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Windows 10 Ultimate Gaming Tweak Guide

THIS GUIDE WAS UPDATED 30th DECEMBER 2017 & is STAR CITIZEN 3.0 READY
I play a lot of games and haven’t found a comprehensive guide on Tweaking Windows 10 for Gaming, Performance, System Tweaks, Overclocking & Ping/Latency Improvements and all the relatively simple things you can do to give you better performance in games, a better ping online and make the right choices for your needs, I am sure there are changes here that some people will disagree with, feel free to message me & I will change anything that gets out of date or is no longer working.
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Important Star Citizen Specific Guides & Info
This Guide is in the process of being fleshed out, when it’s done it will be an article & video, each of the sections will have a skip timecode or bookmark too. And if you are unsure about a setting, quickly google it to make sure you aren’t wrecking your OS, I take Zero responsibility for anything going wrong, all I have done here is compiled and tested the Tweaks and for ME they work and are Safe.
Why Windows 10?
General Gaming Tweaks
Online Gaming Tweaks
System Tweaks
Basic Overclocking
(BETA) Programs & Settings
Why Windows 10 over 7 or 8.1?
Windows 10 Pro 64bit is actually your best option now,
It has better boot times than 7 & 8.1
And better Gaming performance, though some of it is fractional
More hardware is supported in general
And DX12 is supported thru it – which we will start seeing more and more games using.
 
Windows 10 Pro
Pro Gives you a few advantages but not really any performance gains over Home. I recommend Pro but if you need to save a couple of bucks or pounds or Euros then you can grab Windows 10 Home.
I think you can still grab Windows 10 Pro Licences from Kinguin.net for $30-35. And as far as I am aware they are legit.
General Gaming Tweaks
Update Your Drivers!
The Most obvious and necessary make sure you have the latest drivers installed for you system & devices especially your graphics card. Just grab your latest drivers for your ATI or Nvidia card, I recommend 3dGuru to get them from they always have the latest drivers and a full description of what they do.
3dGuru host & describe all of the latest drivers some of which don’t appear on the Nvidia / AMD Sites:
System Gaming Responsiveness
This section covers Registry Tweaks that can affect Gaming Performance in most situations:
You’ll need to jump into the Windows Registry for some of this, it’s not complicated tho
  • Press Windows Key and R
  • Type Regedit & then enter
I’ll explain the various things we can change and why.
Some games that uses “Multimedia Class Scheduler” service (MMCSS) can only utilize up to 80% of the CPU. The “Multimedia Class Scheduler” service (MMCSS) ensures prioritized access to CPU resources, without denying CPU resources to lower-priority background applications.
  • To set this tweak, run regedit and find: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile.
  • Create a new DWORD and name it to “SystemResponsiveness” set its hexadecimal value to 00000000 for pure gaming/streaming.
Also here you can also change the priority of Games;
  • Find  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games
  • Change the following registry values:
  • “GPU Priority” change its value to 8
  • “Priority” set to 6
  • “Scheduling Category” set to “High”
Power Options
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options
It’s worth changing your Power Options to High Performance
Disable Mouse Acceleration
I Honestly Can’t believe the amount of people that still have this on.
Mouse acceleration needs to be turned off for gaming otherwise you are aiming.
  • Again in Control Panel
  • Mouse
  • Pointer Options
  • Untick Enhance Pointer Precision (this is mouse acceleration)
  • Also try adjusting the Pointer Speed slider here till you are happy
What DPI & Sensitivity should you select?
With some mice you will have software to set you dpi,
so in most games I recommend 400-1600 if in doubt try 800 even if your mouse have 20 billion DPI.
Some people will set their DPI far too high, you want to adjust the sensitivity via the mouse options and in game
Unpark Your Core & Threads
There is a great freeware program that stops threads from “parking” which is basically a power saving mode & makes sure they are ready to use constantly.
The effect of this is better performance in games & quicker response in general.
  • Download The CPU Unparking Utility
  • Run The EXE as an Administrator
  • Change The Slider to 100%
  • Apply & Close
NVIDIA Graphics Settings, if you have an NVIDIA Card
  • Go into the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Manage 3D Settings
  • Set Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration – Single display performance mode (If you have issues with low frame rates on your other monitors OR you are using multiple monitors to game with then change this to Multi)
  • Preferred refresh rate – Highest available
  • [OPTIONAL] Turn Off Shader Cache, some people experience gains with it off, some people lose performance.
  • Leave Pre-Rendered Frames on AUTO
  • Texture Filtering Quality – Performance
Online Gaming Tweaks
This section covers Registry Tweaks that affect Online Gaming Performance, Ping, Latency and all that Jazz, IF you aren’t playing online then you can skip this stuff you can set it manually or use TCP Optimizer 4:
You’ll need to jump into the Windows Registry for this, it’s not complicated tho
Press Windows Key and R
Type Regedit & then enter
I’ll explain the various things we can change and why.
Disable Nagle’s Algorithm
This combines several small packets into a single, larger packet for more “efficient” transmissions. Tho for Gaming Disabling “nagling” can help reduce latency/ping in some games. Nagle’s algorithm is enabled in Windows by default.
To Disable this (for faster performance) go to the value:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{NIC-id}
For the {NIC-id}, look for the one with your IP address listed.
Under this {NIC-id} key, create the following DWORD value:
  • TcpAckFrequency and set it to 1
  • TCPNoDelay and set it also to 1
  • TcpDelAckTicks and set it to 0
 
