Best The First Descendant PC settings for high FPS & graphics

Stephanie Zucarelli
The First Descendant graphics

The First Descendant is Nexon games’ latest looter-shooter and has amassed a pretty large player base. While its minimum and maximum requirements aren’t outrageous, you can get a better performance from your PC if you tweak the game’s settings a bit.

Here are the best PC settings for high FPS, graphics, minimum, and recommended PC requirements for The First Descendant.

Best settings for high FPS in The First Descendant

  • Upscale Type: Off
  • Upscale Mode (NVIDIA DLSS): Performance
  • Vsync: Off
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On
  • Frame Generation: Off
  • Maximum Frame Rate: 144
  • Visibility: Medium
  • Anti-aliasing: Low
  • Post Processing: Medium
  • Shadows: Medium
  • Global Illumination: Low
  • Reflections: Low
  • Textures: High
  • Effect: Medium
  • Vegetation: Medium
  • Shader Quality: Medium
  • Object: Medium
  • Physics: Medium
  • Motion Blur: Off

If you want to avoid stuttering without completely losing graphic quality, you can try the Max FPS setting. These options will let you enjoy some of the detailed scenarios of the game, but they focus on cutting unnecessary textures or shaders that can slow your experience.

The First Descendant Max FPS Settings
You can try tweaking other options to improve graphic quality.

With a decent GPU like GTX 1060, you should be able to at least hit 70-80 FPS in The First Descendant with these settings. Keep in mind that the game can be a bit difficult to run on low-end GPUs, so turning down Shadows and Global Illumination should be the key in order to bump performance.

However, if you want more performance, you can always try lowering down settings even further, and find your personal sweet spot. Anything above 70 should be workable with this title, but even 60+ works fine with a low-end card.

If you have something along the lines of the RTX 2060 though, feel free to crank up the settings and enjoy the visuals without worrying about FPS. As a matter of fact, we tested the game on 2060 as well, and the framerates were pretty stable on Medium-High settings all around the board.

Best settings for graphics in The First Descendant

  • Upscale Type: Off
  • Upscale Mode (NVIDIA DLSS): Balanced
  • Vsync: Off
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enable Boost
  • Frame Rate Limiter: Unlimited
  • Visibility: High
  • Anti-aliasing: Ultra
  • Post Processing: High
  • Shadows: High
  • Global Illumination: High
  • Reflections: Ultra
  • Textures: Ultra
  • Effect: High
  • Vegetation: High
  • Shader Quality: Ultra
  • Object: Ultra
  • Physics: High
  • Motion Blur: On

If you are running a beefy GPU on the other hand, like a 4070 or above, feel free to crank everything up, as it would be quite easy for you to get 100+ FPS while getting the best quality possible at all times.

The First Descendant Performance Settings
Since it’s a fast-paced shooter-looter, disabling Motion Blur won’t affect your experience.

On a 4080, you can pump the resolution up to 2160p, and even then you will lose no significant performance and can enjoy the game in the most attractive way possible. Needless to say, performance should be the last of your worries if you have a high-end GPU.

On an RTX 4070 Super, we found out that you can get somewhere near 100 FPS in the High preset and 1440p resolution, with DLSS set to Quality. So you can expect even better performances from GPUs on an even higher tier compared to this one.

Minimum requirements

  • OS: Windows 10, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5-3570 or AMD FX-8350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050Ti or AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 10/11, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i7-7700K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 5600XT
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

How to update graphics drivers

If you’re facing problems with your FPS then make sure you have the latest versions of your graphics drivers. Here’s how to update both NVIDIA and AMD graphic drivers:

How to update NVIDIA graphics drivers

  1. Download GeForce Experience through
  2. Open GeForce Experience.
  3. Select the “Drivers” tab.
  4. Click “check for updates” in the upper right corner.
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps to install it.

How to update AMD graphics driver

  1. Right-click on your desktop.
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings.
  3. Click on the Home icon.
  4. Click “New Updates” on the bottom left.
  5. Select “check for update”.
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps to install it.

The First Descendant will challenge your team to survive endless waves of monstrous creatures to earn rewards. If you want to know which character will fit your style more, check out which is the first Descendant you should pick to get a better feel of the game.