God Of War Ragnarok BEST Settings: PS4 & PS5

Learn about the best settings in GOW Ragnarok, including all graphical Modes as well as the numerous Accessibility settings

God Of War Ragnarok is one of the biggest games of the year. Besides being a PS5 game, it has a wide array of graphical options to choose from. Hence, figuring out the best settings for God Of War Ragnarok is difficult.

The game has a whole list of Accessibility features that can help you out in quite different and unique ways throughout the game if enabled. These are completely up to your preference, but fret not, as we will discuss all of these in the game. So firstly, let’s get started with God Of War Ragnarok’s Graphic modes for both the PlayStation 4 and 5 and discuss which has the best applicable settings in our opinion.

Key Takeaways
  • PlayStation 4: Runs at 1080p and 30 FPS, no other graphic modes available.
  • PlayStation 4 Pro:
    • Choose between Favoring Performance or Quality.
    • Performance Mode: Variable FPS in the upper 40s, 1080p to 1656p.
    • Quality Mode: Locked 30 FPS, 1440p to 1656p.
  • PlayStation 5:
    • Offers more options.
    • Quality Mode: Locked 30 FPS, native 4k or 2160p.
    • Performance Mode: Locked 60 FPS, 1440p to 2160p.
    • HFR (High Frame Rate) can be enabled to increase FPS at the cost of resolution.
  • Best PS5 Mode:
    • Performance Mode without HFR for high resolution and smooth frame rate.
    • HDMI 2.1-supported monitors can use VRR to reduce screen tearing.
    • Customize graphics with options like turning off Motion Blur and Film Grain.
    • Accessible settings include Auto Pickup, Touchpad Controls, and Traversal Assist for a smoother playthrough.

GOW Ragnarok PS4 Graphics Modes

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The game looks just as good on PS4 (image credit: eXputer)

The PS4 was released way back in late 2013, and while the console may have become somewhat outdated for next-gen video game compatibility, no one can deny the legacy it still holds for GOW 2018. God Of War Ragnarok runs steadily at a 30FPS framerate, with the Pro model of the console offering two different options that can boost the experience. Let’s briefly discuss them.

Summary of all the best settings: 

Setting NameWhat to Set it to
Favor PerformanceTarget upwards of 60 FPS, 1080p to 1656p
Favor QualityLocked 1440p to 1656p Resolution, 30 FPS
Favor PerformanceSteady 60 FPS, 1440p to 2160p Resolution
Favor QualityNative 4K Resolution, Locked 30 FPS
Favor Performance + High Frame-RateUp to 120 FPS, 1440p Resolution
Favor Quality + High Frame-RateUp to 40 FPS, 1800p to 2160p Resolution
Puzzle TimingAdjust timer for puzzles
Recentre Camera On AttackEnable/disable automatic camera recentering
Strafe AssistEnable/disable tracking enemies while strafing
Auto Pick-UpAutomatically pick up health and rage orbs
Menu HoldsIncrease button hold speed
Traversal AssistSeamless climbing and traversal
Audio CuesIn-game audio prompts for various situations

Favor Performance

The PlayStation 4 Pro, under the Performance option, allows users to target upwards of 60 FPS with some minor dips along the way during hectic situations. When we mention ‘target,’ the game essentially has an unlocked framerate with a resolution that maintains a 1080p to 1656p image clarity.

The framerate dips aren’t too huge or noticeable, but according to our testing, they reached somewhere around 40FPS, which is still manageable considering the hardware capabilities of the Pro model of the console. If you are looking for the Best settings for God Of War Ragnarok on the PS4 Pro, then the Performance mode is definitely the way to go, as having an unlocked framerate will provide immense satisfaction during combat scenarios.

Favor Quality

Meanwhile, the Playstation 4 Pro Quality mode allows you to achieve a locked 1440p to 1656p Resolution with a 30 FPS framerate. There isn’t much to discuss here aside from the fact that if you’re someone who has a TV or monitor that supports the mentioned resolution and doesn’t mind the framerate lock, then by all means, opt for this graphics mode on God Of War Ragnarok for the PS4 Pro.

GOW Ragnarok PS5 Graphics Modes

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The raw next-gen power of the PS5 (image credit: eXputer)

The PS5 shines for GOW Ragnarok graphics with 4 modes, but remember two key points. You can unlock high frame rates if your PS5 connects to an HDMI 2.1 display with 120-144hz. Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) works in select displays, even in Quality mode at 4K. Let’s explore PS5’s GOW Ragnarok graphic modes.

