- Gotham Knights has launched with a barebones optimization which can make running it troublesome for PC users
- The game includes a variety of Graphical settings such as Ray tracing, Frame limiting and more which effect the performance
- Players can freely tweak these settings to better suit their gameplay and drastically improve both framerate and Performance
- Players can further boost their performance by enabling Game Mode and using a High-Performance Power Mode
Achieving the Best performance in Gotham Knights can be confusing, considering the game is horribly optimized in its current state as it struggles to maintain a solid 60FPS framerate on even the most powerful graphics cards, such as the RTX 3000 series. Users of the Gotham Knights are constantly digging themselves down a rabbit hole to try and optimize the game themselves to get a better display and video settings, but no matter what they do, it struggles to run smoothly with the most expensive specs.
However, we have prepared together our ideal settings that you can implement into your game to get the most optimal performance. We will also discuss some other useful tricks that you can use to increase your FPS and overall performance slightly, so stick around and find out.
The System Requirements
First things first, before we mention the Best Graphical settings, we will entail the Minimum and Recommended settings mentioned by the developers of the game, as these will help you decide if it is indeed worth the investment if you’re on the fence about purchasing it or are just looking to tally it with your system’s specs before you jump straight into it.
However, keep in mind that it’s almost worthless since the barebones optimization doesn’t fully use both the CPU and GPU, thus making them not reach their full potential while you play the game. The only useful part of the requirements is to help ensure what kind of components you may need to properly run the game.
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i5-9600K (3.7 GHz) / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (3.60 GHz)
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 590
- DirectX: Version 12
- Storage: 45 GB available space
- According to the additional notes left by the developers, the game is able to target at least a 30FPS framerate with a 1080p resolution.
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i7-10700K (3.8 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (3.7 GHz)
- Memory: 16 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
- DirectX: Version 12
- Storage: 45 GB available space
- The Additional notes left by the developers state that these settings are best to achieve a solid 60FPS framerate at 1080p resolution.
The Best Settings For Gotham Knights
Now that we have discussed the requirements, it is imperative that you follow closely with each of the settings we mention to achieve the best performance in the game. We will be discussing both the Display and Video settings with each of the settings and how they can impact your game. We advise you to follow closely with us as this will ensure you achieve the best performance to at least enjoy the gameplay.
We tested these settings with our Nvidia 1660Ti, but if you have something better, such as a 3060Ti, you should be able to achieve upwards of at least 30-40FPS framerate with a locked 1080p resolution. We can only hope the developers include more updates to the game so that it fully utilizes your GPU and CPU for a smooth 60FPS experience. Otherwise, we will also mention what settings you can further tweak for lower-end PC builds.
We will first discuss most of the essential Display settings of Gotham Knights; as you can see from the image above, follow along closely to see which one impacts the performance the most and the best options for them.
Display Mode- Fullscreen
We found that using Windowed mode allowed us to manage other tasks while grinding away in the game, but you can efficiently run the game in Fullscreen mode. It’s preferred that you keep it that way since fullscreen will allow the PC to fully focus its valuable resources on rendering the game instead of working on other tasks.
It ultimately comes down to your personal preference, but we went with 1600×900 Resolution to help things run smoothly as we hardly noticed any sort of difference here. But if you have something more powerful such as the RTX 3000 series from Nvidia, then feel free to enjoy the game at the traditional 1920×1080 resolution without any worries, as the performance difference is barely noticeable at that degree.
Screen tearing is a common issue to be found in most displays, so if you see any instance where jagged edges are appearing on-screen of the gameplay, then it’d be wise to turn on V-sync. Moreover, if your monitor only supports up to 60 hertz, it becomes mandatory to activate this feature on your game settings.
Advanced Resolution Settings
Just below the Display settings, you can toggle on and set a variety of features, such as FPS limits in the Advanced Resolution settings, which will significantly help against the massive frame drops when riding the Batcycle throughout the city and more. As you can see from the image above, it also has Dynamic Resolution available, which will help you improve your performance in most cases.
Dynamic Resolution- On
It is an essential feature that we prefer you keep enabled, but there are some caveats to implementing it that you should be mindful of when you’re playing the game. As the name of Dynamic Resolution implies, it will basically decrease the overall resolution when needed during the more action-heavy scenes or where rendering in a large commodity will be required.
The decrease in resolution doesn’t affect gameplay too much because, at the end of the day, we are looking to maximize our performance, so if you end up disliking it, you can freely disable it, but we would highly encourage lower-end PC users to have it enabled if you want to have streamlined experience of playing Gotham Knights.
Min FPS Limit- 40
In order to keep things stable, you will want the game to render at the bare minimum of 40FPS; because of the situation right now in terms of optimization, the game isn’t able to freely achieve 60FPS at all. So setting it up to target a steady 40 framerate is highly advised.
