Apex Legends is a popular free-to-play game. To improve the graphical performance and get a better lag-free experience, we often disable shadows. In this article, we share how you can ensure this permanently. This can provide a smoother experience for Apex Legends, in terms of display, in graphics. Henceforth, this would also ensure less pressure on your GPU.
Disable Shadows in Apex Legends
- Open Apex Legends
- Let the main menu come up. From here, press the Esc button to access Settings quickly.
- Open Settings.
- In Apex Legends settings, you will come across tabs on top called Gameplay, Mouse/Keyboard, Controller, Video and Audio.
- Select the Video tab.
- Keep the graphic settings low. So, in this case.
Anti-aliasing – None
Texture Streaming Budget – Low (2-3 GB VRAM)
Texture Filtering – Bilinear
Ambient Occlusion Quality – Disabled
Sun Shadow Coverage – Low
Sun Shadow Detail – Low
SPOT SHADOW DETAIL – DISABLED
Volumetric Lighting – Disabled
Dynamic Spot Shadows – Disabled
Model Detail – Low
Effects Detail – Low
Impact Marks – Disabled
Ragdolls – Low
- To keep the shadows off, it is important to Disable the Spot Shadow Detail.
- After making the Graphics and Video changes, click on Apply
These are the settings needed to be made in the game. But along with this, there needs to be some tweaking in a read-only file. We will simplify it for you so that you can permanently have Shadows disabled in Apex Legends.
Change Read-only file
- Access the Saved Games folder from Windows Explorer
- This Saved Games would be in your primary drive. In the majority of the case, the C: drive is usually the primary drive.
- From Saved Games, click on Respawn > Apex
- After opening Apex, you need to open the local folder
- As the local folder opens up, you will see a text document called videoconfig
- Open this using Notepad
- Search for “setting.r_lod_switch_scale” and keep the value at “0.35”. This would ensure a boost in FPS.
- For Shadows, you need to tweak two options:
“setting.csm_enabled” (change the value to 0)
“setting.csm_coverage” (change the value to 0)
- After making the changes, save the file. You can press Ctrl + S to save it quickly.
- Now from the local folder, when you view the videoconfig text document, right-click on the file.
- As you right-click the file, this would open up the drop-down menu—select Properties from here.
- Therefore, to ensure that the changes you made stay permanent, change the attributes.
- For the videoconfig text document, change the Attributes by tick marking/click on the Read-only checkbox.
- Click on Apply and click on OK.
- Open Apex Legends, and you will notice that the shadows have been disabled permanently.
This is how you can disable Shadows on Apex Legends permanently. For more PC gaming guides, head here.