An Enigma in Silver

Maximise your frame rates in Elite Dangerous: Odyssey


I've been playing Elite Dangerous since 2015, and Odyssey since day one of the alpha. In that time I've figured out the best settings for decent frame rates, and instead of repeatedly posting the information in forum replies I've decided to gather it in one place.

Bear in mind that the game is updated from time to time, so the screenshots may differ from recent releases. At time of writing, Odyssey is version 4.0.0.701 (update 6.01)

This document is a work in progress.

For reference, my gaming PC is an i7-6700k with 32gb of ram and a GTX 1660ti. When you've matched my settings (below), you can visit a certain starport in the game (details later) and compare your frame rates. If they're locked at 60, start increasing settings. If they're below 40, decrease settings.

Which settings have the biggest impact?

Shadows (try Low or Medium)
Volumetric Effects Quality (Low or Medium)
FX Quality (ALWAYS set to Medium)
Supersampling (never go above 1.0x)
Anti-aliasing (Off is fastest)
Anisotropic (Trilinear is fastest)


There's always going to be a trade-off between the look of the game and the speed it runs at. Also, if you're an explorer you can get away with much higher quality settings, whereas if you spend a lot of time raiding and looting ground bases you'll want to dial them back.


Step one (optional, advanced users only) is to exit the game and delete the contents of this folder:

C:\Users\YOUR WINDOWS USERNAME\AppData\Local\Frontier Developments\Elite Dangerous\Options\Graphics\

Then run the game again to create the folder and the default graphics settings.

If you're not comfortable navigating the file system and deleting files, skip this step.


Step two is to go into Options - Graphics from the game's main menu and expand the Display option:

EDO Display Options

The important thing here is to make sure the resolution matches your monitor, vertical sync is ON, and frame rate limit is set to 60hz (we can alter this later)

If you have a 2k or 4k monitor, set the resolution to 1920x1080 for now.

From the screenshot above, you can see that I still run a 16:10 aspect ratio screen, hence the 1200 vertical resolution. Make sure you pick 1080 instead, unless you have a 16:10 monitor as well.

Next, take a look at On Foot Field of View. I have mine set to 10% from the left side of the slider. The higher the FOV, the lower your frame rates.

EDO Display Options

Now expand the Quality menu entry and set the options to match these:

EDO Display Options

EDO Display Options

Right, now to test the results. Save your settings and restart the game (Restarting is essential. Many settings don't update until you do.)

Fly to Croatigae and dock at Ambartsumian Port. Disembark, and enter the station. Then try and match your screen to these, and compare your frame rates. (Ctrl+F shows the FPS in Elite).

EDO test screen 1

EDO test screen 2

EDO test screen 3

EDO test screen 4


If your frame rates are really low there's another option you can try, which is to ensure Antialiasing is set to SMAA, and then enable this setting as shown:

EDO FSR setting

After you've tested your frame rates, if you're running at 2k or 4k I would recommend setting the resolution in game to match, and then use the FSR setting to upscale. This will greatly improve your frame rates on higher-res monitors.