XCOM 2 has defaulted to maximum graphics, which my PC cannot handle. Unfortunately, this includes the background of the main menu which now crashes whenever I try to load it.

Since I can't get to the game options, is there a config file outside the game that I can edit? Perhaps a way to boot the game in safe mode?

  • A clean config file with minimum settings would also do, but I can't ask for that in the question body. Feb 7, 2016 at 12:49
  • Let me see if I can find the graphics config file; I've seen it before so I should be easy enough to sort for you.
    – peper757
    Feb 7, 2016 at 13:00
  • If you deleted the config file and then did Steam's "verify files", would you not end up with a clean default one?
    – Flyto
    Feb 7, 2016 at 13:28
  • @SimonW Unfortunately not- it's defaulting to Maximum anyway. Feb 7, 2016 at 13:38

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Based on this page:

Edit Steam\steamapps\common\XCOM 2\Engine\Config\BaseEngine.ini, and disable settings as appropriate. For a really quick attempt at just being able to get in game, I'd recommend (though this probably won't be playable) -

  • DetailMode=1
  • DirectionalLightmaps=False
  • Distortion=False
  • DropParticleDistortion=False
  • CompositeDynamicLights=False
  • ScreenPercentage=50.00

That last one will cause the game to render at a lower resolution and upscale it - if you want to change the games resolution instead, try opening \Steam\steamapps\common\XCOM 2\XComGame\Config\DefaultEngine.ini and editing the following values:

  • ResX=(add your preferred horizontal resolution here)
  • ResY=(add your preferred vertical resolution here)
  • The linked page mentions CompositeDynamicLights, Distortion, and DropParticleDistortion as heavy offenders for older machines. They might be causing the crashing.
    – Jeeva
    Feb 8, 2016 at 14:52

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