The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the most popular in all of gaming. More specifically, GTA 5, a game that was released in 2013, has remained on top of the industry for nearly a decade. Thousands still visit Los Santos every day. Whether that’s via the main story mode, GTA Online, or the popular RP servers, GTA 5 is very much alive.
The PC player base is at the core of that popularity, as players are still enjoying adding mods. Newer players are also hopping in for the first time, and they’ll need all of the help they can get to ensure they have a smooth experience.
That begins with customizing the graphics settings on PC. Graphics settings have a direct impact on the amount of frames per second you get in any game, including GTA 5, which is now available on Xbox Game Pass.
Whether you’re a veteran of the game or a newcomer, you’ll want to ensure you have the rightGTA 5 graphics settings to maximize your FPS.
Best graphics settings for GTA 5
Since GTA 5 was released nearly a decade ago, it doesn’t feature all of the updated graphics settings that we see in many AAA titles today. However, there are still a fair amount of settings you’ll want to change to get the most FPS possible.
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Below, we’ll list all of the graphics settings in GTA 5 and include what tab you can find them under in the settings of the game.
Screen Type: Full Screen Resolution: Your monitor’s highest resolution (e.g. 1920×1080) Aspect Ratio: Auto Refresh Rate: Your monitor’s highest possible refresh rate (e.g. 144 Hz) Output Monitor: Your primary monitor FXAA: On MSAA: Off NVIDIA TXAA: Off VSync: Off Pause Game On Focus Loss: Off Population Density: Low (drag the slider to the left) Population Variety: Low (drag the slider to the left) Distance Scaling: Low (drag the slider to the left) Texture Quality: Normal Shader Quality: Normal Shadow Quality: Normal Reflection Quality: Normal Reflection MSAA: X2 Water Quality: Normal Particles Quality: Normal Grass Quality: Normal Soft Shadows: Sharp Post FX: Normal Motion Blur Strength: Off Anisotropic Filtering: Off Ambient Occlusion: Off Tessellation: Off
Long Shadows: Off High Resolution: Off High Detail Streaming While Flying: Off Frame Scaling Mode: Off
With these graphics settings, you should see a notable boost in FPS. However, we’ve also made it so your game’s graphics won’t look terrible either. If you truly want the most FPS possible, turn every setting down to its lowest value.
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If you want a mixture of high FPS and decent graphical fidelity, use our recommended settings.
About the author
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.