Following numerous delays, Cyberpunk 2077 has launched for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Given the scope of the game, it’s very fascinating how CD Projekt Red has managed to run the game on consoles and PC. However, the detailed world comes at the cost of performance and in this Cyberpunk 2077 PC Optimization Guide, I will help players with the game’s graphics options and will recommend the best setting to get 1080p/60 FPS experience on a mid-range PC.
Cyberpunk 2077 PC Optimization Guide
One of the main advantages of PC gaming is being able to play video games at 60 FPS or higher. However, achieving the 60 FPS target isn’t easy as players have to make some sacrifices.
However, in the case of Cyberpunk 2077, achieving the 60 FPS target is even more difficult. The game requires a really high-end PC to be able to run the game at 60 FPS. For a mid-range PC, it almost impossible without lowering the graphics settings to the Low preset.
In this Cyberpunk 2077 PC Optimization Guide, I will help players to get close to the 60 FPS target without sacrificing much on graphics and image quality. Our target will be 1080p/60 FPS experience on a mid-range PC. By mid-range PC I mean the following.
CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i5 6 Cores/6 Threads
GPU: GTX 1060 6GB
RAM: 8 GB DDR4
The reason why I chose such a PC, is that 4 Core/4 Thread CPUs have become almost obsolete for 1080p gaming. As for the GTX 1060, this GPU still packs a punch and is the recommended one on the game’s system requirements. While the system requirements mention a GT 1060 at High preset, you’ll have to lock the game at 30 FPS.
Also if you have SSD storage, then I recommend that you install Cynerpunk 2077 there as it’ll keep the game from stuttering while streaming textures.
With that out of the way, let’s begin with our Cyberpunk 2077 PC Optimization Guide. The following are the game’s graphics options along with what they do and the best settings for each of them to achieve 1080p/60 FPS. Before that, check out our Cyberpunk 2077 PC Performance Fix Guide to improve FPS without compromising visuals quality.
Basic Graphics Settings
Basic graphics settings for Cyberpunk 2077 has no impact on performance, at least, not noticeable. These settings include Field of View, Film Grain, Chromatic Abberation, Depth Of Field, Lens Flare, and Motion Blur. These graphics settings are mostly stylistic except for Field f View. It depends on the players if they want to enable these or not.
Field of View
This setting controls how much of the environment the player can see. The higher the value, the more environment will be covered by the game’s display. However, this can cost performance. I recommend that you leave this setting on default.
This graphics option in Cyberpunk 2077 allows to enable shadows, that would be otherwise be ignored or absent in the normal shadow option. This setting fills the gap between objects and their shadows. Enabling these shadows can really make the overall scene look more realistic and grounded. Disabling this option will cause the gaps to remain lit between the objects and their shadows making it look unrealistic.
Improved Facial Lighting Geometry
This graphics setting improves the facial animations and makes the facial expressions and skin look realistic.
Anisotropy graphics setting in Cyberpunk 2077 controls the quality of textures, especially ground textures, that can be seen at a distance. The lower this setting, the closer the distance at which the ground textures will become blurry. This setting doesn’t have a huge impact on performance and can be set at 16.
Local Shadow Mesh Quality
Local Shadow Mesh Quality setting controls how accurate the shadows are cast. The lower this setting, the less accurate or low-res the shadows will be. Keep this setting on High.
Local Shadow Quality
This graphics setting controls the quality of shadows generated by artificial light sources like lights and fire. This is one of the settings that doesn’t have a noticeable impact on performance and it does make the overall scene look much more realistic. Keep this setting on High.
Cascaded Shadows Range
Cascaded Shadows Range setting in Cyberpunk 2077 controls the distance at which the game generates shadows for objects lit by the Sun. The higher the setting the greater the distance at which shadows are generated. This is also one of the settings that don’t have a noticeable impact on performance and dropping and even at high, the results produced aren’t really good. Set this one on High.
Cascaded Shadows Resolution
This setting controls the resolution of the Cascaded Shadows as explained under “Cascaded Shadows Range”. This setting corresponds with Cascaded Shadows Range. While the Cascaded Shadows Range controls the distance of the shadows, Cascaded Shadows Resolution controls the resolution at which these shadows are rendered. However, this setting only controls the resolution for shadows generated by Sun closer to the player. Meaning the higher this setting, the higher resolution these shadows will be. Combined with “Cascaded Shadows Range” this can have a serious impact on performance. Set this one to Medium.
Distant Shadows Resolution
This setting controls the resolution of the distant shadows cast by the sun. Set this one to High because this setting doesn’t have a huge performance hit and setting it below High won’t produce impressive results.
