Ark: Survival Ascended Console Commands for Better Performance

If you want to boost your FPS, then follow our guide with console commands for better performance in ARK: Survival Ascended.

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Ark: Survival Ascended surprised many returning players with upgraded graphics, but in-game settings don’t help improve the framerate that much. That’s why our guide will provide you with a list of console commands in Ark: Survival Ascended to boost FPS.

Console Commands for Better Performance in Ark: Survival Ascended

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Upgraded graphics in Ark: Survival Ascended are very demanding on the hardware, so if you have no desire to buy a new graphics card but still want to squeeze every single frame out of your PC, then I advise using the following console commands for better performance:

  • r.Streaming.PoolSize 0 — Enables full GPU memory capacity.
  • r.Nanite.MaxPixelsPerEdge 4 — Reduces the number of polygons for Nanite.
  • r.Lumen.ScreenProbeGather.RadianceCache.ProbeResolution 16 — Optimizes Lumen Radiance.
  • r.Lumen.DiffuseIndirect.Allow 0 — Optimizes Lumen Diffusion.
  • r.Lumen.Reflections.Allow 0 — Disables Lumen Reflections.
  • r.DynamicGlobalIlluminationMethod 2 — Disables Global Illumination.
  • r.DistanceFieldShadowing 0 — Disables distance field shadowing.
  • r.VolumetricCloud 0 — Disables 3D clouds.
  • r.ShadowQuality 0 — Disables shadows.
  • r.Water.SingleLayer.Reflection — Disables water reflections.
  • show InstancedGrass — Disables grass and small rocks.
  • show InstancedStaticMeshes — Disables distant objects.
  • r.VolumetricFog 0 — Disables 3D fog.
  • sg.FoliageQuality 0 — Reduces the foliage quality.
  • r.ContactShadows 0 — Disables shadows.
  • r.Shadow.CSM.MaxCascades 0 — Disables shadow cascades.
  • r.MipMapLODBias -2 — Reduces texture resolution.
  • r.Shadow.Virtual.Enable 0 — Disables virtual shadows.
  • grass.Enable 0 — Disables grass.

If you apply these changes, you’ll immediately experience a boost of at least 50 FPS. But if you find that the graphics are subpar, then I suggest you ignore the “Global Illumination” setting. Although this may lead to losing around 20 FPS, graphics quality will improve drastically.

How to Use Console Commands in Ark: Survival Ascended

If you’ve never used console commands in Ark: Survival Ascended before, then here’s a simple instruction on how to enable them:

  1. Go to the game’s home screen.
  2. Select “Settings” menu.
  3. Go to “Advanced” tab.
  4. Switch “Console Access” to “ON.”
  5. Exit the menu and start the game.
  6. While in the game, press the “~” (tilde) button to open the console.

That’s it for our console commands for better performance in ARK: Survival Ascended. Stay tuned for more ASA tips and tricks articles right here.

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Serhii Patskan

Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.