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ARK: Survival Evolved – How to Unlock the 60FPS Cap and Get Unlimited FPS Permanently

28 June 2017, Wednesday, 13:38:07

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How to Remove the FPS Limit Permanently

Access Ark files in your Steam directory
1. In your game library click “Games” then find and right click “Ark: Survival Evolved”

2. Select “Properties”

3. Select “local files” tab

4. Select “Browse Local files”

This will open up your Ark folder in the Steam directory.
Locate the “engine.ini” config file
Now that you have opened up the correct folder navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor

You can do this from the folder you are currently looking in by clicking on these folders;

ShooterGame

Saved

Config

Windows Editor

now open the “engine” file located in the WindowsNoEditor Folder

 

Editing the file to cap FPS and saving the changes
Now that you have the correct config file open you should be greeted with this (assuming that you have never edited this file before)

[Core.System]
Paths=../../../Engine/Content
Paths=../../../ShooterGame/Content
Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/Experimental/CharacterAI/Content
Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/TrueSkyPlugin/Content

[WindowsApplication.Accessibility]
StickyKeysHotkey=False
ToggleKeysHotkey=True
FilterKeysHotkey=True
StickyKeysConfirmation=True
ToggleKeysConfirmation=True
FilterKeysConfirmation=True

Now simply leave a space at the bottom and add the following lines to force the game to limit FPS (60FPS in this example)

[/script/engine.renderersettings]
t.maxfps=60

In this case I have limited the game to cap at 60FPS which is OK for my setup. Simply change the value to your desired framerate.

In this case the final result complete with edit looks like this;

[Core.System]
Paths=../../../Engine/Content
Paths=../../../ShooterGame/Content
Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/Experimental/CharacterAI/Content
Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/TrueSkyPlugin/Content

[WindowsApplication.Accessibility]
StickyKeysHotkey=False
ToggleKeysHotkey=True
FilterKeysHotkey=True
StickyKeysConfirmation=True
ToggleKeysConfirmation=True
FilterKeysConfirmation=True

[/script/engine.renderersettings]
t.maxfps=60

Simply save the changes and close the file.

Now run Ark as normal with whatever preferences you desire from the launcher.

This change will now DRASTICALLY reduce the burden on your GPU. In the menu I get around 350FPS without this change.

 

ALTERNATIVE Option: Force V-Sync (useful for AMD users)
In some cases you may not wish to cap the FPS but certainly in the case of alot of AMD cards forcing FPS from the drivers simply does not work.

This line will allow you to force V-sync in the game itself rather than forcing it from your driver suite.

Follow all the same steps and access the engine.ini file.

Rather than using the MaxFPS command. Use this one to force V-sync.

[/script/engine.renderersettings]
r.vsync 1

Again remember to leave a space after the initial lines and remember to save your work before you exit.

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