7 DAYS TO DIE FPS FIX!

Boost Your FPS in 7 Days To Die!

If you’re frustrated by a lagging game and are desperately looking for a 7 Days To Die FPS fix, the 7 Days To Die Wiki has covered you. Since Alpha 19 dropped in, many gamers experienced severe FPS drops in their game. This article will help ease some of your troubles by showing optimisation settings to fix the 7 Days To Die FPS issues.

Since this game is still in the Alpha stage, the game developers’ priority is content and functionality. They don’t really get into optimisation as a priority until the Beta stage of the game. However, when the Alpha 19 update happened, there were severe FPS issues while playing on most systems. In fact, only those with rigs worth more than $1500 could play without lagging on medium graphic settings or above. Since so many peeps got affected, the folks at 7D2D worked out minor optimisations to improve the game experience.

Surely you, too, must have experienced fps drops while playing since the Alpha 19 release. It happens especially when the number of zombies around you increase or in specific outdoor settings where your game drops down to below 30 fps. There are a few guides and youtube videos you find online on this matter, but we haven’t found any that gives us the 7 Days To Die FPS fix that we’re looking for. Hence, this article!

This article will show you how to implement various optimisation settings that can help boost your FPS while not taking away too much from the game visuals. You can do obvious optimisations, such as using lower resolution and setting all graphics to low. But we’re not talking about those. Instead, here you will find different steps that go from simple to more advanced optimisations.

Are you excited to have your game running smoothly again? Well, then to start off – press the F8 button while in-game. This will bring up the FPS display on the middle right of the screen in small green text. Follow the steps given below, and you will soon see the FPS numbers go up.

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7 DAYS TO DIE FPS FIX STEP 1 –  OPTIMISE VIDEO SETTING OPTIONS

First, go to the game menu.
Select “Options” > “Video” and then apply the settings given below:

  • Let “Gamma” be at “75%”, but reduce the “Water Particles” to “25%“.
  • If you want, you can set the “Water Quality” to “High” and  “Texture Quality” to “Full Size”.
  • Set the “UMA Texture Quality” and “Tree Quality” to “Middle”.

Turn off these 3 options:

  • “V-Sync”
  • “Motion Blur”
  • “Reflection Quality”.

Uncheck the following 4 options

  • “Sun Shafts”
  • “DOF”
  • “Reflected Shadows”
  •  “SSAO”.

Change the following:

  • “View Distance” to “10”
  • “Field of View” to “70”
  • “LOD Distance” to “50%”.

7 DAYS TO DIE FPS FIX STEP 2 – JOIN A DEDICATED SERVER

One way you can boost your FPS is by playing on a private dedicated server instead of a public one. You can immediately notice the difference in gameplay as your FPS goes up. Well, that’s one of the reasons people choose to pay and subscribe to a private server after all!

However, you must do a bit of background check to ensure the private server is indeed a dedicated one. Often, people are just using a VPS (Virtual Private Server) or even just their home computer! Hosting companies tend to run over 30 such VPS on a single system. That hardly makes it dedicated! So if 7 Days To Die FPS fix is your requirement, then make sure to join a private server that is a proper dedicated one with high config.

7 DAYS TO DIE FPS FIX STEP 3  – THE IN-GAME CONSOLE FIX

Alright, it’s time to get a bit more technical. The next step to improve your 7 Days To Die FPS involves doing an in-game optimisation. When you’re in the game, open up the console by pressing F1. Now type in the following commands into the console. You can also copy/past it into the console, but you’ll have to do it one line at a time.

  • gfx pp enable 0 (This Disable post-processing for fps gain)
  • gfx af enable 0
  • gfx dt enable 0 (disable distant terrain for better fps outdoors)

7 DAYS TO DIE FPS FIX STEP 4 – RUNNING THE GAME FROM LAUNCHER INSTEAD OF 7D2D SHORTCUT

Another trick you can do to save up on your system resources is to run the game using its launcher.exe instead of through Steam. To do this, right-click on 7D2D in steam. Then go to Properties > Local FIles > Browse Local Files. Double click on 7Dlauncher.exe. Then set the following:

  1. Tick [X] on Exclusive Fullscreen Mode
  2. Tick [X] on Unity Screen Selector
  3. -force-d39d – This one is optional. Not sure if the Aditional Parameters actually works.
  4. When the Unity Launcher pops up, go for the lowest resolution that you can manage. Later, you can increase it to check till what resolution you get decent FPS.

7 DAYS TO DIE FPS FIX STEP 5 – CUSTOMIZING YOUR GRAPHICS CARD

By completing Step 1 – 5 of 7 Days To Die FPS fix, you should already be seeing a boost in your game FPS. But if those steps didn’t do the trick and your game is still lagging, then perhaps we need to get into a bit of complex optimisation. Continue reading to find out how you can apply these optimisations. Note that this is a 2-step process where first we customise the graphic card and then customise the game itself.

CUSTOMISING THE GRAPHICS CARD

  • To begin with, start your Graphic Card Control Panel, such as Nvidia, for example.
  • Go to Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings. Click on ‘Add’ and select 7 Days To Die.
  • Under ‘Select the Preferred Graphics Processor for This Program’ select ‘High-performance NVIDIA processor’ (This is for those who have NVidia, select the option as per your Graphics card)
  • Set the following as shown:
    • Maximum Pre-rendered Frames = 4
    • ‘Power Management Mode’ as ‘Prefer Maximum Performance’
    • ‘Threaded Optimization’ to ‘On’
    • ‘Vertical Sync’ to ‘On’

CUSTOMISING THE GAME

First, of course, start the game. Check the FPS by pressing F8. It should be approximately 60. It usually ranges from 40-80 FPS and, in some rare cases, goes below 10. Below we’ve given a list of game tweaks that have helped increase our FPS from 30-50 to 60-80 FPS. Your experience will, of course, depend upon the kind of system you got. Also, tweaking the system to increase the game FPS will somewhat compromise the graphic quality. But then, you’ll have a lag-free game!

CHANGING THE STORM VALUES

  • Start Steam. Right-click on 7D2D, then select Properties > Local FIles > Browse Local Files > Data > Config > biomes.xml > Open with text editor
  • Find the following lines:
    • “<ParticleEffect prefab=”ParticleEffects/p_sandstorm” ChunkMargin=”7″/>”
    • “<ParticleEffect prefab=”ParticleEffects/p_smokestorm” ChunkMargin=”7″/>”
    • “<ParticleEffect prefab=”ParticleEffects/p_snowstorm1″ ChunkMargin=”7″/>”
  • Update the value in the above 3 lines from “7” to 80 or more.

How’s your FPS showing now? By completing all the 5 steps above for the 7 Days To Die FPS fix, you should see a significant improvement in your game. Although, as we mentioned before, tweaking the game and graphic card to increase the FPS will, unfortunately, lower the graphics quality of the game, as we mentioned before, tweaking the game and graphic card. But then hey, what’s the point of mind-blowing graphics if the game lags like hell! Your aim is, after all, to play and not just watch. So if your game could use some performance boost, give the 7 Days To Die FPS Fix mentioned above a try and see how the game-play improves.

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