Dying Light Graphics Settings to fix lag and Boost FPS

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Dying Light is one of the best CO-OP games out there in the market today. There are very few games that have such intense zombie action as Dying light. If you haven’t bought dying light yet you can buy it here. Many of our readers were facing lag and low FPS issues, so to help out our noobs2pro readers here are the best graphics settings for Dying Light to fix lag and boost FPS:

In Dying Light you can change the steam launch settings and graphics settings to fix the lag. So without further ado here are the graphics settings you need to change:

Graphics Settings Dying Light:

graphics settings for dying light

Resolution: Max

Use the Maximum resolution your monitor supports. It is recommended while playing Dying Light, the reason being the quality is drastically impacted with resolution. At Higher-resolution you get better graphics quality and higher resolutions are better for your eyes compared to lower resolutions. I would recommend the bare minimum of 1366*768. 1920*1080 is better if you can set it for your system.

Fullscreen: On

Fullscreen gives the best gameplay experience according to me. It’s much easier to focus on the game. Some streamers and content creators prefer the borderless windows. I don’t.  If you want you can enable a borderless window in the option explained below.

Borderless Window: Off

You can play the game at fullscreen or at borderless windows. Unless you plan on doing a lot of ALT+TAB I don’t recommend using this option. But if you are a content creator or a streamer this option may help you.

Vertical Synchronization: Off

“Vertical Synchronization” VSync for short introduces input lag in dying light if you are using a regular graphics card. Unless you have an 8GB or higher graphics card don’t use this option. Especially if you are playing it online with friends.

Frame Rate Cap: Uncapped

Uncapped is best for most systems. If you have a laptop with battery issues then you can set the framerate same as the screen refresh rate. 60HZ=60FPS and so on.

Texture Quality: High

This is the most important setting in dying light in terms of graphics quality. If you have 4GB VRAM then go with High. If you have 2GB VRAM go with medium. This setting is more dependent on VRAM so try to go as high as possible.

High is recommended since you get to enjoy the city of Harran in all of its beauty. By beauty, I mean zombies (Lol)

Shadow Map Size: Low

This impacts the shadows in the game. I recommend keeping it at low. You get the highest FPS boost by keeping this setting low. If you are facing lag issues in dying light then make sure to set this setting to low.

Foliage Quality: Low

This setting lowers grass and other foliage qualities make the game much smoother. It gives a decent FPS boost and if your dying light is lagging on your system then this setting is for you.

View Distance: default or 50%

The default is fine for most systems. If you want you can use 50% which is a good performance and viewing experience balance.  If you want to squeeze some extra FPS then move the scale to the extreme right. The viewing experience is a bit bad though. I recommend testing it yourself.

Ambient Occlusion: Off

Ambient light adds extra light effects that make the game look more realistic. The problem is that for a game like dying light that has a huge city is that it consumes a lot of GPU and CPU resources.  Thus I recommend you disable it unless you have an 8GB graphics card.

graphics settings for dying light

Nvidia HBAO+: Off

HBAO+ is an advanced ambient occlusion technique that makes graphics look even great at the cost of graphics resources. Disable this to get a good FPS boost.

Nvidia Depth of Field: Off

This is a depth of field effect which makes certain objects and buildings look much better graphic quality-wise. The problem is you need a good graphics card for this. If you have an RTX graphics card enable this option. Otherwise, if you want more FPS in dying light then disable this setting. This game is tailored more for Nvidia cards so if you have an RTX Card then you can enable the Nvidia options.

Nvidia PCSS: Off

This setting makes the shadows look really good but at the cost of CPU and GPU resources. The dying light dev team themselves have stated that if you are facing low FPS and lag issues then disable PCSS. It can help boost FPS greatly. It will be disabled by default for most systems so don’t be surprised if it is off by default.

Motion Blur: Off

Obviously, disable this setting. I know many people like the realistic motion blur effects but if your system is already having low FPS issues why strain it with motion blur. Boost your Game FPS by using disabling this option instead.

Antialiasing: Off

It can help fix blurry edges on widescreen monitors but comes with a huge VRAM cost. If you have a 6GB or higher graphics card then you can enable it. Otherwise, if you want the best FPS disable it. If you have a large screen then I recommend you enable it since the graphics look much better.

Film Grain Effect: Off

Disable this effect to remove the filmy effect from dying light. It will boost FPS and make the game look really clean. If you love clean graphics then this setting must be disabled. You will get a much better gaming experience as well as a decent FPS boost in dying light

Chromatic Aberration Effect: Off

Minor Effect on graphics and FPS. You can disable it for more FPS. I personally did not find any significant difference while playing the dying light on my laptop with this option off. You can test it out as per your need. My recommendation is to disable it.

Steam Launch Options for Dying Light

To use the Steam Launch Settings in Dying light you can use the main guide for steam launch options or you can use the shortened version below:

  • 1. Go to your Steam games library and select Dying Light.
  • 2. Right-click on the game and select properties.
  • 3. In the General tab, click: Set Launch Options.
  • 4. Copy and paste the below commands
steam launch options dying light
 -nologos -high -useallavailablecores

Save these steam settings and run the game. Hopefully, now you will have even better FPS in-game. If you know more ways to fix lag and boost fps in Dying Light then let us know in the comment section below. You can also use the PC optimization guide to boost FPS in gaming.

That’s all folks these were the best graphics settings for Dying light 2 to fix lag and boost FPS. Happy Gaming

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