Spot Shadow Detail
Dictates the quality and presence of shadows in the environment as cast by lights. One of those bizarre settings that some may actually prefer turned off, Spot Shadow Detail looks more realistic at higher settings but offers a more vivid picture when disabled.
This setting offers a moderate performance increase as it is lowered. If you could use nearly 10 extra FPS, I recommend disabling it if you prefer the look of it off. If you prefer the look with it on, High or Low will still net you a nice boost without too much expense to shadows.
Dynamic Spot Shadows
Controls whether lights in the environment can move. This setting is impossible to capture and compare accurately in screenshots, so they've been left out of this section.
Testing tells us Dynamic Spot Shadows also have a moderate impact on performance. Moving lights are by no means a necessity, so feel free to disable this setting for an appreciable increase in framerate.
Said to dictate the fidelity of characters and objects, in practice, this setting seems to mainly affect terrain, particularly rocks.
The benchmark illustrates a very minor performance hit at Medium and a moderate one at High. Given the non-essential nature of this setting and the performance differences, most should be good at Medium.
Effects Detail, Impact Marks, & Ragdolls
The first of these three settings controls the detail on effects like explosions; the second where and how many marks appear when titans hit the ground, and the third the quality of ragdoll animations. All are difficult or impossible to capture or compare in screenshots, and the story is similar with benchmarks, so they've been left out of this section.
However, I can say that based on our attempted testing, Effects appears to have a steady, significant performance impact, and if you're not super confident in your CPU, turning down the latter two options may be wise.
Unlike most titles, almost all of Titanfall 2's settings offer major differences in graphics and performance when tweaked, so this time, I strongly encourage you to simply read through this entire guide rather than focus on a few settings.
Doing so, you should come out with a game that performs much better than with default settings, or at the very least, you'll have a better balance between graphics and frames than before.
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