Tested out Planetside 2 and 'Ultra' settings, 1080p video and some screenshots
Tested out some found 'Ultra' settings, that can apparently make the game look a lot better, if you don't mind editing an .INI file in the games' directory (it seems to be allowed and fine to do so). I was still getting sluggish performance that everyone seems to be getting, in larger firefights. But, I messed with the found settings a bit more and tweaked them to help optimize performance and here is the end result vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPmlMrCn6vw
A few screenshots: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=110437744&insideModal=1http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=110438132&insideModal=1http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=110441070&insideModal=1
The [what seems to be] original 'Ultra' settings are found here:http://pastebin.com/XFkf8sYJ
^ That is a website where people can upload and share text files and you can simply save it as the text file it is and rename it UserOptions.ini and put it in your
<whatever drive steam is on>//ProgramFiles/Steam/steamapps/common/PlanetSide2
folder. (Make a backup copy of the original if you want)
Since those settings resulted in great-looking graphics, I wanted to keep most of it, but simply changed some of the more CPU-utilizing effects. My changes were all under the section Rendering (you can just copy and paste this 'Rendering' section over your 'Rendering' section in your UserOptions.ini if you want to):
* Update: we have put our own Pastebin text file of the entire UserOptions.ini up here (simply save it/rename it to UserOptions.ini): http://pastebin.com/6j9aHVav
** For even more performance while still looking nice overall, try inserting these settings, most of which release even more CPU demand from the game:
As you can see, most of the textures, complexity and other effects are up, but I lowered a few things like the terrain and shadows (these seemed to use the CPU quite a bit) and the draw distance, which still looks good at "2000". With these settings, I now had a much smoother, still-pretty result!
Try it out if you don't mind making a few changes to that file, I hope it works for you. Enjoy!
Will come back and try to answer questions off and on