Ultimate DayZ Graphics Settings and Tweaks Guide

As we all know DayZ is a very demanding game, in all senses of the word. ArmA 2 itself needs a good amount of RAM, CPU and GPU power itself, and the DayZ mod adds a whole other layer of code on top. Also since DayZ uses a very unique “hive” central server there is more demand on your internet connection. The game server that we play on has a huge part to play in this equation as well. You really have to make sure your rig is set up properly to get the best performance. The goal is the highest FPS or Frames Per Second that is possible for our machine.

Field of view or FOV may be changed (some people can do without adjusting FOV – depends on your monitor mostly). Click here for a full guide on changing your FOV. FOV is how much can you see on the screen at any given time. Default is I think 65 but I like 80 or 85 for DayZ.

 

DayZ Looks Amazing at Times – pic by Joss

 

There are a lot of tweaks that you can do besides the settings in-game. If you are not comfortable changing your config files, then you might want to leave them alone. MAKE A BACK UP OF ANY FILE BEFORE YOU CHANGE IT. I will not be responsible for you messing up your installation! This is your one and final warning!

Make sure that all of your drivers are up to date. Motherboard/CPU, graphics card, and sound card especially. Up to date drivers will fix a lot of issues! 

For the giant polygun bug going on right now try this tip from gamefoo:

Got those giant shards and artifacts making the game unplayable? Fix is here:

  1. Go to Documents/ArmA 2/playername.ArmaA2OAProfile
  2. Open file in Notepad
  3. Search for “sceneComplexity=;”
  4. Change to “sceneComplexity=100000;”
  5. Save changes and exit.
  6. Launch DayZ with preferred method.

Also you can make this tweak by setting “Object Detail” to “Very Low” (thx again to Szalent)

 A quick tip: if things are suddenly running bad you can try and flush the system. You flush by holding SHIFT and pressing the numberpad “-” key. Then let go of SHIFT and type the letters:  F   L    U   S   H   (flush).  Your screen will go black for about 5 seconds, be careful.

Graphic Card Settings

The fist thing we are going to look at is your graphics card settings, not your settings in game. Weather you have an Nvidia card or an ATI card you can do this. If you have some 3rd party card then I have no idea… I will pray for you. I am not going to tell you how to find your graphics card settings, I am not a tech support guy. Good places to look are your Control Panel, also you might want to try looking in the programs list for either Nvidia or ATI. Below is an example of what they look like. DO NOT USE ANY SETTINGS YOU SEE ON THE IMAGE BELOW. I purposely made it very blurry so no one tries to use those settings. The real settings will be below the image. This is just what the panels look like, you have to find them on your own computer. You will have one of these depending on the brand of your graphics card:

 

ATI on the left, Nvidia on the right.

Graphics card control panels: ATI on left, Nvidia on the right.

Graphics card control panels: ATI on left, Nvidia on the right.

 

Once you find the panel make the adjustments below to suit your taste. Keep in mind that the higher you put most of these settings might slow your game down, but if you find the exact right one for you, it is really going to smooth out your game. You may or may not have all of those setting options, depending on a lot of factors. There may be a couple settings that can go bad, but most of the choices you can make here are every safe for your system. You don’t have to worry about backing anything up just yet, that will come when we tweak the .cfg or “config” files.Here are somethings to try taken from here.

 

  1. Ambient Occlusion – Off
  2. Anisotropic Filtering – Application controlled
  3. AntiAliasing Gamma Correction – On
  4. AntiAliasing Mode – Application controlled
  5. AntiAliasing Setting – Application controlled
  6. AntiAliasing Transparency – Off
  7. Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames – 0
  8. Multi-Display/GPU Accelaration – Single Display
  9. Performance Mode
  10. Power Management Mode – Prefer Maximum Performance
  11. Texture Filtering Sample Optimization – On
  12. Texture Filtering Negative LOD Bias – Allow
  13. Texture Filtering Quality – High Performance
  14. Texture Filtering Trilinear Optimization – On
  15. Threaded Optimization – Auto
  16. Triple Buffering – Off
  17. Vertical Sync – Off

 

 

For many more tweaks including changing configuration files click read the rest of this entry below.

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Online Debate: What is the Best PvP Gun in DayZ?