Volumetric Fog Resolution
This graphics setting for some reason controls the quality of particles like dust and other particle effects. The higher this setting, the better-looking particle fog will be and will create realistic light beams with correct color gradients. Of course, this realism comes at the cost of performance so keep this setting on Ultra for 1080p. Reduce this setting for high resolutions.
Volumetric Cloud Quality
Volumetric Cloud Quality setting in Cyberpunk 2077 determines how realistic the clouds will look. The higher this setting, the better-looking clouds players will find in the game. Set this one to Medium.
Max Dynamic Decals
Set this setting to Ultra as it doesn’t have a noticeable impact on performance. This setting controls the visibility of decals like bullet holes on walls another surfaces.
Screen Space Reflections Quality
Screen Space reflections are reflections that are only displayed for objects in the player’s field of view. Meaning if you are standing in front of a reflective surface, and the object in your field of view will be reflected. If you move the camera and the objects become obscured, there will be no reflection for it.
This setting controls the quality of Screen Space reflections. The higher it is, the better looking and sharp the reflections will be. Set this one to medium as this is one of the most performance impacting settings.
Subsurface Scattering Quality
This graphics setting controls the quality of lightning on human skin. This makes the overall character model, especially the face, look more realistic. The prominent use of this setting can be been in cutscenes.
This is Screen Space Ambient Occlusion meaning, this only takes effect if the objects are in the player’s field of view. Ambient Occlusion generates shadows in places that normal shadow maps ignore or lack precision. This setting makes the scene look more realistic and grounded but the performance hit can be high. So set this one to Low.
This setting keeps the overall color gradient intact and reduces gradient banding. Set this one to Medium.
This controls the quality reflections in the mirrors. The higher the quality, the better-looking reflection in the mirror will be. Set this one to High for 1080p resolution and drop reduce the quality of this setting at higher resolutions.
Level Of Detail
Level of Detail setting controls the quality of in-game assets at a distance from the players. The higher the setting, the higher resolution models will be rendered for the objects at a distance. Not only that, increasing this graphics setting also increases the geometric complexity of objects.
Optimized Settings For 60FPS
Now that players understand what each of Cyberpunk 2077’s graphics settings does. The following are the best settings for 1080p/60 FPS on a mid-range PC.
Field of View – Default
Contact Shadows – On
Improved Facial Lighting Geometry – On
Anisotropy – 16
Local Shadow Mesh Quality – High
Local Shadow Quality – High
Cascaded Shadows Range – High
Cascaded Shadows Resolution – Medium
Distant Shadows Resolution – High
Volumetric Fog Resolution – Ultra for 1080p
Volumetric Cloud Quality – Medium
Max Dynamic Decals – Ultra
Screen Space Reflections Quality – Medium
Subsurface Scattering Quality – High
Ambient Occlusion – Low
Color Precision – Medium
Mirror Quality – High for 1080p
Level Of Detail – Medium
Other Tweaks And Optimizations
There are some tweaks and optimizations that players can perform outside of the game to improve the game’s performance without sacrificing image quality.
Enable Game Mode
Windows 10 has the option to enable game mode. The results for enabling this feature vary from game to game. For some games, it improves performance while for others, enabling it can cause performance degeradation. Open Setting > Gaming > Game mode > Turn it on. This will improve performance but, not by much.
Nvidia Control Panel Tweaks
Open Nvidia Control Panel > Manager 3D Settings > Program Settings > select “Cyberpunk 2077” and make the following changes and hit apply.
Anti-aliasing-FXAA – “Off”
Anti-aliasing-Gamma Correction – “Off”
CUDA GPUs – “All”
Low Latency Mode – Ultra.
Set Power Management to “Prefer Maximum Performance”
Shader Cache – “On” only if you are using an HDD. Don’t need to enable it for an SSD.
Set Texture filtering – Quality to “High Performance”
Triple Buffering – “Off”
Set Vertical Sync to “Use the 3D Application Setting”
Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling
This is an option added to Windows 10 by Microsft recently. Microsoft is actively working on this feature and enabling it can give mixed results.
For old GPUs, it’s best to keep it off as it’ll degrade performance instead of improving it. Also, if enabling it degrades performance, then turn it off. To activate Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling, open Settings > System > Display > click Graphics Settings at the bottom and enable Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling and restart your PC.
That is all for our Cyberpunk 2077 PC Optimization Guide with tips on how to get 60 FPS on a mid-range PC. In case you are experiencing errors with the game then check our Errors and Fixes for Cyberpunk 2077. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.