This Article will be updated from patch to patch with the latest setup & optimization fixes, guides and signposting. Today I am going to show you various Tweaks to Star Citizen that you can use to improve performance on slower systems or make SC look better on higher systems OR a mixture of the two as well as other improvements for the game.
IMPORTANT – SOMETIMES ERRORS IN START CITIZEN CAN OCCUR WITH THESE CHANGES, PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN POSTING TO THE ISSUE COUNCIL, YOU SHOULD TRY AND REPEAT THE ERROR FIRST WITHOUT A USER.CFG
Here are links to the Other Important Guides you will need:
Grab The Latest Graphics Card Drivers
AMD Radeon / Crimson Drivers | 16.12.2 Crimson ReLive Driver – 9th Jan 2017
Nvidia Geforce Drivers | 376.60 Geforce Driver – 10th Jan 2017
Load Star Citizen Quicker
- (Where you installed Star Citizen) \Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen
- In The Public OR Test Folder
- Find \Data\_fastload
- Delete IntroMovies.pak OR Move it Elsewhere
- No More Splash Screens Before The Game Loads
- In some rare situations it may cause a Bug with Arena Commander, You Can RE- Download the IntroMovies.pak & Replace it back in the folder OR Verify Files on the Launcher to Fix if you get that issue.
Close The Launcher
The Star Citizen Launcher can be resource hungry, after the game is launched ensure it’s closed.
In fact you can create a shortcut to run the game from Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\Public\Bin64 & Run the StarCitizen.exe (I suggest you run it as an administrator)
The Game doesn’t require the launcher to run as long as you have logged in once (it creates a login.json file) , IT DOES however need to be updated from time to time, so if you you are running straight from the .exe & you can’t get on try running the launcher, there might be an update.
Make Star Citizen Run Faster
Unpark Your Core & Threads
There is a great freeware program that stops threads from “parking” which is basically a power saving mode & makes sure they are ready to use constantly.
The effect of this is better performance in games & quicker response in general.
- Download The CPU Unparking Utility
- Run The EXE as an Administrator
- Change The Slider to 100%
- Apply & Close
The Star Citizen mini-PU servers are mostly Server bound when it comes to performance, hence why you sometimes only get 20fps but also the lack of regional servers can also lead to some Latency, poor Pings & Round Trip Times. Setting and Tweaking your Network Settings can help a lot.
TCP Optimizer 4
This program allows you to go through each of the important settings to Tweak your Rig & Network Adapter for Online Gaming & doesn’t require you to go thru the Registry.
- Download the Program Here
- Right Click TCPOptimizer & Run as Admin
- Set Your Connection Speed & The Rest of The Options as Shown
You can do a bit of Research & maybe get better results too
- Each of the Settings has a tooltip
- You can read the full explanation and Program Manual Here
- In The General Settings some of the settings require situational subjective optimization based on your needs, tho Optimal should still give you an improvement.
- If You are Having Issues you can always set it to Optimal OR Windows Default
What is it?
USER.cfgs allow you to get into all the hidden options and settings of Star Citizen and it’s engine. You can use it to improve performance, improve quality OR just change various settings to your personal preference. It’s the most powerful way of changing the quality of your Star Citizen Experience & the joy of it is that you can totally tailor your own USER.cfg to your needs. For example disabling motion blur!
How to install
The Guide shows you how to create you own totally custom USER file BUT you can use one of our 3 pre-mades as is or as a basis for your own.
See The Full Guide & The Latest USER.cfgs Here – http://www.redacted.tv/custom-user-cfg-guide-star-citizen-alpha-2-x/
Windows 10 Gaming & Tweak Guide
What is it?
There are soo many Windows, System, Graphics, Driver, and Registry Tweaks you can do to get better in game performance as well as Simple Overclocking. If you are a regular gamer it’s worth setting your rig up correctly. This guide goes through a huge amount of those Tweaks & shows how to simply implement them. But it goes through making sure you have the latest system and graphics drivers too.
How to Install
- Go to The Windows 10 Gaming & Tweak Guide
- They are all relevant to Windows 10 & each have different ways to install.
- Just go through the guide doing everything that is relevant to you.
Making Star Citizen Look Better – SweetFX & Reshade
What is it?
SweetFX is a collection of post-processing shader effects for your games. Add SMAA anti-aliasing, sharpening, tweak the color, gamma, exposure and more. Xenthor’s Reshade is a great Star Citizen Pre-set for it that improves the way Star Citizen looks especially with Lighting, Shadows and General Visual Quality. There are 2 Shader Packs that I recommend you can choose between
Xenthor’s Reshade – My preferred Shader Pack, adds more defination and details to lighting and textures without over saturating color.
How to install
- Grab The Latest Version of Xenthor’s Reshade – http://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/5179/
- And Extract to the Folder – \StarCitizen\Public\Bin64
- SweetFX can cause issues with MSI Afterburner & EVGA Precision.
- After a Patch SweetFX & USER.cfg remain, I recommend moving or deleting and re-installing new supported versions.
Other Resources & Tweaks
What is it?
The resource page contains links to the latest FAQs, Issues, Useful Apps, Star Citizen Port information & bug fixes like the 100% CPU Utilization Bug.
It’s as much about your gaming experience as it is performance.
- Just checkout the Resources Page and see if anything there is relevant to you.
DSR / VSR – Super Resolutions
What is it?
This is the process of downscaling higher resolutions to lower ones.
For example I use it to Render in 1440p or 4k then downscale it to 1080p
This gives some quality benefits in the forms of reducing Aliasing, detail is clearer, effects and shadows better, and overall image quality far superior.
This is an extremely resource intensive feature but for higher end machines or even for mid range machines wanting to downscale from 1440p you can get some amazing results.
Installing – Make sure you have the Latest Drivers for your Graphics Card Then:
AMD GFX VSR Settings – Virtual Super Res
Enable Virtual Super Resolution – Check On Apply
Nvidia DSR Settings (Dynamic Super Res)
DSR Factors – For 1080p Native – Choose 1.75x for 1440p & 4x for 4k
DSR – Smoothness (this reduces aliasing that occurs but you want to go for the lowest % you can for the best image quality without make images too jagged) You’ll want to adjust smoothness to your preference – For 1440p I go for around 17% but for 4k only 10%.
Something like a Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 can run Star Citizen great as long as the system is set up right.
My Recommendations are for a GTX 1060 at the budget – mid range it’s only £220 / $230 & they run the game amazingly at 1080p on high settings.
Checkout this video on building a $100 Gaming PC to house your $200 Graphics Card!
I am really enjoying the extra performance and quality I can squeeze out of star citizen, in the future I would expect most of these features to be accessible more easily or to be directly included.
And that’s it, hopefully that should keep you tweaking SC and your system for a while whether you are going for Performance trying to get a lower end system to be playable or a high end system utilizing it’s full potential OR just trying to improve your general star citizen experience.
Please tell me what you think, do you think I’ve left anything out, what frame rates and systems are you guys getting/using? Remember during June we are giving away a Buccaneer to a commenter who comments on any of our Star Citizen Content & if it’s not June I am sure we have some form of Giveaway with similar rules going on. Please don’t forget to like & sub & I’ll see you in the Verse.
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