Shadow of War is out now and if you were planning on buying the game then this Shadow of War tweaks guide will tell you how you can get the best performance in-game out of your current hardware. As a bare minimum, you will need an AMD FX-4350 @ 4.2 GHz or Intel i5-2300 @ 2.80 GHz paired with 6 GB RAM and an AMD HD 7870 with 2 GB VRAM or an Nvidia GTX 660 with 2 GB VRAM.
While those are the minimum requirements of the game it is recommended that you have an AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or Intel i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz paired with 12 GB RAM and an AMD RX 480 with 4 GB VRAM or RX 580 with 4 GB VRAM or an Nvidia GTX 970 with 4 GB of VRAM or a GTX 1060 with 6GB VRAM.
Shadow of War is pretty great when it comes to adjusting to your hardware and you will find that the game will adapt the settings to your hardware from the get go but you might want to play with some settings manually in order to get the best balance between performance and visuals. That is where this Shadow of War tweaks guide comes in.
Moving on with the Shadow of War tweaks guide we see that the game has plenty of settings that you can play around with in order to get better performance out of your hardware. At the top of the list, we have lighting quality which can be taxing on your GPU depending on which one you are using. You may find that turning down this setting will get you a few more FPS.
Even if you have a GTX 1060, I would recommend you keep this setting at medium in order to get the most out of your graphics card. You can opt for higher settings if you have a higher-end GPU.
Motion blur can be toggled on and off and if you want to gain a few more FPS then you should keep it turned off.
Switching Anti-aliasing to FXAA should get you a balance between performance and visuals. Shadow quality is another setting that you can play around with. Turning down this setting will give you additional performance.
Texture Filtering And Texture Quality
If you want the game to look good then you should set texture filtering and texture quality to high.Both these settings can be turned down if your GPU is not up to the mark and you would rather have smoother gameplay. Ambient occlusion is a setting that you can play around with without having much of a visual impact on the game. Turn this to medium and you should be fine.
Vegetation range will control the distance of vegetation rendered around you. Turning down vegetation range will reduce the burden on your GPU and this is recommended if you are using older hardware. Turning down this setting will give you smoother gameplay and higher FPS. You might see vegetation pop up out of nowhere at the lowest setting.
Depth Of Field And Tessellation
Depth of field and tessellation will also impact your GPU performance and if you are running older hardware then turning these off will be best.
Large Page Mode
Large page mode will allow the game to allocate faster memory to itself. This can help in some parts of the game but in most cases, you will not feel much of a difference. We still need to do some more testing in order to see what kind of an effect this setting has on the game.
While each setting in this Shadow of War tweaks guide might not individually improve performance exponentially, you will see that adding all these tweaks together will get you 10-15 better performance overall. Also, check out our Shadow of War errors guide in order to fix issues that you might be facing. Here is our guide to leveling up fast in the game.
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