The launch of Battlefield 2042 was nothing short of a disaster. The game has many issues with its settings, optimization, and connectivity. Battlefield 2042 runs terribly, no matter if you’re running it on a high-end PC with RTX Graphics Cards or on a Low to Mid-End PC. DICE said that the performance fixes for Battlefield 2042 will take some time, so don’t expect all of the issues to be fixed any time soon.
Battlefield 2042 System Requirements
Before we jump into the Battlefield 2042 Best Settings Guide, make sure your System Specifications are on par with at least the minimum requirements of the game.
Battlefield 2042 Minimum Requirements
- CPU: Core i5 6600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
- RAM: 8 GB
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10
- VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 560, 4 GB
- PIXEL SHADER: 5.1
- VERTEX SHADER: 5.1
- FREE DISK SPACE: 100 GB
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB
Best Battlefield 2042 Graphics Settings
In this section of our Battlefield 2042 Best Settings Guide, we will be looking at the most important settings in Battlefield 2042 that have the most impact on the performance and visibility of the game. Since Battlefield 2042 is a multiplayer FPS game, our main goal will be to achieve maximum FPS while maintaining decent visibility that will help you spot enemies easily throughout the different maps and environments of the game. Let’s jump right into it.
|Fullscreen Resolution||Native Resolution|
|Refresh Rate||Highest Available|
|Field of View||90|
|Vehicle 3rd Person FOV||70|
|ADS Field of View||ON|
|High Dynamic Range (HDR)||OFF|
|Texture Quality||Low or Medium|
|Post Process Quality||Low|
|Antialiasing post-processing||TAA Low|
This section of our Battlefield 2042 Best Settings Guide includes the Screen settings related to the Resolution and other Screen Settings in Battlefield 2042. These settings don’t impact the performance as much as the Graphics Settings, but they can still improve your overall experience.
Fullscreen Mode – Fullscreen
The Fullscreen Mode setting allows you to change the Window mode to Fullscreen, Borderless, or Windowed. It is recommended to keep this setting on Fullscreen Mode.
Fullscreen Resolution – Native Resolution
Fullscreen Resolution lets you choose the resolution for the selected monitor. Change this setting to your Monitor’s native screen resolution.
Refresh Rate – Highest Available
Sets the refresh rate of your display. Refresh Rate modifies how many times per second your monitor refreshes the image. The Refresh Rate should be set to the Highest Possible number that your monitor allows.
Field of View – 90
FOV Scaling ultimately boils down to taste. Although you may turn the FOV scaling up to 120 if you want to, I typically maintain it at 90 in games.
Vehicle 3rd Person FOV – 70
Vehicle TP-FOV allows you to change the Field of View for the 3rd Person camera option when sitting in a vehicle. Keep this setting at 70 for more visibility when driving tanks.
ADS Field of View – ON
When turned on, the magnification of weapon sights will be relative to the user-defined FOV, while OFF, will be relative to the default FOV. It is recommended to keep this setting ON.
Brightness – 55
You can set the brightness according to your own personal preference. Personally, I would recommend turning up the brightness a little bit higher than the in-game recommendation as it could increase the visibility of the environments and make it a little bit easier to spot the enemies In Battlefield 2042. Change Brightness to 55.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) – OFF
HDR expands the range of both contrast and colour significantly. Bright parts of the image can get much brighter, so the image seems to have more “depth.”. It is recommended to keep this setting OFF if graphics are not your main concern while playing Battlefield 2042.
Motion Blur – OFF
Depending on your preferences, the motion blur setting can be changed. In Battlefield 2042, we advise turning off the Motion Blur setting because it produces clearer images and marginally improves FPS.
Chromatic Aberration – OFF
Chromatic Aberration distorts the colours around objects and makes the edges fade away. As a result, objects become distorted and blurry. Turn Chromatic Aberration setting off for a clearer image.
Film Grain – OFF
Turn the Film Grain setting off to achieve the clearest image quality possible. The default option makes things look more cinematic, but it isn’t necessary for a multiplayer game.
