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Star Wars: Battlefront Gaming Graphics Performance Tweak Guide (Page 1)

Star Wars: Battlefront Gaming Graphics Performance Tweak Guide

We show you the vast amount of graphics options in Star Wars: Battlefront and how they affect gaming image quality and performance.

By Sean Ridgeley from Jan 5, 2016 @ 20:06 CST

Introduction

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Swedish developer DICE is best known for its Battlefield shooter series, which includes the futuristic and snow-rich Battlefield 2142. With that kind of background, the studio was a no-brainer choice for publisher EA when deciding who to set upon the task of creating a new Star Wars: Battlefront game to precede the release of The Force Awakens. The reception to the result is mixed, but any reasonable person should be able to acknowledge it's a well-made, fun game. The debate is really about how much of a Star Wars game it is or isn't. I'm no expert on the franchise or the game series, but I will say the gameplay and design reminds me quite a lot of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 in ways, and that's a very good thing (at least if you loved Bad Company 2).

As is the case with all Frostbite games, a long list of graphics options is included. In this guide, I'll go through them all to show you what altering each of them does exactly, both regarding visuals and performance.

Test Setup and System Requirements

The Ultra preset was used as the baseline while testing with this guide. Also, Fullscreen mode and 55 Field of View (FOV) were used, FXAA was set at high, and V-Sync was disabled. All testing was performed after the December 1 patch was released, which contained some performance improvements.

Our Test System

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (Stock)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM
  • Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290X 4GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Catalyst 15.11.1
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 40 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor: Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 40 GB available space

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