Battlefield 1, tips for increasing performance on a low end computer
The Great War is on but your computer is just a tad too old for the task. All right. While this is still a very new release I wanted to share some of the tweaks possible on this game so you can get started on blowing stuff even though you are under the minimum requirements. This is the LowSpecGamer, where minimum settings on menu are to be ignored and commenters will complain that a 460 is a top of the line GPU. So forget about visual clarity and directx 11 effects because we are making this game run We are going to start with a resolution of 720, more about resolution options in a second, motion blur to the minimum, depth of field off, resolution scale to 60% and all quality options to their lowest possible. As you can imagine this does not do very well, at all, ever… so, what else is there for us to do? Before we continue I must warn you. In my experience Battlefield 1 is a very CPU intensive game so make sure all background applications are closed, that the priority of the game is on high, that your antivirus is on gaming mode if it has one and still with all that I am not sure I would recommend the game unless your are confident on your CPU or comfortable with overclocking.
OK The first thing that we are going to do is to open the configuration file for the game located in Documents, Battlefield 1, settings and the file is called Profsave_profile which you can open with notepad or notepad++. In the bottom of the file the GstRender commands control graphical quality and even with everything to the lowest there are a couple of extra things to keep an eye out. I have noticed a measurable small increase in stability by dropping ShaderQuality and ShadowQuality to 0 and even tough the game has a minimum resolution of 1025×768 you can force lower resolutions by changing the height and width commands over here. You may want to hold off that because you also have a resolution scaler. Scaling internal resolution allows you to change the resolution and detail of the game while retaining a readable UI. In the settings screen the lowest possible scale es 25% percent, but you can also control it via this line in the file where 1 is full resolution, is 50% and yes if you are feeling adventurous you can go under the 25% limit.
Wow. Now in order to tweak further we need to experiment with console commands. You can open the game’s console with the tilde key in the upper left corner of the keyboard but putting commands there is only temporary. If you want commands to be run every time you have two options. The first is to create a file where the game is installed. By default this is Program Files, Origin Games, Battlefield 1 and you need to create an user.cfg file here. Remember to enable viewing file extensions in your folder options so you can name the file correctly. Not a txt file a cfg file. In the description your will find a copy of the commands I use. The first one being a FPS meter that you can also use to know if the file has been read correctly. These two disable some extra dx11 effects. These 3 are commands that will make better use of the CPU and you must change this 4 to the number of cores in your CPU, these will disable some effects that where still on even when everything is on low.
If you want to play on windowed these two commands can be used to control the size of the window. And everything down here is just to ensure everything else on the command list that can be disabled is disabled. One little problem tough, on certain computers the game will disable the user.cfg when entering multiplayer mode. You will notice this if the FPS meter disappears when you enter a multiplayer map. There is a way to get commands to load in that case. In the description you will find the same commands as launch parameters that you can add in the properties, advanced launch options of the game in Origin. Uff, that is a lot of instructions. Let’s see how it goes. C’mon man, I just want to help you guys in the tank. Let me get in, let me get in. Yeah! Woo! Right on time, right on cue.
Alright, time to be a motherfucking tank. Literally. Give me something to shoot at. And… we are dead. Thank you very much. Where, where, where are they coming from? Plane. Yeah because that’s gonna do shit. Woah, shit! Oh, I got him, I got him! Yes! Ah, get in here. C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon. He’s not dead! He’s not…dead. Seriously, I’m not going to rest until I bayonet someone.
It can’t be World War I without bayoneting people- Wow! Jesus Christ, this is a mess! Let’s ride the tank, boys! So, that’s one way of using a tank, that’s ok. Everyone, behind the tank! Get him, get him, get him! Oh, fuck! Woah, woah! This is insane! Wow… Next deploy, the dreadnought killed me? What the hell is that dreadnought? Is that a ship? Under fire, oh fuck.
I need to help my people, oh, someone’s taking “A”, alright let’s go over that! Let’s take “A”. Let’s fuck ‘em up! This is fantastic! I’m having a really good time. That’s definitely a dreadnought, they were not joking about that. Fucking hell. Oh, we’re being fired, we’re being fired all over the place. Oh, boy. Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah, Ground, ground, ground! I’m alive. Barely. I’m no longer alive. Shit, retreat, retreat! Jesus fucking Christ! Woah! That guy just got blown into pieces right in front of my eyes. Woah! They weren’t kidding with the dreadnought thing. Boy, this is- ok so next point. Ah- fuck! YEAH! Ok, I died. HAHAHAHAHA. That’s fantastic! I freaking died from the mustard gas while trying to bayonet someone. That’s a definition of World War fantasy for you. Woah! Fucking hell! Oh, the bloody- the Dreadnought moves.
Ok, point taken, the Dreadnought moves. Thank you very much doctor! That probably wasn’t supposed to happen but it happened, alright. I wonder how are the horses. Is it something that I can use? This is 100% something that I can use. I don’t know how to play like a horse. Oh, that’s a sniper. Take it, take it, take it. Yeah! Eat my fucking horse. He is terrible at cutting people. Take it, take it, ah fuck, no…. Yeah, I see the machine gun, I see the machine gun, don’t worry, I got it. We got this point, boys. Let’s not lose it again. Oh god, we’re getting blown into pieces. Like this is very hard to maintain position. “We are winning” We are? O…k… yep. I guess that’s how it is… YEAH! We actually won! Fantastic. That is all for this video.
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