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CONAN Graphic and PC Enhancements

Post of helpful Optimizations and Client side bug fixes

GAME OPTIMIZATIONS

Conan Launch Options

To set your Launch options to optimize your game play. Follow these instructions: Right Click on your game in the Steam Library list, scroll down to the bottom and left click properties. This will open a second box called Conan Properties. In the middle of that box is a button called "Set Launch Options" click on that. In the box that opens cut and paste this line of code: -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -lowmemory -window -high (Note: the -window, will make your game start in windowed mode. This can slow your fps rate down on some Pc's.) It is not required and you may remove it.

BEST Video Settings for HIGH FPS and Quality Video

Go to Conan Settings Screen Before entering game and click on Video Tab: Set Max FPS to 60 for Desk Tops with a 960 or better Card Set Max FPS to 30 for a Lap Top View Distance: Medium Post Processing: Ultra General Shadows: Low Effects Quality: Low Texture Quality: Medium Foliage Quality: Medium Anti-Aliasing: Off

UE4 settings for CONAN EXILES

UE4 is a very flexible engine which allows changing many settings outside the game--even those which don't appear in the in-game options menu. In this guide, we'll examine how to configure a handful of these settings which may be of particular interest to Players. First, you must know that CE can look much better than it is in the present state. Game is built on Unreal engine 4 and with proper knowledge you can add effects that are not implemented by devs. So, first of all, CE does not have Anisotropic filtering. (Yes, it has x4 on High and x8 on ultra in Texture quality settings) And because of that game textures are very blurry, when you look at them from different angles.

UE4 settings for CONAN EXILES are stored in a series of .ini files located at: Steam\steamapps\common\Conan Exiles\ConanSandbox\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor

This folder contains several .ini files, many of which are empty. However, for our purposes we only need three: Engine.ini, Scalability.ini, and GameUserSettings.ini.
The first file contains explicit engine settings, while the last two handle user-level options instead. To edit the most basic settings, open GameUserSettings.ini and look for the header ScalabilityGroups.
[ScalabilityGroups] sg.ResolutionQuality=100.000000 sg.ViewDistanceQuality=3 sg.AntiAliasingQuality=3 sg.ShadowQuality=3 sg.PostProcessQuality=3 sg.TextureQuality=3 sg.EffectsQuality=3 sg.FoliageQuality=3
Most of these settings are directly configurable from the in-game options menu, and have a range of 0-3, where 0 is low/off and 3 is ultra. But note the term "scalability groups". Each of these settings actually modifies an entire group of settings. While it's a nice way to simplify things, it's entirely possible you only want to disable one or two features while keeping the rest.
That's where Scalability.ini comes in. In this file, it is possible to modify individual settings affected by scalability groups and even determine which quality setting to apply them to. In other words, instead of permanently overriding the in-game options menu, you can completely customize how the in-game options menu behaves!
Below are Some Recommended changes to the Scalability.ini. Only choose ONE Texture Quality setting. (0-1-2-3 numbers here are equal to low\medium\high\ultra settings in game)
[[email protected]] r.MaxAnisotropy=16
[[email protected]] r.MaxAnisotropy=16
[[email protected]] r.MaxAnisotropy=16 r.Streaming.PoolSize=5000
[[email protected]] r.MaxAnisotropy=16 r.Streaming.PoolSize=5000
[[email protected]] r.DistanceFieldAO=1
[[email protected]] r.ViewDistanceScale=2.0
[[email protected]] r.LightFunctionQuality=1 r.ShadowQuality=5 r.Shadow.CSM.MaxCascades=4 r.Shadow.MaxResolution=2048 r.Shadow.RadiusThreshold=0.03 r.Shadow.DistanceScale=2.0 r.Shadow.CSM.TransitionScale=2.0 r.DistanceFieldShadowing=1 r.DistanceFieldAO=1 r.Shadow.CachedShadowsCastFromMovablePrimitives=0 r.Shadow.AdaptiveLODDistanceScale.Max=1
[[email protected]] r.AmbientOcclusionLevels=3 r.FastBlurThreshold=7 r.ScreenSpaceReflections=1
Paste the above into your Scalability.ini, Save! AND don't forget to flag it to Read only so the game won't change it.

