Players who pick the game up will discover a huge title, featuring a star-studded cinematic campaign, elaborate six-player raids, 4v4 multiplayer modes, and much more. Destiny 2 doesnt disappoint technically, either, with over a dozen graphics settings available to tweak, plus a wealth of other sound, gameplay and control options. And in general, the experience is bolstered by high detail levels, fast refresh rates, and an excellent resolution scaling technique.
As gamers saw for themselves in the Destiny 2 PC Open Beta, Bungies action game is extremely scalable, running well on a wide variety of old and new systems. Having further improved performance since the beta, Bungies official system requirements and recommendations for the final version of the game are as follows:
As the graphic above shows, the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, recommended by Bungie, is also our recommended graphics card for 1920×1080 Destiny 2 gameplay. Thats underselling it a smidge, however, because the GeForce GTX 1060 is a rock star in Destiny 2, running at the games “Highest” preset, sans DSR-style supersampling, at 70-100 FPS, for an average of 87.1 FPS. If you cant believe what youre reading, take a look at the framerate and frametime graphs below for visual confirmation of this astounding result.
Stepping up to 4K (3840×2160) necessitates the use of a significantly faster graphics card, and the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the worlds fastest. On “High” it averages 96.7 FPS at 4K, and 50.2 FPS on “Highest”, when paired with a stock-clocked i7-6700K. Therefore, were recommending a custom detail level between “High” and “Highest”, that turns down only a few settings for a barely-noticeable reduction in quality, and a sizeable increase in performance, getting your gameplay running at 60 FPS+.
If you instead favor even-faster refresh rates and framerates, pick up the GeForce GTX 1070 for 120 FPS High-detail gameplay at 1920×1080, or a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for 120 FPS gameplay at 2560×1440. Be aware though, running at 120 FPS requires some serious CPU power, so a high-speed, preferably-overclocked, i7-K or i7-X CPU is strongly recommended. For more details, check out CPU tests from the beta on GamerNexus and GameGPU.
Whatever experience you target, and whichever GPU you buy, Destiny 2 will look good and play great. And with GeForce Experience, our one-click Optimal Playable Settings will instantly apply game options that target 60 FPS on your specific CPU and GPU config, letting you dive straight into Destiny 2 with zero setup. If, however, you prefer to manually tweak your settings, read on to learn a whole lot more about each and every option.
Destiny 2 includes 14 options that affect game performance and graphical fidelity, along with Resolution, Field of View and VSync options, and toggles for user-preference settings like Chromatic Aberration, Motion Blur, and Film Grain. Below, weve thoroughly examined each of the core 14 options, demonstrating their quality with interactive screenshot comparisons, and their relative performance impact with benchmarks.
As mentioned above, Destiny 2 is a well-optimized game that runs at a rapid pace on many GPUs. Assuming you have a graphics card capable of running the game at over 60 FPS, our recommendation is to apply SMAA, and increase the games internal rendering resolution with the “Render Resolution” option. This sidesteps SMAAs lower degree of anti-aliasing, avoids FXAAs blurring, supersamples the to further decrease aliasing, and increases overall quality. Essentially, its the same result that would be seen when increasing the screen resolution, or applying NVIDIA DSR.
Some degree of Anti-Aliasing is still required at 3840×2160 to sharpen certain edges, and game elements made with alpha textures, such as special effects, foliage and transparent surfaces. In our comparisons, the necessity of Anti-Aliasing at 4K can be most easily seen on the edges of the large object directly above the players weapon, and the thin supports in the rear of the scene, to the left of the players weapon. For further examples, download and enlarge each in your favorite photo viewer.
To avoid crippling performance, games decrease the Level of Detail (LoD) of models, effects and other elements as their distance from the players viewpoint increases. In Destiny 2, the Character Detail Distance setting controls the LoD of character and NPC meshes seen at medium and long range, with High increasing distances to 200% from Mediums 100%, and Low decreasing detail to 80%.
Performance: To capture performance data from a live, constantly-moving online game is hard enough when youre looking to demonstrate general performance, and is completely impossible when aiming to demonstrate the cost of different detail levels of specific settings. Thankfully, Bungies engineers kindly offered to capture data for us from their freeze-frame-capable, internal-only debug builds, enabling us to reveal the exact cost of every setting in this guide.
