Apex Legends by Respawn Entertainment has been ziplining across the gaming industry for quite a while now. It appeared just in time bringing EA back from financial collapse just the previous year.
In this continuous battle-royale of Battle Royale games, Apex Legends has certainly taken its rightful place among the plethora of similar games. Having reached 25 million players on its first weekend, it claimed a spot on the list of top streamed games on Twitch- no less feat for a game that has barely passed a month after its release.
Apex Legends is essentially an online, competitive, free-to-play, first-person-shooter game. Being competitive, this is a game of absolute skills and a slight delay in response can make a world of change. It is not just the gameplay mechanics that creates a difference, it is also the equipment you’re having yourself to play it with.
In games such as Apex Legends, FPS (frames per second) is a major factor. But not all of us have the best equipment that can max out everything.
There are certain elements in the game which are not exactly necessary for the gameplay experience, but it takes a toll on your machine nonetheless. Knowing the right settings for your machine can increase fps significantly and make the gameplay a lot easier to deal with. Thus, like any other competitive game, gamers are now religiously following the pros and Twitch streamers to know the best Apex Legends settings and the correct gameplay mechanics.
While pros and popular streamers such as “Ninja”, “Shroud”, “Dizzy” etc. have their personalized sets, there are some universal settings in Apex Legends that have helped gamers like the pros in achieving quite a lot in the game. In table below is a quick preview of the settings used by a few pro Apex Legends players. For more detailed settings that include Video Settings, Advanced Video Settings, Mouse Settings, Movement, Weapons & Abilities, and Communication you can visit the gamer’s page by selecting their name.
|Gamer||Display Mode||Aspect Ratio||Resolution||FOV||V-Sync||Anti Aliasing||DPI||Mouse Sensitivity||ADS|
|Ninja||Borderless Window||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||104||Disabled||TSAA||800||2.5||1.0|
|Shroud||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||104||Disabled||TSAA||400||3.0||1.0|
|Summit1G||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||106||Disabled||None||400||2.8||0.9|
|DrDisRespect||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||96||Disabled||TSAA||400||3||1.0|
|Seagull||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||106||Disabled||TSAA||1600||0.7||1.0|
|Dizzy||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||110||Disabled||None||800||2.5||1.0|
|KingRichard||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||110||Triple Buffered||TSAA||400||3.0||1.0|
|TFUE||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||106||Disabled||None||400||2.0||1.0|
|HusKers||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||110||Disabled||None||400||1.5||1.0|
|Gotaga||Full Screen||16:9 (Native)||1920x1080||104||Disabled||None||400||2.8||0.7|
Know this – the right combination of specifications and in-game configuration can elevate your game performance higher than the average gamer. This guide, hence, will contain details about the best Apex Legends settings to increase fps. You will have a good idea about what settings to adjust to boost fps as much as possible.
Best Video Settings to Boost FPS
If you have been gaming long enough, you must have seen a function called “video settings” under the Options menu. Various items in this option controls the way the game will look, given that your system meets the minimum requirements of the game.
This is directly linked to the monitor’s refresh rate and resolution, which is why a gamer must know how to regulate the graphics options to get the best visual quality in the native display while not sacrificing precious FPS.
A standard video settings is divided in low, mid, high and ultra presets with visible changes in all of them.
These presets will vary from low-end to high-end system specifications. For example, if you have a system with lower capacity for gaming, using medium or above graphics will impact your gaming performance by reducing fps, causing stuttering, slowdowns or even crashing to desktop. The monitor’s resolution can have a direct effect on visual performance as well.
Changing from a lower-end resolution like 1280x720p to a med-high resolution like 1920x1080p will drastically change the visual experience because of the increased texture budget and VRAM usage.
To increase fps in fairly weaker systems, gamers can use various tweaks such as reducing the display resolution, changing certain features from high to low or even turning some features completely off.
Nowadays, almost all games set the optimum video settings automatically, based on your system. Apex Legends, however, comes without a typical preset system. Instead, the graphical features are open to tweaking from the get-go.
The engine that Apex Legends uses is optimized for standard gaming computers, so gamers won’t have to think about high budget tools to play it. This section of the guide will help you familiarize yourself with the graphics settings in Apex Legends, and know which one to tweak for the maximum performance output.
In Apex Legends, the video options can be accessed from the main menu or the pause menu in-game under “Settings”. In the “Video” tab, there will be a variety of options to configure. Let’s look at them one by one.
Apex Legends Video Settings Explained
Display Mode: This determines whether the game gets full resource from the system or not. Borderless Window lets you Alt+Tab out and in game easily but lets you use less resource. So, “Fullscreen” is recommended.