If you don’t know your IP, you can
  • Press Windows Key + R
  • Type CMD then Enter
  • Type IPCONFIG then Enter
  • Your LOCAL IP should be displayed
Disable Network Throttling
Windows likes to Throttle your Packets sometime so it’s worth disabling this setting for better Performance.
  • Again in Regedit now find:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile.
  • In SystemProfile, create a DWORD value and name it to “NetworkThrottlingIndex”
  • Set it’s Hexadecimal value to ffffffff for gaming and max throughput.
Networking Improvements
The Star Citizen mini-PU servers are mostly Server bound when it comes to performance, hence why you sometimes only get 20fps but also the lack of regional servers can also lead to some Latency, poor Pings & Round Trip Times. Setting and Tweaking your Network Settings can help a lot.
TCP Optimizer 4
This program allows you to go through each of the important settings to Tweak your Rig & Network Adapter for Online Gaming & doesn’t require you to go thru the Registry.
  • Download the Program Here
  • Right Click TCPOptimizer & Run as Admin
  • Set Your Connection Speed & The Rest of The Options as Shown
You can do a bit of Research & maybe get better results too
  • Each of the Settings has a tooltip
  • You can read the full explanation and Program Manual Here
  • In The General Settings some of the settings require situational subjective optimization based on your needs, tho Optimal should still give you an improvement.
  • If You are Having Issues you can always set it to Optimal OR Windows Default
Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization
Windows Updates  has a setting where it can munch your bandwidth by sending Windows updates to other PCs on the net. It’s worth turning this off as it can affect your gameplay and also eat into any data allowance you might have.
To turn this feature OFF, follow these given steps:
  • Go to Settings in the Start menu
  • Search for Update & Security
  • Under Windows Update, open Advanced Options
  • Click Choose How Updates are Installed, select Choose how updates are delivered
  • Disable the toggle under Updated from More than One Place
Disable OneDrive
If you don’t use OneDrive then disable it, it eats up your bandwidth. The OneDrive app of Windows 10 uploads your new files to the cloud internet server so you can access them anywhere.
To disable OneDrive:
Right click on the OneDrive app which is located on your taskbar and click exit.
System Tweaks
Disable Hibernate
Hibernate mode is set up by default to allow the hard drive disk to load the programs faster instead of booting the system, but it is unnecessary for an SSD system drives.
  • To do this, simply open your CMD command
    Search for CMD in the start menu search bar
  • Right click CMD and Run as Admin & Type,
  • powercfg -h off
  • Press Enter
Setting your Page File
  • Press Windows Key
  • Click In the Search Box
  • Search for “Control” then Click on it,
  • Click System
  • Click Advanced System Settings
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • Under Performance, Click Settings
  • Under the Advanced tab Click Change
  • Uncheck Auto manage
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECOMMEND SETTING THIS TO AN SSD DRIVE
  • Set one of your Drives (preferably an SSD) to SYSTEM MANAGED SIZE
  • Set
  • All other Drives should be set to None (unless if the pagefile you set wasn’t on your OS drive & you want to leave 300mb on your main boot drive for “crash info & recovery”)
If you have loads of Ram some people recommend having no pagefile, though some applications require a page file to operate optimally.
 
I recommend having a Page File on a separate drive or secondary drive.
I use an SSHD that I also use for storage. And let the system workout how much it needs. After much testing I found that I get FRACTIONAL improvements consistently with a 4GB Pagefile on a 2nd drive & NO page file on my main or gaming drives.
 
