WildStar Tweaks Guide – Improve Performance and Graphics

By   /   Jun 3, 2014

MMOGs can be quite resource demanding, and WildStar Burst doesn’t seem to be an exception. Since we’re playing online, the emphasis is more on performance than it is on visuals.

If you’ve got a badass PC and are running the game perfectly, then good for you – you should probably just leave and search for some other guide. But chances are that since you clicked on this guide, you’re probably having performance issues and want some aid.

Well, you’re in luck, because we have a tweaks guide strictly meant to improve performance rather than improving the graphics. Not that it ignores graphics entirely, but performance remains a focus throughout the guide.

Any singleplayer game and we’d be telling you a bit of both, but for WildStar and all the multiplayer fun that it offers, we want you to have the smoothest, most seamless experience possible.

Wildstar Tweaks

Before reading the tweaks and suggestions, the first and most basic advice I can give you is to update your graphic card drivers.

Forcing Directx 9

Unfortunately it seems this game can give trouble on certain machines when running in Directx 10 or above. If you’re suspecting such an issue, you can try “forcing” the game into running in Dx9.

  1. Create a Desktop shortcut for Wildstar Burst
  2. Right click the shortcut icon and select Properties
  3. Change the Target from “….\NCSOFT\WildStar\Wildstar.exe” to “….\NCSOFT\WildStar\Wildstar.exe” –dx9
  4. Apply this and run the game, and you should be able to notice Dx9 shaders

Running the game on Directx 9 has reported massive frame-rate improvements for many systems.

Windows XP Compatibility (Running the Game on 32-bit Client)
Some users have reported a massive increase in performance by combining Dx9 along with this little tweak.

  1. Right click the Desktop shortcut for Wildstar Burst
  2. Select Properties, then go to the Compatibility tab
  3. Check Run this program in compatibility mode for and select Windows XP Service Pack 3.

The next time you launch the game, a 32-bit client will be downloaded. It seems using this client improves the performance of the game.

In-Game Settings
Some of the in-game video settings have a larger impact than others.

If you’re having low frame-rate issues or stutters, you might want to target only a specific set of options that would greatly aid in improving the performance of your game. Other options can help but do not offer as much improvement as the ones mentioned below:

View Distance/ View Distance (Horizon): These two sliders control how far your visibility will be, and therefore how far objects will draw. This can have a massive impact on performance, so try lowering both sliders a bit to get improved FPS.

The disadvantage here is that objectives will draw when you are relatively close to them, which can lead to lack of detail in distant areas and lowered visuals.

Clutter Distance: This performs a somewhat similar function to the above View Distance, except that it only affects the clutter on the ground and not the overall visibility. Turn this down to medium (don’t go lower or you’ll greatly lose visual detail without much performance gain) if you’re having troubles.

Dynamic Shadows: If you’re having problems despite turning down the Distance settings, try switching this to “off” to see how much performance gain you can get.

Render Target Scale: This is one option that makes your game look beautiful. If you’re really having performance issues that are not being fixed by the above mentioned settings, try using settings like Low and you’ll have a guaranteed improve over settings like Normal (though a massive downgrade in quality).

Add-ons
Some Add-ons are known to cause issues, and can be disabled or tweaked to improve the performance of Wildstar Burst. Head into the Add-ons menu and click the Memory column to organize all the add-ons based on memory usage.

Try to clear out the top few add-ons, which will likely be causing problems. A few notorious ones are:

Bijiplates/Nameplates – Test both of them and see which one takes less memory, and use that instead.

TargetFrame – This provides information to you regarding health and shielding, so disabling it fully isn’t recommended. Here’s a little add-on replacement that should greatly help you (Fast Target Frames); use it with Dx9 (see above) to get better performance.

CombatLog – This can really take up plenty of juice, particularly in PvP. Turning this off is pretty safe.

Console Commands (Field of View and Spell Effects)
If you want a little bit of extra control over your game, you could add the ability to use a console command to tweak certain things to your liking.

  1. In order to use the console, head to the shortcut on your Desktop or in your Start menu, right click, and select Properties
  2. In the Target field, add –console after the address to the main WildStar executable
  3. It should read something like “….\NCSOFT\WildStar\Wildstar.exe” –console

Once you are playing the game, use the tilde key (~) to enable the console. From here you can alter different variables. Some noteworthy ones that might improve performance are given below:

spell.visualSuppression 0.9 – will reduce spell effects visuals

camera.FovY 60– Altering the Field of View won’t give performance boosts, but can rid you of motion-sickness and aid in improving the experience. Change the value to your liking (I usually play at 80).

Don’t forget to share your own graphics and performance tweaks by commenting below!

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