Starfield fans eager to explore the vast universe of Starfield, Bethesda’s highly anticipated space-themed RPG, have been experiencing performance hiccups even on high end gaming computers. The response from Bethesda is not very encouraging. So Modders have taken up on themselves to fix this issue.
A mod, created by DKNEXUS11, promises to enhance the game’s graphics while maintaining a smooth frame rate, even on systems struggling to run the game at lower settings. All you need to do is to replace the ultra setting file with the one provided.
Overcoming Starfield’s Performance Challenges
The mod creator reported that after extensive testing, they discovered that the most significant performance gains in Starfield came from adjusting settings related to resolution scaling, shadow draw distance, and particle effects. By decreasing shadow quality, draw distance settings, crowd density, and GTAO (Global Illumination), they achieved remarkable results, transforming the gaming experience for themselves and other players.
Enhancing Graphics Without Sacrificing Performance
The author claims”Starfield’s graphics look even better than Bethesda’s native ultra preset while significantly increasing frame rates. Users have reported near-identical visual quality in some areas and, in some cases, even better performance than running the game on ultra settings.”
The author tested it with a system featuring a GTX 1660 Super (overclocked), an i5-8400 3.80 GHz (overclocked) CPU, and 16 GB of RAM. Without the Mod, on the lowest settings with a 50% resolution scale, they achieved an average frame rate of 25-30 FPS in the city of New Atlantis. However, on ultra settings with a 70% resolution scale, their frame rate dropped to a sluggish 10-15 FPS. After applying the mod, they enjoyed a substantial performance boost, with an average frame rate of 30-40 FPS on ultra settings with the same resolution scale.
While occasional dips below 30 FPS were noted in specific areas of New Atlantis, the overall experience remained stable and playable. On other planets and locations, frame rates ranged from 40-60 FPS, offering a smoother and more enjoyable gaming experience.
Easy Installation Process
One of the mod’s standout features is its straightforward installation process. Users only need to extract the mod files into the game’s main directory and replace the provided Ultra.ini file.
- Download the mod and extract the file.
- Navigate to your Starfield game directory, typically found in the SteamLibrary under “steamapps/common/Starfield.”
- Replace the existing Ultra.ini file with the one provided by the mod.
- In the game, select the “Ultra” graphics preset in the display settings, and you’re ready to embark on your enhanced Starfield adventure.
With this user-friendly installation process and impressive performance gains, the mod aims to provide players with a more enjoyable and immersive experience in Bethesda’s eagerly awaited space epic. Whether you have a high-end gaming rig or a mid-range system, this mod could be the key to unlocking Starfield’s full potential while maintaining a smooth and enjoyable gaming experience.