Some people say if you have 16GB+ ram you should entirely disable pagefiles.
Some programs & games however are designed to operate with a Pagefile & for me it is literally faster to have one. But all gains seem to be pretty negligible.
Visual Effects and Performance
I recommend disabling some of the Visual effects in Windows, it makes Windows faster and a bit more responsive and gives a bit more performance, it’s also in:
  • Control Panel
  • System
  • Advanced System Settings
  • Performance Options
  • Visual Effects
Keep These 3 enabled
  • Show thumbnails instead of icons
  • Show window contents while dragging
  • Smooth edges of screen fonts
HDD, SSD & Service Optimizations
You’ll want to Defrag your HDDs every so often BUT not your SSDs
It will damage them if you force defrag them, instead you want to TRIM them.
Also I recommend Turning off Indexing on SSDs.
  • Press Windows Key + E
  • Click on your SSD and right click on it.
  • Click properties then uncheck “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties“
  • Click apply then click OK
Disable Restrictive Services
  • Press Windows Key + R
  • Type services.msc
  • Look for the Service you want to disable and right click on it
  • Click properties then click Startup type
  • Select Disabled, click OK
  • Click the folder icon on your taskbar.
Turn off The Services Listed Below (Unless specifically know you use these), they are a mixture of useless & optimization settings:
  • Windows Search (This will disable Windows Search TOO, keep it if you use it)
  • All Xbox Services
  • All Hyper-V services
  • Microsoft SMS router service
  • Diagnostics tracking service
  • Fax service
  • dmwappushsvc
  • All Sensor Services
Here is an extended list of Services That in most cases you can disable,
I have disabled all of these on my Windows 10 Pro but it’s at your own risk:
AllJoyn Router Service
Application Layer Gateway Service
Bluetooth Support Service
BranchCache
Certificate Propagation
Client for NFS
Distributed Link Tracking Client
dmwappushsvc
Downloaded Maps Manager
Enterprise App Management Service
Geolocation Service
Health Key and Certificate Management
Hyper-V Data Exchange Service
Hyper-V Guest Service Interface
Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service
Hyper-V Heartbeat Service
Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualization Service
Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service
Hyper-V VM Session Service
Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Internet Explorer ETW Collector Service
IP Helper
Microsoft Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Service
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service
Microsoft Windows SMS Router Service
Netlogon
Offline Files
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
Retail Demo Service
Sensor Data Service
Sensor Monitoring Service
Sensor Service
Smart Card Device Enumeration Service
Smart Card Removal Policy
SNMP Trap
Storage Service
Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
Windows Biometric Service
Windows Connect Now – Config Registrar
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Windows Mobile Hotspot Service
Windows MultiPoint Server Host Service
Windows MultiPoint Server Repair Service
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)
Xbox Live Auth Manager
Xbox Live Game Save
XboxNetApiSvc
Data Mining & Bloatware Removal
There are 2 different ways I recommend to do this, but using the More Automated Newer way is probably better, I’ll leave the Manual way here too.
Spybot Anti-Beacon
This program turns off and stops a load of data mining and Microsoft / Other Services it’s basically designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10.
NOTE – If you are using Skype then after you have run this
You’ll need to unblock some hosts can find your hosts-file here:
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Just open it with Editor and see if you find any lines containing “skype”, “hotmail” or “messenger.live”. Save as a .file then delete the extension and place in the folder.
Turn off Other Tracking , Data-mining, increase Privacy & Performance
  • Right Click the Notification Box in the Bottom Right
  • Open Action Centre
  • All Settings
  • System
  • In Notifications & Actions I turn all the sliders off
  • Apps & Features – There is loads of bloatware
  • Sway, Phone, Get Skype, Maps
  • I delete everything that I am obviously not going to use.
  • If in doubt DON’T DELETE
  • Offline Maps – Turn Everything Off Here
Back to Settings
  • Privacy
  • Go Thru EVERY tab and turn the sliders off unless you have a reason to have them on.
  • In Feedback & Diagnostics
  • Change Windows Feedback to Never
  • If you have the option under Send your device data to Microsoft Select Never OR Basic
Back to Settings
  • Update & Security
  • I Turn off Everything in Windows Defender, But you may need some form of Virus and Online protection
  • Windows Update
  • Click Advanced Options
  • Choose How Updates are delivered
  • Set to Off
Remove Pre-Installed Apps (More Removals)
Windows 10 comes with pre-installed apps or “bloatware” and basically if you don’t use them DELETE / Remove them.
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall anything that you know you don’t need
Also you can to save some more space by removing the pre-installed apps that came with Windows 10 if you aren’t going to use those apps at all.
  • Press the windows key
  • Search for Powershell
  • Right Click Run as Admin
Enter the following commands to remove one or more apps of your choice:
(I keep calculator BUT get rid of everything else)
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingFinance* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingNews* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingSports* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *BingWeather* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *Getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftOfficeHub* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *MicrosoftSolitaireCollection* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *Office.OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *People* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *SkypeApp* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *Windows.Photos* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsAlarms* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsCalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsCamera* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsMaps* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsPhone* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *WindowsSoundRecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *ZuneMusic* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *ZuneVideo* | Remove-AppxPackage”
powershell “Get-AppxPackage *3DBuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage”
 
