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Breach (PC) Tweaks Guide


Remember those frustrating little occasions when you are playing Breach (PC) online or even on single player and all of a sudden your frame rates drop to the point that you feel like you’re in a terribly slowed stop-motion picture movie? Well such mishaps occur regularly for majority of the players and can have an impact on their in-game performance, especially if it’s competitive multiplayer gaming.

There is, thankfully, a way to minimize and in some cases eliminate such lags or FPS drops by tweaking the game to the need of your PC rig. Here is a brief but useful tweak guide to familiarize you with the basic Breach (PC) Tweaking.

Breach – Graphics Tweaks

The most important thing you would want to do is to have a peek in your Breach directory. There’s a Breach.ini file which if you choose to open will contain variables that can be changed to adjust the graphics and performance of your game.

Players experienced in config files such as ones found in Crysis and Call of Duty shouldn’t have much trouble in getting the best settings for their respective rigs. For those who are new to all this, you can check out an already-configured Breach.ini below. (Courtesy to Deemer, sharer of this configuration).

ThreadedAppWorkerJobs=off
Shadows=off
FinalColor=off
DepthPass=off
ParticleBuffer=off
DeferredLighting=on
DOF=off
WindowWidth=1440
WindowHeight=900
TextureQuality=0
Gamma=8
FXVolume=5
MusicVolume=0
SpawnedDebris=0
SpawnedPhysParticles=0
DebrisLifetime=0
VSync=on
Fullscreen=on
ScreenHitFX=off
OnDiskShaderCache=off
ResourcePreloading=on
BuildPreloadFiles=off
TrackPreloadStats=off
ResolveDependencies=off
UseMouseFiltering=off
MouseInputScale=1.000000
RecordingsDir=UserProfiles/Recordings/
ShaderCacheDir=Core/Shaders/sdifcache
ThreadedLoad=off
ThreadedDestruction=off
ThreadedPhysics=off
ThreadedScripting=off
ThreadedRendering=on
PhysicsKillPlane=off
DisableCameraModifiers=on
Difficulty=regular
LoadProgress=on
TrackAllResources=off
UseFlatFiles=on
WTFModeDisabled=on
UpdateFlatFiles=off
RootContentPath=.
ScenarioSpawn=off
FireFromCamera=off
DefaultMap=
DebugPhysics=off
use_fmod_sound_system=no
sound_enabled=yes
sound_effects_enabled=no
sound_stream_preload_length=5.0
xaudio2_source_filters=no
AppName=Breach
PlayerName=Deemer
PercentageOfDebrisToSpawn=0.00
GamePort=27015
SteamCommPort=8766
SteamQueryPort=27016

You might notice the eye-candy effect being stripped away, but that is a very affordable price that you’ll have to pay to get stable FPS and improve your game-play.

If you’re having trouble configuring the Breach.ini file or the shared configuration manually to your needs, you can try out a neat program called “Breach Configurator” which allows easy access to the Breach.ini file allowing you to customize it to your will. You can download Breach Configurator from here (created and shared by Dragory).

How to Use Breach Configurator to Tweak
1. Download BreachConfigurator.zip and unzip it.
2. Place BreachConfig.exe in your Breach directory.
3. Make sure you’ve run the game at least once before using the configurator.
4. Right click Breach.ini, select “Properties” and un-tick “Read Only” and “Hidden” if they are checked, then click “OK”.
4. Start ‘BreachConfig.exe’
5. Make sure the game is not running while you are editing the config using Breach Configurator.
6. After you have made the changes, click “SAVE SETTINGS” and close the program, then go play!

Mouse Sensitivity:

Mouse sensitivity is the key to good aim and control in any shooter-based game. You need to edit Breach.ini to adjust mouse sensitivity, you can found it in

\steam\steamapps\common\Breach\

Open this file with notepad and search for these two variables:

UseMouseFiltering=On
MouseInputScale=4.000000

It is recommended that you always have mouse filtering turned off. Mouse Input Scale can be adjusted according to your needs and comfort. After doing so you might want to adjust the in-game sensitivity as well. For example, after setting the input scale to 1.00000 you might want to set the in-game sensitivity in between 40-100.

Breach Miscellaneous Tweaks

For those of you who are using SLI, its best to set your second GPU to physX. This is highly recommended as a lot of people have had issues with BSODs (Blue Screen of Death) and graphical errors in the game.

Another important thing that should be kept in mind is to avoid driver-forced anti-aliasing. If you are using forced anti-aliasing through your ATI/AMD Catalyst Control Panel or Nvidia Control Panel, it is highly recommended that it be set to ‘Use Application Settings’ in case of ATI/AMD and ‘Application Controlled’ in case of Nvidia. This is done to prevent any graphical errors while playing the game.

That’s about it. Summing it all up we’d say that majority of the performance depends on the way you tweak the Breach.ini file along with your resolution. Mouse Sensitivity plays an important role in your aim and movement and to prevent graphical errors, its best to tweak the GPU and anti-aliasing settings.