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Best GTA V PC settings: How to optimize graphics and boost FPS

GTA V can be a difficult game to run, so we’ve got the best settings to enhance your graphics and boost your FPS.

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GTA V is one of the most popular games in the world, but with its huge map and crazy action, it can be tough for your computer to handle. Here are the best GTA V PC settings so you can boost your FPS.

Grand Theft Auto V was first released all the way back in 2013, but eight years later, it still attracts millions of players a year. From GTA Online to modded servers like NoPixel, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Los Santos.

The fifth entry in the legendary series is set in San Andreas county and offers the biggest map that GTA has ever had, coming in at 30 square miles of land.

With all the buildings, vehicles, NPCs, and more found in the game, it can be tough for computers to run it well. To give you a hand, we’ve put together the best PC settings to enhance your graphics and boost your FPS.

Los Santos in GTA V

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If you’re struggling for FPS in GTA V, there are some surprising settings you can change that could have a big impact on your performance.

You may not even notice the grass while you’re driving around Los Santos, but knocking the quality down from Ultra to Normal can add 12 extra frames per second. Turning MSAA anti-aliasing down is also very useful, with big performances improvements between 8x, 4x, and 2x.

You can view our best graphics settings below.

Graphics Tab

  • Screen Type: Full Screen
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 for high end graphics cards, 1600×900 for best FPS.
  • Aspect Ratio: Auto
  • Refresh Rate: Select highest number than matches your monitor’s refresh rate
  • Output Monitor: 1
  • FXAA: On
  • MSAA: Off
  • VSync: Off
  • Pause Game On Focus Loss: Off
  • Population Density: Disabled
  • Population Variety: Disabled
  • Distance Scaling: Disabled.
  • Texture Quality: Normal
  • Shader Quality: High
  • Shadow Quality: Normal
  • Reflection Quality: High
  • Reflection MSAA: X2
  • Water Quality: Normal
  • Particles Quality: Normal
  • Grass Quality: Normal
  • Soft Shadows: Sharp
  • Post FX: High
  • Motion Blur Strength: Disabled
  • Anisotropic Filtering: Off
  • Ambient Occlusion: High
  • Tessellation: Off

Advanced Graphics

  • Long Shadows: Off
  • High Resolution: Off
  • High Detail Streaming While Flying: Off
  • Frame Scaling Mode: Off
GTA V settings screen

Of course, if you’re running very old hardware, there might not be any GTA V settings that can help your FPS. For everyone else, the settings listed above should help boost your FPS, and make your time in Los Santos smoother.

To see if your computer can run the game, check out GTA V’s minimum and recommended PC specs, then take a look at the fastest cars in GTA Online.

Image Credits: Rockstar Games

Battlefield

Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.

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Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

Battlefield 2042 player using wingsuit

Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

Image Credit: DICE

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How to get Fortnite Clint Barton & Kate Bishop skins: Hawkeye bundle & price

Here’s how to get your hands on Fortnite Chapter 3’s Hawkeye bundle, which includes skins for Clint Barton and Kate Bishop.

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Fortnite Hawkeye skins

Clint Barton and Kate Bishop have arrived as unlockable skins in Fortnite as part of a new Marvel crossover, and here’s how you can get your hands on the Fortnite Hawkeye bundle.

There have been various Marvel crossovers in Fortnite, as characters like Spider-Man, Venom, and Carnage have made their way to the battle royale. Green Goblin is also rumored to join the game.

Now, Epic Games have collaborated with Disney+’s Hawkeye series featuring Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. The two archers have arrived in Fortnite as unlockable skins, and here’s how you can get your hands on them.

Fortnite Hawkeye bundle

Fortnite Hawkeye Accessories

The main items in this Fortnite collaboration are the Clint Barton and Kate Bishop outfits. Both characters are dressed in their iconic purple costumes from the show’s finale, and these can be purchased separately.

There is also a Back Bling for each skin along with two Harvesting Tools and a Glider. If you purchase the Hawkeye bundle, you’ll get all five of these items along with an exclusive loading screen.

Here’s everything in the Fortnite Hawkeye bundle:

  • Clint Barton (Outfit)
  • Kate Bishop (Outfit)
  • Hawkguy’s Arsenal (Back Bling)
  • Kate’s Quiver (Back Bling)
  • Pickross Bow (Harvesting Tool)
  • Taut Slicer (Harvesting Tool)
  • Aerial Archer (Glider)
  • Hawkeyes (Loading Screen)

Fortnite Hawkeye skins price

Fortnite Hawkeyes Loading Screen

If you visit the Fortnite Item Shop, you can get the Clint Barton and Kate Bishop Fortnite outfits individually for 1,500 V-Bucks each. You can also get the glider for 800 V-Bucks and the pickaxes for 500 V-Bucks each. 

Alternatively, you can spend 2,400 V-Bucks to get the full Hawkeye bundle which will include both outfits along with accessories. This is quite a deal and much cheaper than purchasing the skins individually.


For more Fortnite content, check out our hub on Fortnite’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover as well as how to find and throw Fortnite Klomberries.

Image Credits: Epic Games / Marvel

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Battlefield

How to fix Battlefield 2042 Error Code 3:9001

Battlefield 2042 players have been unable to launch the game after the Error Code 3:9001 popped up, but we have a simple fix.

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Battlefield 2042 devs have released the first update of 2022, but Update 3.2 has caused the frustrating Error Code 3:9001 which prevents Steam players from launching the game. But, we’ve got a simple fix for the issue.

Battlefield 2042 has been suffering from numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and DICE attempted to solve some of the worst offenders with January 20’s Update 3.2.

Unfortunately, this has caused the ‘Error Code 3:9001’ to pop up, preventing Steam users from launching the game.

Luckily, there’s a simple fix for the issue, so you can get back to playing Battlefield 2042 in no time.

How to fix Error Code 3:9001 in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Specialists in Hazard Zone mode

While Battlefield 2042’s Error Code 3:9001 is frustrating, there’s an easy way to get around it by changing some settings within Steam.

Here’s how to get rid of Battlefield 2042’s 3:9001 Error Code:

  1. Open your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Battlefield 2042
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Updates
  5. Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates
  6. Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it
  7. Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
Battlefield 2042 Steam update settings menu

What appears to have gone wrong here was Steam didn’t automatically download the update for players, so the error code has popped up when players tried to launch an out-of-date version of Battlefield 2042.

However, setting the game to only ‘only update when I launch it’ will force the game to recognize and begin installing the update. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to resume playing Battlefield 2042 as soon as the update’s over.

Battlefield 2042’s next update is scheduled for February, which finally brings a proper Scoreboard to the game. Then, Season 1 is expected to begin in March, bringing a new map.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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