Best XDefiant PC settings: High FPS, graphics, visibility, more

Joseph Pascoulis
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XDefiant is a competitive multiplayer FPS game by Ubisoft in which players will need every advantage they can get. With that said, here are the best XDefiant PC settings to give you an edge over the enemy.

XDefiant is Ubisoft’s upcoming free-to-play FPS that’s currently in open beta. The game presents a unique blend of Call of Duty multiplayer and arena shooters with Factions that offer different abilities and a vast array of guns.

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The game has received a lot of attention since its initial closed beta, with many console and PC players downloading the open session to experience the title.

For those on PC who’d like to know the best settings to use in order to increase FPS and visibility, look no further, as we’ve prepared a guide to the best XDefiant PC settings.

XDefiant PC system requirements

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: Windows 10 or 11 (64-bit versions)
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1400 @3.2GHz/Intel Core i7-4790K @4.0GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB (running dual-channel mode)
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB
  • DirectX: Versions 11 & 12
  • Storage: 65 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 or 11 (64bit versions)
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @3.2GHz/Intel Core i7-4970K @4.0GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB (running dual-channel mode)
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB / NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1060 6GB
  • DirectX: Versions 11 & 12
  • Storage: 65 GB
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Making sure you have the best PC settings for XDefiant is essential to a smooth experience.

Best XDefiant graphics settings for high-end hardware

Gameplay & UI

Gameplay Settings

  • Field of View: 120
  • ADS Field of View: Consistent

For XDefiant‘s Gameplay and UI settings, there are really only two settings that can impact your graphics and visibility, and those are your Field of View and ADS Field of View.

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Having a higher FOV makes it a lot easier to spot enemies around you and get kills, while a Consistent ADS field of View will allow you to control recoil more easily and see more around you while aiming down sights as well.

Video & Graphics

Video Settings

  • Windowed Mode: Fullscreen
  • Resolution: Your monitor’s resolution (e.g 2560×1440)
  • Refresh Rate: Refresh rate of your monitor (e.g. 144)
  • Monitor: The monitor you game on (1)
  • Enable Reduced Latency: Yes
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Brightness: 15
  • Contrast: 15

Graphics Settings

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  • Enable DX12 Renderer: Yes
  • HDR: Off
  • Graphics Quality: Custom
  • V-Sync Mode: Off
  • Framerate Limit: On
  • Framerate Limit: Refresh rate of your monitor (e.g. 144)
  • Shadow Quality: Medium
  • Spot Shadows: Medium
  • Spot Shadow Resolution: Medium
  • Contact Shadows: All Low
  • Resolution Scale: 100%
  • Sharpening: 8
  • Particle Detail: High
  • Volumetric Fog: Medium
  • Reflection Quality: Medium
  • Local Reflection Quality: Medium
  • Vegetation Quality: Low
  • Sub Surface Scattering: On
  • Parallax Mapping: Yes
  • Ambient Occlusion: High
  • Object Detail: 100
  • Extra Streaming Distance: 5
  • Lens Flare: Off
  • Water Quality: Medium
  • Chromatic Aberration: Off
  • High-Resolution Sky Textures: Yes
  • Terrain Quality: High

These settings have been tuned to give players with a high-end rig the best of both worlds in XDefiant, meaning great graphics while also boosting FPS and visibility.

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If you have a low-end PC build, have no fear, as we’ve also got you covered.

Best XDefiant graphics settings for low-end hardware

Gameplay & UI

Gameplay Settings

  • Field of View: 120
  • ADS Field of View: Consistent

Video Settings

  • Windowed Mode: Fullscreen
  • Resolution: 1080×1920
  • Refresh Rate: Refresh rate of your monitor (e.g. 144)
  • Monitor: The monitor you game on (1)
  • Enable Reduced Latency: Yes
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Brightness: 15
  • Contrast: 15

Graphics Settings

  • Enable DX12 Renderer: Yes
  • HDR: Off
  • Graphics Quality: Custom
  • V-Sync Mode: Off
  • Framerate Limit: On
  • Framerate Limit: Refresh rate of your monitor or lower (e.g. 60)
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Spot Shadows: Low
  • Spot Shadow Resolution: Low
  • Contact Shadows: Off
  • Resolution Scale: 85%
  • Sharpening: 8
  • Particle Detail: Low
  • Volumetric Fog: Low
  • Reflection Quality: Low
  • Local Reflection Quality: Low
  • Vegetation Quality: Low
  • Sub Surface Scattering: On
  • Parallax Mapping: Yes
  • Ambient Occlusion: Low
  • Object Detail: 50
  • Extra Streaming Distance: 5
  • Lens Flare: Off
  • Water Quality: Low
  • Chromatic Aberration: Off
  • High-Resolution Sky Textures: No
  • Terrain Quality: Medium

Make sure to use these settings if you have a less powerful PC setup, as this should maximize your FPS and visibility.

How to update graphics drivers for XDefiant

You may find that your FPS is suffering and this can sometimes be because you need to update your graphics card drivers. To do so, whether you have an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card, here’s our guide on how to update the drivers.

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card:

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  1. Download GeForce Experience through NVIDIA.com.
  2. Open GeForce Experience.
  3. Click the ‘Drivers’ tab.
  4. Select ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner.
  5. Follow the steps if an update is available.

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU:

  1. Right-click your desktop.
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings.
  3. Click the Home icon.
  4. Select ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left.
  5. Click ‘check for update.’
  6. Follow the steps if an update is available.

That’s all for the best XDefiant PC settings. If you’re interested in more on Ubisoft’s free-to-play shooter, check out:

How to get XDefiant Twitch Drop rewards | Is XDefiant coming to PlayStation 4 & Xbox One? | XDefiant system requirements | XDefiant Year 1 roadmap | How to check XDefiant stats | Will there be an XDefiant Battle Royale?

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About The Author

After graduating from the University of Southampton, Joseph joined CharlieIntel as a Games Writer after a short stint of freelance journalism. Joseph enjoys most genres of games and will play anything that sparks his interest, but his expertise lies within the FPS category, specifically Apex Legends. If Joey isn't writing about games, then he's most likely playing them. You can contact Joseph at [email protected]