Arkham Knight developer issues recommended settings for PCs

— 11:40 AM on June 24, 2015

As we reported yesterday, Batman: Arkham Knight players are running into trouble in Gotham City on the PC. Developer Rocksteady has issued some recommended settings for the game that might alleviate some of the graphical hiccups, at least for those whose hardware meets the game's minimum and recommended specs. Testing for the ultra tier is ongoing, apparently.

Here are the recommended settings for those whose PCs resemble the game's minimum system requirements. It should be noted that Rocksteady has updated those requirements: Radeon owners now need an HD 7950 with at least 3GB of RAM.

  • Resolution: 1280x720
  • V-Sync: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Level of Detail: Low
  • Interactive Smoke/Fog: Off
  • Interactive Paper Debris: Off
  • Enhanced Rain: Off
  • Enhanced Light Shafts: Off

Rocksteady says that those running the game on a bare-minimum PC should leave the texture resolution setting on low. Ticking it up to "Normal" will apparently cause major performance issues, as will increasing the resolution beyond 720p.

As for those whose PCs meet the game's recommended specs, give these a try:

  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • V-Sync: On
  • Anti-Aliasing: On
  • Texture Resolution: Normal
  • Shadow Quality: Normal
  • Level of Detail: Normal
  • Interactive Smoke/Fog: Off
  • Interactive Paper Debris: Off
  • Enhanced Rain: Off
  • Enhanced Light Shafts: Off

In both cases, those recommended settings are supposed to provide a smooth experience—though only at the game's hard 30-FPS cap.

AMD graphics card owners with minimum- and recommended-spec PCs alike are told to expect "minor texture pops" and "hitches and stuttering when gliding or driving the Batmobile," which those with recommended-spec PCs can try to alleviate by turning the texture resolution, shadow quality, and level-of-detail settings to low.

The official forum post cautions players against editing the game's configuration files to remove the FPS cap, warning that changes to those files could affect the game's frame rate and stability. Players are also told to avoid optimizing the game's settings with Nvidia's GeForce Experience or AMD's Gaming Evolved tools.

Rocksteady claims to be working to resolve the game's performance issues. It sure sounds like Arkham Knight needs the help.

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