Best Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Settings – Boost FPS, Optimize Performance

Published by Activision, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice launched for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 22. Activision has always been known for publishing well-optimized titles, and same is the case with Sekiro. The game runs pretty smooth even on low-end gaming PCs, but if you’re still experiencing issues or just want better FPS, there is a lot you can do to optimize performance.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice PC Performance Guide

For those of you playing Sekiro on PC, you can follow our optimization guide to tweak some of the settings for better in-game graphics and 60 FPS performance. The procedure is simple, so without further ado, let’s get started.

System Requirements for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

First things first, ensure that your system at least meets the minimum specifications required to run the game.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 8 64-bit | Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 | AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 | AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 25 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 Compatible

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 8 64-bit | Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K | AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 | AMD Radeon RX 570
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 25 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 Compatible

Note: Many Players report that the minimum spec of having an Intel Core i3-2100 is not enough even when coupled with an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. The game lags quite a lot and it ends up crashing. We suggest that you use at least an Intel Pentium G4400 for better 1080p performance.

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice FPS Performance

Update Your Graphics Card Driver

Outdated graphics drivers could degrade your performance at times. Make sure you have the latest version of the driver installed on your PC. You can download the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards from their respective websites.

Tweak Settings from Nvidia Control Panel

[For Nvidia users only]

If you’re an Nvidia user, you may want to tweak some settings to ensure smooth performance of the game. Note that not all these settings may be available to everyone.

To do that, navigate to Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D settings > Program Settings. Locate Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice from the drop down menu under “Select a program to customize” and click on Add.

Locate the folder where you have installed the game and select the ssdt.exe file. This should open the program settings for Sekiro Shadows Die Twice. Once there, proceed as follows:

  • Set Max Pre-Rendered Frames to 1
  • Set Monitor Technology to G-Snyc (if available)
  • Set Texture filtering Quality to Performance
  • Disable Vertical Sync
  • Enable Threaded Optimization
  • Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest
  • Set Power Management to Highest Performance
  • Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode.

Optimize Sekiro Shadows Die Twice Graphics Settings

Below are our recommended settings for optimizing the game graphics. You can always tweak the options to your liking.

  • Launch Sekiro Shadows Die Twice.
  • Click on Options and select Graphics Options.
  • Set Screen Mode to Fullscreen.
  • Set Screen Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
  • Set Quality Settings to High.
  • Enter Advanced Settings.
  • Set Texture Quality to Max.
  • Set Antialiasing Application and SSAO to Off because these settings have a high performance impact.
  • Set Motion Blur to High.
  • Set Depth of Field to Max.
  • Set Shadow Quality to Medium.
  • Set Lighting Quality to Max.
  • Set Effects Quality to Max.
  • Set Volumetric Quality to Max.
  • Set Reflections Quality to Medium.
  • Set Water Surface Quality to Medium.
  • Set Shader Quality to High.

Prevent Uploading Updates on Windows 10

  • Click on Windows Start Menu and select Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security.
  • Choose Windows Update from the menu on the left, assuming it’s not already selected.
  • Click the Advanced options link.
  • Click the Deliver Optimization link.
  • Ensure that the Allow downloads from other PCs toggle is set to off.

Optimize Google Chrome to Not Use Hardware Acceleration

You can disable hardware acceleration in Google Chrome to make sure that it doesn’t allow background applications to consume too many resources when you’re playing Sekiro.

  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Click on the More icon in the upper right corner and select Settings.
  • Scroll all the way down and click on the Advanced tab.
  • Under System, turn the Use hardware acceleration when available toggle to off.
  • Relaunch Chrome for changes to take effect, then close it again.

Run Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in High Priority

If you have more than one programs running at the same time, then boosting the game’s priority ensures that it plays smoothly, even at the expense of other processes. Here’s how to set the game to high priority using the task manager:

  • Start Sekiro Shadows Die Twice.
  • Press Alt-Tab out of the game.
  • Press Alt-Ctrl-Del or right click on the taskbar to open Task Manager.
  • Click on the Details tab.
  • Search for your game’s executable from the list.
  • Right-click on the process and Set Priority to High.

Restart your PC and we hope you’ll be able to enjoy Sekiro Shadows Die Twice to its fullest!

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