Max FPS Limit- 50
As mentioned previously, Dynamic resolution may cause some elements of the gameplay to appear blurrier than usual, so you will want the maximum framerate to reach only about 50FPS. It will ensure it doesn’t try to cross 60FPS in most areas, and we found that keeping it at the former will allow the game to maintain a visually bearable format where the image quality won’t feel terrible to the eyes.
However, keep in mind that in order to even counteract the tiny amount of blurriness from the Dynamic Resolution, you can opt to turn on Image Sharpening which we will discuss later on here.
Upscaling Type & Quality- TAAU Or DLSS (Quality)
You can customize this to whichever you want, but we went with the default TAAU here on our 1660Ti PC build. But if you are rocking an Nvidia RTX series card, then we would highly encourage you to use Nvidia’s DLSS technology which will greatly enhance the performance and allow a massive framerate boost.
We found that on Graphic Cards such as the RTX 3060Ti, we were able to achieve a steady 60FPS with the DLSS set to ‘quality’ mode on normal combat and exploration without the Batcycle gameplay, which decreased our FPS by a lot and seemingly does for other players too which is pretty understandable.
Sharpening & Sharpening Level- Nvidia Image Scaling
If you have Dynamic Resolution turned on, then we strongly suggest having some sort of image sharpening tool to help compensate for the image quality loss at some intervals in the gameplay. Thankfully if you have an Nvidia Graphics card, you should already have access to their dedicated image-sharpening technology; otherwise, we advise using the custom setting and adjusting it to Level 2, which is more than enough for most users.
If you have gotten this far, then you are close to optimizing Gotham Knights for the best overall game settings as we have already covered the Display and Resolution, so now let’s move on to the Graphical and Video settings. As you can see from the image above, these include vital graphical aspects such as Ray tracing and Ambient Occlusion, which can greatly affect visuals as well as more which we will explain.
Field Of View- 85
The FOV comes down to personal preference as it will allow the naked eye and your display to render larger distances of the game, which is a title such as Gotham Knights is best set at a value of 85 for the Best game settings. You can adjust it to whichever you like, but ultimately we found 85 to be the sweet spot that lets you focus on enemies behind your back and on the sidelines and doesn’t hinder performance too much, either.
It has a minimum impact on framerate, but you can adjust it above 90, too, if you have a beefy graphics card, as we mentioned previously. Aside from that, there isn’t much benefit of having it more than the value we have suggested since you can easily notice every bit of the action and gameplay.
Ray Tracing- Off
You should keep Ray Tracing off unless you are equipped with a GPU such as the RTX 3070 or above since it will greatly impact your performance. It tanks FPS a lot, so you’re better off disabling it even with a powerful GPU on your PC. In the case of lower-end builds, it is a no-brainer option to keep it off since your graphics card won’t support the feature anyways.
Motion Blur- On/Off
If you are someone who despises motion sickness, then feel free to turn off Motion blur as soon as possible, but in our personal opinion, we didn’t find the motion blur setting of Gotham Knights to be too distracting or nauseating, so it all comes down to your choice here. But it is worth stating that the framerate can be smoothened out if you have it on, so keep that in mind.
Ambient Occlusion- On
Ambient Occlusion is a great feature that allows lighting through the subsurface textures and makes the secondary assets produce shadows underneath and around them. IF turned off, it can provide a few gains in framerate, but ultimately we chose to leave it on since our GPU was more than capable enough to handle it.
Bloom is responsible for the lighting that comes off from neon signs and other lighting sources and determines how much of it is scattered on display. It hardly impacts performance, so you’re good to have it on because the city of Gotham is visually great to enjoy with the lighting effects enabled.
Chromatic Abberation- Off
The Chromatic Abberation feature allows for distortion to occur on the objects of games which is sort of like an image filter at times to help add a unique effect to the presentation of the title. The lens effect is barely noticeable, but we decided to keep it off due to personal choice here. Furthermore, it is another feature that doesn’t affect the framerate or performance, so you can decide to keep it enabled in your game too.
Depth Of Field- On
DoF is yet another tool that adds a unique feature to the overall image quality, but this time it essentially adds a blurring effect to faraway objects and focuses on the one in front of you for a cinematic effect. It is most apparent in cutscenes, and you will hardly find any difference in it when you’re immersed in the combat.
In terms of performance, it barely adds any noticeable increase when you have it turned off but if you’re running a lower-end PC for Gotham Knights and are looking to achieve the best settings as much as possible in the game, then feel free to have it turned off in order to squeeze every bit of framerate increase. For users using a 1660Ti or better, you can freely leave it on or off, depending on your choice.
The setting will be auto-locked if you are using Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling feature but in the chance that you do not have it available or at hand, then feel free to use TAA as it is the perfect balance between image quality as well as delivering the right amount of performance to the game. If you still notice blurriness in the gameplay that might annoy you, then feel free to turn up the sharpening since changing Anti Alias can alter the framerate too.
Texture Quality- High
The texture quality setting seems to add a noticeable effect on framerate in other games, but for Gotham Knights, we hardly saw an increase in framerate, so you are safe to adjust it to High as the game looks great in that option. The ‘Highest’ or ‘Ultra’ option isn’t much of a difference either, so for the best game settings in Gotham Knights, we would prefer to keep the Texture quality ‘High’ for the optimal experience for almost anyone.