Vignette – OFF
Vignette is an effect that simulates the darkening in real-world camera lenses. Keep Vignette setting on OFF.
Lens Distortion – OFF
Allows you to enable or disable Lens Distortion. It is recommended to keep this Battlefield 2042 setting OFF for an optimal experience.
Below are the most important settings in Battlefield 2042 as they have the most impact on the performance and the visual quality of the game.
Texture Quality – Low or Medium
The texture Quality setting lets you adjust the quality and clarity of all the textures in the game. The higher this setting is, the sharper surfaces will look. Higher settings will impact the performance a lot on graphic cards with low VRAM. If you have low VRAM, it is recommended to keep the textures low; otherwise, you can change the Battlefield 2042 Texture Quality setting to Medium.
Texture Filtering – Medium
The Texture Filtering setting allows you to tweak the sharpness of textures when viewing at an angle. The Medium setting is a great balance between good FPS performance and decent visuals.
Lighting Quality – Low
Lighting Quality controls the quality and detail of various lights and shadows in the environment. This Battlefield 2042 setting can have a big impact on FPS. Turning the Lighting Quality from Ultra to Low gave us a 13% increase in performance. We recommend turning this option to Low because fewer shadows are rendered in the environment, which increases the visibility of characters moving through the environment.
Effects Quality – Low
Effects Quality setting controls the quality of various explosions and other particle effects in the environment. It isn’t possible to test the performance difference between these settings. The higher quality setting could result in frame drops when too many explosions and effects are happening simultaneously. We recommend keeping this setting on Low.
Post Process Quality – Low
Post-processing Quality is the General visual quality improvements that are applied after the game’s rendering is done. Post-processing has quite a high impact on FPS when turned up but a fairly minimal impact on the visuals. Turning this Battlefield 2042 setting down will give you an 11% increase in performance.
Mesh Quality – Low
Mesh Quality in Battlefield 2042 is the amount of unnecessary clutter that gets rendered when looking from a distance other than the players or vehicles. The higher the mesh quality, the higher the polygon count, and the more detailed the objects can be made to appear. If you want to be able to spot enemies easily at long distances when looking through a scope, turn the mesh quality down to Low setting.
Terrain Quality – Low
Terrain Quality setting can change the level of detail of the terrain. Higher Quality Terrain has a higher resolution texture and more rocks on the ground form shadows compared to the Low setting. Since the maps in Battlefield 2042 are huge, Higher settings will constantly put more load on the PC. We recommend keeping Terrain Quality setting In Battlefield 2042 on Low or Medium for a minor boost in performance.
Undergrowth Quality – Low
Undergrowth Quality changes the quality and density of vegetation in the environment. The density of grass and bushes being rendered at Low settings is much lower than the higher settings. The low setting could also give you a huge boost in FPS performance, up to 17%. Keeping Undergrowth Quality setting on Low will give you the best visibility in case someone is lying in the bushes or the grass.
Antialiasing post-processing – TAA Low
Anti-Aliasing is used to remove jagged edges from surfaces. This setting has two different modes in Battlefield 2042. TAA Low and TAA High. We recommended changing the Antialiasing setting In Battlefield 2042 to TAA Low as TAA High uses many resources and the visual upgrade is not worth it.
Ambient Occlusion – OFF
Ambient Occlusion adds contact shadows where two surfaces or objects meet and where an object blocks light from reaching another nearby game element. Higher settings can make the interiors of buildings darker, potentially lowering the visibility of enemies that could be hiding in the shadows. It is recommended to keep this setting on Off for more visibility and a small FPS boost.
|Dynamic Resolution Scale||Off|
|Ray Traced Ambient Occlusion||Off|
|Nvidia Reflex Low Latency||On+Boost|
|Future Frame Rendering||On|
|High Fidelity Objects Amount||Low|
The Advanced Settings menu lets you adjust different features related to the framerate of the game. These include Dynamic Resolution Scale, Nvidia’s DLSS, RTAO, Nvidia’s Reflex, and Vertical Sync.
