If you’re playing The Division on PC, there are a few tweaks you can make to get the game running more smoothly. Or, if you’re getting a black screen at startup, to get the game running at all.
Alt+Enter Your Way To Freedom
First of all, that black startup screen: If that’s happening to you, you should be able to easily get around it by hitting Alt+Enter. That’ll bump the game into windowed mode, which should allow it to load. It’s not quite hitting caps lock to load your base in XCOM 2, but as immediate fixes to seemingly catastrophic problems go, it’s still a good one.
Maybe Ditch The Uplay Overlay
I’m using an Nvidia graphics card and was initially having some trouble getting the game to go back into proper fullscreen mode after using the Alt+Enter trick. The solution I’ve found has been to disable the Uplay in-game overlay, which you can do in the Uplay settings menu. After doing that, the game would go back to true fullscreen, no problem. I’ve seen people in various forums saying that turning off the Uplay overlay also helped them resolve some stuttering and mouse input issues.
(It seems as though Nvidia’s latest drivers are having some issues in general, so hopefully they’ll release an updated driver soon.)
Tinker, Tinker, Tinker
The Division has an impressive number of PC graphics options—there are expected settings like Antialiasing and Depth of Field, but also some more granular stuff like two separate settings for reflections and a whopping five for shadow quality. Nvidia has posted their usual big breakdown of all of the different settings, with helpful graphs that indicate which ones you can lower to get the biggest performance gains.
I’m running the game at 1440p resolution with an Intel i7 and an overclocked GTX 980Ti, and have been getting things running comfortably north of 60fps with a few notable tweaks: My shadow settings are mostly on medium, AA is turned off, I’ve left HBAO+ turned off and have turned Depth of Field down to “medium.” So far the game runs well enough and looks sharp enough to almost make up for the fact that most of the people I know are playing on PS4. (Almost.)
If you’ve got any other tips for how to get the most out of the PC version, I hope you’ll share them below.