Performance has always been an outstanding issue for PlanetSide 2, as it’s a beautiful and demanding MMO game that’s played on a huge variety of PCs.
This guide is a compilation of all available information regarding tuning PlanetSide 2 and will arm you with knowledge necessary for best possible looks and performance.

The performance of Planetside 2 is often criticized, however, this requires some perspective:

  • the game uses the proprietory Forgelight Engine designed to provide the unprecedented scale no other game even comes close to
  • displaying hundreds of players/models and countless effects in one are is an entirely different ballgame compared to most lobby-based shooters
  • the game enables a gigantic map with free movement without loading screen

In addition, much has changed compared to the perceived poor performance around the launch in 2012:

  • OFMG: Operation Make Faster Game – a focus on game optimization to improve performance
  • Upgrade from Direct X 9 to Direct X 11 – significant game optimization adapting to the use of multi-core CPUs and GPU features
  • Evolution of Hardware over the years, both in term of CPU power (e.g. Ryzen) and GPUs


System Requirements

Requirements according to information on Steam:


    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
    • CPU: Core i5-760 or better / AMD Phenom II X4 or better [Quad-core CPU]
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM (64-bit)
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB free
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 260 or better / Radeon HD 4850 or better
    • DirectX®: 11.0

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
    • CPU: Intel i7 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 560 or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX®: 11.0
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection

Naturally, the game’s performance depends on the quality of your computer’s software and hardware, so that’s where we will start. If your PC does not meet minimum requirements you should consider upgrading components or investing into a new PC.

The following sections will dive deeper into the various aspect of achieving optimal performance:


This guide is a collection of tips related to PlanetSide 2 performance, and it accumulates a lot of contributions by various community members. Credit is due where it’s due, e.g. /u/Octiceps among others for his invaluable expertise when it comes to Input Lag, VSync and other contributions, as well as /u/DastardlyCoxcomb for his guide on improving performance and visual quality for those without powerful gaming machines.

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