Best Dying Light 2 Settings For FPS & Performance

This guide covers the best Dying Light 2 settings you must use for maximum performance and graphics on your low-end to high-end PC.

After years of anticipation and delays, we finally have our hands on the much-awaited sequel to the original zombie-infested parkour playground, Dying Light. The year 2022 has been full of great releases, but Dying Light 2 was at the top of my list among new releases, and it did not disappoint. So, following Exputer’s tradition, I’ll bring you the best Dying Light 2 settings you must use to improve your PC’s performance and graphics.

I’ve benchmarked Dying Light 2 on the following PC specs: 

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3600
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3060
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
  • OS: Windows 11 Pro
Key Takeaways

You’ll at least need an AMD Ryzen 3 2300X or Intel i3-9100 CPU, AMD RX 560 or Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and 8 GB of RAM to run Dying Light 2 on PC.


The following settings impact your FPS the most:

  • Particles Quality
  • Sun Shadow Quality
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Global Illumination
  • Reflections
  • Raytraced Flashlight
  • Fog Quality

Dying Light 2 is an unoptimized game, on top of being a demanding game on PC. Even if I disable RTX features, I was still averaging around 70 FPS on medium-high settings at 1400p. There’s a consistent stuttering and FPS drops issue that worsened once I entered Villedor. Our Dying Light 2 reviewer Abdul Haddi also experienced similar issues while his playthrough.

Here are all the options you need to tweak to get the Best Settings for Dying Light 2. We have categorized the options depending on different PC levels:

SettingLow-end PC OptionsMid-range PC OptionsHigh-end PC Options
Window ModeFullscreenFullscreenFullscreen
MonitorYour Primary DisplayYour Primary DisplayYour Primary Display
ResolutionYour Monitor's Native ResolutionYour Monitor's Native ResolutionYour Monitor's Native Resolution
V-SyncOffOffOff
Upscaler ModeDLSS Performance or FSR Balanced depending on your GPUDLSS Balanced or FSR BalancedDLSS Quality or FSR Quality
GammaAccording to your desireAccording to your desireAccording to your desire
Full Grain EffectOffOffOff
Color Blind ModeAccording to your desireAccording to your desireAccording to your desire
Renderer ModeDX11DX12DX12 Ultimate
Asynchronous ComputeOff (Not available for DX11)OnOn
Game Screen Size100%100%100%
SharpnessAccording to DesireAccording to DesireAccording to Desire
Field of View12 or lower10-1515+
Antialiasing QualityLowHighHigh
Motion BlurLowLowLow
Particles QualityLowHighHigh
Sun Shadows QualityPCFPCFUltra Ray Traced (For Nvidia RTX) or Ultra (For AMD or Non-RTX cards)
Contact Shadow QualityNone or LowHighHigh
Ambient Occlusion QualityLowLowHigh
Global Illumination QualityLowMediumUltra Ray Traced
Reflections QualityLowLowHigh
Raytraced FlashlightOffOffOn (or off for performance gain in darker areas)
Fog QualityLowMediumMedium

Best Low-End PC Dying Light 2 Settings

Best Dying Light 2 Settings for Low End PC
Dying Light 2 Settings for Low-End PC

If you’re rocking a Low-End PC or simply want to optimize the game for the best performance possible, these settings are for you. These settings are aimed to provide the smoothest experience in Dying Light 2 without prioritizing quality.

Display Settings

  1. Window Mode: Fullscreen
  2. Monitor: Your Primary Display
  3. Resolution: Your Monitor’s Native Resolution
  4. V-Sync: Off
  5. Upscaler Mode: DLSS Performance or FSR Balanced depending on whether you have an Nvidia RTX GPU or others.
  6. Gamma: According to your desire
  7. Film Grain Effect: Off
  8. Color Blind Mode: According to preference

Advanced Graphics Settings

  1. Renderer Mode: DX11
  2. Asynchronous Compute: Off (Only works with DX12)
  3. Game Screen Size: 100%
  4. Sharpness: According to Desire
  5. Field of View: 12 or lower since the fast-paced FPS nature of the game really takes advantage of higher FOV. Just make sure not to crank FOV too much as it can negatively impact performance. 
  6. Antialiasing Quality: Low
  7. Motion Blur: Low
  8. Particle Quality: Low
  9. Sun Shadows Quality: PCF
  10. Contact Shadow Quality: None or Low
  11. Ambient Occlusion Quality: Low
  12. Global Illumination Quality: Low
  13. Reflections Quality: Low
  14. Raytraced Flashlight: Off
  15. Fog Quality: Low

Best Mid-Range PC Dying Light 2 Settings

Best Dying Light 2 Settings for Mid Range PC
Dying Light 2 Settings for Mid Range settings

If you have a mid-range setup and want a sweet spot between quality and performance, then these settings will be perfect for you. These settings are tuned to give you the best experience possible and balance quality without compromising on performance too much.

