ARK: Survival Ascended – Best Settings and Recommended PC Specs

PC: Survival Ascended

ARK Survival Ascended
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ARK: Survival Ascended has released into early access with big performance issues for many players. Here are the best performance settings and recommended PC specs for ARK: Survival Ascended to smooth out your experience.

Best Performance Settings for ARK Survival Ascended on PC

Until a performance patch is introduced, we’ve had the best luck turning most options to Low or Off.

The PC I’ve tried playing ARK: Survival Ascended on has an RTX 4070 “under the hood,” and sadly, “epic” graphic quality has netted me about 15-20 FPS in 1920×1080 resolution. I have toyed around with the settings to see how low they can go and how much FPS I can extract from the test machine. Needless to say, I am not too happy about the results. The FPS is close to stable 60, I see some flickering in the skybox, and the graphics look like this (the picture has not been edited):

Here are the settings that I’ve used:

  • Graphics Presets: Custom (using the “low” preset doesn’t set everything to “low”)
  • Advanced Graphics: Low
  • View Distance: Low
  • Textures: Low
  • Post Processing: Low
  • General Shadows: Low
  • Global Illumination Quality: Low
  • Effects Quality: Low
  • Foilage Quality: Low
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Light Bloom: On
  • Light Shafts: Off
  • Low-Light Enhancement: Off
  • Enable Foliage & Fluid Interaction: Off
  • Foilage Interaction Distance Multiplier: 0.01
  • Foilage Interaction Distance Limit: 1
  • Enable Footstep Particles: On
  • Enable Footstep Decals: On
  • GUI 3D Widget Quality: 0.5

Under RTX, I turned on Nvidia DLSS and set the Super Resolution to Ultra Performance.

ARK: Survival Ascended Minimum PC Requirements

Based on Steam’s official game page, the minimum requirements are as follows:

  • OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Intel Core i7-6800K
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 1080
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD Required

ARK Survival Ascended Recommended PC Requirements

On Steam’s official store page for ARK Survival Ascended, we can see the following “recommended” PC requirements. However, take them with a grain of salt during the Early Acces phase.

  • OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel i5-10600K
  • Memory: 32 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD Required

That’s all. The performance will be better optimized soon, so we’ll update the article when necessary. The roadmap until 1.0 is long and full of immense challenges for the dev team, and I wish them good luck.

If you are up for more coverage of ARK: Survival Ascended here at Prima Games, check out when ARK: Survival Ascended is coming to consoles.

About the Author

Nikola L

Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was good). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009. His current favorite titles are Vampire Survivors, CS2, Legion TD 2, Below the Stone, Brotato, Power Chord, and Halls of Torment