The best Apex Legends settings for competitive play
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Greetings, Legends! Welcome to another chapter of the Apex Legends 101 series, where we talk about everything that will improve our game. In this chapter, we’re going over the best settings to play Apex Legends on.
Let’s be honest; we all know why we’re here. We’re here to win. While Apex Legends also has great lore and gameplay, being the best is what we’re all about.
To become the Apex Predator, you’ll need to combine several achievements. These achievements include knowing how the maps work, getting yourself in the best shape to perform, and the subject of this article: adjusting your PC to the best settings for competitive play.
So, what can you do to improve your PC’s performance while playing Apex Legends? Let’s begin.
Meet the System Requirements
While not exclusive to Apex Legends, meeting the system requirements is very important to be able to optimize the rest of the sections in this article. We even wrote an article about the system requirements along with every bit of information you need to know about Apex Legends.
“Finally got that SSD, this will surely improve my FPS!” - Crypto, probably.
While their servers are notoriously problematic, Apex Legends is a reasonably well-optimized game when there are no connection problems.
To be able to get the best performance out of your PC, you should make sure that playing Apex Legends (or any games for that matter) is not using that last bit of energy your PC is clinging onto. To achieve this, you can make sure you’re not running any “heavy” programs running in the background that will weigh your PC and your connection. Rest assured, the G-Loot app is super-lightweight and designed to track your stats and competition results with as little interference as possible.
Another important thing to look out for is having space on your disk drive. As I mentioned above, if your PC is clinging to the last bits of disk space, you’ll have performance issues while playing. Also, if possible, having an SSD instead of an HDD is a great investment for gaming in general.
Having your gaming software up to date is another crucial detail that can be overlooked easily. Especially having your graphics card’s drivers up to date is super-important, or you might run into the fabled “graphics card is physically removed” error while playing, which will crash your game. It’s weird that the game assumes you removed your GPU while also fighting 2 other squads, but the confidence that error message has in your talents of multitasking is kind of wholesome.
If you’re using a laptop to play Apex Legends, make sure you have the correct performance settings. Laptops usually limit the usage of hardware to increase battery life, which you also shouldn’t risk. So make sure you’re using your laptop connected to an outlet and not on power-saving mode.
Best Apex Legends Settings for Competitive Play
Now that you’re ready to sweep the floor with other squads, let’s make sure your game settings are ready for that sweep, too. Remember, some options are really down to your own preference, and higher doesn’t always mean better. Finding what works for you is the best way to improve your performance.
When you enter the game settings, you’ll see several tabs on top. Let’s start with gameplay.
Gameplay settings essentially change your “experience” in the game. You can switch them around to achieve the best settings for yourself, maybe to have more information on your screen or less clutter.
Obviously, video settings are the heart of the matter. Apex Legends is a great-looking, colorful game. While, of course, you want to see more detail and appreciate the quality and effort, beauty comes at a price. That price comes in the shape of your PC’s hardware, so it’s time to fine-tune the settings to make Apex, sadly, look worse but run much better.
Basic video settings for Apex Legends
Display mode: Let's start off with something simple. Going full screen is your best choice here.
Aspect Ratio and Resolution: Generally speaking, your aspect ratio and Resolution should match your monitor’s native settings.
Some players do stretch their resolution to a 16:10 ratio. You lose some of the space on the sides of your screen, but you also widen everything so your targets will look a bit bigger and may feel easier to hit. Some also say this helps with their performance as it cuts away parts of the screen that were just unnecessary distractions. Whether that's true or not, you'll have to determine for yourself but I recommend using your native settings.
Brightness: You can turn up brightness to get a clearer view, but be careful if you're thinking of dialing it up.
Field of View: This sets how zoomed-out your view appears. While adjusting this may give you a chance to see your enemies before they see you, this is one of the settings where higher doesn’t necessarily mean better. Experiment to see what’s best for you and your computer.
Sprint View Shake: Does pretty much what it says on the label: adjusts how much your view shakes when sprinting. Keeping this at the minimum will cause less disruption to your gameplay.
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Advanced Video Settings for Apex Legends
V-Sync: Also known as vertical sync, V-Sync is an impressive graphics technology that synchronizes the frame rate of your game with your monitor's refresh rate. Well, sadly, V-Sync doesn’t really carry its weight when you consider the strain it will put on your hardware. Turning it off will improve your FPS.
Adaptive Resolution FPS Target: Adaptive resolution is an interesting way to get performance out of your PC. It dynamically lowers your resolution in an attempt to prevent you from lagging but it will also be very distracting if you’re having issues. So you may want to turn it off or way down. Taking the time to fine-tune your settings will result in a more consistent performance.
Anti-aliasing: This is one of the things that makes the game look pretty. You know what that means. Yeah, turn off for better performance.
Apex Legends is a beautiful game, we know. Settings such as ‘ambient occlusion quality’ and ‘sun shadow coverage’ help create a stunning visual world we could spend hours engrossed in. But we didn’t come for pretty. We came for victory!
Texture Streaming Budget: This option literally has a “how much RAM does your GPU have” option built-in, so adjust accordingly and don’t go overboard.
Texture filtering: This is another setting that will weigh on your GPU, set to low as possible.
Ambient Occlusion Quality: Disabling this option will have one of the more observable improvements in performance. Turn it off.
Sun Shadow Coverage: While determining where your opponents are crucial, shadows cause too much strain for what they’re worth. Set this as low as possible.
Sun Shadow Detail: As I mentioned, shadows are out there to take down your FPS, so once again, keep this setting low to improve performance.
Other Important Settings
Aside from graphics and gameplay settings, you should especially adjust audio settings, because as you know, audio cues are one of the best and most important ways to locate your opponents and assess the situation you’re in. So make sure to have your audio settings fine-tuned so, for example, the music doesn’t prevent you from hearing approaching opponents. Yes, Apex Legends has incredible music, but have you heard the one that plays when you win? It’s the best.
As you know by now, Apex Legends 101 series is all about finding what works for you and being prepared for that sweet victory. Blindly following instructions usually won’t end up working for you, considering all the variables. We make our own paths to victory. These are the recommendations for better overall performance, but it’s up to you to find what works best for you. Just like it’s up to you to be mentally and physically prepared to win.
See you (with fewer shadows) on the hunting grounds, Legends.
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