Aspect Ratio: This depends on your monitor’s resolution. Since 1080p monitors are used for gaming nowadays, set the ratio to native “16:9”.
Resolution: Again, this depends on your monitor native resolution. Setting this to the native “(1920 x 1080)” is recommended. However, if you want to have an fps boost, you can set it to even lower.
Field of View: This controls how much of the view you get on the screen. Increasing the number widens your view. This doesn’t have any impact on your fps so feel free to zoom in or out as much as you want to.
V-Sync: Now this is a major feature. Vertical sync waits for your monitor’s refresh rate in each frame. Enabling it caps the number to the default refresh rate which can cause slowdowns in underpowered machines. “Disabling” it will uncap the fps for you.
Adaptive Resolution FPS Target: This monitors how many frames are going to be used. Set this to “0”.
Adaptive Supersampling: This will be unavailable to use.
Anti-Aliasing: This smoothens the jagged edges on objects. This function heavily depends on your GPU. Turning it “off” with provide significant fps boost.
Texture Streaming Budget: This feature is about the texture’s overall quality. It heavily depends on your GPU and VRAM capacity. It is recommended to use “Medium” or less to increase fps.
Texture Filtering: Anisotropic filtering enhances the clarity of texture. It can affect visual performance so it’s recommended to use “Anisotropic 2X”.
Ambient Occlusion Quality: Another important feature to adjust. Ambient Occlusion controls the way shadows look. This is not really necessary in competitive gaming and it directly hits on your performance. In capable system, however, you can keep it to medium but it’s recommended to use “Disabled”.
Sun Shadow Coverage: This controls the shadow gained from the sun. It has no effect in competitive gaming so set this to “Low” to have significant fps boost.
Sun Shadow Detail: This controls the details of the shadow from sun. Again, set this to “Low”.
Spot Shadow Detail: Set this option to “Low”.
Volumetric Lightning: This is purely for aesthetic purpose to make clouds more realistic. Disabling this is recommended.
Dynamic Spot Shadows: Has no use in competitive gaming. Disabling is recommended.
Model Detail: Controls the detail of the characters and various objects. Not essential in competitive gaming so keeping it “Low” or “Medium” is recommended.
Effects Detail: This one is for the quality of various effects such as explosion, fire etc. Recommended option is “Low” and “Medium” as well.
Impact Marks: This feature is about the number of bullet impacts left in the world. Setting this at “Low” or “Medium” is recommended.
Ragdolls: This controls the physical behavior of dead bodies in the game. Again, set this to “Low” or “Medium”.
Mouse & Sensitivity Settings
In competitive shooting games, holding a mouse is equivalent to holding the gun in the game. So, it is pretty self-explanatory that an FPS gamer must have good mouse skill to gain even the slightest edge over numerous other players on the map.
Many hardware franchises design specialized gaming mice to give that extra assist. However, not all mice are equally made for everyone, ultimately it still depends on the player who’s going to use it.
If you haven’t been able to improve your hip-fires or ADS (aim down sight) shootings, or struggling to contact a single hit on that pesky target, it could be that your gameplay style and the adjustments in the mouse haven’t reached synchronization.
In games such as Apex Legends, where absolute awareness of the surroundings is the key to survival, rapid response in aiming and accuracy is your greatest asset.
If an enemy is behind you and you’re taking too long to turn around and land a single hit on your target, that expensive mouse won’t be of any use to you.
Aim comes before accuracy, which is arguably the most essential skill to have in a first-person shooter game. You see, the title has ‘shooter’ attached to it, so you must know how to aim first.
The accuracy of your aim will come when you get your aim correct. When that Pathfinder is ziplining towards you or that Wraith is vanishing in thin air, your aim should be enough to detect and predict your opponent’s next step.
The game also has the “bullet drop” mechanic meaning the longer the bullet travels, the arc starts to go down from the initial line, and it’s here that aim, accuracy and muscle memory syncs together.
The game doesn’t have a bot mode but it does provide a tutorial which can be used as a shooting range. Before heading with your team to King’s Canyon, try to perfect that headshot of yours in practice mode.
In this section, we will look at two different features in a mouse. One is Mouse Acceleration and how turning it off is better. Another is Mouse DPI and how to find the perfect DPI for you.
If you’re a fairly casual gamer and don’t really like messing around with settings, there is a good chance you haven’t come across this term very much. The name can be confusing, so here’s a simple explanation.
Mouse Acceleration is when you move your mouse, the pointer in the screen tries to match the speed you used to move the mouse with. It is usually turned on by default to help with precision.
Now, it sounds like a good idea; but in reality, it is not that easy. In competitive shooter games, tampering with precision control can significantly downgrade your aim and accuracy because of the lapse of consistency.
