Destiny 2 for PC has finally launched on Steam and consoles and it’s time to get started! Like all games, you want to optimize the game as much as possible, especially for competitive gaming.
First off, make sure you meet the recommended system requirements or at the very least, the minimum system requirements. If you don’t meet the minimum system requirements, then don’t buy the game as you won’t be able to enjoy it.
Our target is an average of 60 FPS for each of the main resolutions in gaming (1080p, 1440p, 4K). If you want to go even higher than 60 FPS, then either use lower settings, lower your resolution in the game or get a better GPU.
Minimum System Requirements
Recommended System Requirements
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Recommended GPUs For Destiny 2
3840×2160 (4K or 2160p)
If you want to target 120 FPS, then use a resolution below the GPU. For example, you’d use a GTX 1070 for 1920×108 at 120FPS and a GTX 1080 Ti for 2560×1440 at 120FPS.
Destiny 2 Graphics Settings
Set the Graphics Quality option to Custom and apply these recommendations to optimize Destiny 2.
Window Mode: Fullscreen
Setting this to SMAA will cost you roughly 2 FPS, while FXAA will cost you 0.5 FPS.
Turning this to HDAO only costs about 2 FPS and it’s definitely worth it.
Texture Anisotropy: 16x
Turning this setting to 16x only costs about 2 FPS, which is okay considering the benefit you get from it.
Texture Quality: Highest
There should not be any performance costs setting this to Highest if you have the necessary VRAM for it, which is 3GB for 1080p at 100% Render Resolution.
Shadow Quality: Medium
Depth of Field: High or Highest
Setting this at High will only cost around 2 FPS while Highest will cost around 6 FPS.
Field of View: Your Preference
Having a higher Field of View (FOV) allows you to see more and thereby give you a competitive edge. You’re able to see people before they see you, if they have a lower FOV than you. You can select between 55 to 105 degrees, so choose carefully. There’s a performance loss of around 12 FPS from 55 degrees to 105 degrees.
We recommend you set this as high as you can.
Environment Detail Distance: Medium
Character Detail Distance: High
Foliage Detail Distance: Medium
Foliage Shadows Distance: High
There’s no apparent FPS loss setting this to High so just pick that option.
Light Shafts: High
We didn’t notice any performance loss setting this to High.
Motion Blur: Your Preference
We like to enable this option as it almost eliminates blurring effects from the game.
Wind Impulse: On
Setting this to On will only cost you 0.1 FPS and will add an extra touch to Destiny 2’s gameplay, so we’d say it’s definitely worth it.
Render Resolution: 100%
HDR: Depends on your display
Most people don’t have an HDR display, so you can just leave this Off. If you happen to have an HDR display, then turning this On will greatly improve color and the overall visual look of the game.
Chromatic Aberration: Your Preference
This setting is basically making the area around your reticle more focused than other areas of your screen. It adds a “realism” effect to the game, but some users dislike it.