Star Citizen is a rather demanding game. So it's not surprising that many people are looking online for ways to increase the game's performance without much loss in graphics quality. Of course, this sounds like an impossible goal, but fortunately, there are several methods that can positively affect your gameplay experience.
The first of the ways to increase performance in Star Citizen is for those who use screens with 4K resolution and play at such a resolution as well. With a simple tool, you will be able to use the upscaling option, which can greatly affect the number of FPS.
Below you will find a list of steps you need to follow.
- Download the Lossless Scaling application. You can find this tool on Steam. It is available in both a free and paid version that offers more features.
- Lossless Scaling is a program that allows you to apply upscaling to games that do not officially support such solutions. The free version of the application allows you to use Integer Scaling, while the paid version allows you to use such tools as AMD FSR.
- Launch Star Citizen and go into the settings. Make sure VSync is turned off, then reduce the image resolution from 4K to Full HD, i.e. 1920x1080.
- The game will then appear in a smaller window. Run the Lossless Scaling you downloaded earlier, select the scaling type and check in the settings what key combination starts the program.
- After that, return to the windowed Star Citizen and use the keyboard shortcut. The game should be stretched and fit into the screen window. Thus, you will be able to use "fake" 4K. The game will run as efficiently as when played in Full HD, but at a much higher resolution.
Changing graphics card settings
The second of the presented methods can be used only by those with Nvidia graphics cards. Only these GPUs let you change the settings you are interested in.
Below you will find a list of steps that you need to perform.
- Open the Nvidia Control Panel and go to the Manage 3D Settings tab.
- Find Shader Cache Size on the list. Select it and change the size to 10 GB.
- Then find the Triple buffering function and enable it (by default it is disabled).
- The next step is to select Vertical sync. Change its default setting to "Fast".
- After making the mentioned changes, click the "Apply" button, which should be located in the lower right corner of the window. Then you can run the game and see what has changed in the number of FPS.
Lots of little tricks
There are also many ways to increase performance slightly, which, combined, can positively affect the number of FPS. Below you will find a list of the most important of them:
- Turn off the Xbox Game Bar.
- In the power settings in the Nvidia Control Panel, select Max performance mode.
- Turn off any applications running in the background.
- Activate Game Mode in system settings.
- Enable Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling.
- Change the power mode in the settings to a high performance power plan.
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