Cyberpunk 2077 Settings Optimization
Decrease blurriness (u/SirDemonLord & u/destaree) Instructions: Graphics → turn off Chromatic Aberrations Rationale: Creates light color shifts (blurring) on the edges of some objects that lowers image sharpness Caveat: Takes away a “film-like” texture mimicking IRL cameras Graphics → turn off Film Grain Rationale: Creates a grainy textured distortion Caveat: Takes away an attempt to make the game look more “cinematic” by mimicking atmospheric movies Graphics → turn off Motion Blur Rationale: Creates a blurring or unfocusing during high-speed movements Caveat: Takes away an attempt to mimic realistic blurring of our IRL vision Graphics → turn off Depth of Field Rationale: Blurs certain things in the background that the game decides should not be in focus Caveat: Takes away an attempt to mimic movies by giving the game a more “cinematic” look
Decrease Blurriness (NVIDIA GPU only) - (u/ama8o8, u/Obanon, u/RouletteZoku, u/Reynbou) Instructions: Open the Nvidia Control Panel → Manage 3D Settings → program Settings → select Cyberpunk.exe → change image sharpening to on and leave at default values Rationale: DLSS inevitably creates visual impurities (especially with ultra performance settings) Caveat: u/WarMachineGreen reports you may experience some FPS drop when using sharpening
Increase FPS - (u/Cohibaluxe, u/cheeseybacon11, u/DemitriX2K) Instructions: Lower Cascaded Shadows Resolution (i.e, change to low or medium) Rationale: This seems to be a setting that can bring double digit improvements in FPS with minimal impact on visuals Caveat: Shadows will be less high-quality
Lower Volumetric Fog res & Volumetric Cloud res Rationale: These are some of the most demanding graphics settings. Caveat: Theoretically, it would decrease the attempt to create dense clouds/fogs that lead to atmospheric visuals. It was suggested decreasing volumetric clouds led to basically no change in visual quality, while lowering volumetric fog had some minimal changes.
Consider turning off Screen Space Reflections Rationale: Shown to improve game by 7-9 FPS Caveat: Does decrease surface reflections. You may prefer to keep on, so change at your own discretion.
Increase FPS (PC users only) - (u/ADXMcGeeHeezack) Instructions: Turn on variable Fidelityfx CAS (not static) Rationale: Found to have doubled FPS Caveat: It’s been recommended Nvidia owners only use this if unable to use DLSS
Increase FPS (NVIDIA GPU only) - (u/natedrake102, u/cheeseybacon11) Instructions: Turn on DLSS Rationale: AI that helps increase FPS Caveat: Works better at higher resolutions. The “quality” setting seems to be very popular. But it was suggested the “ultra performance” setting leads to huge FPS gains with little visual sacrifice. However, some say Ultra Performance caused visuals to look “awful.” Play around with it yourself
Decrease sluggish feel of input delay (u/iwishuwood) Instructions: Controller settings → turn on advanced options → turn horizontal & vertical bonuses all the way up to 0 Rationale: this applies extra sensitivity when the stick is pushed all the way. People confirm it makes guns more enjoyable Caveat: ?
Decrease oversteering in vehicles (u/willguitar94) Instructions: Controller settings → decrease 3rd person turning sensitivity Rationale: Prevents vehicle oversteering Caveat: Confirmed by only 1 person, so test for yourself. This person used a setting of 3 or 4
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Improve and stabilize FPS Instructions: Decrease NPC density (medium is popular, low if needed) Rationale: Prevents stutters and FPS drops due to NPCs spawning in Caveat: Play with the settings to see what you like
Work in progress → drop some recommendations in comments, hopefully people will upvote the best ideas