Starfield: Improve Performance with 4 Settings + Performance Patch & DLSS-Mod

Published: Sep. 07, 2023
Updated: Apr. 18, 2024

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Starfield's performance is terrible, but Guided has found 4 graphics settings that will significantly improve your FPS. Additionally, we'll show you how to gain even more performance with Starfield's Performance Patch and the DLSS mod.

Quick tips to increase your FPS in Starfield (TLDR):

  • Lower the rendering resolution: Set to 65% for 1440p and 70-75% for 1080p to reduce the load on your graphics card.
  • Activate FSR 2 and adjust Sharpness: Set sharpness to 80% for 1440p and 90% for 1080p to compensate for the lower rendering resolution.
  • Decrease shadow suality: Switch from Ultra to High settings, enhancing performance and creating softer shadow effects.
  • Reduce reflection settings: Lower reflections from High to Medium to conserve resources and boost FPS.

Starfield: You can improve performance by 25% with just 4 graphics settings

You want to play Starfield on your PC smoothly and in the best possible quality, but when you show your FPS in game, it barely comes up to 40 FPS? Don't worry, in this article we'll show you how to significantly improve the game's performance:

Starfield offers stunning space landscapes and impressive graphics, but to boost performance, you should optimize these four crucial graphics settings:

1. Adjust the Render Resolution:

  • For a 1440p screen resolution, reduce the render resolution to 65%.
  • For 1080p resolution, set the render resolution to 70 to 75%.

This adjustment significantly reduces the load on your graphics card while still maintaining an impressive visual experience.

2. Activate FSR 2 (even for Nvidia):

FSR 2 (FidelityFX Super Resolution) is a great feature to boost performance without compromising graphics quality too much. Enable it and set the sharpening to 80% (for 1440p) or 90% (for 1080p). FSR 2 with its image sharpening compensates very well for the lower render resolution.

3. Reduce Shadow Quality:

Instead of setting shadows to "Ultra," choose "High." This can noticeably improve performance without sacrificing graphical quality. In fact, we even say that the shadows look better as they are much softer.

4. Lower Reflection Settings:

Change reflections from "High" to "Medium." This reduces resource consumption and helps increase FPS. Overall, these settings improved our performance by a solid 5 FPS. Besides, you won't find many big reflective surfaces in Starfield. We couldn't notice a difference.

Install the Performance Patch for Starfield (PC only):

As a PC player, you can also download and install an external Performance Patch for Starfield. You can find the patch in the modding forum on Nexusmods.com. Guided installed the patch and was thrilled:

"Over 15 FPS more, and I can't tell any difference in quality. And that's also reflected in the reviews of the Performance Patch for Starfield on Nexus."

I don't know how you did it or how this works, (...). This black magic of a file turned my 22-31 FPS stuttering chaos even on low settings into a 34-45 FPS.

The Performance Patch is a Starfield modification that you need to install using Vortex.

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Further improve Starfield Performance with DLSS Mod (Nvidia):

If you own an Nvidia graphics card, you can further improve Starfield's performance by using one of the available DLSS mods. DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) is Nvidia technology that upscales the image using deep learning. Despite the significantly lower actual resolution, it still looks great. With one of the currently available DLSS mods for Starfield, you can replace the AMD solution CAS or FSR2 with DLSS.

  • Starfield Upscaler (Download via NexusMods.com)
  • Starfield FSR2 Bridge (Download via NexusMods.com)
  • Starfield Frame Generation (Download via NexusMods.com)

Caution: Currently, there are various technical difficulties with the DLSS mod. If you have installation problems, please leave a comment.

With these tips and adjustments, you can significantly boost the performance of Starfield on your PC while still enjoying the game's visual quality. Get ready for an impressive space adventure!

The interest in digging deep into the gaming industry stems from the DayZ Mod for Arma 2 in 2012. Kevin started working in the gaming industry in 2016. First as a trainee at Survivethis, the biggest German Survival-Games-Site at that time. Only half a year later, he got accepted at Gamestar and later MeinMMO. Now, on Guided.news he implements all his Knowledge to deliver comprehensive news, guides, interviews and more unique topics.
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