The Complete Setup Guide for Apex Legends on PC
When Apex Legends, the free to play battle royal shooter from Respawn entertainment was first released it conquered the gaming scene at an unseen rate, and till this day it is one of the top FPS games out there.
This guide will help you in getting the best settings for Apex Legends to guarantee you dominate leaderboards, the settings are adopted by top apex players. The guide also highlights a few common pitfalls regarding aim and gear setup to help beginners avoid. But even if you are an experienced FPS gamer you might want to stick around cause some of these tips you probably didn’t know about either.
What are the Best Settings for Apex Legends
1. A good gaming mouse is essential for consistent performance and building your muscle memory. This is important in order to guarantee that every identical mouse slide you make has results in the same crosshair movement. Having a decent gaming mouse, preferably with an optical sensor (since laser sensors intend to have “mouse acceleration”) is a must and makes a world of difference in your aiming performance.
Great performing sensors are the Logitech HERO sensor or the PixArt PWM 3360. Both are known for consistent results and can be found on numerous mid to high budget mice.
When searching for a new mouse, consider buying a wireless model, today’s top tier wireless mice aren’t suffering from input lag anymore and have no cable drag which will improve your aim, especially when performing big mouse slides. If you are looking for a new mouse and have the budget for it, then the logitech G900 series are the benchmark when it comes to wireless performing gaming mice.
2. Make sure you use a mouse sensitivity that feels comfortable for you, to give a guideline range: everything between 8 and 24 inch to perform a 360° character turn will do.
A side note to consider: the lower your sensitivity, the higher your fault margin for over or under shoot will be when performing a “flick” shot towards your target. Most pro FPS players use around 13 – 17 inch. But before picking a mouse sensitivity keep the next guideline in mind.
3. Make sure you have enough room to perform quick and large maneuvers with your mouse, so you can at least perform a 200° mouse slide measured from the center of your mousepad without lifting it from your desk. So having a large enough mousepad is essential for consistent gaming and a perfect aim.
If you cannot perform a 200° mouse glide without lifting, consider buying a bigger mousepad or increase your mouse sensitivity, because having to lift your mouse in the middle of turn is something you want to avoid at all times.
4. If you’re comfortable with your current mouse sensitivity and want to convert it to Apex Legends make sure to check our friends at www.mousesensitivity.com
Which is something I highly recommend since your mouse sensitivity remains the same and your build up muscle memory won’t get disturbed.
Stance & Positioning
5. Make sure the elbow of your aiming arm is comfortable resting on your desk and always at the same position in relation to your keyboard and monitor, this will provide optimal stability and increase the precision of your aim as well as building up muscle memory (a corner desk is handy for this).
6. Position your monitor so that you look straight into your crosshair and don’t place it too close to you since this increases the circle of your peripheral vision and can result in missing important information while gaming.
Specs for Game Performance
7. Make sure that you always have the maximum frame rate your monitor can provide since it’s essential for your aim that the framerate is as stable as possible. If you don’t have consistent frames in Apex Legends, lower your graphics settings.
And if you want to have the best configuration for spotting enemies and minimum image clutter set up your graphics settings like this:
While most basic settings speak for themselves some need some explanation
– Field of View: Mine is set to 88°, but know that the “source engine” is using a field of view based on a 4:3 display ratio so this results in an actual horizontal field of view of 103° since I’m using a 16:9 display ratio.
– Vsync: Vertical synchronization can be a real pain because it causes unnecessary input lag. As your video card keeps spitting out frames the Vsync option is literally waiting for the next frame in order to synchronize them with your monitor’s refresh rate so you don’t have any tearing, but it comes with input lag.
Nice to have for a single player game but unwanted for competitive multiplayer shooter games like Apex Legends so turn it off! (this doesn’t apply for G-sync or free-sync as both techniques are syncing frames with your video card instead of the monitor)
– Anti Aliasing: The technique that reduces the cartel effect on texture edges, but comes at a GPU cost, mine is set to TSAA since i’m using a high-end GPU. But you can turn it off for maximum frame rate performance.
– Texture streaming budget: Determines how many GPU-VRAM memory can be preserved for pre-caching textures, it reduces texture pop-ups since it pre-loads them up front. Make sure you set it in line with the amount (or less) of VRAM memory your GPU has to it’s disposal, else your frame rate will crash if you run out of VRAM.
Turning it off gives a slight performance boost at the cost of occasional texture popping.
– Texture filtering: Short, it determines which color every pixel in a texture should have in order to get the most beautiful result. Set it to the minimum as it increases GPU load quite a lot.
– Ambient Occlusion, (Dynamic) Shadow Detail & Volumetric Lighting Quality: Short, it determines how realistic you see shadow and lightning in the game, turn it off as it makes enemies harder to spot, and besides that your GPU takes a big hit for rendering all this eye candy.
– Impact Marks: Option that determines in which detail bullet marks on surfaces should be rendered. Again turn it off for maximum performance but know the frame gain is minimal.
– Model detail: Determines the texture quality of character models in the game. Set it to high as you want to see your enemy and his movement as clear as possible.
– Effect detail: Set it on low since you want to reduce the frame clutter as much as possible so you can focus your target better. Besides it gives you a slightly better vision when running through smoke.
– Ragdolls: It controls the animation accuracy of dead body physics. But it stresses the CPU not the GPU. Still if you have an older PC set it to “low”.
8. Having a 144Hz monitor is also a great investment and will give your game and aiming performance a boost as the frame rate doubles the game feels a lot more fluent and so will your aim!
9. Hearing your enemy and pinpointing their location based on footsteps and other sounds is a massive part of Apex Legends gameplay. It helps you maneuver in an advantageous position before you even see the enemy. That’s why investing in a premium-quality gaming headset is key!
10. It goes without saying that a stable internet connection is as fundamental as game gear setup, preferably a cable lan since wireless connections tend to have a lot more packet loss and are only half duplex instead of full like wired ones. (which means your PC cannot send and receive data packages simultaneously neither sense collisions.) aka. More lag resulting in less reliable aim, especially when encountering multiple enemies.
It’s not really rocket science to achieve the best settings for Apex Legends, and that makes it a necessity to set them up right straight upfront no matter at what level you’re at to guarantee you win more gunfights than your opponents.
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