The More Automated Way is using W10Privacy
Still getting my head around this simple Windows 10 program, it combines loads of other Privacy Tweaks as well as loads of things to disable in Windows for a better experience.
  • Download it from Here
  • Run the EXE in it’s own folder by right clicking and “Run as Admin”
  • Disable / Tweak anything you want
  • Then Press Set Changed Settings, wait then restart
I tick pretty much everything except:
  • Show Hidden and Cache Files
  • Items / Services I know I use
  • Some of the Settings in Tweaks Explorer
  • Just have a quick read of the tooltip of each setting before you tick it
NOTE – If you are using Skype then after you have run this
You’ll need to unblock some hosts can find your hosts-file here:
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Just open it with Editor and see if you find any lines containing “skype”, “hotmail” or “messenger.live”. If you have issues saving then, Save as a .file then delete the extension and place in the folder.
Graphics Card Overclocking
This is much safer and easier than CPU Overclocking
As with CPUs it’s still worth googling your card and the word overclock to see what settings are recommended and achievable.
The Latest GTX 1060, 1070 & 1080 Cards | Precision XOC
For Nvidia Cards Prior to the GTX 1060, 1070 & 1080 Series | Precision
For AMD & ATI Cards Use | AMDTrixx
Overclock your Monitor too you can use those tools to up your pixel clock or hz rate on your monitor, again it’s worth googling your monitor and seeing what others have achieved. You can also just Set a Custom Resolution now in the latest Nvidia Drivers.
I have my AOC 144hz Monitor @ 171hz without any issues.
BUT do this as WITH ALL THE OTHER OVERCLOCKING AT YOUR OWN RISK
And make sure you always Test your Overclocks
Test your overclocks to make sure your system is stable I run a series of 3d Mark Tests
And I also recommend 3d Mark Firestrike for general benchmarking too.
The Basic Version is FREE too!
Also http://www.cpuid.com have loads of great Monitoring Software for your Temps & Voltages.
I can recommend HWMonitor for pretty much everything, again the Freeware version is great.
Other Programs & Settings (BETA)
So these are programs, tweaks and tools that I am trying out and may be AMAZING, Useless OR Damaging, I don’t know I don’t know enough about them.
Process Lasso – http://bitsum.com
This is a Program that you can use to set process and system priorities to tasks & processes as well as a whole world of other features. I am messing around with the features at the moment & it seems good but I am yet to make up my mind.
Prio Process Priority Saver – http://www.prnwatch.com/prio/
Does a similar more slimline job that Lasso does, saving the Process Priorities so you don’t have to keep setting them.
The CMark Win 10 “Fix” – donewmouseaccel.blogspot.co.uk
This is a registry fix that removes anything that sounds like it might be acceleration related in regards. I haven’t seen any real change (after disabling Mouse Acceleration) It might be magic thinking but every frame is a gain… that doesn’t work when talking about mice does it?

Star Citizen Performance Guide 3.0

Updated 28th December| Star Citizen 3.0 LIVE – This Article will be updated from patch to patch with the latest setup & optimization fixes, guides and signposting. Today I am going to show you various Tweaks to Star Citizen that you can use to improve performance on slower systems or make SC look better on higher systems OR a mixture of the two as well as other improvements for the game.
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Other Important Guides for Performance, Improvements & Fixes
Here are links to the Other Important Guides you will need:
THE GAME IS GOING TO CRASH, 3.0 IS STILL AN ALPHA!
Delete your USER Folder – This is a common fix for a lot of issues it’s in INSTALL FOLDER\StarCitizen\LIVE
Grab The Latest Graphics Card Drivers
AMD Radeon Adrenaline Drivers | 18.1.1 Alpha
Nvidia Geforce Drivers | 390.65
Setting your Page File
Star Citizen 3.0 loves page files.
I ALSO RECOMMEND CLOSING ALL BACKGROUND APPS!
  • Press Windows Key
  • Click In the Search Box
  • Search for “Control” then Click on it,
  • Click System
  • Click Advanced System Settings
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • Under Performance, Click Settings
  • Under the Advanced tab Click Change…
  • Uncheck Auto manage
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT I RECOMMEND SETTING THIS TO AN SSD DRIVE
  • Set one of your Drives (preferably an SSD) to SYSTEM MANAGED SIZE
  • Set
  • All other Drives should be set to None (unless if the pagefile you set wasn’t on your OS drive & you want to leave 300mb on your main boot drive for “crash info & recovery”)
If you have loads of Ram some people recommend having no pagefile, though some applications require a page file to operate optimally.
 
