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This page is about video settings found through the Options tab. For in-game settings, see Game Settings.

Video Options Screen

System requirements for the game can be found in System Requirements.

Display Resolution: Sets the screen resolution at which the game is displayed.
Performance Impact: Very High
Larger resolutions will decrease your performance.

Fullscreen: Run the game in fullscreen or windowed mode.
Performance Impact: Medium
Windowed mode will have a negative impact on performance in most operating systems.

Vertical Synchronization: Combats screen tearing by synchronizing the game to the monitors refresh rate.
Performance Impact: Low
This is a great option to cap the FPS of the game at the FPS for your monitor.

Anti-Aliasing: Removes jagged edges from objects.
Performance Impact: Medium
I would only recommend using this options on a higher-end card.

Texture Quality: Saves video memory and performance by setting the texture resolution.
Performance Impact: Medium

Reflection Quality: How clear reflections are. Provides more realistic lighting.
Performance Impact: Very High
At the time of this writing, "Very High" is a bit of an understatement. This feature still needs to be optimized better.

Reflected Shadows: Shadows are processed and displayed inside reflections.
Performance Impact: High

Water Quality: Layers and effects occurring on surface of water planes.
Performance Impact: Low
Low quality water is very dark and difficult to see through.

Gamma: How bright the game is.
Performance Impact: Low

View Distance: How far the world can me viewed.
Performance Impact: High

Field of View: How wide your view angle is.
Performance Impact: Low
Higher settings can cause a "fisheye" look with curving at the outer edges of the screen.

Level of Detail: The overall maximum level of detail at which the world is displayed. As you move further away from an object, it switches to a lower quality version of the mesh
Performance Impact: High
Lower values decrease quality of distanced textures and improve performance.

Shadow Distance: Quality and distance of object shadows.
Performance Impact: High
This is the second largest item that affects overall performance on most mid/low-range cards.

Tree Quality: Overall quality of the trees based on how far away they are.
Performance Impact: High
Setting this lower than high will cause distant trees to render as stick poles until you get into closer range. (Like LOD for trees)

Grass Distance: The maximum distance at which you can see grass.
Performance Impact: Medium

Motion Blur: Quality level of motion blur (more pixel samples & smoothing).
Performance Impact: High

UI Background Opacity: UI wallpaper / background opacity / transparency.
Performance Impact: Very Low

UI Foreground Opacity: UI outlines and text opacity / transparency.
Performance Impact: Very Low

SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion): Use the image effect SSAO which draws more detailed shadows on objects.
Performance Impact: Medium

DOF (Depth of Field): Distant objects get blurred.
Performance impact: Medium
Can help to obfuscate a low LOD setting without as large of an impact on performance as a high LOD.

Sun Shafts: A.K.A. "God Rays". Shines rays of light from the sun past obstructing objects.
Performance Impact: Medium


Author's note: With the above settings I get a very solid 60 FPS with an i7 3930k, and a GTX 660 Ti.

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