Tweak your SWTOR graphics! (KEEP BUMPED)

#1WriterJasonPosted 1/11/2012 6:39:46 PM(edited)
While we wait for the graphical enhancements coming in patch 1.2, here are some great tricks you can use to make your game look better! Of course, you will have to tweak these settings yourself, based on your hardware. Some of these can be tweaked to make your performance better on a lower spec system. You would just tweak the numbers the other direction.

First, let's talk negative LOD bias. If you don't know what it is, basically it governs the general sharpness of the textures. If you use an LOD bias of -3.0, the picture will be sharp, whereas 3.0 would be more blurry.

So we want to try and add -3.0 LOD bias. How do you go about doing this? If you have an ATI card, get a tweak program like RivaTuner or ATI Tray Tools. Nvidia, you'll want something similar (usually a tweak program used to overclock and unlock your card's potential). In this program, you'll want to look in your 3D or Direct 3D settings for the LOD bias slider. Set it to -3.0. Save and exit. Try it out in the game! You can adjust it up or down to your liking! Here are some comparison shots:

NORMAL

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j136/Cgramnaes/SWTOR_No_LOD.jpg

FORCED LOD

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j136/Cgramnaes/SWTOR_Forced_LOD.jpg

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Now, let's talk .ini file tweaks!

For this to work, you have to unhide your C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\SWTOR folder! Then you'll be able to access the client_settings.ini file. Double click to open in notepad.

When finished, save the file, then right click it, and set to read-only, as the game will overwrite it when you restart!

If a line is not added to your .ini, you can add it yourself!

Also, texture quality set at 0 is the setting you want! Trust me!

PLEASE BUMP AND STICKY!

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[Renderer]
Height = 1080
Width = 1920
WindowX = 0
WindowY = 0
DynamicLightsLimit = 8
MeshLODQuality = 1
TextureAnisotropy = 16
FarClipScale = 3.9371195
PlantDensity = 150
D3DFullScreen = true
NativeHeight = 1080
NativeWidth = 1920
doShadows = true
doBlobShadows = true
UseMinSpecShaders = false
EnableBloom = true
VerticalSyncState = true
FullScreen = true
TextureQuality = 0
AllowDepthOfField = true
GammaRamp = 1.037854
SpeedTreeDistanceScale = 1.25
enableadvenvirolighting = true
DebugAdvEnviroLighting = true

[Game]
MoviesFolder = ....\Movies
SwtorRegKey = SOFTWARE\BioWare\Star Wars - The Old Republic

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RESULTS:

Cutscene:

http://i.imgur.com/oQtAN.jpg

World (with plan density 100 instead of 150):

http://i.imgur.com/bpmSJ.jpg

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#2WriterJason(Topic Creator)Posted 1/11/2012 6:31:14 PM
Here is a useful thread on the official forums that covers a wide range of PC set-ups and discusses how to get the best base performance for your individual set-up. Seriously, if you are concerned about your performance, it is a must read!

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=3898
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#3ElysiPosted 1/11/2012 6:34:09 PM
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#4WriterJason(Topic Creator)Posted 1/11/2012 7:35:01 PM
I'll add more stuff as I find it!
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#5organic_coconutPosted 1/11/2012 7:35:57 PM
take that, pyber
#6LokiHero2Posted 1/11/2012 7:36:02 PM
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#7pyber80Posted 1/11/2012 7:42:52 PM(edited)

From: organic_coconut | #005
take that, pyber


Huh? Did I ever deny the existence of the tweaks? You really do have me confused with someone else. You should go back to that other topic and re-read what was posted. You'll find that nowhere did I even mention the tweaks, let alone refute their existence. That wasn't even brought up in the course of our little "discussion", except by you, and I ignored it as irrelevant to said "discussion". Your comprehension of my posts is obviously lacking.

Sorry TC for going off-topic, but I don't take kindly to organic behaving like that.
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#8Scarlet ArkardPosted 1/11/2012 7:42:37 PM
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#9Lucavi000Posted 1/11/2012 7:43:01 PM

From: pyber80 | #007
Huh? Did I ever deny the existence of the tweaks? You really do have me confused with someone else. You should go back to that other topic and re-read what was posted. You'll find that nowhere did I even mention the tweaks, let alone refute their existence. That wasn't even brought up in the course of our little "discussion". Your comprehension of my posts is obviously lacking.

Sorry TC for going off-topic, but I don't take kindly to organic behaving like that.


From: organic_coconut | #005
take that, pyber


Take that, scrub.
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#10WriterJason(Topic Creator)Posted 1/11/2012 10:56:26 PM
I highly, HIGHLY recommend the LOD bias tweak. You will just LOVE it. I'll post some of my own screens later on, and what settings I personally use.
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