The goal of this post is to teach what can be done to optimize the playability in PlanetSide 2. Below are all the best methods I found. If you guys have more ideas, obviously, feel free to add them to the list. First of all, it may sound unnecessary to say, but just to be safe, here are some basic tips before you start applying some serious methods to boost the game performance: 1)Be sure that your computer is absolutely free of virus. To do so, I recommend AVG as free antivirus, but this is a matter of opinion. You may prefer to use Avira, Avast, or whatever; just read some recent reviews about the antivirus you're going to pick as their quality usually varies annually (the performance of an antivirus that's considered to be the best in a year may not be that good in the next year). If it's necessary to do a very deep scan, you can use the free Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool available here: http://www.kaspersky.com/free-virus-removal-tool. Set all the options to do the deepest scan possible. It'll probably take a maximum of 20 hours to scan. 2)Update all drivers. 3)Use CCleaner. When reading this tutorial, always keep in mind that I'm using a lot of tweaking methods at the same time in my computer and that some of the methods I describe here can conflict with each other (I'll say when that's the case). As most of you guys live in US or close, probably you are not going to need all of them, so adapt my methods to your needs. Remember to copy and paste in a txt or Word file the original data of the files you are about to modify, just for safety. Please be aware that I'm using Windows 7 in Portuguese, so some words I've translated may not be exactly as they are in the English version; but don't worry, it'll always be something that even an amoeba can figure out. This tutorial doesn't teaches CPU overclocking techniques that can damage your computer. The overclocking techniques presented here can be considered as "extremely soft CPU overclocking" methods. Actually, if you are reading this and perform CPU overclocking, you'll even consider what I'm calling overclocking as a joke. The reason why I'm not going to talk about "real overclocking" is because it's very dangerous, as it can literally burn out your CPU. My advice: only perform overclocking if you REALLY know what you're doing AND have enough money to buy another computer in case the one you have becomes a nuclear bomb and explodes. [If you already had a bad time with nukes, don't worry, your computer won't become one. A bad overclocking will "just" burn out the CPU.] Well, that said, let's talk about what really matters here. Group of optimizations 1 Site of the original tutorial (it's the first answer in the post): http://www.preachgaming.com/forum/9-gaming-talk/6624-planetside-2-fps-lag-fixes Below, a copy of this tutorial: Another option for the guys which have FPS problems. Follow these steps to improve your frames per second in PlanetSide 2: 1. Navigate to your PlanetsSide 2 installation directory. For Steam it's in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\PlanetSide All others, right click your PS2 icon, go to properties, and click on open file location. 2. Open up your UserOptions.ini file in your PlanetSide 2 directory with notepad. 3. Change ShadowQuality to ShadowQuality=0. 4. Change RenderDistance to RenderDistance=1000 5. Change FloraQuality to FloraQuality=0. 4. Click Save. 5. Launch PlanetSide 2. Enjoy your FPS gain. Below are changes I've made mixing the tutorial above with some other information I found: [Rendering] TextureQuality=0 Gamma=0.250000 (for me the best number is 0.500000, which is the original number) MaximumFPS=1000 (for me the best number is 250, which is the original number) OverallQuality=-1 LightingQuality=0 EffectsQuality=0 MotionBlur=1 (for me the best number is 0, which is the original number) VerticalFOV=40 [Terrain] RenderFlora=Off *After saving, right-click the file and go to Properties > Attributes > check "Read only" > Apply > OK. Group of optimizations 2 Site of the original tutorial: http://windows7themes.net/10-tips-to-speed-up-planetside-2.html Below, a copy of this tutorial: 1. Turn OFF VSync! Open the graphic settings within Planetside 2 (click the settings buttons when logging in) and make sure Vertical Sync is turned off – it will significantly improve your performance and speed up the game 2. Competitive Gamer? Lower the render quality! Next, change the render quality. If you’re a casual gamer keep it high, but if you’re competing for kills then you may want to reduce the render quality as much as possible, because that will increase your FPS (frames per second) dramatically 3. Tricky: Changing Vertical Field of View For Performance Boosts The vertical field of view is a tricky setting. If you’re a competitive player you may need to see for long distances to snipe enemies with your sniper rifle, but the higher this number the more your PC has to render. Therefore you need to do some testing. Find out how much lower you can go with this setting until you have disadvantages. 55 is the default settings, use that as your benchmark 4. Apply Our Latency Fix For Windows 7 Use our tip to fix your WoW or Guild Wars latency - this may help to lower your ping in Planetside 2 – a lower ping will speed up your game and improve your overall game experience Text of the link “fix your WoW or Guild Wars latency”: If you want to know how to improve your latency in WoW in Windows 7, try a few registry tweaks that optimize your TCP/IP settings in Windows 7 that can reduce your latency in WoW significantly! WoW Latency Registry Fix for Windows 7 1. Open up the registry: 2. Uncollapse the following entry: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces] 3. You will probably find several “subfolders”. Click through each folder until you find the one with the most entries in the right pane. The right interface will have many entries, e.g. DGCPDefaultGateway, DHCPDomain, DHCPIPAddress, Lease, NameServer, T1, etc. 