How to Increase FPS in Apex Legends

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Apex Legends is among Steam’s top games, and for a good reason.

The game is cleverly created, all thanks to the incredible freedom that the Source engine provides. Unlike the majority of battle royale games, Apex Legends gives you the option of choosing from “Legends” – characters that have unique capabilities that can be really advantageous during team scouring, if you know how to use them correctly. Apex Legends is also free to play, and that’s already a big win itself.

Apex Legends may be more unique, especially in the battle royale game genre, but like all battle royale games, good framerates are also incredibly important in Apex Legends. Good fps and latency could spell the difference between a win and a loss.

There are actually loads of ways to make sure you have good fps in the game, but we’ve compiled the best ways how to increase fps in Apex Legends without having to spend anything on hardware.

Lower the Field of Vision

One of the things we love about Apex Legends is that changing the FOV can easily be done in the settings, unlike in CSGO where you’d have to have a couple of tricks up your sleeve. Though, to be fair, Apex Legends is a newer game.

Anyway, this trick is fairly easy and is similar to the concept of lowering your graphic settings to get higher fps. By decreasing your field of vision, your PC would not have to render more things on the screen.

Just a warning though, do not do this if you’re still new to the game. Having a wide field of vision really helps in playing and spotting the enemies. On the other hand, the game actually recommends a FOV of 90 since this may not only improve performance but will also help with any personal visual issues.

110 FOV (max) while moving
90 FOV (recommended) while moving

Remove the FPS Cap in the Launch Options

If you’re a seasoned Steam gamer, you would know that the launch option is made to supersede any internal settings of the game. This could include something like the use of a graphic application like Vulkan to capping one’s framerate on a game like Apex Legends.

If you have a lower-end monitor and PC build, you’d be lucky to have 60 fps. Since I have a 144Hz monitor, the game was hovering around that framerate.

Capped FPS

In order to remove this limitation, go to your Steam library and look for Apex Legends. Right-click on the game and click on properties, in the General tab, there is a “Launch Options” section with a text box. In that text box, type “-high +fps_max unlimited”. Alternatively, you can also type the command “+fpx_max 0”. Both should give you similar results.

Uncapped FPS

Tone Down Some Video Settings

In particular: anti-aliasing, texture streaming budget, and impact marks. Anti-aliasing should be on none, texture streaming budget should be none or very low, and impact marks should be disabled.

FPS before low video settings were applied

Be warned though, doing this will result in some wonky and rather ugly details in the game. The care package may look like a big blob of mess, and some targets won’t look as clear.

FPS after low video settings were applied

If you do have a good PC though, it’s best to stick to medium graphic settings. Chances are, you’re not going to suffer an intense framerate drop that would severely impact your game.

Remove Shadows and Ragdoll Physics

This isn’t in the video settings of the game, but players can still do it without having to hack into the servers of Valve or EA.

First, press the Windows button+R and type “%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Respawn\Apex\local”. A folder will appear and there should be three saved files in that folder. Click on the file “videoconfig.txt” and make the following edits:

  • “setting.cl_ragdoll_self_collision” “0”
  • “setting.csm_enabled” “0”

Both of these settings will have an initial number of “1”. After making the necessary changes, save the notepad file.

FPS with normal shadows and ragdoll physics, pointing towards details with shadows
FPS with shadows and ragdoll disabled, pointing towards details with shadows

Disable Windows Game Mode

Theoretically, the Windows Game Mode should improve the game performance because that’s literally what it’s for. While playing, it should block pop-ups and updates.

However, we’ve found that in Apex Legends, it does the opposite. The difference, at times, can be quite minor, so it’s entirely your call if you want to disable it.

We recommend that if you have a lower-end PC, have Game Mode enabled.

To enable or disable Game Mode, go to Settings and click on Gaming. On the left menu list, click on “Game Mode” and then turn the slider off.

FPS with Game Mode on
FPS with Game Mode off

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