Some people say if you have 16GB+ ram you should entirely disable pagefiles.
Some programs & games however are designed to operate with a Pagefile & for me it is literally faster to have one. But all gains seem to be pretty negligible.
Close The Launcher
The Star Citizen Launcher can be resource hungry, after the game is launched ensure it’s closed.
In fact you can create a shortcut to run the game from Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\Public\Bin64 & Run the StarCitizen.exe (I suggest you run it as an administrator)
The Game doesn’t require the launcher to run as long as you have logged in once (it creates a login.json file) , IT DOES however need to be updated from time to time, so if you you are running straight from the .exe & you can’t get on try running the launcher, there might be an update.
Make Star Citizen Run Faster
Unpark Your Core & Threads
There is a great freeware program that stops threads from “parking” which is basically a power saving mode & makes sure they are ready to use constantly.
The effect of this is better performance in games & quicker response in general.
  • Download The CPU Unparking Utility
  • Run The EXE as an Administrator
  • Change The Slider to 100%
  • Apply & Close
Networking Improvements
The Star Citizen mini-PU servers are mostly Server bound when it comes to performance, hence why you sometimes only get 20fps but also the lack of regional servers can also lead to some Latency, poor Pings & Round Trip Times. Setting and Tweaking your Network Settings can help a lot.
TCP Optimizer 4
This program allows you to go through each of the important settings to Tweak your Rig & Network Adapter for Online Gaming & doesn’t require you to go thru the Registry.
  • Download the Program Here
  • Right Click TCPOptimizer & Run as Admin
  • Set Your Connection Speed & The Rest of The Options as Shown
You can do a bit of Research & maybe get better results too
  • Each of the Settings has a tooltip
  • You can read the full explanation and Program Manual Here
  • In The General Settings some of the settings require situational subjective optimization based on your needs, tho Optimal should still give you an improvement.
  • If You are Having Issues you can always set it to Optimal OR Windows Default
Making Star Citizen Look Better – SweetFX & Reshade
What is it?
SweetFX is a collection of post-processing shader effects for your games. Add SMAA anti-aliasing, sharpening, tweak the color, gamma, exposure and more. Xenthor’s Reshade is a great Star Citizen Pre-set for it that improves the way Star Citizen looks especially with Lighting, Shadows and General Visual Quality. There are 2 Shader Packs that I recommend you can choose between
Xenthor’s Reshade – My preferred Shader Pack, adds more defination and details to lighting and textures without over saturating color.
 
How to install
PLEASE NOTE
  • SweetFX can cause issues with MSI Afterburner & EVGA Precision.
  • After a Patch SweetFX & USER.cfg remain, I recommend moving or deleting and re-installing new supported versions.
DSR / VSR – Super Resolutions
What is it?
This is the process of downscaling higher resolutions to lower ones.
For example I use it to Render in 1440p or 4k then downscale it to 1080p
This gives some quality benefits in the forms of reducing Aliasing, detail is clearer, effects and shadows better, and overall image quality far superior.
This is an extremely resource intensive feature but for higher end machines or even for mid range machines wanting to downscale from 1440p you can get some amazing results.
Installing – Make sure you have the Latest Drivers for your Graphics Card Then:
AMD GFX VSR Settings – Virtual Super Res
Enable Virtual Super Resolution – Check On Apply
Nvidia DSR Settings (Dynamic Super Res)
DSR Factors – For 1080p Native – Choose 1.75x for 1440p & 4x for 4k
DSR – Smoothness (this reduces aliasing that occurs but you want to go for the lowest % you can for the best image quality without make images too jagged) You’ll want to adjust smoothness to your preference – For 1440p I go for around 17% but for 4k only 10%.
System Specs
Inputs
  • Element Gaming Mechanical Keyboard – UK | US
  • Roccat Nyth Modular Mouse – UK | US
  • Roccat Apuri Bungee – UK US
Monitors
Other
  • Sennheiser HDR 180 Headphones – UK | US
  • Blue Yeti Microphone – UK | US
  • Thorshu Grey Space Crab Desktop Assistant
  • Logitech C922 Webcam – UK | US
For a Budget System Build Guide – Read The Full Article HERE

Issue Council Guide & Disconnection Codes

Welcome to some more Star Citizen, today I wanted to do a brief guide about how to use the Issue Council & Disconnection Codes.

Testing Star Citizen and reporting bugs on the issue council is an important part of the Alpha, participation will get you earlier access to PTU builds but also help in the development of the game. But Please remember the Issue Council is for Bugs & not Balance problems, there are appropriate threads about balance and game mechanics on the forums.

Issue Council

You can find in in the Community, Issue Council Section on the RSI website.

It’s worth Taking the tour but let’s walk you thru quickly how to do everything.

