Cities: Skylines 2 – Best Settings [High FPS & Performance]

Learn everything there is about the performance issues in Cities Skyline 2 and the best settings to ensure a stable experience.

Reports suggest that Cities Skylines 2 is not performing as expected on PC. Initially, you will encounter challenges in achieving a consistent gaming experience, but I have found the Best Settings in Cities Skylines 2 for both graphics and gameplay to achieve consistent FPS.

Key Takeaways
  • Cities Skylines 2 is reportedly facing performance challenges on PC, but developers Colossal Order have promised patches to improve the situation.
  • It is recommended to wait for Virtual Texturing to process after launching the Cities Skylines 2.
  • Enable Game Mode on Windows for prioritized hardware resources during gaming.
  • Select the “High Performance” power plan in Windows settings for potentially improved FPS.
  • Set Cities Skylines 2 to “High Performance” in Windows Graphics Settings to maximize dedicated GPU usage.

Cities Skylines 2 Best Settings

Graphics Settings Cities Skylines 2
Graphics Settings [Image by eXputer]
The developers, Colossal Order, increased the system requirements for the city-building sequel long before the launch of Cities Skylines 2. However, more recently, they acknowledged that they didn’t reach the performance goal they were aiming for on PC. They’ve assured players of forthcoming patches to enhance Cities Skylines 2 performance.

While waiting for the update, below are the Best Settings you could apply to get the best performance in Cities Skylines 2:

Graphics Settings

Basic Graphics Settings Cities Skylines 2
Basic Graphics Settings in Cities Skylines 2 [Image by eXputer]
The good thing is that you don’t have to spend too much time tweaking your settings, as you only need to go over some Basic Settings and ignore the Advance Settings Tab in Cities Skylines 2.

Screen Resolution Native Resolution 
Display Mode Fullscreen
VSync Enabled
Depth of Field Mode Physical
Dynamic Resolution Scale Quality Automatic
Anti-aliasing quality High SMAA
Clouds Quality Settings High
Fog Quality Settings Enabled
Volumetric Quality Settings Disabled
Ambient Occlusion Quality  High
Global Illumination Quality High
Reflections Quality High
Depth of Field Quality Disabled
Motion Blur Disabled
Shadow Quality Medium
Terrain Quality Settings High
Water Quality Settings High
Level of Detail Medium
Animation Quality High
Texture Quality Settings High

Wait For Virtual Texuturing To Process

Virtual Texuturing
Virtual Texuturing [Image Credit: eXputer]
This technology optimizes the usage of video memory for textures. Please be patient while these textures are being processed. While the Cities Skylines 2 is in the process of updating these textures, you might notice that the buildings appear dark or display some other graphical glitches. 

The duration it takes for your computer to apply the updated textures varies depending on your hardware, but typically, it doesn’t exceed one minute and often happens much faster. Hop into your city with the Best Settings in Cities Skylines 2 when Virtual Texturing is processed. 

Windows Optimization

These Windows settings might not give you a huge difference if you are on PC, but you will definitely see an improvement of 2 to 8% in Cities Skylines 2 by changing some of these settings. However, if you are gaming on Laptop, you definitely need to tweak these settings for better performance in Cities Skylines 2.

For In-depth Info on How To Optimize Windows For Gaming, read our article.

Game Mode

Searching Game Mode
Searching Game Mode [Image Credit: eXputer]
  1. In the Windows search bar, type “Game Mode” and open “Game Mode Settings.”
  2. If Game Mode is disabled, enable it.
Enabling Game Mode
Enabling Game Mode [Image by eXputer]
Enabling Game Mode ensures that your hardware resources are prioritized for Cities Skylines 2, potentially improving your in-game performance.

Power Plan

Searching Power Plan
Searching Power Plan [Image Credit: eXputer]
  1. In the Windows search bar, type Power Plan.”
  2. Click on “Choose a power plan.”
  3. From the available options, make sure you’ve selected “High Performance.”
Changing to High Performance
Changing to High Performance [Image by eXputer]
Choosing the High-Performance Power Plan can significantly increase your FPS in Cities Skylines 2.

Graphics Settings

Searching Graphics Settings
Searching Graphics Settings [Image Credit: eXputer]
  1. In the Windows search bar, type “Graphics Settings” and click on it.
  2. Click “Browse” and navigate to the Cities Skylines 2 installation directory.
  3. Select the Cities Skylines 2 executable.
  4. Click “Options” and select “High Performance”.
Graphics Settings to High Performance for Cities Skylines 2
Graphics Settings to High Performance [Image by eXputer]
Enabling this setting will ensure that your dedicated GPU is used while disregarding the integrated GPU, which can improve performance for Cities Skylines 2.

After pouring hours and effort into playing Cities Skylines 2, I found myself struggling with constant stutters and occasional FPS drops. But things turned around when I decided to tinker with the Cities Skylines 2 settings. Making those adjustments made a noticeable improvement in my gaming experience.

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