SCUM is an early access title, meaning it’s an unfinished game essentially. Like most other early access titles, optimisation can sometimes be poor. I know I struggle to run the game on the higher settings.
Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to make the game run faster and smoother. They mostly consist of lowering graphics settings. Although a few changes to what you are running on your PC can also help.
Below, we have a guide on how to achieve the highest possible FPS on SCUM. Whilst we have covered a few more guides available here.
Start by adjusting the graphics settings. Do this by going to the settings menu, then into the Video section. You can use the ‘Low’ preset, but some things still need adjusting. Just go down the list and make sure everything is set to ‘Low’. Some options have medium as the lowest possible value.
Go back into the game and see if it’s running okay. If it is, you can go back into the graphics settings and start turning things back up to make the game look a little better. One thing to make sure of is that the game is running in full screen mode. This will help you achieve a higher frames per second.
If after changing the settings, you’re still having lag, there are a few little things you can try. First, make sure no apps or resource intensive programs are running in the background. This could be anti-virus, Twitch streams or even Spotify. You’re going to want to make sure your game is getting the most resources possible.
Update your graphics drivers to the latest version. This could also be a potential fix. If none of these are working, there isn’t much more you can do. You may just need to upgrade your computer parts. In the future, it’s likely that SCUM will become more optimized so that it can run on lower end computers.