Turning the acceleration off makes the speed you’re moving the mouse with less important; all the attention rather goes to the distance it is covering. It’s universally recognized as the perfect way to play FPS games.
Here’s how you can disable mouse acceleration-
- In windows search bar, type “mouse settings”
- Select “change your mouse settings”
- Click “additional mouse options.”
- Then select “Pointer Options” tab
- Uncheck “enhance pointer precision”
- Click “Apply”, followed by “Ok” to confirm the changes
And we’re done- the mouse acceleration is now turned off. It may feel different at first, but as your muscle memory adjusts, it will go away.
DPI or Dots per inch is the measurement of a mouse pointer’s sensitivity. The higher the DPI, the quicker the pointer moves across the screen. Mice with high DPI react to slightest of movements whereas lower DPI requires your whole arm to sweep.
There’s always a debate going on about which DPI is better. Well, there’s isn’t any specific answer to it. Both high and low DPI have their own merits and demerits in gaming. It is largely based on the gamer’s practice and comfort that decides the DPI.
In a mouse with low DPI (from 400-800), the player will have to sweep the whole arm to get the target behind them. The movement feels smooth and real but with the problem of lengthy period, and this is where high DPI kicks in. Mice with high DPI (from 1000-3000+), the pointer becomes extremely sensitive to movement.
A slight nudge will make the pointer snap across the screen in a flash. In situations where you are now ultra responsive and reactive to enemy movements, this high sensitivity will help pointing towards the target in instants. This can still cause problems in accuracy but it can be fixed by pairing it with a low sensitivity setting.
Monitors also play a part in choosing the right DPI for you. If you’re running smaller resolutions such as 720p or 768p, you won’t need that extra speed in cursor from high DPI. But it does work in higher resolutions from 1080p and above since there is a lot more ground to cover and low DPI might not always give results on the go.
So, when choosing the right DPI it all comes to your preference. Many players play well with low DPI and as well as with high DPI mice. It’s better to try out different DPI to see which one suits your playstyle.
In games like Apex Legends, movement, aiming, moving, turning etc. are primary gameplay mechanics so while testing the right DPI for you, focus on these actions. Once you find your pick, the next objective is to practice with it.
The most common question from gamers, before playing any game, is that whether they can run the game at all. The answer is that to play any game, your system has to meet some requirements set by the developers.
Each game comes with a minimum and recommended specification list. The “minimum” specs is necessary to launch the game and enjoy the little to minimum features, and “recommended” is required for the players who want a more immersive experience.
Regardless of the specification lists, it is now of paramount necessity to achieve perfect 60 fps (assuming the standard refresh rate) in the game and it is essential that your system should strive to get it.
A constant 60 fps allows the players to get a smooth gameplay experience without the tension of delays or “lags”. Plus, our eyes are best suited for the perfect 60 frames transition.
Even a slight 2-3 fps drops can hurt the overall fidelity of the movement, and obscure important and crucial information. So, especially in competitive games where details are of greatest importance, 60 fps delivers the perfect synchronization of stability and immersion.
Here are Apex Legends’ system requirements (according to official EA website):
Apex Legends “MINIMUM” System Requirements
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7
- CPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
- RAM: 6GB
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7730
- GPU RAM: 1 GB
- HARD DRIVE: Minimum 22 GB of free space
Although minimum is enough to enjoy the gameplay, if you want to ensure a stable 60 fps and be able to enjoy it as the developers intended you to then these settings apply.
Apex Legends “RECOMMENDED” System Requirements
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7
- CPU: Intel i5 3570K or equivalent
- RAM: 8GB
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
- GPU RAM: 8GB
- HARD DRIVE: Minimum 22 GB of free space
Apex Legends was developed using the Source Engine and optimization has been praiseworthy so far. There has been no news of any major game breaking bugs so far, showing how the overall delivery of the engine has been tremendous.
This is also evident from the minimum requirements. The specification looks like it has been designed for the players with very tight budget with GPU requirements being NVIDIA GT 640 or Radeon HD 7730 both of which are older generation graphics cards.
So, it can be safely assumed that gamers won’t really need a performance hog if they plan run the game at minimum settings. A low end gaming PC should do just fine.
Optimize NVIDIA Settings
So far, we have seen how you can adjust some in-game features to optimize your game to increase fps. Besides tweaking in-game to gain fps boost, there are other ways to optimize the game further.
One of those ways is to optimize it straight from your GPU software. If you happen to own an Nvidia graphics card, some internal modifications can help you get better optimization from the game.
Apex Legends has been one of the most successfully launched games so far. As more skilled players crossover from other games such as Fortnite and PUBG the game will inevitable become more competitive. Hopefully this detailed guide will give you a fighting chance.