In the case of Character Detail Distance, Bungie tells us the minute changes to character detail have zero impact whatsoever, on performance, on a modern graphics card. Potentially, a min-spec system might see a small improvement, or perhaps one could be observed when social spaces are filled to capacity with players. But in general gameplay, there is no cost associated with using the highest-quality level of detail for characters.
To create the Bokeh depth of field effect, the scene is sampled to make accurately-blurred detail. For example, if there is a yellow light you wish to apply Bokeh DoF to, you sample the scene to make a hexagonal yellow shape (or whichever shape the developer selects), and apply it on, over or near the original light source, whilst generally blurring out the background. Depending on the number of samples taken, the Bokeh DoF shape could be a rough approximation of the original light, or a sharp near-perfect recreation.
Like Character Detail Distance, Environmental Detail Distance modifies the level of detail, though in this instance it affects buildings, cliffs, larger rocks, roads, and a variety of other objects. And depending on their distance from the camera, and their size on screen, affected objects may simply be shown at a lower level of detail, or removed entirely, turning a cracked road into a flat surface, for example.
Performance: Despite the many differences between detail levels, High Environmental Detail Distance runs, in this scene, only 1.2 frames per second slower than Medium, which runs at the same exact speed as Low. This cost will vary with the level of detail on a scene-to-scene basis, but in general the cost is minimal.
If you want to see more of the world at once, especially on the peripheries of your display, you need to increase the Field of View (FoV). The downside is that objects in the middle of the screen will appear smaller as the FoV is raised, making them harder to see or aim at. In general, though, being able to see more around you is the preferred way to play, as it reduces the amount of constant turning required to see enemies who are attacking from the sides.
Performance: Unsurprisingly, increasing the amount of stuff you can see, and therefore the amount of content your PC is rendering, leads to a decrease in performance. In our scenario, theres an 11.7 FPS spread between a 55-degree FoV and a 105-degree FoV, though the will increase or decrease depending on the content being rendered.
If you hadnt guessed already, Foliage Detail Distance primarily affects the detail level and visibility of flowers, plants, bushes, trees, grass, and other bits of foliage throughout Destiny 2. On High, detail distances are scaled to 180% of normal (the Medium setting), while Low sees detail distances reduced to 50% of normal.
Performance: Foliage is often a heavy-hitter in games, and in Destiny 2 its no different, with High costing 8.7 FPS in scenes such as the one shown in our first set of s. For anyone seeking improved performance, Medium would be a good pick, running just 4.6 FPS slower than Low.
Performance: The FPS spread between all three detail levels in the above example is a surprisingly slim 0.3 FPS, given the usual impact of shadows on performance. And even in more complex scenes, the cost will remain minimal, meaning theres no reason to use anything other than High, apart from on min-spec machines that are struggling to achieve a playable framerate.
Some folks call them God Rays, others Light Rays; Bungie calls them Light Shafts. “Them” being crepuscular rays, bright shafts of light that can be seen when looking at the Sun or Moon, when looking at light shining into a dark room or area, when bright light shines through environmental effects or simulated clouds, or when bright light intersects an object, as shown below.
Like NVIDIA DSR, Render Resolution renders the action at a higher, more detailed resolution, and automatically shrinks the result back down to your monitors screen resolution. Everything will therefore be seen at a significantly higher level of fidelity, look sharper, look clearer, and have far less aliasing. And by being built directly into the game, Render Resolution has greater flexibility than DSR, enabling Destiny 2 players to set any value between 25% and 200%, allowing players to decide between better performance or better visuals.
In the many interactive comparisons below you can see the benefits of raising the Render Resolution from 100% to 200% on a 1920×1080 monitor, which gives you a 4K (3840×2160) with just a few clicks. In these examples, benefits include the foliage in the water being rendered without gaps, at a higher level of detail, with minimal aliasing; trees gaining added detail, and extra branches and leaves being rendered; telephone wires and other background detail being more visible; specular highlights on the water being improved; shadows in the Light Shafts on the left of the scene becoming visible; reflections appearing clearer; and the entire scene appearing almost entirely free of aliasing (some still exists, but is so small it cant be perceived without enlarging the s).
