I can't stand screen tearing and I'm wondering how I can turn on vertical sync. There doesn't seem to be on option to turn it on through the game itself. Where can I find the file to turn it on? Are there other settings I can adjust that aren't available ingame? I'm running Windows 7.
Use Dead Island Helper
If you do not feel comfortable editing files by hand, you can use Dead Island Helper, a program which will do this for you. According to the creator, it does install a keyboard hook to detect if Dead Island is running, but only to prevent multiple keystrokes from being processed. It shouldn't trigger VAC, but you have to decide for yourself if you want to run the risk.
If you'd rather edit files yourself, you can follow the steps outlined below:
Turning on VSync
Here, you'll find a files named
Upon opening the file, you will find something that looks like this:
These are the default values that the game is using. If you want to enable Vertical Sync, insert
Remember that if you want this to work properly, you need to have refresh rate set to the same value as your monitor's refresh rate. That variable is:
After making this adjustment, click Save and exit. It is currently under dispute whether or not you need to set this file as Read-only or not, as some people say that you need to, otherwise the game will overwrite your settings and others say that it will only overwrite invalid settings. I did not need to until I changed my Post Processing settings, which didn't seem to take until I set it as Read-only. If you want to play it safe, you can set it by doing the following:
Increasing the graphical quality
Even after setting the ingame options to "High," there's still more you can do to increase the graphical quality. You can adjust other attributes in this file if you are comfortable doing so and know what your video card and system can handle.
If you choose to adjust these individual settings, I would advise only changing one variable at a time so you know what to change back in case of crashing (if you have it set as "Read-only" at least, theoretically it should change any invalid values automatically if it doesn't).
Increase color quality
Change this setting to
Enable Post Processing
Add this line, it doesn't seem to matter where you put it.
Enable FSAA (Fullscreen Anti-Aliasing)
Increase environmental detail settings
Make sure all of these are set to
Increase the texture quality
Increase shadow quality
I'm running an ATi Radeon HD 4890 1GB card on a system with 12GB RAM and my settings are as follows:
There is a simple workaround to enable VSync in Dead Island.
Note: If this do not work, you might have to edit permissions on the file to read-only, since the game can edit the file to change what you added.
A video guide going step by step with some of the same information for those that take in information easier by watching instead of reading.
You can also download RivaTuner and use D3DOverrider (which comes with it) to fix screen tearing in game.