Pillars of Eternity 2: Best Settings to Reduce Lag & Change Graphics


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Pillars of Eternity II Deadfire just came out on PC, Xbox One & PS4! Some players who just bought the game may be struggling to run it on PC. Some issues you might be facing are lag, low FPS, stuttering and crashing.

In this quick guide, we’re going to show you the best settings & options to making the game run faster. These steps where followed on PC, as the game should already be optimized nicely for console.

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Best Settings & Options

Firstly, you can access the graphics settings from the main menu. Choose ‘Options’, then Graphics on the left hand side. PC Players will have a lot of control over the game. If you want to make the game run faster and smoother, I recommend changing your settings as follows:

  1. Windows Mode: Full Screen. This will definitely be a massive help.
  2. Resolution: Set this to your native resolution. If by the end you are still struggling, lower it down a level.
  3. Graphics Quality: Low
  4. MSAA Samples: Choose 0 or 2, keep this number quite low too.
  5. From the tick boxes, you should disable Buoyant Objects, High Quality Shadows, High Quality Ocean, Ambient Occlusion and Ambient Wildlift. You can experiment with each of these options yourself.

That’s pretty much all of the settings you should change in Pillars of Eternity II. However, if you are still struggling after all this, ensure you don’t have any unnecessary services/programs running in the background. Otherwise, you may just not be able to run the game on your current hardware.

graphics settings in pillars of eternity 2
The Graphics Settings menu

Players who are looking to make the game look better should do the opposite to a few of the above settings. Making sure to enable High Quality details, setting the graphics quality to high and also enabling MSAA Samples.

Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!