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Should You Play Alan Wake 2 In Graphics or Performance Mode?

Which graphics mode should you pick?

Alan Wake 2 is a prime candidate for showcasing the power of current-generation hardware, showing off increasingly impressive graphics every time we see it. But should you maximize the graphical potential or aim for a higher framerate?

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Alan Wake 2 Graphics Options: Which Should You Pick?

No matter which way you play, you’re in for a treat. If you’re hoping to showcase the true power of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, you’ll want to jump into this fright festival while playing with the Graphics option. Sure, you may be limited to 30 FPS, but even the high-octane battles you’ll be partaking in will look absolutely stunning on your screen. You’ll have a targeted 4K resolution, and things will look the best they can here.

However, if you want to jump into Alan Wake 2 like it’s the newest twitchy shooter on the market, you’re going to prefer playing in Performance mode. This will aim for a targeted 60FPS, making the action on the screen appear much smoother at the cost of some of the fancier graphics tech. Targeting 1440p, you’ll still have an excellent on-screen image alongside a near-consistent frame rate.

One thing to note, however, is if you’re playing on Xbox Series S. You won’t have the option to toggle between the two different modes; you’ll only have the option to jump into this world playing at 30FPS with a targeted 1440p resolution.

No matter which option you choose, you’re in for a terrifying ride through The Dark Place and every other location you encounter on the journey. Personally, I’ll be doing my playthrough in the 30FPS Graphics mode so I can see what my consoles are capable of, setting a benchmark for graphics for the foreseeable future.

If you’re as excited as we are for Alan Wake 2, check out our section below to get your hands on plenty of tips and tricks that will make your return as exciting as possible. Did you play through the first Alan Wake to prepare, or are you unsure if you need to? Check out our recommendation alongside our guides for this thrilling new horror game.

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Shaun Cichacki
As a fan of RPGs, Action & Retro titles, Shaun has been gaming since he was a young boy. With an overwhelming obsession involving Metal Gear Solid and Pizza Tower, you know you're in for a wild ride when it comes to things he's writing about.