Wolfenstein Youngblood has launched for PC and consoles. While not much of the game can be tweaked on consoles, PC is a very different story. Here are some Wolfenstein Youngblood PC Tweaks that will help you achieve 1080p/60 FPS and eliminate performance issues among other things.
Wolfenstein Youngblood PC Tweaks
In Wolfenstein Youngblood PC Tweaks, I will be discussing ways to boost performance, how to skip the intro cutscene. Also, I’ll be taking you step by step for each of the game’s graphical settings and its impact on the performance.
Skip Intro Movies
Wolfenstein Youngblood has two unskippable intro movies and they get pretty annoying as players have to wait for them to play out. There is a simple way to skip these intro movies.
Open Steam and right-click on the game select properties -> set launch options -> add “+com_skipBootSequence 1”. Start the game and the intro movies will be skipped.
How To Boost Performance and Eliminate Stuttering
Before I get to explain each and every graphical setting for Wolfenstein Youngblood, first try these settings to see if they give you a boost in FPS and eliminate stuttering.
make sure you are using latest GPU drivers and that no background process is using too much of your CPU, GPU, or HDD. End the process if it’s using as it’ll cause FPS drops.
For Nvidia GPU owners, open Nvidia Control panel> Manage 3D Settings> Program Settings. Select Wolfenstein Youngblood from the list and make the following changes.
Set “Power Management Mode” to “Prefer Maximum Performance”
set “Texture Filtering- Quality” to “High Performance”
These settings should at least eliminate stuttering if not provide an FPS boost.
For those who own at least a GTX 10 series GPU with a decent enough CPU, there is another thing you can do to potentially boost performance.
Open Nvidia Control panel> Manage 3D Settings> Program Settings. Select Wolfenstein Youngblood from the list and set Vertical Sync to “Fast”. This will give a potential FPS boost if you have the GPU and CPU to handle it. If this doesn’t make any difference then just use the previous setting.
How To Lock At 30 FPS
Not all of the PC gamers out there have the system that can run Wolfenstein Youngblood at a steady 60 FPS. For some, the game will have variable FPS which often drop from 60 to 40.
This causes jitter during gameplay and ruins the experience. You can eliminate this jitter by locking Wolfenstein Youngblood at 30 FPS and it’s quite simple to do. However, it only works for displays with a 60 Hz refresh rate.
Open pen Nvidia Control panel> Manage 3D Settings> Program Settings. Select Wolfenstein Youngblood from the list and set Vertical Sync to “Adaptive Half Refresh Rate”. Apply the setting and start the game. Disable in-game V.sync and Wolfenstein Youngblood will lock at 30 FPS.
How To Get 1080p/60 FPS
Given that Wolfenstein Youngblood is a fast-paced FPS, maintaining 60 FPS is crucial. However not all PC gamers have the system equipped to play the game at 60 FPS with Ultra settings, no matter how well optimized the game is.
I will discuss each of the game’s graphical settings and its impact on performance and then will also provide you with optimal graphical settings for 1080p/60 FPS. Also, note that by a mid-range system I mean a GTX 1060 6GB with a 7th gen Core i5 and 8 GB RAM.
Anti-aliasing is one of those graphical settings that hit hard on performance. Wolfenstein Youngblood has a number of anti-aliasing options for you to choose from which include TSSAA, TAA, SMAA, and FXAA.
TSSAA and SMAA are the ones that will cause FPS to drop if you’re playing the game on a low-end or a mid-range PC. However, TSSAA 8x provides the best result by eliminating aliasing but retaining sharpness.
TSSAA works in a similar manner to TAA but has better image quality. TSSAA 8x has 8 Temporal Anti-Aliasing samples compared to just one for TAA which causes a bit of blurriness for the latter.
However, TAA is a much better option if you want performance and aliasing removed. TAA almost completely removed aliasing from the game. However, it’s performance friendliness comes at a cost, blurriness.
Using TAA, the image quality will be a bit soft but not to the point that it becomes annoying. So if you are playing Wolfenstein Youngblood on a mid-range system, then TAA is the good options to keep the FPS target at 60 FPS.
If you are using TAA then you can try and tinker a bit with the resolution scaler, more on that later.
Best Image Quality: TSSAA 8x
Recommended: TAA with sharpening
This is another of the most demanding graphical options in Wolfenstein Youngblood. This setting determines how many light sources illuminate a particular scene, especially, at night.
This setting can cost up to 20 FPS in performance. So I would suggest keeping this setting at medium for a mid-range system and obviously low for low-end systems.
