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What is Capsule AO in Wuthering Waves?

You're lacking depth.

A smooth-running gameplay experience is key to succeeding in the latest open-world gacha craze Wuthering Waves. The game has a surprising amount of graphics settings, so you might be asking yourself: What is Capsule AO? This guide has you covered.

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Wuthering Waves: What is the Capsule AO setting for?

For those wondering what Capsule AO actually means in Wuthering Waves, it stands for Capsule Ambient Occlusion. If you're still unfamiliar with the term Ambient Occlusion, then it can be defined as "a shading and rendering technique used to calculate how exposed each point in a scene is to ambient lighting."

A hand making a unique gesture during a cutscene in Wuthering Waves.
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What Ambient Occlusion basically dictates is whether an object or environment appears to have depth from shadows caused by the lighting in that specific environment. It is a very common feature in modern games these days and is largely an aesthetic choice, often coming at the expense of performance.

How to turn off Capsule AO in WuWa

The main menu screen in Wuthering Waves, with a pink arrow pointing to the Settings icon in the bottom right corner.
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If you're trying to prioritize framerate and performance in Wuthering Waves, then my suggestion would be to turn off Capsule AO entirely in the game. To do so, simply open the game's Main Menu and look at the Gear icon in the bottom right corner.

The Graphics Settings menu in Wuthering Waves, with the Capsule AO setting highlighted.
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This will open up WuWa's various settings, at which point you should navigate to the small Image icon on the left toolbar to open up the Graphics Settings. Once here, simply scroll down until you see Capsule AO and switch it off. This should free up some crucial GPU processing power, boosting your framerate as a result.

There are plenty of other settings you can tweak to improve performance and stuttering issues, as well as ways to uncap your framerate, so be sure to spend some time in the Settings menu to best optimize your performance.

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