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The Cycle: Frontier is an FPS (first-person shooter) game developed and published by Yager Development. It’s a new addition to the free-to-play multiplayer genre and was released on June 8, 2022.
Players find themselves on Fortuna III, a deserted planet, completing extraction quests and missions while collecting loot and resources. The alien world is driven by immense danger and surprises.
The game is available on Steam and the Epic Games Store to download.
In order to obtain loot, players are pitted against in-game hazards as well as other players in the game’s distinctive “PvEvP” concept.
As a fast-paced FPS, it is essential for players to play the game at optimal settings to get the most out of the game. With several people in a match and many bots as enemies, the game might prove to be taxing on your GPU if the settings aren’t appropriate.
This guide is here to help you find the best settings to get the maximum FPS and performance from your gaming rig, with a view to spot enemies easily and improve visibility in general.
The game looks fairly optimised, for it is powered by the Unreal Engine 4 and got finally released after being in beta since last year.
Basic things like keeping your Windows and graphics drivers updated can always help eliminate any issues that might be keeping the game from running at its best. And if you aren’t sure, now is the time to head over to your Windows settings to ensure that you have the latest build installed.
As a next step, check for any graphics drivers update. Nvidia’s GeForce Experience and AMD’s Radeon Driver Software can help you with the same.
Now that you’ve ensured that your PC is running the latest updates, it’s time to hop into the game. Game settings, I mean.
The game lets you directly change the GPU that would be used to render its environment. Make sure you have set “Select Rendering Device” as the high-performance Nvidia or AMD graphics card.
General Display Settings
It is recommended to play the game in Fullscreen mode. This allows the game to take full advantage of your hardware and run at its best.
However, you can try switching to Windowed Fullscreen or Windowed if you don’t have a powerful graphics card or if you experience FPS drops.
The same applies to Resolution as well. The higher resolution makes the game look better and hence, improves visibility. It can be turned down in case of stuttering or unstable framerates.
Resolution Scaling should be cranked up to 100 for the best appearance.
FOV stands for Field of View. A higher FOV will make the game zoomed out and help in spotting resources more easily. Keep in mind that a higher value is more resource-demanding as there’ll be more textures and entities to render.
Video Quality Options
It controls how far away objects in the game are rendered, allowing the player to view opponents, enemies and resources from afar. It is recommended to maintain this at Epic or High, as this will allow you to notice opponents from a distance.
This setting will change the quality of the shadows cast by your characters and other game elements. Setting it too high can cause the shadows to be too dark. Thus, Medium is the ideal compromise between performance and looks.
Post Process Quality
I’d recommend keeping this Low. It provides the clearest visual quality. If you the game environment to look even better, it can also be bumped up to Medium.
The quality of the textures utilized in the game’s environment and characters is determined by this setting. If you possess a powerful graphics card (with a VRAM of 4GB or more), it is recommended to keep this at Epic or High. This will make the game look good, as well as make it easier to distinguish between different elements in the game.
Visual Effects Quality
It impacts the quality of the game’s visual effects, and it is suggested that you set it to Low to increase performance and display a sharper image. When set to High, the objects will have a lot of noise and needless features.
Low is a better option for a more competitive experience and better performance, although you may always crank it up for better graphics.
Vegetation like trees and grass exists too. Keep it Low for having an easy time finding enemies.
VSync is used to match the in-game FPS to your monitor’s refresh rate. Unless you are achieving way more FPS than your display’s refresh rate, it is usually advised to keep it off as it can cause visual tearing and limit the max frames you can get.
Motion Blur is probably the most disliked feature by gamers. Not only does it eat up more resources but also makes it harder to spot things in the game’s environment while moving. Just toggle it off.
There you go. Here’s every prominent graphics setting you need to get the best game experience. As mentioned before, you can always tweak these settings as per your preferences and the capability of your hardware.
Try turning down some of them if you experience stuttering or drops in FPS, and get ready to kill down some aliens and survive in the world.