If you have been playing Respawn’s new battle royale game ‘Apex Legends‘, you may have noticed that your FPS (frames per second) is capped at 144 – while your PC is capable of pushing many more frames out. This simple trick will allow you to avoid this unwanted cap.
Many modern mid to high end GPU’s are capable running Apex Legends with much higher than 144 FPS, even with moderate to high settings.
Side note, If you are a console player, you are limited to 60 FPS anyway, and there’s not a great deal you can tweak in the settings to ensure you stay at this upper limit as much as possible.
Get uncapped FPS on Apex Legends without enabling V-Sync
To disable the FPS cap in Apex Legends, you simply need to add a command line to Apex Legends’ launch options in Origin.
* Note: This method will no longer work following the Season 1 update, until Respawn patch the new bug. When the bug is fixed, use this method to uncap your FPS:
- Close Apex Legends (you cannot access launch options if the game is running)
- Open Origin
- Go to My Game Library and left click on Apex Legends
- Click the ‘Settings’ cog (Under ‘Play’)
- Click ‘Game Properties’
- Navigate to the ‘Advanced Launch Options’ tab
- In the command line, type: +fps_max unlimited
Get higher FPS on Apex Legends by enabling V-Sync
Another method, strangely, is to enable V-Sync.
For unknown reasons, enabling V-Sync appears to remove the FPS cap. Using ‘Adaptive 1/2’ will not only remove the FPS cap, but also ensures the highest minimum FPS drops.
YouTuber ImSpeedyGonzales explained the optimum settings for Apex Legends if you are shooting for highest frame rates over quality. In a comment on his video, he states:
“Before you comment “turn off V-Sync”. When I have it disabled, it caps my fps at 144, that is why I have it set to adaptive or adaptive 1/2.
Note: Enabling V-Sync can cause increased input lag, so the trade off in higher FPS may not be worth it, if you experience any lag or unresponsiveness.
The rest of the settings are simply turning everything to lowest possible quality settings, but while this will give you higher FPS (and is probably advisable on lower end GPU’s), there is of course a trade off in quality that could make targeting enemies slightly more obscure.
Setting everything to low/disabled (except V-Sync) is best for frames in Apex Legends.Some settings impact FPS more than others, like Ambient Occlusion Quality.
A middle ground is probably best, and some settings will affect your FPS more than others. According to testing by PCGAMER, turning Ambient Occlusion Quality to disabled had the biggest impact on frame rates and overall performance.
Ensure Discord is optimized
A lot of Apex Legends players use Discord to communicate with their friends whilst in-game. Although the software is great, there’s a way of optimizing it further to gain slightly more FPS on Apex.
Open Discord and navigate to the settings menu by clicking the cog in the bottom left corner of the application. Next, head to the overlay tab and ensure ‘Enable in-game overlay’ is left unchecked. The discord overlay may help in some cases but it can often affect in-game FPS, especially on low and medium spec PCs. Discord users can also turn off ‘Hardware Acceleration’ located at the bottom of the Appearance tab. This stops Discord from using your graphics card to accelerate the speed of the software and will net you a few more FPS in-game.
If you want to keep an eye on your FPS in-game, you will need to turn on the counter via the EA Origins launcher. Head to settings in Origin, then ‘in-game settings’ and select where you want to show the FPS counter.