After adding HD maps and new music, Update 1.0 will be one of the most important steps in the history of World of Tanks. Realistic graphics were achieved with our own graphics engine Core, which breathed new life into the game's maps. After the transition to the new engine, the graphics settings will be reset. Don't worry, we will tell you exactly how to set everything up. We will tell you how to configure the settings for your PC and how automatic detection of the graphics settings works.
Be patient: there will be a lot of technical information (but it's useful!). And if you don't like reading long articles, you can watch a video about game settings or use information blocks to go straight to your issue. Let's go!
Automatic detection activates in two cases: when you launch the game for the first time or when you click the "Recommended" button in the Graphics Settings. This feature estimates the game's performance on your PC by using new algorithms for the processor, video card, amount of RAM and VRAM, as well as other tests of system performance. After conducting all these tests, the system finds the ideal balance between good FPS (frames per second) and graphics quality on your PC and selects one of the presets: Minimum, Low, Medium, High, Maximum, and Ultra.
Important! The difference in performance between clients of Updates 1.0 and 9.22 may depend on the automatic detection results of the graphics settings. As before, the best picture quality possible with the best performance possible will be chosen for your PC. If you don't like the resulting FPS, you can try changing the graphics settings manually.
Please note that the old and new settings don't correlate with each other because the game transfers to a new graphics engine. The Minimum and Low presets work with standard resolution, and Medium and higher work with high resolution.
The SD client has the same presets as the HD client, so you will be able to enjoy new maps even if you play with standard graphics. The only difference is that the SD client doesn't support high resolution textures.
The automatic detection system tries to find the balance between the best graphics settings and the number of frames per second. Please note that you can observe the changes in FPS after automatic detection in comparison to the previous version (we already talked about this, but we want to repeat it again because it's very important) as our goal is to provide the best picture possible with comfortable performance. Basically, this feature can suggest an option that will affect your FPS, but only if these changes are not critical for game performance.
If you don't like the FPS values you are getting after using the automatic detection, choose a lower graphics preset. It will allow for a substantial improvement in performance (for example, choose Medium if the system suggested the High option for you). However, we don't recommend changing the improved render to the standard one if the automatic detection system suggested it. You will have considerably worse graphics when you could improve your performance by tweaking other options.
Still not satisfied with the results? Change the settings to what you want.
Choosing the Type of Graphics
You can manually choose the type of graphics: Standard or Improved. They both are reworked in HD quality. The only difference between them is that Improved graphics support the full array of new technologies and effects.
If, after automatic detection, the game client suggests selecting the Improved type of graphics, we recommend using it. If the performance is unsatisfactory, you can change the advanced graphics settings manually, but we advise you not to switch to the Standard graphics type.
Some graphics settings affect the client's performance more than others. By lowering the correct setting, you can improve your FPS without affecting the graphics quality too much. We recommend you start with effects (Antialiasing, Texture Quality, Object LOD, Draw Distance, Lighting, and post processing). These settings are demanding, so lowering them will often improve your FPS.
All PCs are unique and changing the same settings may have different effects on different PCs.