The PC version of Hogwarts Legacy is plagued by severe performance problems, but with a few clever graphics settings, you can minimize stutters and achieve more frames per second. We’ll show you how it’s done.
Not a good start: The press is full of praise for Hogwarts Legacy, but the PC version is criticized for its poor performance, sometimes with severe deductions in the rating. We took care of the problem and found settings that make the open-world role-playing game much smoother.
Hogwarts Legacy: How to Improve the Performance
On our test system consisting of …
- Core i7-8700k with 6x 3.7 GHz
- GeForce RTX 3060
- 32 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM
… Hogwarts Legacy ran in Full HD at maximum settings and enabled Ray Tracing with ultra quality (without Ray Tracing shadows and Ray Tracing environment occlusion) at a stable 60 frames per second. However, we also struggled with one thing in the release version from February 7, and that was regularly occurring stutters.
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PC version still in console mode: We want to combine the correction of the stutters with another thing right away, because the Windows version of Hogwarts Legacy still has the console launch in its bones. Open up the pause menu in the game via the ESC key and navigate to the screen icon that displays a stylized mountain panorama on the left. There, you should change the quality settings in the green bordered fields as follows:
In fact, the settings for the sky and foliage quality also have an effect on the interior areas. As a result of the changes made, the global quality level automatically changes to “Adjusted”. And that’s a good thing, because it makes certain options available in the screen settings; we’re particularly interested in the rendering resolution of only 720p here.
So now switch to the screen settings (the screen icon that shows a gear). Here you turn the upscaling option off and then set the screen resolution according to your monitor. Especially important are the settings further down. Turn off Chromatic Aberration and film grain (see picture). Vsync should be active in any case, otherwise screen tearing hell will break loose.
That’s all you can do for now, but you’ll see that the above method brings a noticeable improvement. Let’s hope that the developers at Avalanche will quickly follow up with a proper performance patch.
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