What are the best settings in Rainbow Six Siege?

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Looking to get the most out of your next match? Here we look at the most optimized settings for competitive play in Rainbow Six Siege.

How to optimize your game in under a minute. 

It’s worth noting before we start that Rainbow 6 is a game where changing settings won’t impact your hardware performance that much. Most of these settings aren’t going to change your frame-rate. The goal here is to pick the best options for competitive play, so if you’re looking to optimize for low-end PCs, this isn’t the article you’re looking for.

Texture Quality

Right then, let’s open up the settings and get started. Starting with Texture Quality, you’ll want to set it to medium. This removes depth and unnecessary detail on objects. Don’t get us wrong, having Texture Quality up high makes the game look great but all the extra detail can make it slightly harder to spot opponents and utility. Bumping it down to medium gives you a clearer idea of what you’re seeing. 

Texture Filtering

Texture Filtering sharpens corners on all objects. In the game, it doesn’t have too much difference on performance so you can lower it to 4x or 2x if you’d like. However, avoid the Linear option as it creates a blur effect around walls which can be distracting, to say the least.

Level of Detail Quality

LOD Quality or “Level of Detail” Quality, basically decides how high fidelity 3D models will look when seen from afar. Let’s take a look at an example.

Rainbow six siege - LOD Quality

Try it out for yourself and you should see a fair amount of difference between levels. Having this set to low will make a lot of things harder to distinguish, so we recommend setting this to the highest possible option. 

It’s worth reiterating that this doesn’t impact your performance or frame rate a lot between the highest and lowest setting so no need to worry about that, go as high as you can.

Shading Quality and Shadow Quality

In the spirit of optimization, Shading Quality can be set to low. It’s only a nice-to-have option, and won’t make any real difference to your ability to play. It’s very important not to confuse this with Shadow Quality though, which should be set to medium. Setting Shadow Quality to low will remove dynamic shadows, which means that you won’t be able to spot the shadow of your opponents in games which at times can be crucial to claim the victory.

To repeat Shading Quality low, Shadow Quality medium. 

Graphics Settings

For the rest of the graphics settings, you can set them to low or even just turn them off as they’re really just nice-to-have options and they could even be distracting to you when you play. It’s worth experimenting with these different settings on and off to get an idea of what works best for you.

Field of View

The last big change you should make is to turn up the Field of View in the display settings from 60 to 90. Doing this gives you a wider perspective in-game, allowing you to spot things more easily in your peripheral vision, as you can see here:

Rainbow Six Siege - Field of View

That’s everything for this one. We hope this gives you a boost when playing Rainbow 6, come hang out with us in discord and let us know.

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