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The First Descendant Best Settings Guide For PC

Nexon’s third-person looter shooter, The First Descendant, is now available on PC, and we’ve put together the best PC settings for getting optimized performance on mid-end system specs.

Before we delve into the best settings for The First Descendant on PC, make sure you’ve updated your GPU drivers and Windows to their latest respective versions. Additionally, disable or close any unnecessary background applications in order to reduce the CPU overhead as much as possible. The settings detailed ahead should provide a more optimized balance between graphics and frame rate compared to the presets available in-game.

The first descendant best settings

The First Descendant Best Settings

The settings below are there to serve as a broad starting point for further optimization based on your specific hardware specs. As a result, you may need to further tweak some settings until you find a sweet spot based on your display’s refresh rate and the overall performance you seek.

DISPLAY SETTINGS

  • Display Mode: Full Screen
  • Resolution: set as per the native resolution of your display

GRAPHICS SETTINGS

  • Graphics: Custom
  • Ray Tracing: Off

PERFORMANCE

  • Additional Options: DLSS on supported Nvidia GPUs, else XeSS on Intel Arc GPUs, else AMD FSR
  • DLSS/FSR: Quality
  • Vsync: Off on a display that supports VRR/G-Sync, On otherwise
  • Maximum Frame Rate: Set as per your max display refresh rate or your preferred target frame rate

ADVANCED SETTINGS

  • Visibility: Low
  • Anti aliasing: Medium
  • Post Processing: Low
  • Shadows: Low
  • Global Illumination: Low
  • Reflections: Low
  • Textures: High
  • Effect: Medium
  • Vegetation: Low
  • Shader Quality: Low
  • Object: Low
  • Physics: Low
  • Motion Blur: Off

Steam Deck Optimized Settings

The settings below are for getting the best possible performance on the Steam Deck.

DISPLAY SETTINGS

  • Display Mode: Full Screen
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800

GRAPHICS SETTINGS

  • Graphics: Custom
  • Ray Tracing: Off

PERFORMANCE

  • Additional Options: AMD FSR
  • FSR: Performance
  • Vsync: Off
  • Maximum Frame Rate: 60

ADVANCED SETTINGS

  • Visibility: Low
  • Anti aliasing: Low
  • Post Processing: Low
  • Shadows: Low
  • Global Illumination: Low
  • Reflections: Low
  • Textures: Medium
  • Effect: Low
  • Vegetation: Low
  • Shader Quality: Low
  • Object: Low
  • Physics: Low
  • Motion Blur: Off

As seen in the video above, The First Descendant performs reasonably well at mostly Low graphics settings on the Steam Deck, running fairly consistently at 60 fps.

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