The one-time Playstation exclusive God of War is finally on our beloved PC. Promising higher frame rates, better visuals, and better control based on your posture, it’s the best way to play this beloved game. The good news is that it does work well on a range of hardware and resolutions.
Morgan enjoyed a mostly consistent 90fps at 1080p on his RTX 3060 in review, and while testing here, I enjoyed a decent 4K 50fps on the RTX 2080. Lowering the resolution to 1440p results in 80fps, 1080p reverts to 120fps. Higher frame rates are possible when you dig into the plethora of upscaling technologies on offer, both DLSS and FSR.
God of War: Best Settings
Let’s focus on which settings have the biggest impact on frame rate at the resolution you’re running at. You’ll find these options under the Graphics menu on the main settings screen, just cycle through the custom presets and you’ll be able to choose between Ultra, High, Original and Low. If you have fairly up-to-date hardware, you should be able to set all settings to Ultra or High depending on your resolution.
What are the best settings for God of War on PC?
Anisotropic filtering: low
Ambient Occlusion: original
Model quality: High
Texture Quality: extremist
Here are a few surprises, the most important of which are the least impactful Model quality and texture quality about frame rate. When tested at 4K, there was only a 2fps difference between the Ultra texture setting and the lowest setting. Given that higher quality textures look better than their lower resolution counterparts, the fact that it has such a small impact on performance means you want to keep it as high as possible.
think It’s also a bit odd, since reflective surfaces are rarely used, especially at the beginning of the game. It’s also the only setting with an Ultra+ option. If your performance in highly reflective areas suffers later, it’s wise to lower it a notch or two.
God of War: Preset
Test Bench PC Specifications
CPU: AMD Threadripper 2970WX
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
RAM: 32GB DDR4-2400
SSD: 2TB Samsung 960 Pro
you: Windows 11 Professional
If you’re looking for a quick and easy fix for frame rate issues, presets, as always, provide a rough but essential answer. These are configured with seven graphics quality settings to provide a smoother experience at the expense of the overall compromise of visuals. It’s a pretty good looking game, though, so don’t hesitate to, say, downgrade from High to Original for a smoother experience.
One thing to note is that the four presets do require different amounts of graphics card VRAM. For example, at 4K, the minimum setting is 4GB and the Ultra setting is 7GB. And you really don’t want to overrun your graphics card’s memory budget for this, as it could mean a performance drop on your graphics card due to not having enough memory.
What’s a bit odd about this port of Ares is that you can’t switch to a preset and then modify it yourself to achieve the perfect balance between speed and quality. No, you need to configure it from scratch using the “Custom” preset. It’s not difficult, as there are only seven settings, some of which are few, but it’s unusual not to be able to use a preset as a starting point.
God of War: The Show
God of War enjoys a great PC port. The fact that the PS4’s graphics settings are marked as “Original” means you know you can just choose “High” or “Ultra” for a better visual experience – something I recommend every PC gamer does. You can finally turn off the vomit-inducing motion blur and get rid of “film grain” when you’re using it.
While there aren’t many settings to play with, the core engine performs well, meaning anyone with a fairly up-to-date machine can get to grips with smooth frame rates.
As ever, if you’re struggling with low frame rates, it’s a good idea to lower the resolution. God of War only lets you run in a window if you’re not running at the Windows default resolution – you can’t set it to 1080p full screen on a 1440p monitor in the game, although you set Windows to that resolution and then launch it. This is another reason why DLSS or FSR are worth playing here – they just make it easier and look better.
By the way, where is that boy, Atreus, now?