Let’s have it out. What is the best gun for PvP in DayZ. Comment below and at the end of the week we will have a poll to find the ultimate best PvP gun in DayZ. There might not be an easy winner here because there are so many ways to go about PvP in this game. Do you like to be up close and personal? Snipe from afar? Do you like to ninja in and pew-pew-pew with your beloved MP5SD6? Are you a straight up AS50 whore?

 

I Think My Backpack is Glitched Again

 

Everyone has their favorites, and different reasons for why. I am going to start off the debate by saying that I think the best gun in DayZ is the AKS-74 Kobra. The AKM can be zeroed and has more power (and is much more common for both the gun and ammo). The M4CCO has a similar sight and more plentiful ammo. Click here to view the weapons comparison chart.

 

I just have to say for running around the city there is no better gun than the Kobra. It is accurate up close and has a very clean, easy to use sighting system. Believe it or not, it is a pretty good zombie gun as well. At a deer stand or helicopter crash you can stay way back and head shot the zeds, and if you are careful you can pick them off one at a time without aggroing the others. But we are not here to talk about sniveling, slobbering zombies.

What is the best PvP gun in DayZ and why? Comment below, lets get a lively debate going and after a couple days I will take all the suggestions, put them in a poll and we will vote.

 

Why You Should Turn Shadows Off When Playing DayZ

Follow up here: The Eternal Debate Over Graphics Settings

As we all know DayZ at times becomes pretty much a sniper simulator. For better or worse, most engagements are at long ranges. However even the closer encounters can be shaped by the lighting on the battlefield. Yes I called it a battlefield. If I have a gun and you have a gun, it’s a battlefield. In the hills, in the woods, in the cities, and even inside buildings shadows play a huge role.

 

Phryxx Providing Overwatch

 

 

Seeing and Being Seen

Success in DayZ, ArmA, other FPS games, and even real life combat has distinct stages.  Sometimes both partys are moving,  hopefully they are using ALT to turn their heads, scanning and sweeping. We call this “keeping your head on a swivel”. Checking ridgelines, fields, treelines, and other potential ambush positions. Other times one party is stationary and the other one is moving. In this case the stationary party has a huge advantage as I point out in this blog post about movement in DayZ. As long as the ambushing group stays still and stays hidden they should “get the drop” and be able to shoot first. When the bullets start flying people tend to freak out and forget all their tactics. Also, it is usually very hard to tell where the shots are coming from. This leads to a huge mess and often ends up with a lot of flies in the air.

Your skin and also what gear you are carrying play a large part in how you are seen in this game. The Czech backpack is not very large, but it is fully cammo making it a great pack for the sniper that has not found a ghillie suit yet . The ghillie suit basically removes the skin and model of your pack so it does not matter how the pack looks. The ALICE pack is a great pack. Large, easy to find. The problem is that it sticks out like a sore thumb, especially at the lower LOD levels. LOD or Level of Detail just means that as you are farther away from an object the skin changes and gets less detailed to save processing power. The ALICE pack currently has an almost white skin at longer ranges (chick pants anyone?).

 

Click the link below to see the shadow comparisons and read the rest of this post.

 

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DayZ Beginners Guide – Learning the Basics

I know most of the readers out there are salty dogs that eat snakes and piss gasoline, however there is currently a MASSIVE influx of new players. Some people might be mad at me for helping newbies out so much, but I appreciate the competition, I don’t mind if everyone gets better at the game. Who knows maybe some of this training will help when the REAL zombie apocalypse hits. Bath salts anyone?

The following video was graciously made by our friend Sacriel. I actually watched this when I was pretty new. I found it (or he made it) a little too late to help me as I had figured most of this out, but if you bought the game during the current Steam Sale you are going to want to watch carefully.

Enjoy, and comment below to let me know what kind of videos you want to see in the future.

 

Sky-lining and How to Avoid it

Sky-lining is a concept that I think a lot of DayZ newbies are not familiar with. In DayZ sound is a lot more of a crucial element, but a close second is your visual picture. 99.9% of all combat is going to be within sight of someone else, and if you can see them – they can see you. To a lot of veteran gamers managing your sight profile is second nature, but lets examine the subject more deeply.