Tour – https://robertsspaceindustries.com/community/issue-council

There are 3 Stages of an Issue,

  1. Contribute – where you create reports OR add to reports that have already been found
  2. Prioritize – you can literally up and down vote issues to prioritize them.
  3. Resolve – The Report Will Then Be, Acknowledged, FIXED or INVALID.

Create a Report

To create a report, you must be signed in and you must have access to a game package on your account. Choose if you want to report an issue with the Game, Website OR eventually Spectrum by clicking the appropriate section then:

Click on the “Add Report” button that appears above the listing inside each module.

Choose a concise title for your bug that describes it at a glance, such as “Disappearing Weapons Star Marine”

The System will do a quick search to see if there are any similar bugs, if your bug has already been discovered click on the bug OR the contribute button, then add your contribution to this instead… it all helps.

If it is unique / undiscovered then continue with your report.

DXDiag

Whether you are contributing to an existing report OR adding a new one you’ll need to setup a Computer Profile OR Specifications. The left panel contains the required base fields that measure your computer’s performance. You’ll also need to upload your DXDiag

  1. Hold down the Windows Key and then hit the “R” key.
  2. Enter “dxdiag” in the “Open” text field.
  3. Click on “OK”.
  4. Wait for the text file to be generated.
  5. Click “Save All Information…” and save the file to your computer.
  6. Upload that file to the as your Issue Council Computer Profile.

Completing this page is only required once then it’s on your account, obviously if your Hardware setup changes then CLEARING it and adding it again is advised.

Now enter your issue’s details as well as the steps you would take to repeat the “bug”.

It’s important to take your time and enter as many details as possible while remaining factual & precise. The easier it is for others to reproduce the issue, the more successful your issue report will be. Be concise and accurate your goal here is for others to understand the issue & be able to repeat it themselves if possible

Contributing to Existing Reports

As I said earlier you can contribute to existing issue reports by clicking on the “Contribute” button in the issue report details page. If you feel the report is valid, attempt to reproduce the issue then describe your findings and add relevant media evidence.

Prioritize

Once a report has been Confirmed by the community it can be prioritized,  you can up-vote tickets you want fixed sooner than the others. Down-vote the reports that you feel are not critical.

 

CIG developers are always on the lookout for new high-priority issues. Once they are satisfied that a report is as complete as possible and that the community have voiced their opinion the devs will Acknowledge the report and import it into their internal tracking system. When the build containing the fix is launched the issue report will be set to Fixed.

And that is the basics of the Issue Council, PTU Builds go out in waves & the wave you are in is based on your participation in the Issue Council, not just discovering bugs, but contributing and prioritizing too.

 

Disconnection Codes

https://robertsspaceindustries.com/faq/disconnection-codes

CIG also have a Disconnection Code FAQ to help educate players on how they can better use this information to describe code-related errors in Issue Council.

Important Notes

  • Disconnection codes are symptomatic of something going wrong; they are not true diagnostics that you can use to resolve an issue. A good analogy is when someone is coughing… the cough is bad, but there could be any number of causes behind it. The cough is the disconnect code. 🙂
  • The steps to obtain each Code can be quite different per situation, which is why including precise Steps To Reproduce in the Issue Council is absolutely vital to our tracking the issue down. An example of this would be two friends each getting a Code 20007… while the error code is the same, the causes for each could be completely separate and independent of each other.
  • When entering an Issue Council report, make sure that you add the Code error (if you have one) you get plus a brief description in the subject, such as “Error Code 20007 When Loading Into Crusader”.

Code 10000:

Code 10000 happens when the game client isn’t able to find us due to something preventing the game client from being able to find our servers. These will almost always be an issue that is client side.

Code 10001:

Code 10001 happens when the game client is having issues connecting to the authentication service.

Code 10003:

Code 10003 occurs when the game client can connect to the authentication service but either has corrupted persistence cache data, or is unable to reach the database to get its persistent data.

Code 20005/30005:

Code 20005/30005 happens when a login attempt fails due to invalid data. Many of these can be fixed by doing launcher troubleshooting such as ensuring that the game folder has read and write permissions and running the launcher as admin to generate new login information.

Code 20000/30000:

Code 20000/30000 is our general timeout message. You’ll get this message when your connection to the game server times out, but you’re still connection to the backend platform service is still active. In almost all cases, this is due to an actual game server crash or an issue within the game that can disconnect you.

An internal example of the latter occurred on our QA environment (this never made it to public) when one client would exit the game and all other clients were forcefully disconnected.

Code 20003/30003:

Code 20003/30003 is a version mismatch which occurs when the server checks the version of the game installed and finds that there is an older version of the client. The way to resolve this is to Verify Files or, in very rare situations, fully reinstall the game.

