chrome and close it again.
Clean Your Temporary Files
- Press the Start button and search after %localappdata% and press Enter
- Open up the Temp folder.
- Now press CTRL + A to select all files in the folder.
- Press the Delete button on your keyboard to delete these temporary files. Skip the ones it can not delete.
- Finally, empty your recycle bin.
You can also use CCleaner – the free version will do the trick just fine.
Now restart your PC and enjoy Apex Legends fully optimized!