Best Settings For Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Increase FPS, Boost Performance

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is finally out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. We’ve made this optimization guide for those of you playing on PC to ensure that your gaming experience is as smooth as it can be. 

Thankfully, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice runs pretty smooth on PC, but if you’re still having issues or just want better frame rates, there are lots of things that we can do. Let’s start optimizing!

First of all, ensure that your gaming setup meets the recommended system requirements listed below. If you’re meeting those, you can at least expect some lag, but hopefully, this guide should be able to help you as well.

Minimum System Requirements For Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • HDD: 25GB available space required

Recommended System Requirements For Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 570
  • HDD: 25GB available space required

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PC Settings

Do you have a gaming laptop? If so, make sure that the battery mode is on the High-Performance option. Also, ensure that your graphics card drivers are up-to-date, as NVIDIA and AMD usually roll out a significant update before these launches that will boost the performance 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.

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to Manage 3D Settings
  2. Select the tab Program Settings and find Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. 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)
  3. Under the dropdown called Select the preferred graphics processor for this program, select High-performance NVIDIA processor. This ensures that the game does not use your integrated GPU, which many people were reporting issues with
  4. Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1
  5. Set Monitor Technology to G-SYNC (if applicable)
  6. Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode
  7. Set Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance
  8. Set Texture filtering – Quality to Performance
  9. Disable Vertical Sync
  10. Enable Threaded Optimization
  11. Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest available
  12. Apply the changes and navigate to Adjust desktop size and position
  13. Check the checkbox Override the scaling mode set by games and programs and click on Apply

Optimize Your Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Game

Best Settings Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

Let’s now begin optimizing the game itself. These are our recommended settings, so you should probably adjust them a bit to your liking.

  1. Launch Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  2. Click on Options and then Graphics Options
  3. Set Screen Mode to Fullscreen.
  4. Set Screen Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
  5. Set Quality Settings to High.
  6. You have the option of choosing Automatic Rendering Adjustment. If you have this at On, then the game will adjust the rendering automatically when the frame rate drops. It’s a pretty good option, but we like tweaking the settings ourselves instead of letting the game decide. If you don’t want to use it, then follow the rest of the recommended settings below.
  7. Click on Advanced Settings
  8. Set Texture Quality to Max
  9. Set Antialiasing Application to OFF. This setting has a high-performance impact.
  10. Set SSAO to Off. This setting has a high-performance impact.
  11. Set Depth of Field to Max
  12. Set Motion Blur to High
  13. Set Shadow Quality to Medium. This setting has a very high-performance impact.
  14. Set Lighting Quality to Max
  15. Set Effects Quality to Max
  16. Set Volumetric Quality to Max
  17. Set Reflections Quality to Medium
  18. Set Water Surface Quality to Medium
  19. Set Shader Quality to High

Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization

Let us disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization now. Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Windows Start Menu and enter Windows Update settings and click on the search result for it.
  2. Click on Advanced Options
  3. Click on Delivery Optimization
  4. Ensure that the Allow downloads from other PCs setting is off.

Disable OneDrive

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.

Optimizing Discord

If you happen to use Discord, then ensure that you optimize it as well to boost your FPS in all your games!

  1. Open up Discord and go to the User Settings page
  2. 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 Sekiro.

  1. Open up Google Chrome and go to the Settings page
  2. Scroll down and click on the Advanced tab
  3. Again, scroll down and make sure that the setting Use hardware acceleration when available is switched off
  4. Relaunch Google Chrome and close it again

Clean Your Temporary Files

  1. Press the Start button and search after %localappdata% and press Enter
  2. Open up the Temp folder
  3. Now press CTRL + A to select all files in the folder
  4. Press the Delete button on your keyboard to delete these temporary files. Skip the ones it cannot delete
  5. Finally, empty your recycle bin

You can also use CCleaner – the free version will do the trick just fine.

Finally, restart your PC and start enjoying Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to its fullest!

We also recommend that you invest in a better gaming monitor, gaming mouse, and a good gaming headset.

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