Code 20004/30004:

Our matchmaking service contains several different rules to assign clients to servers. This response occurs when the matchmaking service puts someone into a server that is full.

In most situations, the service should not assign you to a server that is already full, but we’re finding edge cases where this gets returned. We’ll continue to isolate, identify, and fix these as they come up.

Code 20007/30007:

Code 20007/30007s occur when the game client receives information that it isn’t expecting. A good example is when a bad asset in the game exists, such as when we discovered that Cutlasses were disconnecting all clients on the internal QA server because of an invalid ID.

Code 20008/30008:

Code 20008/30008 is defined as an authentication error. This infrequently can mean authentication in terms of your account ID and password, but for the most part indicates a backend data mismatch.

Code 20009/30009:

Code 20009/30009 occurs when someone successfully connects and authenticates into a game server but times out when verifying the session.

We hope this small insight into code errors has been helpful in understanding the nature of these disconnect codes and how it can help you provide more accurate information to Issue Council reports.

 

Keep It Safe! Preserving Custom Keybindings

To say that Star Citizen has a lot of keybindings is in understatement. On top of which, the default settings might not feel intuitive for your personal tastes. Good news is that we can customize the settings to our liking for the keyboard, mouse, gamepad and joystick.

To Access Keybindings:

  • Press [Esc] to access the Main Menu
  • Choose Options
  • On the Options Menu choose Keybindings
  • Click [Advanced  Controls Customizations]

If you do customize the settings, it’s essential for your mental health that you make use of the export feature to save a copy of your configuration to an external file. You should also copy the XML file that is created, to a location outside of the Star Citizen game folders.  This will allow you to copy it back into the appropriate location after a new patch, which suggests deleting the USER folder, which would in turn delete your custom keybindings.

The other reason I recommend exporting/saving your custom keybindings, is that it allows you to experiment with variations. Using sensible naming conventions, you can try different settings until you find the one that works best for you, without having to muck with the keybindings back and forth.

I use very specific keybindings for character movement. I personally find that the QWERTY keys suit me better than WASD + modifiers to strafe and/or turn. As the behavior of features have changed, I’ve had to re-prioritize which actions are buttons on my HOTAS. Having different versions of keybindings I can test and retrieve at will, has been extremely useful.

With the continued refinement of the default keybindings, I’ve reverted to only changing the keybindings that are must haves for me. Things I can’t function without being set to my liking. Being able to import these back in after a patch is a huge time saver and a feature that all players should be aware exists. Here’s a link to the image in the video you can keep as a reminder of the steps.

Proactive Shield Management

Oftentimes, the time-to-kill in ship combat can feel fast in Star Citizen. I’m not worried. I’ve experienced faster and slower.  Plus we know that combat mechanics are still evolving, with adjustments coming down the pike. However, there’s something that we should all be doing now, that I rarely see pilots doing when watching their videos. It’s relatively easy and can mean the difference in surviving an encounter. I’m talking about shield management.

In the accompanying video you can see me adjusting shields as necessary.  Keep an eye on the left side of my cockpit. The shield management window will appear very quickly when adjustments are being made. If I’m flying head on into a cluster of enemy ships, I increase the strength of the front shield.  If I’m being sniped in the back while taking on foes in the front, I increase my rear shield and so on.

AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Simple shield management can make all the difference in ship combat.  And it’s not reserved for multi-crew ships with a dedicated shield and power management station. There are keyboard controls for shield management, making it accessible and under the control of the pilot.

Below are the default keybindings for shield management. Each tap increases shield strength to that location, by taking an equal amount from its opposite side. For example, increasing the left shield reduces the right shield. Increasing the top shield reduces the bottom shield.

Shield Management Keybinds

Pressing the F8 key brings up the shield management window in your ship. You use the shield management keybinds to adjust the strength of the six shield sections. To quickly reset your shields to equal distribution press Numpad 5. Use F5 to close shield management.

Shield Management HUD

Let’s get back to the current time to kill with the small and medium sized fighters. Executing shield management on the fly can be key intensive when you’re in the heat of battle. On the flip side, those few keystrokes might be the difference in you winning an encounter or getting away safely.  For that alone, it’s worth the effort. It can’t hurt to start making the use of shield management today, so that it’s instinctive for when the stakes are much higher.

USING YOUR VOICE

Personally, I use Voice Attack for shield management among other things. I fly with a HOTAS. There is no way for me to dedicate that many keys to a single ship system. My keyboard isn’t in easy enough reach. Nor would I attempt to let go of stick to interact with it anyway.  If you want to know more about Voice Attack you can check out another article I wrote here.

You don’t need to own a Voice Pack. You just need the Voice Attack application.  From there you can search for and download any of the free 2.4 profiles other users have created or create your own.  Below is an example of one for adjusting the left shield. Creating your own profiles is easy. You’re just storing keystrokes.

