What Should My Settings Be?
There is no right and wrong answer here and it’s all dependant on your individual system. What I can provide you with however is a starting block as to what you should set your Video settings to and if you PC is more or less powerful than mine above, adjust accordingly. I’ll stress again that the settings I choose to use in WildStar aren’t the highest but are chosen to provide the most “bang for my buck” in terms of visuals, without compromising on the games appearance or performance. See image below.
Spot The Difference
Below are two images demonstrating my settings and everything on absolute maximum. Mine achieves 60fps in every location without fail, the "maximum video settings" achieved no more than 18fps. For the sake of a little bit of grass, there's no value in just pressing the "high" settings on everything when the changes aren't visually noticeable.
My Video Settings
WildStar Full Size Image with "tweaked" settings: 60fps (Alternatively click the image above!)
Maximum Video Settings
WildStar Full Size Image with "maximum" settings: 18fps (Alternatively click the image above!)
- Be sure to update your video drivers before playing WildStar. You can find Nvidia’s here and AMD’s here.
- MMOG’s are CPU heavy so be aware that your GPU will be under utilised. Having a good processor, in most cases, is important.
- Adjusting view distance is a great way of increasing your frame rate.
- You can make your PC favour gaming performance by going to “Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > High Performance.”
- If you’re experience with Video settings, it’s always worth going to the graphics cards specific control panel (Nvidia Control Panel in my case) and choosing “Use Advanced 3D image settings” to override the games options and choose your own. However, for the most part WildStar functions well with “Let the 3D application decide”.
- Tweakguides.com is an amazing resource for squeezing out the most from your computer and has an abundance of easy to understand guides.
- Disabling Target Frame has been known to increase frame rates. You can do this by selecting HUD and choosing to have it as always off. However, be aware that Target Frame's provide you with information on your health and shields however you can configure it so that it is only off when out of combat.
- Deleted everything in C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\NCSOFT\WildStar folder
If you've any other tips or need help with your video settings, please drop me a line at lewisb[at]tentonhammer.com