 

 How Our Sight Process Works

In my Words of Wisdom post about movement I explained how easy it is to see and be seen in DayZ while on the move (or Oscar Mike as we call it). Staying still is very effective if you have the right cammo or ghillie skin, and you use terrain and objects to either mask, break up, or confuse your outline from being seen. Like I said the human eye can very easily catch movement, especially out of the periphery.

 

Another thing that really catches the eye and your attention is any shape that looks like a person, face, gun, animal, anything that tells the brain “HEY! Something is going on over here” something is coming through the background clutter of trees, rocks, bushes, and dirt. This is usually in our sub conscious, but if you don’t quickly learn how to tap into that part of your brain then you are not going to “do well” in this game. Don’t think I am saying I am some bad ass elitist. Not getting your brains blown out on a regular basis is considered “doing well” in this game.

 

The most obvious, eye-grabbing, attention-getting moments are when the familiar shape is silhouetted against a solid color object. That could be the sky (hence the term sky-lining), an open field, or the white wall of a red-roofed barn. Making sure that you do not put yourself in this situations, and learning to recognize when others are in this vulnerable zone, is a key to being “good” at DayZ (and most other FPS games).

 

A Player Is Sky-lining Himself


In the screenshot above a player has clearly sky-lined himself. If you were quickly scanning this area his shape and outline would instinctively tell your brain to stop scanning, and focus in on that object. At this range it is very hard to see a face, gun, even clothing. The shape is what gives him away. More specifically, the anomalous bump that is created on the naturally smooth ridgeline.

 

Generally speaking, if you are at the top of any ridge there should be at least two different places that you can be seen from. Lazy players often follow ridge lines and even the best players get lazy sometimes. When I am moving I usually keep a count in my head of how many places am I vulnerable from, and I am always trying to keep that number to one or less.

 

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DayZ Beginner Guide Wiki

We are getting a ton of new players right now to DayZ, and I hope some of them are finding helpful posts on this site.

The DayZ Beginner Guide on the wiki is a great guide if you are new to both DayZ *and* ArmA. You get a rundown on the HUD and icons, how the different status effects work, also how to eat and drink. The section on gear and inventory is invaluable at first. I figured out most of it on my own and deleted some good stuff that way.

Remember: when switching guns take the gun FROM your bag and put it INTO your hand. If your pack is full and you do it the other way around you will lose that gun forever. Also be careful dropping stuff on the ground, especially roofs or floors in a building. Sometimes stuff disappears. Grabbing a new bag can also cause you to lose the old one – with everything in it.

DayZ Beginner Guide Wiki

DayZ Weapons Comparison Chart

DayZ has a variety of different weapons. There are many different factors to consider when choosing which weapon to use. The main thing I worry about is how loud the weapon is, in other words what range can the weapon be heard. There are 2 types of audio ranges one for players and one for zombies, sometimes they overlap, sometimes they don’t.

The next thing I think of is how easy it is to find ammo for the weapon. This chart does show the ammo type, but does not show the scarcity or rarity of the ammo. For example, it is not too hard to find an AK-74 or it’s variants (Kobra, AK-74U). These are pretty nice guns because although the damage is not high, they are kind of quiet in comparison to the AKM or M-16. The problem is that the AK ammo (the orange magazines that come in green pouches) can be very hard to find sometimes. AKM ammo (looks like a black AK mag on the ground) is very common.

 

Use this chart to compare the various audible ranges, ammo types, damage amount, and fire modes. Unfortunately it does not show the weapons firing range. obviously the sniper rifles have a very long range while the shotguns have a very low range. I read somewhere that the revolver has a higher range than the M1911 so keep that kind of thing in mind as well.

As of the 1.62 patch the numbers have been lowered considerably – click here for the new chart

 

Old, outdated chart below in case Rocket changes it back.

 


 

Dslyecxi’s ArmA2 Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures Guide

Dslyecxi is a long-time veteran of the ArmA series. He also happens to be buds with Rocket and the rest of BIS so you know he knows his stuff. This guide is designed for ArmA 2 specifically, but 99% of the info in the guide can be used for DayZ. Everyone from solo players to bandits to groups can benefit form reading and following this guide.

The guide is perfect for FPS noobs, DayZ pros, and everyone in between.

Read it. Know it. Live it.

Dslyecxi’s ArmA2 Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures Guide