The best settings for competitive PUBG for PC

February 7 2022

The best settings for competitive PUBG for PC
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Game settings can be the difference between a good game and a great game. They can take you from a solid play to an excellent play. But there’s always a trade-off with settings. Great image quality takes a lot out of your system.

When playing competitively, you need to find the balance between a nice-looking game and a fast-running game. So which settings will give you this balance? Where’s the line? Well, let’s explore that together.

Without much further ado, the settings you should pay attention to in PUBG: Battlegrounds!

Minimum requirements

Before we get into your settings, let’s have a look at your system. In order to run competitive PUBG in all its glory, you’ll need a minimum of the following requirements. But if you’re serious about your game, you should always go higher. Spend a little more here and there, up your system, and see the difference it makes!

Here are the official requirements for the game:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4430/ AMD FX-6300

  • RAM: 8 GB

    OS: 64-Bit Windows 7/8.1/10

  • GOY: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB

  • Free Disk Space: 30 GB

More RAM, a better graphics card, maybe a better CPU? You’ll thank us later. But for those of us without PUBG setup spending money, we rely on our settings to give us that sweet performance boost. So let’s look into what it is we need to do to enhance our play!

Settings

The following are the best settings for PUBG PC. We’ve scoured the internet looking for tips and tricks and compiled our findings to save the next weary PUBG competitor a few minutes. Now, what works for others may not always work for you. All our systems are beautiful and unique, so it might take throwing a few games trying stuff out before you find the optimum position for your system and preferences. Hopefully, we’ll cover everything enough that you’ll feel equipped with everything you need to customize freely!

Of course, as always, if we missed something, ping us on our socials! @glootesports 

Resolution

You’re going to want to set this to the maximum your monitor will allow. A higher resolution lowers your chances of missing those small details that can make or break a game. Plus, it looks rad. But in the event that your setup is a little less high-end, and you’re desperately looking for that edge on your performance, try a slightly lower resolution, see if it makes a difference. Trialing stuff out is super important for finding your perfect settings, and this is an easy one to figure out.

Lobby FPS Cap and In-Game FPS Cap

Your ‘Lobby FPS Cap’ can be set to 30 or 60 to reduce the load on your GPU. This is all well and good, see if it helps, but it won’t make a difference to your in-game performance. But maybe you’re feeling like being kind to your GPU after everything it’s done for you. No? You’re going to set it to unlimited? Yeah, I get that.

Now, for your ‘In-Game FPS Cap’, you’re going to want to set this to what your monitor can output. This is usually 60, 144, or 240hz. Little side note as we’re talking settings. If you have a 144hz monitor, you should check to see you can’t overclock this to 165. It’s usually in the monitor’s menu. Check it out while you’re there!

PUBG settings in-game FPS cap

Render scale

Now, what this means is what percentage of your chosen resolution you want the game to output. For example, if you chose a 1440p resolution and set this to 100, your game will output at a resolution of 1440p. If you set your render scale at 70, it would give you 70% of the 1440p, which is closer to 1080p. Lowering your render scale will decrease the load on your system and increase your FPS as a trade-off for image quality. This is a good idea if you’re looking for a sweet performance boost and don’t care too much about having a pretty-looking game. But remember being able to see what’s happening is always good. A really fast pile of crap is still a pile of crap.

This is the game we play, fast game, pretty game.

Conversely, if you have a NASA strength system and want to experience PUBG in all its glory, you can pump your render scale up to 120%. This will reduce your FPS and increase your image quality. For competitive play, we’re going to recommend you don't do this. Is the flex worth it? Well, maybe, but you should probably use your awesome system for other things.

PUBG render scale settings

At 120%, you lose around 15% of your FPS, at 70% render scale, you’ll gain an average of 30% FPS. Neat. But your image quality pays the price. This is a great setting to play around with. It depends a lot on your system and your preference. With me, for example, it’s a wonder PUBG even runs on my poor excuse for a system. So that 70% render scale is a lifesaver. Have a look and find your perfect setting!

