What do I need to know about RuneScape Graphics Settings?

If you're experiencing low FPS in game or other graphical performance issues then you may find that lowering RuneScape's graphical settings will help to mitigate these issues and improve performance on your system. This article is intended to help you find the graphics settings tab and to understand the settings available to you as well as what the different settings mean and do.

Where can I change my graphics settings?

The graphics settings tab is accessed either by choosing the "Option" tab on the lobby menu, or by pressing "Esc" and choosing "Game Settings" on the menu that appears when you are connected to a world. This will open the settings window, select the "Graphics" tab and you will see the screen as pictured below:

This interface allows you to manage the graphics quality of the models and environment you see in game as well as managing the quality of several light and gameplay effects. As you can see there are also some tick boxes that allow you to enable or disable some in game effects such as fog and character shadows.

Across the top of the graphics settings tab, there are several buttons that will change your overall graphical settings as follows:

Min - Minimum settings for those with exceptionally low end computers and laptops. This will turn all levels of graphical detail to the lowest settings.
Low - These are low settings where the majority of graphical options have been set to minimum levels of detail.
Med - These are medium settings where the majority of graphical options have been set to medium levels of detail.
High - These are high settings where the majority of graphical options have been set to their high levels of detail.
Custom - Here you can manually adjust the level of detail from your selected level.

In the right hand column of the graphics tab, there are three screen sizing options for you to choose from as follows:

Fixed - This option means that your game screen will remain the same size, regardless of how large your screen resolution is.
Resizable - This option allows you to resize the game screen by resizing your browser or client window. If you make the window smaller or larger, the game will expand or contract with it.
Full Screen - This option will take up your entire monitor size in the resolution you pick from the drop down box (set this to match your monitor's resolution for the best results). It means that you won't be able to interact with any of the other applications that your computer may be running, however.

Custom Graphics Settings

If you want to get a bit more adventurous with your graphics settings, the the "Custom" button is what you're looking for! If you've selected one of the lower detail levels, you can use the "Advanced" section of the settings tab to turn on additional features. Similarly, if you've used the high setting, but want to see how Gielinor looks in all it's glory you can do that too!

If you want to play around with your graphical settings, choose the "Custom" option under "Manual Setup". There are two Display Modes to pick from, OpenGL and DirectX. These display modes change which technology is used to render your graphics and will change the games appearance ever so slightly as a result. Depending on which Display Mode you select, some of the options under "Advanced" may be unavailable or have a smaller range of settings to choose from.

The table below shows all the graphical options that are available in the "advanced" section.

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