Survival Ascended optimization guide — How to increase FPS

Survival Ascended optimization guide — How to increase FPS

ARK has always been a visually pleasing experience. However, both ARK: Survival Evolved and the newly released ARK: Survival Ascended have had some performance issues due to their massive scope. With the switch to Unreal Engine 5, a lot of those issues have been resolved. But even still, the new HD assets can cause some issues. We’ve put together an ARK: Survival Ascended optimization guide to help increase your FPS and limit the performance issues you may encounter.

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Steam Launch Arguments and Console Commands to optimize ARK: Survival Ascended

The first step for optimizing ARK: Survival Ascended is to enable the use of all of your CPU cores via Steam Launch Arguments. In Steam, right-click on ARK: Survival Ascended in your Library and then go to Properties. Under the General tab, scroll down to where it says Launch Options and input the following command:


Launch ARK: Survival Ascended, and load in a map. Once in, you want to input a couple of Console commands. Open the console by hitting the tilda (~) key on your keyboard. Then enter the following console commands and hit enter after each one:

  • r.VolumetricCloud 0
  • r.VolumetricFog 0

These two commands alone should increase your FPS by 10-20 without changing much. It just changes a general volumetric cloud and fog effect in the world.

If you want to increase your FPS even further, there are a few console commands that can do so. However, these commands can have a more noticeable effect on the visual appearance of the game, so you may want to revert them if the FPS increase does not feel worth the trade off.

  • r.Lumen.Reflections.Allow 0
  • r.Lumen.DiffuseIndirect.Allow 0
  • r.Water.SingleLayer.Reflection 0
  • grass.Enable 0
  • r.Shadow.Virtual.Enable 1
  • r.DistanceFieldShadowing 1
  • r.Shadow.CSM.MaxCascades 1
  • r.MaterialQualityLevel 1
  • r.MipMapLODBias 15
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ARK: Survival Ascended video optimization settings

Now it’s time to change your video settings in ARK: Survival Ascended to further increase your FPS. Keep in mind these settings are intended to increase your FPS and optimize your game. If you are running on a more powerful computer, you may be able to change some of these settings to still have viable FPS.

In ARK: Survival Ascended hit Escape then go to Settings and then Video. First, make sure your resolution matches your screen resolution. Set the Resolution Scale to somewhere between 70-100 depending on how powerful your PC is.

From here, you want to set the following settings:

  • Advanced Graphics: Medium
  • Anti Aliasing: Low
  • View Distance: Low
  • Textures: High
  • Post Processing: Medium
  • General Shadows: High
  • Global Illumination Quality: High
  • Effects Quality: Medium
  • Foliage Quality: Medium

Then, on the right side, you want to change to the following settings as well:

  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Light Bloom: On
  • Light Shafts: On
  • Low-Light Enhancement: Off
  • Enable Foliage & Fluid Interaction: Off
  • Foliage Interaction Distance Multiplier: 0.01
  • Foliage Interaction Distance Limit: 0.5
  • Foliage Interaction Quantity limit: 0.5
  • Enable Footstep Particles: Off
  • Enable Footstep Decals: Off
  • Disable HLOD: Off
  • GUI 3D Widget Quality: 0.5

This is a nice mix of keeping the visuals clean looking, while also optimizing and enhancing your FPS. If you followed this ARK: Survival Ascended optimization guide, you should know how to increase FPS.

Steven Mills

Staff Writer – Steven has been writing in some capacity for over a decade now. He has a passion for story focused RPG’s like the Final Fantasy franchise and ARPG’s like Diablo and Path of Exile. But really, he’s willing to try anything.

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