Destiny 2 PC Graphics Options Explored

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is now available on PC, and enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the game comes with a plethora of graphical settings to tweak and fine tune to their liking. Provided your rig is capable enough, it should be able to deliver an experience beyond what any of the console versions have to offer.

Here’s a list of all the options you have at your disposal in Destiny 2’s graphics settings.

  • Anti-aliasing
    • FXAA, SMAA

SMAA is recommended for those who have the extra hardware muscle to increase the game’s internal rendering resolution via the “Render Resolution” option. Else, despite some unwanted blurring, FXAA works reasonably well when performance is a consideration and the rendering resolution can’t be pushed past the display’s native resolution.

  • Ambient Occlusion
    • Off, HDAO, 3D

Two different approaches to Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, with the 3DAO producing higher quality results with more natural looking shadows compared to HDAO.

  • Texture Quality
    • Lowest, Low, Medium, High, Highest

Allows you to alter the texture resolution for nearby and distant objects.

  • Texture Anisotropy
    • Off, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x

This setting essentially controls the quality of Anisotropic filtering in the game.

  • Shadow Quality
    • Lowest, Low, Medium, High, Highest

Alters the sun and spotlight shadow resolution scale as well as the spotlight shadow sample count scale and shadow cascade distance multiplier.

  • Depth of Field
    • Low, Medium, High, Highest

As you dial up this setting from the baseline blur filter at Low or Medium, you’ll notice the addition of a Bokeh Depth of Field effect at High. This effect is further enhanced at the Highest setting.

  • Character Detail Distance
    • Low, Medium, High

This setting essentially allows you to tweak the Level of Detail (LoD) setting for non-playable characters. Those with budget rigs should dial down the Character Detail Distance, as it isn’t very noticeable in the general run of play.

  • Environmental Detail Distance
    • Low, Medium, High

Similar to character detail, this setting controls the LoD for buildings, cliffs, large rocks, roads, and other environmental objects.

  • Field of View
    • 55, 65, 75, 85, and 95 degrees

This setting increases the scope of your view in a given instance. The wider your Field of View, the more you can view on-screen and the greater the impact on performance.

  • Foliage Detail Distance
    • Low, Medium, High

As with environmental detail, this setting controls the LoD and visibility of flowers, plants, bushes, trees, grass found in the game.

  • Foliage Shadow Distance
    • Low, Medium, High, Highest

This setting controls the visibility and render distance of shadows projected by foliage, including trees, plants, flowers etc.

  • Light Shafts
    • Medium, High

Controls the resolution at which light shafts are rendered, with High offering superior fidelity.

  • Motion Blur
    • Off, On

Adds a speed based blur effect to gameplay that is more prominent when riding a Sparrow.

  • Wind Impulse
    • Off, On

Makes physics a little more dramatic when toggled on.

  • Render Resolution
    • 25% to 200%

Alters the game’s internal render resolution to either below or above the display resolution. Rendering above the display resolution i.e. above 100%, results in enhanced image quality. For weaker systems, rendering below the display resolution i.e. below 100%, can yield playable performance.

Ultimately, maintaining a stable target frame rate is the goal in a socially competitive game like Destiny 2. With the set of options Bungie has made available in the PC version, players can expect to reach this goal with relative ease while getting the most out of their hardware.

Share your experience with the PC version of Destiny 2 in the comments below.

Muhammad Ali Bari

Reviews Editor at GearNuke

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