Cyberpunk 2077 seems to have got off on the wrong foot with both console and PC owners. Graphically, the game is beautiful. However, its quirks make gameplay difficult at times. FPS drops are an annoyance when it comes to any game, but on PC, it always feels worse. Here’s how you can fix it.

It would appear that Cyberpunk isn’t particularly well-optimized, and so you will need to make a few tweaks in the settings to see an improvement where frames are concerned.

When you are in the Main Menu, head to Settings and apply these changes:

Quick PresetCustom
Texture QualityMedium (Low looks downright bad, and High has minimal improvements whilst syphoning more power)
Field of View90
Film Grain Off (this only effects cutscenes)
Chromatic AberrationOff
Depth of FieldOff
Lens Flare Off
Motion BlurOff
Contact ShadowsOff
Improved Facial Light GeometryOn
Ansiotropy4x for low-end PCs, and 16x for high-end PCs
Local Shadow Mesh Quality High
Cascaded Shadows RangeMedium
Distant Shadows ResolutionHigh
Volumetric Fog ResolutionLow
Max Dynamic DecalsHigh
Screen Space Reflections QualityMedium
Subsurface Scattering QualityMedium
Ambient OcclusionMedium
Color PrecisionMedium
Volumetric Cloud QualityMedium
Mirror QualityHigh
Gamma Correction1.36 (to make Night City less over-exposed during the daytime)
Level of Detail (LOD)High
Crowd DensityLow (there are enough NPCs as is, and the higher the crowd count, the more of an impact it has on your GPU and FPS)
VSyncOff
Slow HDD MoveOff

Related: Can you play Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One S?

For a game that is graphically demanding, we realize that it may seem confusing to see a lot of the settings set to Medium. This is because the difference visually between Medium and High is often negligible, whereas the performance impact is much greater than what you get in return.

There are a few other extras choices you can implement, depending on what brand of GPU you have.

Nvidia

Image via CD Projekt Red

If you have an Nvidia GPU, you can download Nvidia Ansel and do the following:

  • Inside Nvidia Ansel, go to GeForce Experience > Settings > Photo Mode/Game filter, and enable it
  • Open Cyberpunk 2077, press Alt + Z to open Ansel and change the settings

For details, use these percentages:

  • Sharpen – 10%
  • Clarity – 6%
  • HDR Toning – 0%
  • Bloom – 6%

For color, use these percentages:

  • Tint Color – 0%
  • Tint Intensity – 0%
  • Temperature – 0
  • Vibrance – 21.6

AMD

Screenshot by Pro Game Guides

If you have an AMD GPU, you can download AMD Adrenalin (Radeon Software) and do the following:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Graphics
  • Change the Graphics Profile to eSports
  • Make sure Image Sharpening is enabled and set to a value above 75%

You can also go back into Cyberpunk’s in-house settings and enable Static FidelityFX CAS.

These settings should improve your FPS drastically and set you up for a more enjoyable experience. The graphical intensity of the game shouldn’t differ much from the use of lower settings, and in return, you will find way fewer frame drops, as well as fewer GPU performance issues.

Looking for more content? Check out the Cyberpunk 2077 patch notes for February 2022.

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