The First Descendant: How To Change Graphic Settings

Last Updated on October 20, 2022

In First Descendant, your player fights against the enemies, your aim is to protect the “Ingris Continent.” As you progress through the story, your player becomes stronger and stronger, unlocking newer abilities and Descendants. I tried the game in 2k and 4k resolution, which looks beautiful.

As you might have already noticed, the game has horrible FPS Drops and Performance Issues; on top of that, it has no settings panel to change settings other than the pre-sets. This is one of the first things the devs should have worked on. I hope they take notice of this and push an update soon.

Read: How To Fix Lag in The First Descendant

Another problem is the Graphics Settings; they are completely locked. However, there’s a workaround for it. Continue reading to find out.


The First Descendant: How To Change Graphic Settings

The game has five pre-sets for graphics settings; Very Low, Low, Medium, High, and Very High. There are no settings other than this.

However, similar to other games, you can change the settings of this game through modding config files.

Note: As usual, editing these files can risk losing or breaking things in-game. So make sure to always back up your files before making any changes.

Let’s move on to changing settings:

  • Press Ctrl + R and type “%localappdata%/M1/Saved/Config/Windows/”
  • A new explorer window will open up, locate “GameUserSettings.ini” and open it
  • The file will have text like this:

[ScalabilityGroups]
sg.ResolutionQuality=100
sg.ViewDistanceQuality=3
sg.AntiAliasingQuality=4
sg.ShadowQuality=3
sg.GlobalIlluminationQuality=0
sg.ReflectionQuality=0
sg.PostProcessQuality=0 [This would cause your DoF / MB / stuff like that]
sg.TextureQuality=4
sg.EffectsQuality=3
sg.FoliageQuality=4
sg.ShadingQuality=3
sg.MeshQuality=4
sg.PhysicsQuality=4

Note: Low is 1 and Max is 4. You can change each setting according to your preference.


How To Limit FPS

I was using Nvidia Geforce Control Panel to limit my FPS, but you can add this simple text to the file I mentioned earlier.

bUseVSync=False
FrameRateLimit=165.000000

Change the 165 number to whatever FPS you want the game to be limited to. I have set it to 60 because my GPU runs very hot while running this game.


This is how you can change your settings to make your game run better. I am sure this is a beta-only thing that will change after a few days.

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Written by Vikas

I am Vikas, and I have been into computers and gaming since I was four. I have been solving computer issues since Windows 2000 was a thing. I love playing PC games (especially online multiplayer ones). Professionally, I have worked as a Brand Enabler and hold a computer engineering degree. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats.

My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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