How To Reduce Lag & Improve FPS – Apex Legends Performance Guide

Best settings to play smoothly

Apex Legends is a fast-paced shooter game, once you are on the ground you have to be quick to locate enemies and shoot them. Around 60 players land at the same time to be the last man standing. The game is available for console and PC, on Windows platform if you are facing performance issue then in this Apex Legends performance enhancement guides you can find important tips to improve fps and reduce game lag. With high fps in Apex Legends, you can instantly track down enemies and understand the environment well. Also, the in-game ping system is affected by the current frame-rate, so the better optimization the better you can play. In this Apex Legends Windows PC performance guide, you can the tips to enhance your game.

Apex Legends Windows System Requirement:

Below is the recommended system requirement for Apex Legends to run on Windows PC. I am not adding minimum, because that won’t give you high fps you have to play on very low settings.

  • Intel Core i5 3570K or higher processor
  • 8GB GPU – Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or higher
  • 8GB RAM
  • Windows 7 x64 or higher
  • Minimum 22GB of free space

You can see Apex Legends requires a pretty high hardware config, but you can play it on low settings on Intel Core i3-6300 or AMD FX-4350 or higher processor with 6GB RAM and 1GB GPU (Geforce GT 640 or Radeon HD 7730). This config will not deliver the best but still, you can have enough juice to run the game. You can get max fps on the recommended system requirements, with high graphics output.

Apex Legends Windows PC Graphic Optimization Settings

I had listed a few options below to improve the games overall performance on Windows PC. If you have hardware less than what is recommended for the game then try adjusting the following settings to get an improved fps. Video settings are under the Video Tab of Settings Menu. I am not adding settings that have no impact on the FPS, you can leave them on default or turn them off.

  1. Set the game to full screen and use the native aspect ratio to avoid stretching the game image.
    Lower resolution means higher fps, it is not necessary to keep it every low adjust till you can have a good quality image. Don’t push for the highest resolution if you are having low GPU Memory and RAM. Try lowering it and play a few training modes, if everything is fairly visible stick to the one resolution.
  2. FOV is necessary to get maximum viewing angle, stay with the default settings. If you try to adjust FOV to higher settings then it will impact the overall performance of the game.
  3. V-Sync manages the screen tearing, but if your graphics card is not good enough turn this off. Disable it and you will get an fps boost.
  4. Adaptive Supersampling will try to boost the render resolution, it is recommended to disable it on a system with low hardware.
  5. Anti Aliasing works on the images making it smoother, but avoid it at the start. If you find images are not smooth or you have an issue with the visibility then turn it off.
  6. Adaptive Resolution FPS Target will lower rendering resolution to give a static frame rate, this can blurry some images while playing. It better to leave it on default, but if it is affecting the visuals then disable it or best rely on manual settings.
  7. Texture Streaming Budget will control the memory reserved for texture streaming. Keep it very low under 2GB.
  8. Texture Filtering will control the sharpness of surface details, it is a part of Anisotropic Filtering. Turning this off will give an fps boost.
  9. Ambient Occlusion Quality – Disable it.
  10. Sun Shadow Coverage – This one works on the character shadow, however, there is no big impact on the fps if you simply turn them off. It is best to keep this off to reduce a little pressure on the graphics memory. Two more settings which work on the shadows are Sun Shadow Detail and Spot Shadow Detail. Turn them off.
  11. Volumetric Lighting control the sunbeams, it just simulates the light scattering around a visual treat. Disabling it. Do the same for Dynamic Spot Shadows.
  12. Model Detail handles the detailed objects and characters the game, it will affect the frame rate try keeping this on Medium if it is not impacting the visibility of identifying objects. High will render a clearer picture of other legends and objects if it is not affecting the fps much leave it on High.
  13. Effects Details, this one manages the visual effects in the game like how the explosion looks. This setting does not have any great benefit but it will give a little fps boost so keep it on medium. You can put it on low, but you won’t be able to see explosions, bullet trace, etc.
  14. Impact Marks will control the impact marks if turn them off you cannot see bullet holes in objects or terrain. If you never use the marks then disable them.
  15. Ragdolls work the way the dead body looks, its animation that makes the dead body looks accurate in the game, so if you disable this then it won’t impact the gameplay much.

Troubleshooting Tips To Fix Apex Legends Lag

Apex Legends is a multiplayer online game and so lags can be common. It can be due to hardware issue, pc performance issue or due to an internet connection. In this section of the Apex Legends performance guide, you can find all common solution to fix game lags.

  1. Reduce the game resolution if you are playing on a laptop or on a pc with hardware lower then recommended Apex Legends system requirements.
  2. If lags are common then exit the game first. Now depending on your motherboard, you are using you have to turn off the integrated graphics. Apex Legends might be able to use the onboard video memory instead of GPU and causing the issue. For this you have to enter the Graphics Settings app of your system, like for Intel it is Intel HD Graphic Control Panel.
  3. Install the latest patch to improve performance.
  4. Update your video drivers by visiting the official site of GPU manufacturers like Nvidia and AMD. You can also use the auto-detect software from one of the GPU makers to auto-find drivers. Click here to launch Nvidia Auto-Detect or AMD Auto-Detect.
  5. Try turning off the full screen from the game video settings and shift to window mode. If this helps then your GPU is unable to render full-screen graphics. Also, turn of Full-Screen optimization by visiting the installation folder and right-click on the Apex Legends launch icon. It will be in ” C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Apex”, right-click and choose Properties. Go to compatibility and add a tick on the box Disable Full-Screen optimizations.
  6. Press Shift + F1 to launch Origins Overlay while playing Apex Legends. Go to Settings and scroll down to find settings for Display FPS Counter. You can check the current frame rate and modify settings like resolution or any other video settings. Stick with the one that gives you the highest fps.
  7. If this does not work then there is one more method, launch Origin and go in the Game Library. Next, to Apex Legneds, you will see a Play button, next to that lies Game Properties. Go in Advance Launch Options tab and in the command line box type “+cl_showfps 4″ without quotes. This will display current fps and frame ms data on the top left of the screen.
  8. To verify the server and latency go to the Main Menu and wait for a while until you see a splash screen. Click Exit to Desktop from bottom left and then click Cancel. You will see a new option called Data Center, click on it on the bottom of the screen and you will see the list of servers with Ping and Package loss of each server. This will help you to find out latency issues.

As a common fix also verify your internet bandwidth, ensure that your internet is stable. Try re-installing the game and don’t worry about the game progress it will be backed up online. Try disabling startup programs through msconfig. Disable unwanted software like online drive sync, downloads, etc.