Favor Performance

At the usual Favor Performance setting graphics mode, PS5 players of the game should be able to steadily achieve a solid 60FPS framerate along with a crisp 1440p to 2160p resolution, which goes to show that Santa Monica Studios has crafted another superbly optimized PlayStation exclusive for the fanbase. There are no dips; even if there are any, they will hardly be noticeable to the naked eye.

It is by far the best graphical setting for players who will play the game on PS5 since, after all, the robust action combat of the game.

Favor Quality

At the standard Favor Quality setting in the Graphics mode options, players should be able to achieve a native 4K image display locked at 30FPS. If you have a monitor or TV that supports the 4K display, then by all means, try it out for yourself if you don’t have a problem with the framerate.

Furthermore, there is a noticeable bump in visuals at far-off distances in certain areas, but we found that they weren’t a huge game-changer for users who are choosing to run it on the Performance setting. The Quality mode will even allow for a minor difference in how the Shadows work and other finer details, but again, the choice to enable it is up to you as it doesn’t manage to compensate for the 60FPS framerate of the Performance mode.

Favor Performance + High Frame-Rate Mode

If your display supports more than the usual 60hz, then enable the High Frame-rate mode by all means, which means that the game can target upwards of a 120FPS framerate. The image quality should be able to maintain a 1440p resolution, which is more than anyone could bargain for when it comes to the game.

Lastly, if you also have the VRR feature available on your display, the game should easily surpass the framerate limit and render more frames, allowing more smoothness than ever to the game.

Favor Quality + High Frame-Rate Mode

For displays with a 120 or 144hz display, you will be delighted to know that you can unlock the 30FPS framerate limit using the HFR feature we mentioned previously. The core difference is that the game will showcase an 1800p to 2160p resolution, which is the native 4K resolution. The frame rate will target 40FPS, which doesn’t sound too bad if you can get used to it.

Lastly, if you can enable VRR, you should have no problem achieving a limitless framerate mode. But just to reiterate, if your TV or monitor does not support these features, running the game at the normal Performance mode on the PS5 is still the winner for the best graphic modes for God Of War Ragnarok.

The Best Accessibility Settings

There are over 60 unique accessibility settings that you can tweak around in God Of War Ragnarok, but only a few of them are noteworthy to check out, which can enhance or improve your gameplay.

If you’re someone who struggles with any kind of visual or hearing impairment disorders, then enabling a few settings here can help you out, in the long run, to enjoy the game without any handicaps. Follow along with us as we briefly discuss each of the vital accessibility settings here that can boost your experience within God Of War Ragnarok.

Puzzle Timing

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Puzzle timing (image credit: eXputer)

This setting can be found under the Gameplay tab of the Accessibility options. Puzzle Timing allows you to adjust the features of the puzzles laid out worldwide for you to solve at your leisure. These include structures or other unique roadblocks for Kratos and Atreus that they need to solve in order to progress through the game.

You can adjust the timer from default to Extended and, finally, Extended+, which will increase the window for you to complete these time-based puzzles easily. So, if you dislike any kind of timely-focused mechanic or puzzle in video games, feel free to set this to either option mentioned above.

Recentre Camera On Attack

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Recentre camera (image credit: eXputer)

There is a minority of players who dislike it when the camera of the game fixates itself automatically back in the default position as Kratos is dishing out his attacks. Thankfully, if you’re someone who prefers to keep an eye on the battlefield at all times for incoming enemy attacks from the side or the back, then you can preferably turn the setting off, but if you don’t mind it too much, feel free to keep it turned on by default.

Strafe Assist

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Strafe Assist (image credit: eXputer)

The Strafe Assist accessibility setting will basically keep track of enemies while you sway from side to side, as Kratos, which is pretty useful until it becomes annoying when the camera always sticks onto the closest group of enemies during battle. We preferred to keep it off for our playthrough since having free-flow access to the in-game camera, especially during the high-octane action, is definitely the way to go here.

Auto Pick-Up

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Auto Pick-up (image credit: eXputer)

A helpful feature in the game is Auto Pick-up. It lets you grab Health and rage orbs without pressing a button. Use it during exploration, but turn it off in intense battles to avoid distractions. It’s handy but situational.

Menu Holds

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Menu holds (image credit: eXputer)

The simple setting of the Menu Holds will allow you to increase the button hold speed, which will make completing certain actions in the inventory or shops go much faster.

If you dislike slow prompts or holding down the button for any kind of sequence, feel free to turn it on here. It becomes especially useful when you’re upgrading skills as it instantly purchases them rather than holding the button down until the action is complete.

