Everything you need to know about running nier automata on pc

Nier Automata is on steam today!  I gave it a run on some of my systems to see how it performs and what you need to know!

Right! Let’s get right into it!  So it seems from my alienware 13 any i7 6500u or any low powered dual cores won’t be able to run Nier Automata. Even hooking up a RX480  via the graphics amplifier it was unplayable.  It doesn’t have insane processor requirements but you are going to be wanting to look at at least a fairly recent quad core chip especially if you’re using a laptop.  The 965 m seems to put out decent performance on other people’s systems just not any ultrabook processors.

edit: never mind remember to go into your Nvidia control panel and select the nier application itself and ensure it’s using your graphics card not your integrated!  Surface book users with a 965 m should be good to go at least  at 1080p low to medium as of this time.

a note about the graphics amplifier.  I couldn’t get it working with the game until I connected an external monitor.  The options only allow me to select to use the GPU a monitor is connected to so if I’m plugged in with the amp without another monitor it only allows integrated graphics.    Same with the Razer core.  Optimus works just fine if not plugged into an external GPU.

here’s the game with a Razer core and 1080:

and an alienware 13 and 480x(with the white screen glitch!):

the good news though is you can use steam game stream with your desktop and it works wonderfully.   1080p 60 fps can be hit with a single 290x(or rx 480) or higher.  Even lower might be possible but I can’t test that as my weakest desktop gpu is the 290x/480.  update just seen it running 1080p on medium with the 7950…finewine technology is real.

Which is good because crossfire is a mess to the point I couldn’t even load the game and I had to disable it.  SLI seems to at least not be hurting it right now at 3440×1440 and 2560×1400.   SLI is disabled as well and the single 1080 isn’t able to run at 4k(which is not a supported resolution)

You need to play windowed or borderless window to get full resolution otherwise it upscales

The game really likes to be at 60 fps and is locked.  If it gets less the entire game slows down which is why these requirements for 4k seem crazy high while 1080p is so low.

It supports ultrawide and 4k…as long as you can hit and keep that 60 fps God Bless even my 1080 couldn’t do it.  The 1070 is fine for ultrawide too as far as what I have and have tested so far.

Xbox, PS4 and steam controllers work.

You don’t even want to try using a keyboard and mouse.  Get a controller.

Tips and tricks:
Cap the framerate/potentially improve frametimes: Download RivaTuner Statistics Server, input your desired framerate limit in the “Framerate limit” box, and hit enter (the program comes bundled with MSI Afterburner and earlier versions of EVGA PrecisionX). Those with an Nvidia GPU and a desire to run the game at a value equal to half their refresh rate (e.g. 30fps on a 60Hz monitor) may also want to try forcing half-refresh rate vsync via Nvidia Inspector as per this visual guide (click the small tool icon to open the driver profile section).
Note: Useful if you your system can’t maintain, say, 60fps and you’re sensitive to the wild fluctuations, or you’re experiencing uneven frametimes. The greater window the engine has to render a given frame, if you’re imposing a lower framerate than the game can otherwise provide, may also help in alleviating stuttering related to data streaming.
Stop the game from crashing after 15 minutes on touch-capable systems running Windows 10: Open the task manager, switch to the Services tab and disable TabletInputService.
Run the game in a borderless window: Use the aptly-named Borderless Gaming program. See here for a usage guide.
Note: You can purchase the program on Steam for USD$4 or your regional equivalent if you’re feeling charitable.
Run the game in the actual nominated resolution: Run the game in a borderless window (see above) rather than fullscreen.
Fix instability on AMD GPUs: Roll back to a previous driver.
Use a less expensive form of anti-aliasing: Use ReShade to inject FXAA or SMAA. Alternatively, there’s also the aptly-named injectSMAA.

Known Issues:

-Game upscales certain resolutions(1440p+?) from a lower resolution in full screen mode.

Playing in Windowed mode reportedly eliminates any upscaling that could occur.https://www.reddit.com/r/nier/comments/5zytdk/psa_day_1_pc_users_fullscreen_is_broken_use/

-Full screen AA has issues with certain AMD cards (screenshot from AMD r9 290 and FX8230e from /r/games)

-Intermittent Mouse Cursor: mouse flashes in and out randomly during game play.

-Reports of Stutters and Slowdowns on varying cards.

-Reports of inordinate GPU usage. (90%+ on GTX 1070. Max Load on Rx480 (Purely anecdotal))

-Game Soft Locks at “Loading – booting systems,” during startup.

-Game Hard Locks on White Screen at startup.Screenshot

-Random “White Screen” Crashes Reported by more than 5 users.

Borderless Window Fix, White Screen Crash Fix.https://www.reddit.com/r/nier/comments/600nyc/white_screen_crash_fix_for_some_amd_400_cards_and/

Lowering AA and AF may reduce or even eliminate crashes in some instances.

-Game download hangs at 99%, never finishes, and the game file is empty.

-Mouse Control in Top-Down Twin Stick segments seems to move only at 45 degree intervals.

-A frame graph from NieR:Automata courtesy of /u/Skraelos ::980ti, latest drivers etc. This is happening regardless of settings, both on lowest and highest. During ‘free camera 3d mode’,

-Reports of cutscene slowdowns.(Down to low teens.)

-Poor Perfomance on Nvidia 900 series cards.

-700 series cards especially 780 and 780ti suffer from frequent “white screens”. Where the game freezes but the sound can still be heard running properly in the backround.

Lowering AA and AF may reduce or even eliminate crashes in some instances.

I’ll update this as fixes, news and patches come around so stay tuned!

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