Dynamic Resolution Scale – OFF
Dynamic Resolution Scale is a useful setting for anyone that does not own a DLSS-enabled GPU. DSR is a technique used in both PC and console games where the output resolution is changed automatically to improve performance. If you’re facing a lot of frame drops and slow performance, you can turn this option on at the cost of image quality.
DLSS – OFF
Deep Learning Super Sampling(DLSS) uses AI Super Resolution to provide the highest possible framerate at maximum graphics settings. This option can only be turned on if you have an Nvidia Graphics Card. You don’t really need to turn this option on when playing the multiplayer because it is necessary to keep the graphics settings low for a better gameplay experience.
Ray Traced Ambient Occlusion – OFF
Ray-traced ambient occlusion is a computer graphics technique and ambient occlusion global illumination algorithm using ray-tracing. This Battlefield 2042 setting makes the areas where two shadows are combined look very realistic, but it comes with a huge performance hit. It isn’t worth turning RTAO On in a multiplayer game where your main focus should be having high FPS performance. We recommend keeping this setting Off.
Nvidia Reflex Low Latency – ON+BOOST
Nvidia Reflex is a technology exclusively for Nvidia Graphic Card owners that looks to reduce the system latency, intending to improve your overall response times in competitive games where every millisecond counts without the need for new hardware. We recommended keeping this option On+Boost.
Future Frame Rendering – ON
Future Frame Rendering increases the visual fluidity by buffering future images to be output. We recommend leaving this option on for an optimal experience.
Vertical Sync – OFF
Verticle-Sync is a graphics technology that synchronizes the frame rate of a game with a gaming monitor’s refresh rate. Turning this Battlefield 2042 setting on will remove any screen-tearing but it will add a lot of input lag to your game, giving you a disadvantage against other players in multiplayer where reaction times matter a lot. V-Sync also puts an FPS cap in your game, it’s important to have as many framerates as you can in a multiplayer game. Needless to say, it’s best to have this option turned off.
High Fidelity Objects Amount – LOW
High Fidelity Objects Amount setting controls the quality of the renders of distant objects. Since Battlefield 2042 maps are bigger than the ones featured in the games before, you may be able to gain decent performance by lowering this setting. We recommend keeping this setting on Low.
Once you’re done configuring the in-game settings for Battlefield 2042, make sure to apply the instructions from the following guides to boost your performance as well:
- Nvidia Best Settings for Control Panel
- Best AMD Settings for Radeon Software
- Best Windows Settings/Optimization Guide
Battlefield 2042 Benchmarks On Optimized Settings
After all the optimization steps, I ran a final benchmark (Video Attached Below) to see how much of a performance and FPS boost I’ve gained. According to my findings, I achieved a performance boost of up to 38% more than the optimized settings.
The final benchmarks were done on the following specifications.
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor.
- 16.0 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 Memory.
- MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX.
- GEFORCE RTX 3070 8GB.
- Battlefield 2042 was Installed on HDD.
You should experience a significant boost in FPS performance after using our Battlefield 2042 Best Settings guide and implementing all the required Windows 10 and Nvidia Optimizations. To determine which settings provided us with the best performance and visibility at the same time, we tested each option extensively. This guide should enable you to enhance your gameplay in general.
Here are some key tips if you are still struggling to get decent FPS in Battlefield 2042.
- Ensure Windows 10 is updated to the latest version.
- Compare your PC specifications with the required ones.
- In case of random crashes, I would recommend checking your hardware temperatures.
- Carefully overclock your hardware components if possible.
- Enable Game Mode in Windows Settings to get a slight FPS boost.
Patch Note 4.1.0 ( 24 March 2023)
- Fixed animation issue that has the power to break while crawling in prone with the use of a throwable gadget.
- Decreased the traversal sprint delay while barging through the doors.
- Fixed the traversal sprint issue.
- Resolved an issue that can cause sliding to gain unintended acceleration.
- The unwanted camera shake issue at the time of performing a low vault is fixed.
- Animation of Recoilless M5 and G-84 TGM has been improved.
- Improved the animation of vaulting to decrease the end-game popping sensation.
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