Display Settings

  1. Window Mode: Fullscreen
  2. Monitor: Your Primary Display
  3. Resolution: Your Monitor’s Native Resolution
  4. V-Sync: Off
  5. Upscaler Mode: DLSS Balanced or FSR Balanced depending on whether you have an Nvidia RTX GPU or others.
  6. Gamma: According to your desire
  7. Film Grain Effect: Off
  8. Color Blind Mode: According to preference

Advanced Graphics Settings

  1. Renderer Mode: DX12
  2. Asynchronous Compute: On
  3. Game Screen Size: 100%
  4. Sharpness: According to Desire
  5. Field of View: 10-15 as it will give a significant boost to your camera FOV, making more objects visible while you’re parkouring off rooftops. However, keeping the value between 10 and 15 as exceeding it can cause adverse performance effects.
  6. Antialiasing Quality: High
  7. Motion Blur: Low
  8. Particle Quality: High
  9. Sun Shadows Quality: PCF
  10. Contact Shadow Quality: High
  11. Ambient Occlusion Quality: Low
  12. Global Illumination Quality: Medium
  13. Reflections Quality: Low
  14. Raytraced Flashlight: Off
  15. Fog Quality: Medium

Best High-End PC Dying Light 2 Settings

Best Dying Light 2 Settings for High End PC
Dying Light 2 Settings for High-End settings

If you’re running the latest specs on your PC, then you’ll have no trouble running the following settings in Dying Light 2. However, cranking all settings to the max isn’t the most optimal way here. We can tune each setting to give you uncompromised visuals while maintaining high performance. Sounds good? Let’s go!

Display Settings

  1. Window Mode: Fullscreen
  2. Monitor: Your Primary Display
  3. Resolution: Your Monitor’s Native Resolution
  4. V-Sync: Off
  5. Upscaler Mode: DLSS Quality or FSR Quality, depending on whether you have an Nvidia RTX GPU or others.
  6. Gamma: According to your desire
  7. Film Grain Effect: Off
  8. Color Blind Mode: According to preference

Advanced Graphics Settings

  1. Renderer Mode: DX12 Ultimate
  2. Asynchronous Compute: On
  3. Game Screen Size: 100%
  4. Sharpness: According to Desire
  5. Field of View: 15+ because we’re already rocking great specs at this point, so there is no need to shy away from cranking up the FOV slider. However, cranking it to max might give you a bit of motion sickness, so adjust till you’re comfortable.
  6. Antialiasing Quality: High
  7. Motion Blur: Low
  8. Particle Quality: High
  9. Sun Shadows Quality: Ultra Ray Traced (For Nvidia RTX) or Ultra (For AMD or Non-RTX cards)
  10. Contact Shadow Quality: High
  11. Ambient Occlusion Quality: High, but we could use Ray Traced AO here; however, it’s not superior to Ray Traced Global Illumination. So, to save GPU power, we aren’t going to use Ray-Traced AO right now.
  12. Global Illumination Quality: Ultra Ray Traced
  13. Reflections Quality: High
  14. Raytraced Flashlight: On, or you could turn it off to gain a bit of performance while exploring darker areas with the flashlight on.
  15. Fog Quality: Medium

Wrapping Up Best Dying Light 2 Settings Guide

Here’s a quick comparison of different presets of graphics settings:

  • DL2 Reflections
    Reflections (Image by eXputer)

Now, we’ve finally reached the end of this best Dying Light 2 settings guide. Dying Light 2 optimization is going to get better over time with updates. However, these best settings will let you enjoy the game without any performance hiccups.

So, all these settings were tested on systems of different configurations and gave almost a 20-30% performance uplift on average. So, I hope this guide will be equally beneficial to you. In case you have any problems or questions regarding Dying Light 2 settings, make sure to reach us in the comment section below. 

If you want even more performance in Dying Light 2, I’d recommend checking out the guides below:

Now that you’re all set to run the game, why don’t you read up on our Dying Light 2 Blueprints Locations guide and catch them all?

 
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Ayyoun is a Senior Writer & Editor for Error Fixes, and Game Settings guides on eXputer. He’s been passionate about games and technology since he got his hands on the PlayStation 1. He has a software engineering background and loves to play games from a technical perspective. He has a knack for uncovering solutions for the latest games and presenting them in easy-to-follow guides for his audience. You can keep up with his gaming activity on his Steam profile.

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