Controlling Graphics Settings


#1

So, let’s start with this as a necessary part of the game. As a poor academic, I haven’t found the money, nor the time to yet take to the computer legos, and build my own awesome PC. As a result of this, and my lethargy in attaining a new computer of any kind, I must take to the forums of every game, seeking the sage advice of others in manipulating games for better performance. My current laptop is pretty garbage, but it runs most games with high FPS with the lowest of the low settings. I mean, pong looks like Crysis when compared to anything my friend here can run. The problems of owning a toaster for a PC are multiplicituous.

Either way, my suggestion is to have as many options for graphics settings in the game as possible! Shadows? Who needs 'em. Resolutions anywhere north of 800x600? Aw hell no! We like it crisp and full of in-your-face pixelation.

I am planning on updating my computer here eventually (just don’t tell my friend here! Otherwise he’ll pull the bluescreen of death simply out of spite; he’s a jealous creature) in the coming year, but I’d still love to be able to get my hands on SH running over 15fps immediately!

@SteveAdamo or @Geoffers747, you guys got any idea as to what might be the capabilities for this in the early versions? Or if I will be able to tinker with the .ini file or something, without crippling the game.


#2

i dont recall hearing anything, but i am certain we will eventually have this option… perhaps not in alpha 1, but certainly in the coming weeks/months… its possible this is something we can tweak ourselves though, given this detail from the last blog post:

Vertical Sync enabled by default, adjustable in config


#3

Unfortunately I guess everything we know at this moment in time was already mentioned in the attached thread. The goal is to allow Stonehearth to run on as many systems as possible. Stephanie just mentioned that the Graphics Test is scaling down the settings automatically at the moment (e.g. disabling shadow)… so it looks to me like there is some commitment behind the following statement:

We want as many people as possible to be able to play, including those who can’t afford routine hardware upgrades. I’ve tried running the game on my 5 year old Windows laptop and it performs pretty well, even though we haven’t done any performance tuning yet.


#4

Short answer …we have no idea. That’s exactly what you were after isn’t it? :smile:

All we know right now is that they’ve said on a few occasions that they want to get it working on as many machines as possible.

Have you tried the graphics test? I would say, download that and give it a go - if you can get the graphics test running, there’s a good chance the game will be able to run as well.


#5

[quote=“voxel_pirate, post:3, topic:3953”]
Unfortunately I guess everything we know at this moment in time was already mentioned in the attached thread. The goal is to allow Stonehearth to run on as many systems as possible. [Stephanie just mentioned][1] that the Graphics Test is scaling down the settings automatically at the moment (e.g. disabling shadow)[/quote]

I vaguely remember this being mentioned, as you then later state, but the graphics tests at least didn’t seem to have it as a part of their configuration. Thanks though! Warms my heart when us low-end losers are being treated with the kindness that we deserve! No Startcitizen for me, pretty much ever.


#6

Yup, the first one and the second one did “run”. Now the former ran well, because it was obviously a small area, so I was able to get around 40-60fps on even a large setting. The latter test though, didn’t run so smoothly, unless I really scaled the resolution down. Shadows out of the equation would probably get me a massive increase in speed and stability.


#7

Couple of things you can try here, I can’t test them myself because my computer is too fast and won’t dip below 60FPS.

  • On a windows PC, the task manager allows you to boost the priority of a certain program. Right click on the SH task, click change priority, and then set it to high, not real-time.
  • Change your PC settings to run in High-Performance mode, rather than in balanced or power saver.
  • Overclock your hardware (Not recommended on laptops or for people who don’t know how to do this safely)

#8

[quote=“LordNevs, post:7, topic:3953, full:true”]- On a windows PC, the task manager allows you to boost the priority of a certain program. Right click on the SH task, click change priority, and then set it to high, not real-time.

  • Change your PC settings to run in High-Performance mode, rather than in balanced or power saver.
  • Overclock your hardware (Not recommended on laptops or for people who don’t know how to do this safely)
    [/quote]

Great suggestions, and I have actively used two of those. I run my laptop on high performance all the time, so that’s not it. I have used the prioritizing of tasks through the task manager, but I’ve never seen any actual results (at least notable ones) afterwards. Thanks though!