Best Image Quality: Ultra/High
This setting decides visible shadows in a scene. Uber and Ultra shadow settings are the ones to aim for a high-end system as they cast shadows across long-range views.
However, with an average FPS hit of 9 FPS, you can try using Uber shadow setting for your mid-range PC. But, these 9 FPS can make a lot of difference, so choose wisely.
Best image quality: Uber/Ultra
Recommended: Uber(if possible)/High
This graphical setting determines the particle effects in a scene. You’ll notice that Wolfenstein Youngblood has an impressive particle effects system. using high is more suitable for mid-range systems as it’s much closer to Ultra and has less of a performance hit.
This is basically Wolfenstein Youngblood’s version of Ambient occlusion. Obviously, this is a setting that can potentially cause a serious performance hit. I would recommend using at least the low setting.
Even the low setting will make the scene look more grounded as turning this setting off has an impact on image quality and not in a good way. I recommend not turning this setting off even on low-end systems.
This is more of a personal choice as Reflections as we don’t pay much attention to reflection during gameplay. However, using the High reflection quality strikes a good balance between performance and image quality. Also, this graphical setting has a low performance hit.
Best image quality: Ultra
This is another graphical setting for Wolfenstein Youngblood that has a minimal performance cost. You can max it out if you want. This setting determines the bullet impact visibility and quality. The lower the setting the less visible the bullet impact decals there will be and likewise for quality.
Best Image Quality: Ultra
This setting is a personal preference as many gamers don’t like using motion blur while playing fast-paced FPS shooters at 60 FPS. Also, this graphical setting has a minimal performance hit so max it out if you want to use it.
This is an important graphical setting in Wolfenstein Youngblood. This setting is Texture Quality combined with texture loading setting. Meaning, the setting not only determines the texture quality but also the speed at which they load.
If you have at least a GTX 1060 6 GB, then set this setting to Ultra or Uber but turn it down if you notice a delay in texture loading. If you have a GPU with less than 6 GB VRAM then drop this setting to medium or low.
Best image quality: Uber/Ultra
This graphical setting determines “the quality of the water simulation, the quality of the reflections seen on the water’s surface, the ability for water to affect the appearance of surrounding game elements, and whether the water’s surface correctly blocks the display of underwater detail”.
Using high setting provides a balance between image quality and performance. I personally recommend high if you can manage it as there is a lot of water in the game.
Best quality: Ultra
The lower setting might cause some artifacts but they are hardly noticeable during gameplay. If you want to squeeze out some performance then keep this setting at low.
Best image quality: High
Material Aniso Filter, Decals Filtering, Image Aniso Filter
These are basically anisotropic filtering options. Keep it at max as the performance hit is almost non-existant for these graphical settings.
This graphical setting determines the Level of Detail at long-range views. This setting also doesn’t have much perfomance cost, so keep it at max for mid-range systems.
Best image quality: Ultra
This setting actually improves perfomance for some configurations. So keep is on but it can’t be used in conjunction with NVIDIA Adaptive Shading.
Recommended: On/off(if using Adaptive Shading)
This setting only renders details in the player’s FOV. Meaning if you aren’t looking at a building it won’t be rendered completely until you are looking at it in-game. While this can result in performance gain but it also has the potential to cause FPS drops for modern Nvidia GPUs so turn it off if you notice perfomance loss.
Recommended: off/on(for a low-end system)
Enable this setting if your GPU isn’t already bottlenecked by your CPU. this setting will only benefit if you have enough CPU resources to spare while also playing the game. This setting provides better results on RTX 20 GPUs.
Recommended: Off as perfomance gains on GPUs prior to RTX 20 series sees a minimal advantage.
Depth Of Field and DOF Anti-Aliasing
Depth of field helps a lot in building a scene and I recommend turning it on. If you decide to use Depth of Field then also turn on the DOF Anti-Aliasing with minimal additional cost. Also, I recommend these settings for at least mid-range systems.
If you have a display that supports HDR then definitely enable this setting. Otherwise, there is no use turning it on.
This graphical setting comes in handy if you are using TAA antialiasing, as this AA solution causes a bit of softness in the image quality. It has no performance cost at all.
Keep this setting at 1 unless you have a high-end system and are playing the game on a 1080p display. The higher the scaler goes the higher the rendering resolution will be and higher the performance cost.
Now that you understand how and what each of the Wolfenstein Youngblood graphical settings does, you’ll b able to pick and choose the right setting for a steady 1080p/60 FPS experience.
This marks the end of our Wolfenstein Youngblood PC Tweaks guide.