Engine Settings

To apply engine settings, edit Engine.ini and add the header:
[SystemSettings]
Almost any custom engine settings should be added under this header to function.
UE4 uses a method of anti-aliasing known as FXAA by default. FXAA is a very fast, shader-based approach to anti-aliasing, but as a post-process effect it is unable to truly eliminate jaggies at the source. Temporal anti-aliasing is a newer alternative built directly into UE4 which works by jittering pixels and sampling color data from a variety of positions to create a smoother final image.
To enable TAA in CONAN EXILES, add the following settings under the [SystemSettings] header: Go to Steam\steamapps\common\Conan Exiles\ConanSandbox\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
Open Engine.ini
Add the text below existing (don't replace, just add from a new line!)
[Core.System] Paths=../../../Engine/Content Paths=%GAMEDIR%Content Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/2D/Paper2D/Content Paths=../../../Engine/Plugins/Runtime/HoudiniEngine/Content Paths=../../../ConanSandbox/Plugins/DialoguePlugin/Content Paths=../../../ConanSandbox/Plugins/FuncomLiveServices/Content
[OnlineSubsystem] bUseBuildIdOverride=True BuildIdOverride=140332832
[SystemSettings] r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=2 r.TemporalAACurrentFrameWeight=0.2 r.TemporalAASamples=32 r.TemporalAASharpness=0.5 r.Tonemapper.Sharpen=1
[WindowsApplication.Accessibility] StickyKeysHotkey=True ToggleKeysHotkey=True FilterKeysHotkey=True StickyKeysConfirmation=True ToggleKeysConfirmation=True FilterKeysConfirmation=True
That's all, save file, AND don't forget to flag it to Read only so the game won't change it. Then ingame when you will use game AA you will have TXAA instead of x2\x4\x6 AA.

CONFIGURED PRESET PRESENTED IN THIS GUIDE:

What it changes: -improved shadows draw distance -more crisp and clear image -distance field AO -draw distance for land and grass and objects are x2 higher -more complex shadowing -added 16xAF (to all texture settings) -and more minor tweaks.
*notice that you must set your game settings to ULTRA for shadows\draw distance\postprocess\effects vegetation and textures can be set on any setting.

AMD GPU PERFORMANCE

When playing older versions of Conan Exiles on AMD GPUs you may experience low frame rate on High or Ultra presets.

Workaround #1

Switch shadow presets to Medium or Low while keeping the other settings at High/Ultra.

Workaround #2

Open console with Insert “insert” key and type r.AllowPointLightCubemapShadows 0. With the latest Steam version [which upgrades from Unreal Engine 4.12 to 4.15] you should no longer experience performance issues when playing on High or Ultra settings on AMD GPUs [and the workarounds should no longer be required].

GAME ERRORS and FIXES

Please SEE Common STEAM ISSUES for MOD MISMATCH ERRORS.

Keybindings won’t save:

  1. 1.
    Go to C:Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/ConanExiles/ConanSandbox/Config
  2. 2.
    Open the DefaultInput.ini file with Notepad
  3. 3.
    Find the lines that have PreviousMessage and NextMessage
  4. 4.
    Where it says Key= , change the assigned key to whatever other key you would prefer to use.
This temporary solution involves editing a vital game file. Avoid changing and deleting any characters in any of the lines in the file as this can be game breaking.

C++ or UE4 Prerequisites errors

Conan Exiles C++ errors are most likely due to out-of-date Windows versions. Make sure that your computer is running the latest Windows version:
  1. 1.
    Run Windows Update > install the available updates > restart your computer
  2. 2.
    Install the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015
  3. 3.
    Install Conan Exiles

“Optional parameters” error

If Conan Exiles is trying to launch with optional parameters that don’t exist, restart Steam and try again. If the issue persists, close Steam and launch the app as an Administrator. If this doesn’t fix the error, contact Funcom’s support team.

Long Load Time / Fatal Errors / Black Screen on load:

Anytime you experience either Exceptional long loading times or Fatal errors on loading. EXIT GAME, EXIT STEAM, and then re-enter to the game lobby and try again. If it repeatedly loads slowly or errors, or if the game is hanging on the loading screen and is not progressing beyond a black screen, wait a little longer. If nothing happens after a few minutes, end the task by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. Restart the game and then try to launch it again.
It is good to know that this issue may be caused by hardware that is close to the minimum specifications. Also, try running the Steam client’s built-in integrity checker. OR try doing a Re-Verify of your game files.