Camera FOV (field of view)

The lower your FOV, the narrower your vision gets and the bigger objects appear. The higher your FOV, the wider your FOV but the smaller objects appear. Kind of like a fisheye lens. Fiddling around with this can have a huge impact on your game. Most obviously, either direction increases your chances of missing enemies. Either because they’re outside your peripheral vision on a lower FOV, or because they’re too small on a larger FOV. Another thing to consider is that a larger FOV puts a larger strain on your system as it has to render more. However, the difference in performance is negligible. So, at the end of the day, it depends on how you play and what you like. But, as always, try it at its lowest and see if the tiny performance boost is worth it for that lost FOV.

Anti-aliasing

This setting blurs the edges of your pixels, giving you a smoother image. Changing this from very low to ultra, only results in around a 3% FPS drop. Which might be worth it. Not only does it look better, but it also stops those distracting pixels when you’re really in the zone. If ultra isn’t working for you and things look a little too smooth, try high or medium settings out. It could make all the difference to your play. But, if you’re really focused on maximizing your FPS, leave this bad boy on low. I’m just saying you should give it a chance.

Post-processing

This setting dictates additional shaders, shadows, and lighting. Overall, it will give you a really nice looking game with objects having more depth and your overall image looking really, really awesome. It’s most noticeable inside buildings where things can not only look better but a bit brighter, so if you’re going to toggle it have a look both indoors and outdoors. Having this on high will give you an 11% drop in FPS. So maybe leave those sweet images to the players who can afford it. 

PUBG settings post processing

Shadows 

The shadows setting decides the intensity, depth, and even realism of shadows. Want your game to look great? It’s going to cost you. Rad shadows, as with other image settings, will give your performance a big hit. When going from ultra to very low, the difference is a staggering 13% in FPS. Shadows can also hide details in your character, weapons, and surroundings. Most pro players will usually crank their brightness up for the extra visibility regardless so this performance hit will be a miss from us and we recommend you do the same. Unless you’re trying to get the perfect PUBG screenshot for your desktop image. Then, well, I have more concerns about you than I do your FPS. 

Textures

Of all the things to impact your visuals, textures will probably play the largest role. Taking your game from Minecraft to omg-I-can-see-the-individual-blades-of-grass will only hit your FPS by about 6%. So this is a pretty solid trade-off. Not only does your game look heaps better, but those textures and details can help your play. But again, it’s up to you, maybe that 6% is what you need, I get that.

Effects

Low FPS? It’s probably your effects setting. This badboy gobbles your frame rate like no other yet arguably has the smallest noticeable change. Effects is the epitome of ‘nice to have’, adding reflections, lighting effects on your weapon, water shine, even adding a little something extra to your bullets. The level of detail in the game is incredible, but a little unwelcome (sorry Mr. PlayerUnknown). You could argue the difference is even more dramatic as it can be harder to see enemies in the billowing smoke or with those distracting fire embers.

PUBG settings effects

On average, having effects on ultra vs very low had a 20% hit on FPS. That’s a big trade off for some pretty bullets. The biggest hit was around water, fire, and - of course - the dreaded PUBG smoke. Setting effects to low will give you a performance boost but that smoke will still destroy your performance. There’s, unfortunately, no setting for booting anyone who throws a smoke grenade. Yet.

Foliage

This setting will not, contrary to what we all hoped, reduce the amount of grass or trees. Or, at least, that much. I’d hoped reducing it would let me see folks in the grass better, or at least give me a huge performance boost for the reduction in grass. Unfortunately, only a few really far away trees were purged. This was still great, you can probably see that little bit better at a distance if you have it on low and it won’t harm your FPS. It’s well worth cranking this to low.

View distance

This one was difficult. In that, I didn’t see much of a difference at all. There wasn’t a huge difference in FPS and having this on ultra vs low didn’t help tremendously in seeing far-out things. So maybe leave this on low for the performance boost, or pump it to ultra just in case you see something in the far-out distance. Depends on your play style.

PUBG settings view distance

Sharpen

Sharpen is anti-aliasing’s evil twin. Not that either is good or bad but… you get what I mean. Anti-aliasing blurs, ‘sharpen’ well, sharpens. Things look a little better when sharpen is on medium or ultra and the FPS difference is negligible at best. Play around with it, see what you think.

Conclusion

I know you came here for some unique insights and for me to tell you exactly which settings you should toggle to where but I’m afraid that isn’t how that works. It really is depending on you and your system. Play around with these and let us know what you think. Once you've found what works for you, make sure to join us in a Weekly Brawl or Tournament, so you can turn your hard work into rewards.

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