Cyberpunk 2077 is finally on the streets, and there are already thousands (more than 8 million, in fact, according to the figures that CD Projekt Red has given) users who are enjoying it. It is a game with incredible graphic details, but that also has a great impact on performance. Many users with high-end gaming PCs are finding themselves unable to run it at an FPS rate that allows them to enjoy it. . If this is your case, don’t worry; below, we will tell you how to improve performance in Cyberpunk 2077 by changing the settings. In fact, with just one, you can double or even triple the FPS in the best of cases.
A few days ago, NVIDIA itself, which has collaborated in the development of the game, already showed us that DLSS helps a lot in having a good performance in Cyberpunk 2077. Deactivating ray tracing also gains a lot of performance, if It is true that in this case, a lot of graphic quality is lost, especially since it is a game with this futuristic theme. However, there is specifically a graphic adjustment that, in the best of cases, triples the FPS, and that does not have a great impact on graphic quality. Let’s see it.
Disable this setting and double your performance in Cyberpunk 2077
The setting is called ” Resolution shadows cascading ” or “Cascaded Shadows Resolution” if you have the game in English and lower this setting’s quality. You’ll notice a great improvement, but there are cases in which triples performance if you turn off the whole. For example, a user with an RTX 3070 playing at 3840 x 1620 (Ultrawide) resolution reported that removing this setting went from 20 to 60 FPS, going from having a poor gaming experience to an optimal one.
Another user with a Ryzen 5 3600 and RTX 2060 and who plays at 1440p resolution claims that simply lowering the quality of this setting gains 10 FPS for each “jump” (that is, going from Ultra to High gains 10 FPS, from High to Half another 10, etc.). The best of all is that this setting does not have too noticeable effects on the game’s graphic quality; that is, if you have performance problems in Cyberpunk 2077, deactivate it without fear and voila, you will see how your gaming experience improves significantly.
Other graphic adjustments to improve FPS
Of course, Cascading Shadow Resolution is not the only graphical setting that you could lower or disable to improve performance in this game, but we warn you that doing so will have a more noticeable visual impact. These settings are:
- Quality of volumetric clouds.
- Ambient occlusion.
- Resolution of distant shadows.
- Quality of local shadows.
- Texture quality of local shadows.
As you may have already guessed, shadows seem to be very important in terms of performance in Cyberpunk 2077, but the good part is that the game’s graphical settings are complete and allow us to “play” with them as much as we want until we find the best one. The balance between visual quality and performance depending on the PC we have. It will also be something that they can surely continue to work on and improve in future updates of the game.
NVIDIA DLSS and Ray Tracing
DLSS renders the game internally at low resolution and intelligently scales the images to the resolution you are playing. If you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics, you will see that it works surprisingly well in Cyberpunk, to the point that having it activated significantly improves the game performance without losing graphic quality.
If you don’t have NVIDIA RTX graphics, you can also enable FideltyFX CAS to make the game run a little better. This mode scales the resolution in real-time to suit the FPS you have configured, and although it will not give you the same performance as DLSS, it works quite well and is a great alternative for users with non-RTX graphics, including AMD.
As for ray tracing, of course, it is a setting that you can disable, and you will gain a lot of FPS at any resolution; even though NVIDIA has been involved in the development of the game, ray tracing has a very important impact on performance and although it is true that by deactivating it you will lose a lot of the “grace” of these types of games, of course, everything it will work much faster.