Sample Shield Command In VA

Whether you choose to use a keyboard or your voice, shield management is worth the effort and something you should start using now, so that it will become an instinctive part of your combat. I don’t have to SEE for myself or know precisely where the damage is coming from. I HEAR the ship’s AI say where I’m receiving damage and I adjust the shields. This buys me time in figuring out what’s-what, finish off my current target or realize that I need to withdraw, regroup and then re-enter the fray.

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WHAT’S ALL THIS VOICE ATTACK STUFF?

With the interest in Voice Packs seemingly on the rise, while Cloud Imperium Games is continuing to refine Star Citizen’s control schemes, I thought it would be a good time to discuss Voice Attack in general and why some players have elected to use it.

If you’re like me, a HOTAS user, I simply don’t have enough buttons on my device to support even the minimum set of commands I want at the ready. My current setup also doesn’t support having the keyboard within a reach that’s effective to be used during combat. So I was elated to come across the idea of using a program to carry out a few basic commands.  This article will help you differentiate between VoiceAttack, Profiles and Voice Packs, and where to find additional information if interested.

WHAT IS VOICE ATTACK

As an ability, voice attack is a method of using your voice to initiate keystrokes.  The name is a bit of a misnomer. The capabilities are not tied to attacking / damage. It’s any set of keystrokes. You can launch a game. Establish your starting setup in an application. I use it to start and stop Fraps recordings so I can stay in the thick of combat and capture video using my voice.

VoiceAttack (VA) the program,  is a popular software application used to execute by voice, commands that would normally be a series of keystrokes and/or mouse interactions. Therefore, if you’re interested in playing around with using voice initiated commands, your first step is to acquire the software.  You can purchase VA from here. The object that VA uses to know what to DO when you SAY certain words or phrases is a Profile.

WHAT IS A VOICE ATTACK PROFILE

The Profile is a separate file with a .VAP extension.  The profile itself contains a series of commands you want executed, mapped to what you’ll say, when you want those commands to be carried out. Oftentimes, people want the successful execution of command followed to be up by an auditory confirmation.  This is achieved by using your computer’s operating system to turn text into speech. This allows your PC to say, “Done.” when a task is completed.

Using the Text-to-Speech engine is achieved by using the Say command in a profile, followed by the word or phrase to be spoken. Your operating system’s Text-to-Speech engine interprets the text into an auditory response using its default voice. If you don’t like your computer’s default voice, you can purchase additional ones from companies such as Ivona. However, auditory responses are not required for a Profile to work. And you shouldn’t invest in one until you’ve determined you like using voice attack commands in the first place.

Simply having a profile of commands that match the keybinds in the target game, is all you need, after installing voice attack software. You can download Profiles for free! There are members of the community who have shared their profiles.  Of course, mileage will vary on how well they work or suit your tastes.  Search the official RSI Forums, Star Citizen section on Reddit and the internet in general.

WHAT IS A VOICE PACK

A Voice Pack is a Profile that enhances the execution of commands by adding a significant amount of voice over / audio work. This is often done using professional voice actors or celebrities and may include additional narration that is not directly tied to executing commands, such as role-play conversations. HCS offers multiple Voice Packs for Star Citizen, as well as other games.  Many players enjoy having this more elaborate version of a Profile.  It’s fun and can be more immersive. However, it’s not a required component. You don’t have to own or purchase a Voice Pack in order to use voice attack commands.

CREATING AND EDITING A VOICE ATTACK PROFILE IS EASY

To be perfectly honest, Star Citizen has more keyboard commands and uses modifier keys more than any other game I’ve played. I can barely fly in Star Citizen without using VoiceAttack.  My HOTAS doesn’t have nearly enough buttons to accommodate the bare minimum of what’s needed. Trying to reach over to a keyboard in the middle of combat isn’t something I want to juggle.  Therefore, it’s essential for me to keep my profile updated with changes CIG makes to control schemes, as they’ve done in patch 2.4.  This type of large scale change is another reason why I’ve opted for a small profile during alpha.

The steps for creating and/or editing a Profile is very straight forward. You must have Voice Attack and you must know your current keybind settings in the game, in order to tie them to a voice command.  With those two in hand, you can create a basic profile from scratch or edit one you download for free or may have purchased. I wrote an article last year detailing the steps and they  haven’t changed since that time.

I hope this helps clarify voice attack as an ability vs. VoiceAttack the software vs. Voice Packs. I use VA religiously and own a Voice Pack from HCS. During the SC Alpha however, I’m sticking to a small one I created myself that’s easy to manage and only contains the dozen or so commands I can’t live without during combat.

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