Traversal Assist

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Traversal assist (image credit: eXputer)

God Of War Ragnarok has an enhanced traversal assist feature where Kratos can easily climb ledges, hop over small gaps, and vault over obstacles. Once you enable Traversal Assist, you will only need to press the circle button to use the brand-new grapple hook ability of the Blades of Chaos.

It means that you can have this setting enabled to Auto+ and freely maneuver across the landscape without having the need to do anything yourself. But if you want to immerse yourself fully in the game, feel free to adjust it however you like.

Audio Cues

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The audio cues (image credit: eXputer)

Perhaps the quintessential feature is the Audio Cues, which allow players to receive in-game audio prompts when they’re under different situations or circumstances. These include Atreus’s quiver ammo requiring a refill or even notifying you of a nearby NPC you can interact with to receive side quests.

These audio cue settings are also featured in other well-known SIE games, such as The Last Of Us Part 1, and seeing it return for a massive game such as God Of War Ragnarok makes it one of the best accessibility settings for many players.

Helpful Tips And Tricks

Before you jump straight into the game for the first time, it is highly recommended that you follow our couple of mentioned tips and tricks, which will help ensure the game runs smoothly on both the PS4 and PS5.

Rebuild The Database

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How to rebuild database on PS5 and PS4 (image credit: eXputer)

The rebuild database feature has been around since the PS4, yet many players are still unaware of its existence, especially newer users on the PS5. The rebuild database procedure allows you to remove any excess data cache from the console, which will help boost its UI capabilities and RAM effectiveness. Follow the steps mentioned below in order to initiate and complete the procedure.

  • First of all, make sure the PS5 and PS4 are completely turned off
  • Press and hold down the power button on the consoles for a few seconds, as shown in the image above, until you hear the 2nd beep from it after the first one.
  • This will open up the Safe Mode menu on the PS4 and PS5, where you can select between various functions, such as Factory resetting.
  • You will be prompted to connect the Dualshock 4 or Dualsense using the USB cable to the system.
  • Here, simply select the 5th option, called the ‘Rebuild Database’ and confirm it.
  • The system will now restart and begin the process.
  • It should only take about a few minutes to complete, depending on the storage size and the number of installed applications and games on the console.
  • Once the process is complete, you can head back and launch the game again.

Turn Off Motion Blur & Film Grain

If you want to achieve sharp and perfect image clarity in GOW Ragnarok, then be sure to decrease the Motion Blur and Film Grain, as the former is easily the most nauseating feature for many gamers. Film Grain exists to add a noise flair to the image to give it a dramatic style and a sense of realism. We highly recommend turning them off completely, as shown in the image above, as they are only distracting for the perfect image quality.

So what are you waiting for? Experience the highly-anticipated conclusion to Kratos and Atreus’s saga that began in GOW 2018 with God Of War Ragnarok, out now on both PS4 and PS5. Let us know what you think of these settings and how they help you in-game by mentioning them in the comments below! Also, read God of War Ragnorak’s Difficulty Settings!

God of War Ragnarök [v. 3.00] Release Notes

God of War Ragnarok Latest Patch:

  • We’ve fixed a rare crash that could occur when transitioning to the end credits.
  • Another issue we addressed was a crash that could happen while using the map.
  • We also fixed a crash that could occur when using the settings menu.
  • During the quest “Surviving Fimbulwinter,” some players were experiencing a rare crash. We’ve taken steps to address this.
  • We’ve also fixed a crash that could occur during the quest “The Runaway.”
  • Players encountering a rare crash during the quest “Forging Destiny” should no longer experience this issue.
  • The quest “Unleashing Hel” was causing some players to experience a crash, but we’ve fixed this issue.
  • Similarly, we’ve addressed a crash that could occur during the quest “Beyond Ragnarok.”
  • We’ve fixed a crash that could happen during the quest “Animal Instincts.”
  • Lastly, we addressed a rare crash that could occur during the quest “Return of the River.”
  • We also fixed an issue where the game could become unresponsive after defeating the Flame Phantom while exploring Vanaheim.

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Haider Khan is our error guides writer who loves to tinker around with operating systems and game files to find practical solutions to video game issues. He then crafts easy-to-follow error fix guides based on his findings. He’s also a Battlefield veteran who likes to rack up some Ws in his spare time. Learn some more about his gaming journey on his Steam profile. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Successfully Troubleshot Over 200 Games || Mainly Covers Error Fix & Game Settings 

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