On the other hand, if youve got spare performance and are already running at a native resolution above 1920×1080, you can increase the Render Resolution for even-better quality. And if youve got a 4K monitor, you can still crank the Render Resolution up to 200%, for 7680×4320 Destiny 2 gameplay, as demonstrated in our second set of s and comparisons.
Performance: Given that the very-well-optimized Destiny 2 runs at a breezy pace on many graphics cards at 1920×1080, increasing the Render Resolution whilst keeping above 60 FPS will be possible on many peoples configs. And with the flexibility of being able to set any value between 25% and 200%, power users can fine-tune the resolution increase to hit specific framerate targets.
Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) adds contact shadows where two surfaces or objects meet, and where an object blocks light from reaching another nearby game element. The AO technique used and the quality of the implementation affects the shadowings accuracy, and whether new shadows are formed when the level of occlusion is low. Without Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, scenes can look flat and unrealistic, and objects may appear as if theyre floating.
In the scene below, focus on the metallic objects in the foreground – with 3DAO there are more-realistic, darker shadows around the tightly grouped items, and the brightness of light in the scene is better accounted for, as demonstrated by the darker shadows in and around the object in front of the stacked cylinders. In comparison, HDAO shadows appear to have identical depth and darkness, regardless of surrounding conditions.
By switching to a debug view that strips away everything but AO shadows, we see that HDAO is imprecisely applying an identical degree of shadowing to virtually every edge and object in the scene, regardless of most factors. For example, tufts of grass are expected to have a darker shadow at the base where each blade of grass meets, but instead a shadow is added around each blade; objects in relatively bright light have AO shadows added, which can present as a slightly visible, dark halo in normal gameplay; and fine detail is either ignored or over-shadowed.
With 3DAO, the increased quality and efficacy of the technique enables the accurate shadowing of the smallest details, the deepest recesses of the spaceship engine, and all the other surfaces and game elements you would expect to see accurately shadowed by higher-quality Ambient Occlusion techniques. In addition, 3DAO is capable of casting softer shadows with differing intensity and depth across a wider surface area, producing a higher-quality, more-realistic during gameplay.
Up close in this new, complex scene, the benefits of 3DAO can be clearly seen on the hanging plants to the right, and the multiple layers of plants on the lower left. More subtle improvements include superior shadowing on and around the shotgun, and around the various pieces of foliage adorning the floor.
Performance: Ambient Occlusion can be one of the costlier settings to enable, but in the case of HDAO only 2 of your precious frames per second are required. Given how much better HDAO looks compared to playing with AO off, HDAO is an excellent option for lower-spec users. If can afford it though, turn on 3DAO for substantial improvements – at 7.4 FPS its not cheap, but it is definitely worth it.
Destiny 2s Texture Quality setting adjusts the clarity of every texture, affecting every surface and object, in every area of Destiny 2s expansive locales. Specifically, the mipmap resolution of textures nearby and far away is scaled to reduce Video RAM (VRAM) requirements, enabling older GPUs to load all necessary textures into their limited memory, preventing stuttering and pauses from frequent loading and unloading of textures that didnt fit into the available space.
In-game, youll find at the top of the Settings screen a handy VRAM meter, showing you the amount of video card memory used by all selected options. In our testing, we found max settings to use just 2.6GB of VRAM at 1920×1080, and 3.2GB when we increased the Render Resolution to 200% (3840×2160). At 4K, increasing the Render Resolution to 200% (7680×4320) saw the VRAM meter only hit 5.5GB, which has to be a record given the typical memory demands of 4K and “8K”.
The easiest way to configure and apply Destiny 2s 14 game settings for a smooth, enjoyable, 60 FPS experience is through GeForce Experience, an invaluable tool for all GeForce GTX users. In addition to optimizing over 500 games, our free GeForce Experience application can automatically update drivers and profiles, record and stream gameplay with ShadowPlay, get you free games and hardware with in-client giveaways, and wirelessly stream PC games to NVIDIA SHIELD devices.
