Best settings for Cities Skylines 2

A massive city at night built in Cities Skylines 2
Credit: Colossal Order

A massive city at night built in Cities Skylines 2
Credit: Colossal Order

Want to know the best Cities Skylines 2 settings to help you get the most optimal performance out of your rig while playing the city-building title? Then we got you covered!

If you're excited about CS2, you might have already preloaded the game and are wondering how to get the best out of your rig to avoid any potential hiccups when the game is finally released.

With that said, let's explore the best Cities Skylines 2 settings you should look into applying when playing the latest by developer Colossal Order.

Cities Skylines 2 - Best settings

A lush green area in Cities Skylines 2
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Cities Skylines looks stunning!

Before we begin, we suggest you check out the Cities Skylines 2 system requirements to give you an idea of how much tinkering you'll need to be doing depending on your rig's specs.

With that said, let's take a look at the optimised settings we recommend for Cities Skylines 2.

  • Use "Fullscreen Windowed" or disable VSync
  • Disable "Depth of Field Mode"
  • Reduce "Volumetrics Quality" to Low
  • Disable "Global Illumination"
  • Reduce the "Level of Detail" to Low (or Medium if you don't need the extra FPS)
  • Disable "Motion Blur" (This is a preference, if you want it, keep it on Low)
  • In the advanced tab, scroll to the Shadows section and disable "Terrain Casts Shadows"
  • If you want to squeeze a bit more performance, Disable "Fog Quality", though I personally prefer to keep it enabled

With this, you'll get an increased FPS performance while remaining graphically impressive.


As you might already know, VRAM plays a crucial role in determining the performance of graphics cards. Unfortunately, there is currently no effective way to reduce VRAM usage in Cities Skylines.

So, it is important to keep in mind that if your GPU has a VRAM of less than 8GB, your gaming experience may suffer, as per the aforementioned system requirements.

Tips for optimising Cities Skylines 2

Until we get our hands on the game, we can't truly go super in-depth, however, some general recommendations are in order, such as enabling "TAA" in the advanced anti-aliasing settings. Doing this can give your graphics a smoother look with fewer jagged edges.

However, there are some minor known bugs, such as flickering roads from a distance. It's worth trying out to see if you like it, though. Contrary to popular belief, trees don't necessarily have a negative impact on your FPS. Don't hesitate to add them to your game.

The 4K textures are highly optimised, so lowering that setting is unlikely to affect your FPS. However, if you have a slower hard drive, it may be a good idea to reduce the texture quality.

So there you have it! Now you know how to get the Cities Skylines 2 preload ready to go. If you want more CS2 content, we have plenty of guides for you to dig into, including how to get electricity running, how to get food to shelters, and how to make a roundabout.

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