Apex Legends Lag and Performance Fix Guide (UPDATED)

UPDATED: 21.09.2019   14:00

Apex Legends is a new futuristic battleroyale game that’s breaking the playtime records up to date. It is developed by Respawn Entertainment, the same company that made the great Titanfall franchise. Without any prior announcement Electronic Arts published a free to play battleroyale that caught interest of countless players worldwide. But as any other game, it is bound to encounter performance issues, considering the vast amount of requests hitting their servers on early release date. Here you can find a complete guide on how to optimize the game to your satisfaction.

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[Fixed] Apex Legends Lag Fix

Apex Legends has countless of player reports complaining of server issues and lag, a very common problem players have is usually at the start of almost every match, where player would move very slowly until the server stabilizes, unfortunately, that’s a problem we cannot deal with until its fixed by Apex developers.

Another common problem is what most of the players call “desync” or “rubberbanding”, where a player would get teleported to a previous position where he was a couple of seconds ago, quite an annoying issue.

Apex Legends is a very young game, meaning it takes time for servers to be upgraded and stabilized to suit such a big player base, although most of the time it’s the problem on their side, but If the problem is located at your grid and it prevents normal data communications between the machine and the router, you can simply download Latency Optimizer 4, which is a network optimization tool that takes care of such software issues so you don’t have to not mess with the files manually.

With Latency Optimizer 4 Premium version you can fully control your bandwidth and drastically reduce packet loss. Program offers options to run diagnostics and successfully optimize software or video game performance.

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Apex Legends Performance Fix

Considering that Apex Legends has been released in early February 2019, a quality built machine for maximum performance is expected.  Although, not all of us meet the requirements, here is what you can do and join the battle for King’s Canyon. The minimum and recommended options for Apex Legends are:

Minimum Recommended OS

64-bit Windows 7

Intel Core i3- 6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
Intel i5 3570K


NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7730
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290

1 GB

Hard Drive

Minimum 22 GB of free space

If you managed to boot your game but the match performance is very unsatisfying, you can just bring the video settings to bare minimum, sacrificing the quality, but of course that is not always the solution.

To get the maximum out of your machine, start with picking the right resolution, it plays a key part in basically any video game. Apex Legends suggest to use (native) resolution, but if your CPU can’t take it you will need to reduce it and keep doing so until you find the game “playable”. As for Aspect ratio we think it is that you us the one Apex suggest, unfortunately, with all the stretching and already low resolution, game itself is going to become very hard to keep playing, considering it’s a competitive battleroyale.

This is a very important and informative part of optimization, our goal is to educate and allow players to better understand the advanced video options, every option plays a key part and has a significant difference from the other, so modifying these lets you enable and disable what you personally like and dislike.

Options > Video > Advanced

V-Sync regulates and synchronizes the frame rate of the game and the refresh rate of the monitor. Although some players have a preference of keeping it on for a smoother gameplay, we suggest to keep it DISABLED on slower computers in order to get more frame rate.
Anti-aliasing smoothens out the texture and gives you better visibility at distance, which means you will spot distant targets easily. Clearly you should keep AA ENABLED so you don’t strain your eyes that much, but if you aim at a maximum fps and performance in close combat, then DISABLE it.

Texture Streaming Budget sets the amount of VRAM reserved for texture streaming. Lower budget means more FPS but worse image. Apex will naturally warn you if you are using more memory then suggested, but do not hesitate to set it to NONE.

Texture Filtering controls the surface sharpness of objects, ideally to gain a fair amount of FPS boost we suggest to set it to BILINEAR.

Ambient Occlusion Quality aims to produce the film-like lightning quality in real time. Stimulates the brightness of the pixel with the nearby objects. If you are looking for more FPS, then we suggest to set it as DISABLED.

Sun Shadow Coverage is basically aesthetics, it’s important to know that shadows still appear even after you turn them off, but the edges just look a little less eye appealing. Setting it to LOW gives a slightly better performance.

Sun Shadow Detail to LOW
Spot Shadow Detail to HIGH

Volumetric Lightning is an option that simulates sun beams scattering through the air or most commonly through clouds. Taking into account that it does make the game look nice, on the other hand it affects performance and we know you want more FPS, so we suggest to DISABLE it.

Dynamic Spot Shadows has a moderate impact on performance and it controls whether lights in the environment can move.

Model Detail controls how detailed the legends and other objects appear. It does not affect performance that much, but enough to notice. You can leave it ENABLED

Effects Details basically changes the quality of the game, if you are running a budget build and want maximum performance, then you obviously don’t care much about the details. When turned to LOW, you will have more frame rate when in fight since it affects explosions, muzzle flash, and bullet trace.

Impact Marks lets you see bullet holes and explosion marks, basically any mark a player left on the field, good for tracking so we suggest keeping it on, since it doesn’t really affect performance that much.

Ragdolls option controls the physical accuracy of a dead enemy, personally I would set it to LOW, since it might occasionally cause unexpected frame rate loss

Developer console performance optimization
This part helps you slightly improve your FPS and reduce input LAG with the help of a few console commands. First you have to go to your folder where you have installed Apex Legends, which by default would be:
 C Drive > Program Files > Play Apex > cfg. Make a copy and rename any CFG file to autoexec, open the file and delete all the content inside, then type the following lines underneath:

r_shadows 0                
mat_screen_blur_enabled 0        
r_particle_timescale 2            
cl_ragdoll_collide 0            
mat_compressedtextures  1

Now, go to your Origins game library, right click Apex Legends and select Properties / Launch Options. In the “Command line arguments” type the following.

+exec  autoexec  +cl_showfps 4  -fullscreen  -forcenovsync  -freq 240  -fps_max 300

Driver Updates

After finishing your custom built computer or just upgrading you GPU, it is very important to update the matching drivers for the best GPU performance. Drivers can be found and downloaded on official manufacturers website, plus they are free most of the time, so don’t worry.

Apex Legends Crash Fix

Possibly one of the most frustrating problems in Apex, is when you are on your first kill streak of the day, heading towards champion status, and then the game crashes with an error message. To possibly resolve this issue, here is what you can do.

1. Deactivate the Origins In-game Overlay

Step 1: Open Origin and click on Preferences in menu bar
Step 2: On the far right click on Origin In-Game
Step 3: Unselect Enable Origin in-Game

2. Game Repair Option
Keep in mind that this option might revert some previously changed options
Step 1: Open up your Origin client and select My Game Library option
Step 2: Right click on Apex Legends and tap Repair Game

3. Command Line
Step 1: Open up your Origin client, select My Game Library then right click Apex Legends
Step 2: Now click on Game Properties, Advanced
Step 3: Type -fps_max 100 into the command line arguments.

We hope you managed to optimize your game and enjoy it the way it is meant to be just like we enjoy it every day with the help of Latency Optimizer 4. Say goodbye to those nasty network problems and lag spikes. See you on the drop-ship Legend!

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