How to optimize Elden Ring performance on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Elden Ring: hard game and hard on your console!

Elden Ring is an amazing-looking game that has had players hooked since the moment it was released. Its use of next-gen graphics is captivating, but it still struggles from time to time in the frames department. Here's what you can do to mitigate frame drops.

PS5 Performance Improvements

If you have yet to update your Elden Ring game to the newest patch version, do so before you proceed. Patches are designed to improve gameplay aspects, so you may find that a FromSoftware update does the trick for you.

If that doesn't quite do the trick, then you may want to consider switching to the PS4 version of the game. We know that it sounds a little out of the ordinary to actively choose to play the last-gen copy on your PS5. However, it focuses more on FPS, meaning you get a smoother experience.

If you choose to do this, the resolution will max out at a lower pixel count of 1800p, and the grass density will take a hit. On the other hand, you will find that you get a more constant 60 FPS, which is imperative for a lot of players.

How to Install the PS4 Version

If you have already installed the PS5 version, then you will want to take these steps:

  • Head to the Elden Ring icon on the PS5's main game screen
  • Press Down on the D-Pad
  • Navigate to the icon with three dots and click on it
  • Click on Select Version
  • Select the PS4 copy
  • Press Download

If you don't currently have Elden Ring installed at all, then you will want to follow these steps:

  • Head over to the PlayStation Store located in the PS5's game menu
  • Navigate to Elden Ring
  • When on the product page, click Select Version
  • Click on the PS4 copy
  • Press Download

If you are purchasing it for the first time, follow the steps above, and when you have chosen to download the game, it will ask you which version you want to install.

Related: Invisible enemies bug in Elden Ring – How to fix

Image via Bandai Namco

Xbox Series X Performance Improvements

Unfortunately, there is not as much scope for optimization with the Xbox Series X. Unlike the PS5 where you can choose a version, the only method available on Xbox is to activate Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

Whether this works or not is also dependent on your monitor/TV being VRR compatible, so it isn't a fix that everyone can apply.

If you have a VRR-compatible screen, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Xbox Series X's Settings
  • Navigate to Advanced
  • Click on Video Modes
  • Click on Allow Variable Refresh Rate

Related: Elden Ring “frame rate unsuitable for online play” – How to fix

PC Performance Improvements

Despite the 60 FPS cap on PC, there are more options when it comes to the graphics settings.

We will go into the individual settings details below, but before that, we will show the minimum and recommended specs for the game in PC. This is due to the fact that you may find that the settings recommendations placed further down do not help if your rig is not within the recommended specs.

MinimumRecommended
CPUAMD Ryzen 3 3300X
Intel Core i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Intel Core i7-8700K
GPUAMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
RAM12GB16GB
Storage60GB60GB
OSWindows 10 or 11Windows 10 or 11
  • Texture quality: Medium
  • Antialiasing quality: Low
  • SSAO: Medium
  • Depth of field: Off
  • Motion blur: Off
  • Shadow quality: High
  • Lighting quality: Medium
  • Effects quality: Medium
  • Volumetric quality: High
  • Reflection quality: High
  • Water surface quality: Low
  • Shadow quality: Medium
  • Global illumination quality: High
  • Grass quality: High

Elden Ring is a demanding game, so don't worry about whether it says low or medium. The settings that have lower recommendations applied to them are more menial in the grand scheme of things.

By dropping settings down a level or two, you should find that you get a frame boost, which should make your experience more enjoyable.

Looking for more content? Check out How to upgrade the Sacred Flasks in Elden Ring on Pro Game Guides.

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Hi there! I'm Hannah and I am a guide and news journalist for PGG. My gaming adventures started back in '98 and I have been an avid gamer ever since. You will usually find me playing the likes of The Last of Us, Days Gone (I like zombies), the GTA Series and The Sims to name a few!

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