GTA: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition has finally been launched on PCs and consoles. Overall, it is regarded as one of the poorest remaster ever made, with PC players having to experience an absurd number of bugs and glitches. Furthermore, the game also performs very poorly on various systems. In this article, we are going to showcase a GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition optimization guide to make your game run better.

1. GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition graphic settings for performance

Overall, GTA Remastered Trilogy actually has a fairly decent selection of graphics settings to choose from. The best part is that most of them do not affect game performance much, with only a few options that can significantly reduce your FPS during gameplay.

 Gta Trilogy Definitive Edition
GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition has improved how the original games look by a lot.

What should be tuned down?

To get extra FPS, tune down or turn off the following settings:

  • Car Reflections (37.63% FPS cost)
  • Graphics Quality (35.63% FPS cost)

These two are the most demanding graphics options in the game. However, Graphics Quality plays a big part in making the game look good... so you might want to spare it a little bit. Additionally, you can tune down the following settings:

  • World Shadow Quality (29.67% FPS cost)
  • Depth of Field (17.86% FPS cost).

Which settings should be left alone?

The following settings have minimal impact on performance. As they are just additional effects, you can turn some of them off to free up processing power for the above options.

  • Ambient Occlusion (5.6%)
  • Distance Scaling (5.29%)
  • Anti-Aliasing (5.08%)
  • Lens Flare (4.88%)
  • Texture Quality (4.11%)
  • Bloom (3.13%)
  • Anisotropic Filtering (2.93%)
  • Reflection Quality (2.72%)
  • Streetlight Quality (2.67%)
  • Motion Blur (2.1%)
  • Vehicle Light Quality (1.9%)
  • City Glow Effect (1.85%)
  • Cloud Quality (1.28%)

Important notes about GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition graphic settings

Some settings will have more impact based on situations. For example, vehicle light qualify governs the lighting quality and shadows from vehicles at night. This means your nighttime FPS will be lowered in areas with a lot of vehicles.

Furthermore, World Shadow Quality affects all shadows produced by the game world. On Ultra settings it also renders shadows from explosions, which are very laggy. You might experience a lag-free experience... until you blow something up and get a lag spike. This is why WSQ should be left at High in most cases.

Rockstar has promised to improve the performance of the game in later patches, therefore, you probably should follow the changelogs frequently.

2 - System requirements of GTA Definitive Edition Trilogy

Overall, GTA Definitive Edition Trilogy system requirements are much higher than the original games.

Minimum PC requirements:

  • Supported OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™ i5-6600K / AMD FX-6300
  • Graphics (GPU): Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3 GB
  • Memory (RAM): 8 GB
  • Required Disk Space: 45 GB

Recommended PC requirements:

  • Supported OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™ i7-2700K / AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Graphics (GPU): Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4 GB / AMD Radeon RX 570 4 GB
  • Memory (RAM): 16 GB
  • Required Disk Space: 45 GB

As the game is pretty poorly optimized, players might still need to apply the fixes on section 1 of this guide even if they meet the recommended system requirements.

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