4. Create two “DWORD” registry keys called TCPAckFrequency and TCPNoDelay: Here’s an example what it should look like: 5. Double-click on each new registry key and change the value from “0″ to “1″ (without the quotes, base hexadecimal) Now you can enjoy a low latency in World of Warcraft again! This fix worked for a lot of people already, so I’d be surprised if it wouldn’t help you to reduce your latency in Windows 7 and WoW. How does it improve my latency in WoW? What we just done via a handy registry tweak is to disable the delayed ACK. ACK (short for ACKNOWLEDGE) is a confirmation that you have received a network package. While you are playing WoW, you are constantly sending and receiving network packets and each of those packets has to be confirmed from your PC. To prevent a network flood of ACK messages (sending out a confirmation for EVERY package) Windows has a smart trick! Windows waits some time (up to 200ms) before it sends out the next ACK, so that it can send out multiple ACK’s in one go. The problem is, WoW won’t send you another network package before it has received the ACK, so your latency will always be higher than 200ms or even up to 300ms. The solution? TcpAckFrequency = 1 will disable delayed ACK. Default is 2, so it will wait for 2 packages until sending out ACK. To disable TCP packet batching, we set TcpNoDelay to 1, so all packets will be send no matter what size they have (normally TCP sends out batched packages). 5. Install Windows on 2nd partition OR get GameBooster from iobit.com One of the most common problems is that you simply have too many programs on your PC and too many services. If you are serious about speeding up Planetside 2, you may want to consider installing Windows 7 on a new partition and install nothing on it except Planetside 2, that would guarantee the smoothest and fastest game. It can speed up your game by up to 20% easily However, if you don’t want to invest so much time, I recommend to download IO’s Game Booster 6. Check Your Windows Tray For Running Apps Planetside 2 can only run smoothly and fast if there are no other downloads going on or services with high CPU usage are closed. Open your system tray and close them one by one. Back in the day, I used a program called “End it all” to kill all of those apps. Gamebooster from Iobit should work too 7. Install Recent Drivers? Update graphic card drivers Sony might have worked with AMD or NVIDIA for some special patches. This is actually quite common with high-profile releases such as Planetside 2 – we therefore recommend to check your drivers. Update them! 8. Programs with disk I/O Problems could slow down Planetside! Open the resource manager - look for processes that write a lot of data to your hard drive. In some cases there could be .exe files that are constantly writing to your disk. Not good! Killing services and apps that write to your disk all the time can speed up Planetside 2 significantly 9. Speed Up WLAN Are you using a WLAN connection? If possible, try to get a wired connection. If that is not possible, then at least do some tweaking and turn off background scanning as explained here 10. Stopping The Windows 7 Themes Service One last thing you can do – if you are regularly tweaking your system and installing shell themes, enter sfc.exe /scannow into and elevated command prompt and reset your shell to the default theme (it will remove all shell themes) Group of optimizations 3 1)If your CPU is parked, unpark it with this tool: http://www.coderbag.com/Programming-C/Disable-CPU-Core-Parking-Utility 2)Use Timer Resolution, it performs a "soft CPU overclocking" (only free for Windows XP 32-bits): http://www.lucashale.com/timer-resolution/ 3)After logging into the game, minimize the window, press Ctrl+Alt+Del, right-click PlanetSide 2, select "Go to the process", right-click the process, select "Set priority" and set priority to real-time. If you receive a warning stating that you can't set the priority to real-time and hence priority was set to high, then let it as high. 4)Use Latency Optimizer: http://www.latencyoptimizer.com/ 5)Use Razer Game Booster. Note that you may not be able to change PlanetSide 2 process priority if you use this program. In this case, you'll have to test and discover what's better: using the game booster or giving the game a higher priority in the processes. 6)If you are getting lag mostly because you're too far from the servers or the quality of connection to the servers from where you are isn't good enough, it's higly recommended that you use a program for IP tunneling (if you don't know what tunneling is, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunneling_protocol). I use IP tunneling because I live in the depths of hell -literally, the only way I could be even farther from the servers would be if I lived in Antarctica. Basically, IP tunneling creates a tunnel between your machine and the server in such a way that it reduces the number of points you'll be connected to in order to connect to the final server. There are lots of paid softwares that connect your computer to a desired server through IP tunneling. I know only one that's free, and I presume it's designed only for Brazil, or only for South America, but I may be wrong, you can try and check if your game performance increases. The original site is in Portuguese and it seems that the creators abandoned it, but the program still works. Note that if you have a similar latency reduction program installed, it's advisible to remove it and clean your registry before installing DirectIP. At least for me, I tested and had no problems with Latecy Optimizer (the program I recommended previously) but, obviously, if you guys notice that Latency Optimizer and DirectIP are conflicting, choose the one that improves your performance the most. Here's the link to download DirectIP (already translated by Google Translate): http://translate.google.com.br/translate?hl=pt-BR&sl=pt&tl=en&u=http://www.directip.com.br/download.htm That's it! You're welcome!