UPDATED 10th May 2018 | Star Citizen 3.1.3 LIVE / 3.1.4 PTU
This Article will be updated from patch to patch with the latest setup & optimization fixes, guides, signposting & showing various Tweaks to Star Citizen that you can use to improve performance or quality of the game.
THE GAME IS GOING TO CRASH, 3.1.x is still an Alpha.
I also recommend CLOSING ALL BACKGROUND APPS, though the game does seem to need the SC Launcher to remain open/minimized.
Delete your USER Folder – This is a common fix for a lot of issues it’s in INSTALL FOLDER\StarCitizen\LIVE
You can find the latest USER.cfg Guide & Current Console Commands Here
More Info on Downloading & Installing Star Citizen
More Info on Graphics & GPU Guide for Star Citizen
If you are using Windows 10, please consider checking out my Windows 10 Tweak & Gaming Guide
12GB of Ram is really the minimum to run Star Citizen on without major concessions.
Cloud GPU Services – There are Services like Shadow, that allow you to remotely access a powerful Windows 10 Gaming PC – Use the Code BOREDGAMER to get a Discount!
Grab The Latest Graphics Card Drivers
AMD Radeon Adrenaline Drivers | 18.4.1 – Released 30th April
Nvidia Geforce Drivers | 397.64 – Released 9th May
For those of you that want a clean installation here is DDU | Display Driver Uninstalled
Setting your Page File – Star Citizen 3.1.x loves ram & page files.
- Press Windows Key
- Click In the Search Box
- Search for “Control” then Click on it,
- Click System
- Click Advanced System Settings
- Click the Advanced Tab
- Under Performance, Click Settings
- Under the Advanced tab Click Change…
- Uncheck Auto manage
- PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECOMMEND SETTING THIS TO AN SSD DRIVE
- Set one of your Drives (preferably an SSD) to SYSTEM MANAGED SIZE
- All other Drives should be set to None (unless if the pagefile you set wasn’t on your OS drive & you want to leave 300mb on your main boot drive for “crash info & recovery”)
If you have loads of Ram some people recommend having no pagefile, though some applications require a page file to operate optimally.
Some people say if you have 16GB+ ram you should entirely disable pagefiles. (I have tested a lot with various sizes, for me a windows set size on a single drive works consistently the best)
Disable the Windows 10 Gamebar & DVR
If you have a PC with Windows 10 on it and you don’t want to use Game bar (as it can negatively impact Star Citizen at the moment), you can disable the Game bar completely.
- Right-click the Start button.
- Click Settings.
- Click Gaming.
- Click Game bar.
- Click the switch below Record game clips. Screenshots & broadcast using Game bar so that it turns Off.
- Do the same for Game DVR unless you are using it.
Unpark Your Core & Threads [WINDOWS 7 USERS ONLY]
There is a great freeware program that stops threads from “parking” which is basically a power saving mode & makes sure they are ready to use constantly.
The effect of this is better performance in games & quicker response in general.
- Download The CPU Unparking Utility
- Run The EXE as an Administrator
- Change The Slider to 100%
- Apply & Close
Making Star Citizen Look Better – DSR / VSR – Super Resolutions
This is the process of downscaling higher resolutions to lower ones.
For example I use it to Render in 1440p or 4k then downscale it to 1080p
This gives some quality benefits in the forms of reducing Aliasing, detail is clearer, effects and shadows better, and overall image quality far superior.
This is an extremely resource intensive feature but for higher end machines or even for mid range machines wanting to downscale from 1440p you can get some amazing results.
Installing – Make sure you have the Latest Drivers for your Graphics Card Then:
AMD GFX VSR Settings – Virtual Super Res | Enable Virtual Super Resolution – Check On Apply
Nvidia DSR Settings (Dynamic Super Res)
DSR Factors – For 1080p Native – Choose 1.75x for 1440p & 4x for 4k
DSR – Smoothness (this reduces aliasing that occurs but you want to go for the lowest % you can for the best image quality without make images too jagged) You’ll want to adjust smoothness to your preference – For 1440p I go for around 17% but for 4k only 10%.
SweetFX & Reshade
SweetFX is a collection of post-processing shader effects for your games. Add SMAA anti-aliasing, sharpening, tweak the color, gamma, exposure and more. Xenthor’s Reshade is a great Star Citizen Pre-set for it that improves the way Star Citizen looks especially with Lighting, Shadows and General Visual Quality. Although intended for Alpha 2.6.3 Xenthor’s Reshade – My preferred Shader Pack, adds more defination and details to lighting and textures without over saturating color and still works for 3.1.0 BUT only adds a bit of extra polish.
How to install
Grab The Latest Version | http://sfx.thelazy.net/games/preset/5179/
And Extract to the Folder – \StarCitizen\Public\Bin64