The first Dying Light set the standard for how much fun freerunning should be in a game, and the developers at Techland may have outdone themselves with the sequel. But to fully enjoy post-apocalyptic parkour, you have toGaming-PCneeds to pump enough frames to keep things smooth, and this zombie rampage might not be giving your system an easy time. Luckily we have thembest settings for Dying Light 2right here so you can get things running smoothly without the hassle of trial and error.
Before jumping into the fray, it's worth recognizing that the game isn't quite as optimized as it could be. Techland has already addressed a plethora of issues with its day-one patch, including aHotfix for shaky co-op connectionsand cleaning up issues that have been hampering story progression, but there are still texture and sound glitches that can ruin the experience.
It might be worth giving the developer a little more time to fix these issues before jumping in, but with any luck it shouldn't take too long since the barrage of post-launch hotfixes won't slow it down.
The game has a modest barrier to entry, according to theDying Light 2 System Requirements, but getting a decent resolution and frame rate might be difficult for most people.
Dying Light 2 System Requirements
|Minimum (1080p/30fps)||Empfohlen (1080p/60 fps)|
|operating system||Windows 7 64-bit||Windows 10 64-bit|
|CPU||Intel Core i3-9100|
AMD Ryzen 3 2300X
|Intel Core i5-8600K|
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
|RAM||8 GB||16 GIGABYTE|
|graphic card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
AMD Radeon RX560
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060|
AMD Radeon RX Vega56
|storage||60GB hard drive||60 GB SSD|
Even thebest graphics cardsbreak a sweat, which means you might need the help of upscaling technologies to reach those target resolutions and frame rates, but all three options can make 1080p look blurrier than native. That's becauseNvidia-DLSS, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution and the standard linear option are all designed to achieve higher resolutions, using HD as a base.
You might notice that 1440p and 4K specs aren't listed here, and that's because they're a bit difficult. You might get away with the latter at 30fps, assuming you pair a current-gen graphics card with your favorite upscaler, but more pixels will result in the game eating up your framerate for breakfast.
|Minimale RT (1080p/30fps)||Empfohlene RT (1080p/60fps)|
|operating system||Windows 10 64-bit||Windows 10 64-bit|
|preset||Low RT||High RT|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8600K|
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
|Intel Core i5-8600K|
AMD Ryzen 5 3700X
|RAM||16 GIGABYTE||16 GIGABYTE|
|graphic card||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080|
|VRAM||8 GB||10 GB|
|storage||60 GB SSD||60 GB SSD|
Upscaling is non-negotiable when ray tracing is enabled, so we'd recommend sticking with DLSS quality if you're using a compatible GeForce RTX GPU (it's noticeably sharper after the Day 1 patch). FSR works like a must, but has a visual tribute that its green counterpart doesn't, such as: B. Blurred edges on the texture of buildings.
Best presets for Dying Light 2 on PC
If you're looking to dropkick zombies as quickly as possible, Dying Light 2's five presets are a good place to start. Luckily, they don't adjust your resolution, as 1080p is the best thing to go for many. However, they don't tinker with upscaling either, so you can do much better by rolling up your sleeves and poking around in each of the 'advanced settings'.
The town of Villedor is quite a sight to behold and probably not to be wastedLowpreset if possible. It costs you about 14% of your frames when you jumpMiddleand only 17% toHoch, so you can probably skip the middle ground and crank things straight if your PC can handle it. It's a lot harder to swallow the 40% dipRaytracingPreset brings from Low, or the 50% decrease from thatHigh quality ray tracingpreset, especially if you want to stay above the 60fps mark.
The best settings for Dying Light 2 on PC
The good news is that you can fine-tune for the bestDying Light 2 settingsto get as many frames as the low preset while looking a heck of a lot better. You must press "F" in the graphics menu to access the advanced settings.
- Upscaler-Modus: DLSS quality (optional)
- render mode: D3D12
- Asynchronous computation: an
- antialiasing quality: high (if DLSS is not used)
- particle quality: hoch
- quality of sun shadows: PCF
- contact shadow quality: hoch
- ambient occlusion quality: hoch
- Global lighting quality: hoch
- reflection quality: hoch
- Ray tracing flashlight: out
- fog quality: low
Some of these settings offer a free performance boost and ask for virtually nothing in return. ThatRendering Modeselects the API you want to use and D3D12 (DirectX 12) will helpincrease fpsby about 7% if your PC supports it. It also allows you to activateasynchronous calculation, which adds another 10% improvement. Note, however, that the Low preset defaults to D3D11, so you'll want to turn that on manually.
reflection qualityhas the greatest impact as a single shot, with a 21% difference in frame rate between the lowest and highest. Ray-traced reflections are undoubtedly great, but High might be the best of both worlds, boosting your performance by around 13% while still retaining plenty of detail.
It's difficult to do without ray tracingsunshade qualitybecause they are softer and more dynamic. Crushing things down to PCF certainly makes the shadows look a bit more difficult, but it comes with an 8% increase, which is worth it if you need to prioritize your framerate.
Dying Light 2 has its atmospheric moments, but you don't miss much by shooting thisfog qualityLow. Simply switching from high to low increases your performance by another 6%.Ray tracing flashlightis pretty specific in that it handles the way the light bounces off your flashlight. It doesn't ask for much, but it doesn't give much either, so you could save up to 3% by switching it off.
As mentioned earlier, choosing your preferred upscaler mode is entirely dependent on your setup. RTX users should go for DLSS quality as it puts other solutions to shame. Otherwise, FSR and the built-in upscaler are system independent. The rest of the settings don't affect performance much, so feel free to tinker with them as you see fit.
Given the state of optimization, it's difficult to recommend a ray tracing setting. On one hand, ray tracing is difficult to give up once you've tried it, but it's not transformative enough to justify its power tax. There are moments when I would stop to admire the view, but there are many more where the extra frames come in handy for jumping from building to building. Overall, your mileage may vary.
Accessibility of Dying Light 2
Contrary to a current trend, Dying Light 2 doesn't have a dedicated accessibility menu like other modern games, but it does include settings that can make your time in the game tab easier. You can customize subtitle size, color and background; Switch Quicktime Events (QTEs) from Tap to Hold; and enable color blind mode to make the picture clearer.
There are also a few notable tools on the Controls tab, such as: B. Ammortiser Landing Assist, which lets you automatically land on Ammortisers, Edge Fall Assis, to automatically save you from accidentally falling off a ledge, and Auto Ledge Grab, which takes some time to get used to if you use it by default Continue.
Dying Light 2 bugs and problems
OurDying Light 2 reviewfocused on a grosser build of the game, which was riddled with bugs. Techland has since fixed most of these issues in its "Day One" patch and continues to release updates every other day.
Together, the patches fixed NPC dialogue issues that blocked progress, inconsistent co-op connections, various crashes, the player's inability to rebind controls, and more. However, there are still some issues, including texture and audio glitches, that degrade or completely remove the quality. It is best to keep Dying Light 2 up to date to avoid problems.