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

Story Highlights
  • God Of War Ragnarok features a sleuth of Graphics Options and Accessibility settings for the PS4, Pro and the PS5
  • The base PS4 runs at the standard 30FPS but the PS5 can truly harness the potential of the game to make it stunning at every angle
  • Players can toggle between various Accessibility options to enhance and boost their gameplay experience
  • These include auto item pickups and combat camera features which can ease the pain by having it fully under the player's control
  • Players can also rebuild the database of the console to boost its RAM and turn off Film grain and Motion blur for a clearer image quality

God Of War Ragnarok is one of the biggest games of the year. Almost every Playstation fan on the planet has been highly anticipating its release for nearly after 4 years since the original title was released in 2018. Santa Monica Studios have done a remarkable job optimizing the game for both PS4 and PS5. Still, with a wide array of graphical options to choose from, it’s not easy to figure out which are the best settings for God Of War Ragnarok.

Not to mention 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 personal preference but fret not, as we will be discussing all of these too 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.

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The PS4 was released way back in late 2013 and while the console may have become somewhat outdated for next-gen video game compatibility, no one can deny the legacy it still holds for GOW 2018.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 on it, with the Pro model of the console offering two different options which can boost the experience, let’s briefly discuss them.

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 the combat scenarios.

Favor Quality

Meanwhile, the Quality mode of the Playstation 4 Pro 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)

When it comes down to it, there is no console better to showcase the jaw-dropping graphical fidelity of GOW Ragnarok than the PS5. Harnessing its state-of-the-art technology, players are able to select between 4 different modes but there are a couple of things to keep in mind as you play it for the first time.

Although technically, there will only be two Graphical modes here, you can enable a High frame-rate option for the game if your PS5 is connected to a display that supports HDMI 2.1 compatibility as well as a 120 or 144hz refresh rate. It will essentially allow you to render a framerate higher than 60FPS which is the norm in most displays out there.

Furthermore, with the inclusion of another cool feature known as the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) which is again, only available in a few displays that support it, players will be able to target an unlocked frame rate even on the Quality mode that renders a 4K Display image. Now that you know about some of the features, let’s quickly discuss God Of War Ragnarok’s graphic modes available on the PS5.

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 whatsoever and even if there are any, they will be hardly noticeable at all to the naked eye.

It is by far the best graphical setting for players who are going to 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 as well as 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 by all means enable the High Frame-rate mode which will basically mean 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 be easily able to 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 a 1800p to 2160p resolution which is, of course, 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 then you should have no problem achieving a limitless framerate mode. But just to reiterate, in case your TV or monitor does not support these features then 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 around the world 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 essentially increase the window for you to complete these time-based puzzles with ease. So if you’re someone who dislikes 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 are a minority of players who dislike 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)

Perhaps the most helpful accessibility feature that you will find using from time to time whilst playing the game is the Auto Pick-up setting. The feature will allow you to toggle between two different settings which will allow you to pick up Health and rage orbs during and out of battle without having the need to press the button yourself.

You will need to be mindful of when you enable the setting as we prefer to have it On to full when you’re doing exploration in the game but during key boss battles or any chaotic enemy encounter, turn it back to default as the last thing you will want is for Kratos to be open for an attack while he is auto-picking an item amidst the battle. So the setting is pretty much situational for the most part but extremely useful too for a lot of players.

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 at a much faster pace.

If you are someone who dislikes slow prompts or holding down the button for any kind of sequence then 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 seamlessly climb ledges, hop over small gaps, and vault over obstacles with ease. 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’re someone who wants to immerse themselves fully in the game, then 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 that you can interact with in order 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 and yet many players are still not aware 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 a variety of functions such as Factory resetting it.
  • 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 are free to head back and launch the game again.

Turn Off Motion Blur & Film Grain

If you are looking 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 a distraction for the perfect image quality.

Summary

God Of War Ragnarok has achieved another excellence in accessibility by providing gamers with a luxury of accessibility options that they can turn on or off at any time during the gameplay. These settings can help you enhance the way the game works and plays, which is great for someone who normally struggles with certain aspects such as tedious puzzles or odd camera and movement capabilities.

There are two different Graphics Modes available for the PS4 Pro and PS5 but we suggest playing it on the PS5 to experience the true next-gen power of the game and its jaw-dropping graphical fidelity. The original God of War titles were tailor-made for exhilarating combat so it is without question that playing the game in the Performance mode is the surefire way to enjoy it in crisp 60FPS framerate with a 1440p resolution.

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 Difficulty Settings!


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Haider Khan


Battlefield Veteran, PC gaming geek with 2 years of content writing experience - covering Video Game Settings, and errors across all devices.

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