System Requirements Checker for Games
Oh yes, it’s Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC.People have been waiting for this one for more than a year! This game has everything!A gigantic world to explore and fool around with, so many vehicles and guns and peopleand some MONSTER pc requirements!
No, seriously, look at this thing. It takes65 GB just to install the game, there is not a single element here that is not alarming.I can hear my computer crying just looking at this. But hey, when has that stopped us? This isthe LowSpecGamer, where Grand Theft Auto 5 looks like Grand Theft Auto 3 and everythingover 20 is considered a playable framerate.
So forget about population density and glassreflections, because we are going to make this game run. Ok, I wanted to show you this ominous messageI am shown when I try to start the game. Oooh yes, this is going to be fun. This is the default configuration the gameopened up with.
Now, this is the game’s default minimum preset with two very important thingsthat I have changed. The first one is the resolution. Originallythe game launched in the smallest resolution possible 800×600 pixels. I took it up to 720since my external game capture was not playing well with the resolution,
but you can usethe smallest one if you like to increase your performance, there is no shame in playingon low resolutions. Not here. The other one is that Vertical Sync was originallyin half mode and I turned it off. There is a very good reason for this and I will explainlater in the video so stick with me.
Now, let’s see how this plays. There is an entire world out there to **** with.Let’s go! This truck is not the best for the city. Luckilyfor me, I like that car over there. Congratulations, this car is now mine. This is car is really fast, my computer isnot. 15 frames per second is too slow to play, even for me.
Time to reduce the settings. First, set DirectX to 10. I have run benchmarksfor the three possible options and so far DirectX 10 seems to come out on top. The differencebetween 10 and 10.1 seems to be very very small, but I am going to go for 10 just tobe safe. For most options the lowest you can go is“normal”,
which a very interesting way of avoiding the word “low” and the only otherthings we can tone down is reflections to… em… “normal”. Let’s see if there is any difference. Time to go! Off the start we are seeing 45frames per second, the most I saw last time was 30 something, so there is definitivelyan improvement.
This feels better, but I want to take thisrun to the north of Los Santos where things usually slow down. Stop, there is the car I like again. I amtaking it. What is wrong with this guy? Stop it, youare slowing my computer down. Oh, clearly that action got my performance down.
And now that I am being chased the game sinksto a new lower framerate. I do not like my chances. Time for my first tweak. First thing we are going to do is to turnoff auto-scan for music in your audio menu. Seems like something very simple, but theauto-scan function is searching for music in the background as you drive, and my CPUis very slow as it is.
Now there is a couple of settings on the gamethat we can disable using the settings file. This file is located in your document folder,rockstar game, GTA5. Open this file with notepad. This is what we are going to do. Set ShadowQuality to 0. This will disable most of the game’s shadow altogether.
Then, just tobe sure I, I am going to disable shadows in particles. Then disable blur in reflectionsand fog volumes. Now we have truly disabled all effects and shadows. Be sure to save your file before you leave. Now you realize just how many shadows thisgame has.
This looks odd now. Well, time to hit the street. ops. I intended to do that. The performance is better. Disabling reflectionshas some really odd effects on water, check out how strange this looks. Well, it’s playable. 50 something frames is not bad, that is anew high.
Game has not slowed down so far. Let’s look for those slow areas. Out of my way people, I am looking for things to make my computer slow. Wow, ok… it’s not 12. Still playable, butthere are definitively heavier areas. Not bad tough. Let’s make our own road and piss everyone off. This is not bad.
It keeps itself over 20.But this game is the ultimate mess with everything sandbox, and I want to steal a plane a fly around. What a great opportunity to show you my last tweak. Search for notepad and click to open, becausewe are going to write a little script. You are going to write or copy this.
I am going to leave this text in the description. So what does this do? Well, if you have been a low spec gamer for some time you have probably come across process priorities and probably have experimentedwith them.
They are a common source of speculation when trying to push the boundaries of CPUusage. This script launches GTA5 from steam using the ID and then proceeds to set the GTA5 process to the highest priority and the processesassociated with the launcher to idle in order for them not to take any more CPU time. The logic is that high-priority processes get more CPU time and therefore run faster.
In most games the effect is usually underwhelmingbut this time I was caught a little off guard of how well this works and I suspect it has more to do with how much CPU the launcher is actually using.
Anyway, save this, NOT as a text file, toyour desktop as launchGTA.bat or some name you may remember. It has to be a .bat filetough.
And now, every time you want to play all youneed to do is click this script. Wait! I want that bike! Woooo! We are going to airport at outstandingalmost 55 frames per second! Yeah! Almost there!
Wait… the airport is down there. I needto go down. Problem solved! Now I need to find something to enter theairport in… Clear a path, I am ramming my way in! Or not….thank you gate. Now, where can I get a small plane? There’sone! Out of the way! I am trying to get this planeto work! Turn damn it, turn! Haha! Catch me now! Yep. Right, second attempt. Look! There is a plane right there this time.Time to fly! So long fools! Catch me now!
Well, the plane is doing fine. But beforeI go I want to share one last tidbit. If I get close to the ground you will noticehow the framerate drops. As it is right now the framerate dances between 20 and 60 depending on what you are doing. If you go into options and change your vertical sync to half somethingreally interesting happens. The game will cap your framerate to half of your monitor’ssync rate.
I have a 60 Hz monitor, which means my framerate gets capped at 30. Now, this can be very good if you are gettingan unstable framerate. You will not get the amazing numbers we have seen in certain areasbut the drops will not be quite as dramatic so it even out. If you are experiencing dramaticdrops from time to time, give it a go. I am going to try and push things a littlebit and show you how the framerate remains stable.
Let’s get the world spinning a littlebit. Ok, too low. Oh shit the tree, tree, tree. That was close! Ups I wonder if I can land in some random place? HA! Nailed it! Oh well…