Restarting Steam

Restarting Steam can often help resolve problems with Internet connectivity when trying to load or play games. You can restart Steam by closing and reopening the client, or refresh your Steam files in the event you feel that Steam's files may be modified, corrupted, missing, or mis-configured on your operating system. If none of these solutions work, try contacting Steam.

Method 1 Restarting Steam

  1. 1.
    Click on “Steam” in the toolbar at the top left corner of your Steam session. 2. Select “Exit” or “Exit Steam.” Your current session of Steam will close. Alternately, right-click on the Steam icon in the notification tray on your desktop, and select “Exit.” In Windows, the notification tray is located at the bottom right corner of the desktop; in Mac OS X, the notification tray is located at the top right corner of the desktop. 3. Double-click on the Steam icon on your desktop to relaunch Steam. If the Steam shortcut icon is not located on your desktop, search for Steam in the “Start” menu in Windows, or in the Applications folder on Mac OS X.

Method 2 Refreshing Steam Files in Windows

  1. 1.
    Exit Steam using steps #1 and #2 from Method One. 2. Press the Windows + R keys at the same time. This will open the Run dialog box. 3. Type the following command into the Run dialog box, then press Enter: steam://flushconfig. This command will refresh your Steam files. 4. Restart your computer, then navigate to C:\Program Files\Steam. 5. Double-click on “Steam” or “Steam.exe” to relaunch the Steam client. This will open Steam directly from the installation folder. Do not open Steam using its shortcut icon located on the desktop. 6. Resume game-play in Steam as normal. Your Steam files will now be refreshed.

Method 3 Refreshing Steam Files on Mac OS X

  1. 1.
    Exit Steam using steps #1 and #2 from Method One. 2. Launch Safari and type “steam://flushconfig” into the address bar. 3. Press “Enter,” then close your Internet browser. 4. Restart your computer, then relaunch the Steam client. Your Steam files will now be refreshed, and you can resume game-play as normal.

Method 4 Refreshing Steam Files in Linux

  1. 1.
    Launch Terminal and type “steam --reset” at the prompt. 2. Press “Enter.” The message “Installing bootstrap /home/[username]/.steam/steam/bootstrap.tar.xz” will display on-screen. This message means your Steam files have been successfully refreshed. 3. Restart your computer, then relaunch the Steam client. Your Steam files will now be refreshed, and you can resume game-play as normal.

Verify Your GAME

  • Your Steam page.
  • Right click the Game Title.
  • In the box that opens: Click on the tabs on the top (Local Files).
  • In the last box in the list: Verify integrity of Game Files… : Click this.
  • Wait for the process to complete. (May be lengthy).
  • When the process finishes, restart the Game Title to re-acquire any lost files.
  • After files are re-acquired.
  • Restart Steam from one of the methods above, and try the Game Title again.

STOP ALT TAB FREEZES:

For everyone with AMD CPUs who are having issues with Alt + Tab alt-tabbing causing freezes, please do the following to eliminate the problem.
If you have followed any of the previous workarounds posted in the forums, revert those changes. (For example restoring XAudio2_7.dll if you have removed it)
Locate your Engine.ini file, which should be found in your ConanExilesInstallPath>/ConanSandbox/Saved/Config/WindowsNoEditor/Engine.ini folder.
C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/ConanExiles/ConanSandbox/Saved/Config/WindowsNoEditor/Engine.ini
Edit it in notepad, and add the following to the end of the file:
[/script/engine.audiosettings] bDisableMasterEQ=True Save the file, and start the game. You should no longer experience freezes when alt tabbing. Save the file, and start the game. You should no longer experience freezes when alt tabbing.

STOP THE CINEMATIC

If you do not want to edit files, just hit the [ESC] key when the Funcom logo comes up. Otherwise, this is correct: IN STEAM LIBRARY PAGE, Right click : Conan Exiles\properties\local files\browse local files\ConanSandbox\Config open "DefaultGame.ini and set: [/script/movieplayer.movieplayersettings] (these will be + insted of - so reset them all to the -) -StartupMovies=StartupUE4 -StartupMovies=StartupNvidia -StartupMovies=CinematicIntroV2 SAVE the file. Close the File. In the File manager, find the file you just opened, and right click on it. Go down to properties and click that. In the box that shows please go to the bottom of the box and click the box that says Attributes and click the Read only box and then click ok. This will save the file in a way that when the game updates the files the file will not be reset to the previous settings.