Assassin’s Creed is a pretty graphic-intensive game that needs a lot of resources to function. Even so, on many devices, it isn’t operating correctly yet. You’ll be advised to turn down any settings you can live without and improve the ones you can. Ensure your system meets the minimum, if not better, requirements below before optimizing any settings. You can do several things to increase the frames per second (FPS) in Assassin’s Creed. If you follow these simple instructions, your FPS will go up, and your performance will most probably improve.
1. Check the Assassin’s Creed System Requirements and Upgrade
The first thing you need to do is make sure that your system can handle it. Check out the minimum and recommended specs below. If your system falls below the requirements, you can’t play the game at all (or it will be almost unplayable). Thus, ensure your configuration is above these:
- OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
- Processor: AMD FX 6300 @ 3.8 GHz, Ryzen 3 – 1200, Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.1 GHz
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 285, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 50 GB available space
- Additional Notes: Video Preset: Lowest
2. Update Your Graphics Drivers
Out-of-date drivers could be the reason for performance issues. You need the latest drivers to run it properly. NVIDIA and AMD both have released many updates over the years that can boost performance. To do so, visit the NVIDIA Driver Downloads page or AMD Drivers and Support page.
3. Optimize In-Game Settings for AC (2008)
The next step is to optimize your in-game settings. Go to the “Options” menu and select “Graphics.” Here, you can change a few different settings that will affect your FPS.
- Set the “Display Mode” to “Fullscreen.” That will give you the best performance because it frees up resources that would otherwise be used by your operating system to keep things visible on the screen. If that’s already configured, experiment with “Windowed.”
- The “Resolution” to your monitor’s native resolution (if it is set differently). That will give you the best image quality and performance.
- Make the “Quality” to “Low.” That will disable some of the game’s visual features and improve performance.
- Now set the “Anti-Aliasing” to “Off.” That will reduce the number of pixels that need to be rendered, which will improve performance.
- Use “Anisotropic Filtering” to “Off.” That will improve performance by reducing the quality of textures.
- The “Ambient Occlusion” to “Off.” The setting will reduce the number of shadows that are rendered, which will improve performance.
- The “V-Sync” to “Off.” That will synchronize your frame rate with your monitor’s refresh rate, which will improve performance.
Lower Several Graphical Settings for Assassin’s Creed
After you have optimized the in-game settings, you can try lowering some other settings. These include the “Texture Quality,” “Shadow Quality,” and “Reflection Quality.” You can also try lowering the “Render Distance” and “Foliage Detail.” Reducing these settings will improve performance at the expense of visual quality.
4. Try Capping FPS for Assassin’s Creed
You can also try capping your FPS. This will limit the maximum frame rate that your system can render. To do this, go to the “Options” menu and select “Graphics.” Then, set the “Maximum Frame Rate” to 30 or 60. This will improve performance on lower-end systems.
5. Modify an AC (2008) Game’s .ini file
There is one more thing you can try to Increase FPS in Assassin’s Creed. This involves modifying a game file, so create a backup before proceeding. To do this, go to the following directory: C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Assassin’s Creed
Open the “GameUserSettings” file with a text editor like Notepad. Find the “[/script/AC. ACGameUserSettings]” section and change the “MaxFPS=” setting to “60.” Please save the file and close it.
6. Turn off Uplay Ovelay
The Uplay Overlay is a feature that allows you to see your friends list, take screenshots, and record gameplay footage. However, this feature can also cause performance issues. To disable the Uplay Overlay:
- Open the Uplay client.
- Go to the “Settings” menu.
- Then, uncheck the “Enable in-game overlay for supported games” option.
7. Close Background Applications on PC
Background applications can use up resources and cause performance issues. To close background applications, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager. Then, click on the “Processes” tab and end any processes using up many resources by right-clicking, then End Process.
8. Delete Your Computer’s Junk Files
Even if you still have a lot of space on your storage device(s), those files don’t do anything but take up a lot of room and slow down your PC. It’s especially beneficial for people who have set up Windows for a few months but never. Alternatively, you may use CCleaner (no affiliation) or similar applications to delete temporary files. However, you’ll need to double-check that all garbage files are removed. Follow instructions to increase Assassin’s Creed FPS by eradicating temporary files:
- Go to the start menu and search for “run”.
- Type “%temp%” in the run dialogue box and hit enter. This will take you to the temporary folder where Windows stores all its junk data. Delete it.
- Open Run again, enter “prefetch” and erase files inside.
9. Delete AC Saved Games
If you have any saved games, delete them. Assassin’s Creed is a huge game, and saved games can take up a lot of space. Deleting your saved games will free up resources that the game can use to improve performance. You should now have higher frame rates and better performance if you follow these instructions carefully. In the end, you can reinstall the game to get a fresh start or use a different PC.