Taking into account your GPU and CPU, as well as many additional factors, GeForce Experiences game recommendations can be applied with a single click, and are updated over time should developer patches and NVIDIA driver updates improve performance further still. This one-click solution is perfect for gamers who wish to simply play their games, and for those with little experience in configuring settings for an optimal experience.
Before you play Destiny 2 on October 24th, be sure to download our Destiny 2 GeForce Game Ready drivers from GeForce Experience for an optimal Destiny 2 experience. Theyll be released shortly before the game, and will include our latest performance optimizations and tweaks for Destiny 2, along with other Game Ready goodness.
Destiny 2 on PC is a fantastic experience thanks to high rendering resolutions and glorious levels of detail, plus the high refresh rates of PC monitors, the dozens of built-in configuration options, and out of the box support for G-SYNC, GeForce Experience, GeForce Experience Share, DSR, GameStream, SLI, and other PC technologies.
And the best news is that you can get this amazing PC experience on affordable hardware, such as the GeForce GTX 1060. If, however, you want higher framerates and refresh rates, look to the GeForce GTX 1070, or go all the way and snag a GeForce GTX 1080 or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for max-detail gameplay at up to 4K.
Note, that if you do decide to go all out for the ultimate PC experience, select GeForce GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti graphics cards, systems and laptops come with a copy of Destiny 2 when purchased at participating partners for a limited time. Get all the details here.
Destiny 2 | BEST PC SETTINGS 2021! HUGE FPS Boost & Improved Graphics!
best settings for destiny 2?
In your Additional Video Settings, you can reduce the render resolution in case the game is not playable on your system. This will in any case improve the performance, but the visual quality will suffer a lot. I suggest to set this option to around 90% and to play a game to see how well it runs on your system in case you regularly experience lag and FPS drops. Disable HDR and Chromatic Aberration and Film Grain in case you are like me and prefer less visual effects, which should in turn also increase your performance by a bit.
In the Video tab, make sure to set the window mode to fullscreen, and your resolution to your native monitor resolution. Below, you can lock your framerate with your monitor’s refresh rate. In case you can hold your FPS cap of 60 or 144, then make sure to set it to your monitor’s refresh rate, but in case you experience lag and dropped frames while in-game, then I suggest disabling vSync.
Below, you should cap your FPS to a value your system can consistently hold, preferably above your refresh rate. In my case I would set it to around 180. Your FOV can slightly reduce your performance, in case your GPU is bottlenecking your performance, but I still like to splurge on performance for a wider field of view as I’m using a wider native resolution.
In your Advanced Video Settings, set the Graphics Quality preset to Low. This will in turn lower most of the advanced video settings. If you have some performance to spare, then you can increase the Texture Quality. I suggest to lower the Shadow Quality to Lowest, and to turn off Depth of field. Motion blur will not impact your performance, but I still prefer to disable this option.
Best Destiny 2 PC Settings
It took a bit longer to make its way to PC, but for many, it was well worth the wait. Destiny 2 is a gorgeous and well-optimized game for PC as long as you have the necessary build to run it. Before diving into specific settings changes, you’ll want to be sure you meet the minimum and even the recommended PC requirements to achieve optimal performance.
Best Destiny 2 Mouse Settings for PC
Let’s take a look at the best baseline to start with for your mouse settings.
DPI: 400 – 800
As with most FPS titles, the sweet spot for most professional Destiny 2 streamers is in the 400-800 range. With the shooting mechanics being so tight and fluid, you can opt for slightly higher DPI to start with and adjust from there.
Polling Rate: 1000Hz
You’ll want to find a polling rate that compliments your DPI and sensitivity settings. Start with 1000Hz, and adjust the setting based on your mouse performance.
Look Sensitivity: 4 – 6
As we said before, Destiny 2 is designed with incredibly solid shooting mechanics at its core, meaning that accuracy can be retained at higher sensitivity settings. Start in this range and push it higher as long as it complements your DPI and accuracy.
ADS Sensitivity Modifier: 1.0
Keep this at 1 to retain the sensitivity settings you set up between your mouse and in-game settings.
Vertical and Horizontal Inversion: Custom
Keep this off unless you’re used to inverted controls.
Aim Smoothing: Off
Acting somewhat like aim assist, keep this off to improve your skillset.