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How to optimize The Day Before - how to remove drawdowns, freezes and increase FPS


How to optimize The Day Before - how to remove drawdowns, freezes and increase FPS

The new cooperative survival game The Day Before is criticized for FPS drops on powerful hardware and lack of optimization. We've seen this the hard way, so we decided to put together a guide on the best graphics settings. Today we will tell you which features to disable or, conversely, enable to achieve maximum performance.

System requirements

We recommend checking the system requirements before purchasing the game. If your system does not meet at least the minimum requirements, you will most likely experience problems during gameplay.

Minimum Requirements

The minimum system requirements set the threshold for entry, but in this case, players may experience frame rate drops, freezes, and freezes.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 (64-bit);
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD equivalent;
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM;
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD equivalent;
  • DirectX: 12 versions;
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection;
  • Disk space: 55 GB;
  • Additionally: it is recommended to install on an SSD drive.

Recommended Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 10/11 (64-bit);
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 or AMD equivalent;
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM;
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti or equivalent from AMD;
  • DirectX: 12 versions;
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection;
  • Disk space: 55 GB;
  • Additionally: it is recommended to install on an SSD drive.

How to get rid of freezes, drawdowns and increase FPS

The Day Before is an open-world multiplayer online survival game developed by Fntastic and published by MyTona. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world after a pandemic that has turned the majority of the population into merciless infected. Players take on the role of survivors who have to explore a huge city, look for various supplies, equipment, and weapons, and build and equip their own homes. However, all the positive aspects of the project were overshadowed by the lack of optimization - the game manages to freeze and freeze even on powerful hardware.

Install the latest driver

Drivers for graphics adapters can solve many problems, from small freezes and stutters to serious drops in FPS. Even if you already have the latest version of the driver installed, but you continue to encounter various graphics problems during gameplay, it is best to uninstall it and perform a clean installation of the driver.

For this:

  • Open "Control Panel";
  • Find the “Add or Remove Programs” menu;
  • Find the installed driver and remove it;
  • Download the driver from the official website of the hardware manufacturer ( NVIDIA / AMD / INTEL );
  • Perform a clean installation of the driver;
  • Restart your PC.

Install DirectX

DirectX libraries are essential for any 3D application to run properly and stable, and The Day Before is no exception. Typically, this component is updated automatically on the latest versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, but in some cases, it is worth checking for them yourself. To do this, go to the official Microsoft website and download and install the latest version of DirectX. After installation, do not forget to restart your device.

Install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables

Microsoft Visual C++ is a core component used in most modern applications, making it a must-have on your PC. To check whether the redistributable packages are installed, just download the installer from the official website. As in the previous point, be sure to restart your device after this.

Close all background applications

Applications running in the background can consume a large amount of your system's resources, which can negatively impact your overall performance. Before running The Day Before, make sure to terminate all third-party processes and close programs that consume RAM and CPU resources.

For example, if you use the Chrome browser, even after closing the application, it leaves running background processes using PC resources. In the latest versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, it has become easier to track background processes in the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

Run the game on DirectX 11

By default, The Day Before uses the latest version of DirectX, but on budget and frankly weak machines this can lead to freezes and freezes. To avoid frame drops, try running the application on DirectX 11 version.

Follow these steps:

  • Open the Steam launcher;
  • Find The Day Before in your game library;
  • Right-click and select “Properties”;
  • In the “General” tab, find the “Launch Options” item;
  • Enter the following parameter without quotes “-dx11” ;
  • Launch the game.

This helped most players get rid of severe freezes and stuttering. However, it is worth noting that small drawdowns can and will certainly appear.

Best graphics settings for The Day Before

It is worth noting that at the moment there is no universal list of settings that would help all users optimize the graphics in the game. It all depends on individual system configurations, but even on powerful hardware the game manages to freeze. Therefore, we recommend that you follow our advice, but also experiment on your own.

Resolution and screen mode

Set the screen resolution to fit your display size. If you have a powerful system and a 2K/4K capable monitor, try setting the resolution to 1920x1080 (FullHD). This will reduce the load on the video card and increase FPS.

In the “Screen Mode” section you need to set “Full Screen”. With this feature, the game uses most of the system resources to improve performance.

Setting up NVIDIA Image Scaling

We advise owners of budget RTX 20 and 30 series video cards to enable this function and set the “Balanced” option. In this case, the picture will look good, but performance will increase significantly.

Setting up NVIDIA DLSS

Unlike the previous function, NVIDIA DLSS scaling technology greatly affects the graphics component of the game, so the picture quality may be significantly reduced even in the “Balanced” mode. However, if the previous technology doesn't work for you, turn this setting to Performance or Ultra Performance. In this case, there will only be pixels on the screen, but this way you will get rid of constant freezes and FPS drops. We hope that the developers will not abandon their project and will optimize it in the near future.

Owners of powerful hardware have the right to set the “DLAA” setting, which equates the scaling resolution to the original monitor resolution (or set in the screen resolution settings).

Setting up NVIDIA Reflex

We didn't see a noticeable difference with the feature enabled, but it does add a few extra frames. Note that this setting will not get rid of freezes, sagging, and freezes.

Vertical Sync

Since The Day Before is an online shooter, turning on vertical synchronization (VSync) is impractical because in battles you are not interested in the smoothness of the picture but in its natural movement. VSync equalizes the game's refresh rate to the original frequency of the monitor (TV) but uses additional system resources, which can negatively affect performance.

Graphics Settings

We chose the settings below as reference ones, in which there are practically no freezes or freezes, and frame drops appear only when moving from one large part of the city to another. But, as we noted earlier, depending on your PC configuration, you can experiment.

  • Texture quality: Average;
  • Effect quality: Average;
  • Shadow quality: Low;
  • Shader quality: Medium or Low;
  • Anti-aliasing detail level: Medium (if available);
  • Post-processing quality: Low;
  • Foliage quality: Low;
  • Distance Quality: Medium or High;
  • Reflection quality: Low.

We hope this guide helped you solve your optimization problem with The Day Before. Please note that the game is in poor technical condition and there is no optimization at all, so even with our advice, you may experience various lags and FPS drops. If you find an inaccuracy or want to add to the guide, be sure to write about it in the comments.