How to increase your FPS in ARK: Survival Evolved

A few simple steps to increase your FPS in ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved is a game notorious for its demands on your hardware and its poor optimization. However, there are a few things you can do to increase the amount of frames per second and make the game more enjoyable.

1. Launch Options

The first thing we can do to get a little boost to our FPS is to put in new launch options. This can be done in Steam. Go to

Properties-->Set Launch Options  

Copy and paste in the following:  


If you've already launched the game once, you're familiar with this screen.

There are a few options here. If you have a large amount of RAM (16GB or higher), then launch the game normally by selecting Play ARK: Survival Evolved. However, if you have 4-8GB of RAM you might want to select Launch Ark (Low Memory 4GB), or if you have lower than 4GB select Extremely Low Memory.

2. Settings

The next tip is the most obvious: lower the in-game graphical settings. However, there are a few settings which have a larger impact than others. Most of the settings come in a quality of Low, Medium, High or Epic. Naturally, the lower you go, the higher FPS you will get, so play around with these on your own to find your balance of graphical quality and performance. 

Below these settings is a series of sliders and check boxes. When enabled, these options will make your FPS drop significantly. I would recommend disabling all of these and dragging the sliders all the way to the left, as shown in the picture.

3. Let the developers come out with improvements.

If none of the above helped you get the game running without lag or stutters, then you might wish to leave the game be for now. The developers of ARK are constantly improving and optimizing the game, and there are updates which have decreased the amount of power this game requires. Check back in a week or two and keep up-to-date on the patch notes!

Did these simple steps work for you? Tell us in the comments below!

Published Jun. 28th 2015
  • Jon_3493

    I built my own gaming machine. I have a i7 3Ghz, 64bit Win10,16gb RAM, Geforce 970. I normally get 25fps but was getting some lag and the fps would drop to5-9. I figured out it was my hard drive so I upgrade to a solid state 250gb 6mbps (less than &100) just for the game, made all the difference in the world. Updates from Steam and the game loads really fast now and no more drops in fps. Just something to keep in mind.
  • DuBsTeP_9118
    CJ i am a fellow mac user as it is on mac their are limited options witch is why that screen does not appear as it does on windows
  • mrdotemu
    im having the same probelm and yes i do have a mac
  • CJ_8309
    I have the same problem i can't get to the 'play ark' screen. does it matter that i am on mac?
  • Matt Li
    Possibly, as I have not tested it myself on a mac. Normally it simply appears after you press play in your steam library.
  • CJ_8309
    well i think i got it the first time i hit play. now it doesn't show up. is there another way to get to it?
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    Lovely to see other writers enjoying this fantastic game! :D
  • Ellis_1151
    Can you please tell me how to open that window where it says 'play ark' 'low memory' and so on.
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    You gotta press play from Steam :)
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    You gotta press play from Steam :)
  • Ellis_1151
    that is what i do every time, the one thing is that it just goes straight onto the game nothing pops up?
  • Fergdaddy
    Hey, cool article! I love Ark and can't stop playing it the past few weeks. Might wanna do a quick spellcheck though, eh? ;)
  • Matt Li
    Indeed, mistake found and corrected :)

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