Shadows Quality- Low
The most important feature here is Shadows which we have turned to low or medium in almost every other game, and with Gotham Knights, it is another option to have at the lowest setting possible. Higher-end PC users can get away with it having adjusted at medium at best, but for users below that level, we strongly recommend having it at a low preference to achieve a boost in framerate, plus it hardly trivializes the graphics of the game.
Effects Quality- Medium/High
Effects Quality determines how much visual fidelity the particle effects and lighting of them carry in the gameplay, there is a minor increase in framerate, so depending on the PC and the GPU you have in it, you can choose to leave it at medium or high. Furthermore, if you have a beefy graphics card such as an RTX series GPU then, by all means, you can adjust it to the highest setting option.
Post-Processing Quality- Medium/High
Just like Effects Quality, the post-processing determines many elements, such as the volumetric fog and lighting, which can drastically impact the framerate in most cases. We recommend switching it to either medium or high, even if you’re equipped with a strong graphics card, to get the most out of the performance.
Lastly, for lower-end PC users, it is wise to keep it at the lowest setting because we found a boost in FPS increase when swapping between Medium to Low in Gotham Knights.
View Distance- Low/Medium
This is mostly going to be apparent whilst you explore the city on the Batcycle as view distance determines how far the game can render objects and nearby players to you before they clearly become visible in close proximity. We suggest turning it to medium for optimal performance on higher-end GPUs while leaving it at the lowest setting possible to gain a healthy chunk of FPS on lower-end or Mid-tier PC builds.
Environment Density- Low
Another important option here, called the Environment Density, determines how much volume of the textures and assets are rendered on the game display. Most of the time while you play the game, each minute is spent during the combat sections, and those, of course, also take place in enclosed areas too.
We recommend turning this to the lowest feature even if you have a strong graphics card because it will only help render the city of Gotham in a better way which is hardly anything to admire, and it is worth decreasing it just for the solid gain in the framerate aspect.
Tips And Tricks To Increase Performance In The Game
While we have highlighted our best display and video settings for Gotham Knights, take a moment to quickly look at more ways you can increase the performance of the game and improve the framerate in the process.
Disable Background Overlays And Applications
It goes without saying, but you should preferably disable any sort of background application or overlay on your desktop as it might cause disruptions to occur within the game. Most importantly, it will also help your PC to invest its power and valuable resources into rendering Gotham Knights, so things such as Discord, OBS, and even your web browser such as Opera GX are recommended to have turned off from the Task Manager.
You can easily open the Task manager by pressing together the CTRL + ESC and Shift keys, or you can choose to open it from the taskbar too. Now, as shown in the image above, you simply need to select whichever app you need to close by selecting it and clicking on ‘End Task’ located at the bottom-right of the menu. After which, your RAM and CPU can feasibly utilize in running the game at the desired performance.
Enable Game Mode
Microsoft has carefully implemented a great element in Windows 10 and above called Game Mode, which can help boost performance across the board for your system. There are some cases in other video games where the setting is preferred to keep disabled, but for Gotham Knights, it manages to help it since the optimization is already barebones as it is, so be sure to enable it as soon as possible.
In order to enable Game Mode, simply search for it in your Windows Search Bar, and you will see the option to enable it, as shown in the image, with a single click on the prompt. Now your system will be able to effectively focus on your gaming experience rather than managing tasks in the background.
Enable The High-Performance Power Plan
Another handy feature that you might not be aware of comes in the form of enabling the High-performance power plan on your desktop. It is used in order to adjust more raw power from your PC so it can increase the output efficiency for the performance of your games. Enabling it is simple enough, and it doesn’t hurt to have it on, so follow the steps below to turn it on on your Windows 10 PC:
- As shown in the image above, search for the Power Plan settings in the Windows search bar.
- As shown in the image above, you will notice the Choose or Customize Power Plan in the new menu that opens up.
- At first glance, there will only be either the Balanced or Power Saver plans.
- Click on the drop-down menu under the Hide Additional Plans option, and you should now be able to select the High-Performance power plan for your system.
Running Gotham Knights can be a daunting experience as the game hasn’t launched on the best foundation in terms of performance and stability. The WB Games Montreal developers are hard at delivering updates that will help ease the trouble players are facing with the Crashes Of Gotham Knights on PC. until that happens, the only solid option is to tweak the graphical settings to run the game at a desirable rate.
The optimization may be lackluster, but the enjoyment factor still maintains its presence as the fanbase of the game cannot help but grind hours into the game playing as their favorite characters. It is only a matter of time before we get feedback from the developers on whether or not they will improve the game’s performance.
However, for now, this wraps up our game settings guide for Gotham Knights. We hope that it helps you out in running the game efficiently on both lower and higher-end PC builds. If you have any questions related to the game or want to let us know your experience, then feel free to mention them in the comments below!
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