LowSpecGamer: improving performance on Payday 2 (OUTDATED)

Payday 2 has been called one of the best cooperative
shooters ever made, an exciting combination of teamwork, skills and firepower that makes
for a game that is so intense… it may be too intense for our computers. But don’t worry, because we are here to make
it better. This is the LowSpecGamer, where we are naturals
at crowd control. No really, our computers can not handle that many enemies. So forget about fancy effects and put on your
low texture mask, because we are making this game run. Get on the ground These are my default settings for Payday 2
on this computer. A starting resolution of 720p, some effect quality… Also, depth of field is enabled and animation
quality is on high. I have no clue where the game gets it preset from,
but it is not particularly good. I tried testing this offline and performance
was between 15 and 20 something. It is hard to aim, hard to fight and hard
to do anything… so let’s jump right into a more reduced set of settings. All right, let’s put the effect quality to
the minimum. And then disable depth of field and put animation
quality to its minimum. Let’s give it a try. But the improvement is marginal at best. I
saw around 20 to 22 frames per second while trying to be stealthy. However if you are like me and you suck at
being stealthy using a first person perspective this will make you worried, because on this
game when things get loud they get really loud and that means a lot of smoke, a lot
of bullets and very little performance, so let’s get right into our tweaks. I always feel a little bit exited when we
get to this part. Anyway, we need to open the configuration
file for this game. However, the file is located at appdata, which is a hidden folder. In order to be able to see this folder I need
you to search for “File Explorer Options” in windows, which opens this screen over here.
On the view menu you can click on show hidden files, folders and drivers and apply it. Now, the configuration folder is located at
your C drive, Users, the name of your user, AppData (this is the hidden folder), Local,
Payday 2 and this file is called render_settings.xml. I recommend you open this using notepad++,
since the normal notepad makes it a little bit hard to read. The link for downloading notepad++
is on the description. This file controls a lot of ingame details
particularly this section down here called render settings.
This is an XML file so in this section we can add new parameters with this name value
structure so I recommend you to copy an existing tag, delete the name and value and copy it
so you can add new parameters and believe me, there are a lot of parameters you can
add here that are not normally changed by the game. Let’s start with anti aliasing and force it
to disable. Next, we can disable dynamic lights. We can reduce the effect quality to its lowest
and put environment detail to its minimum. Also, take down the post effect quality to
low. One of the most important tweaks we are going
to do is to disable shadows completely. To do that change the shadow quality default
variable to simply shadow quality and change the value to disabled. Also, add a parameter called shadow map size
and a value of 0. Be warned though this does improve performance but causes a lot of glitches
with the lightning… you will see what I mean in a moment. Finally, if you are gaming on a computer with
an integrated GPU or any low memory condition lowering textures is very important. The first
step is to change the texture quality default variable to simply texture quality… but
then there are many variables that control the texture quality of a lot of individual
ingame elements from the characters to the weapons and I was going to dictate each one
to you but there are… a lot of them so I have simply added them to the description
and you can copy them from there. There you go. Save the file and we are ready
to test. You can obviously notice how there are no
shadows for the characters, but I did mention that this glitches out the lighting in a very
odd manner…. And I was not kidding. You can already see that the lighting seems
to only work on certain places depending on where do you move and that is only the start
of this oddity later on a hallway the lights freak the f***
out on very unpredictable manner. Performance-wise there is definitively and
improvement with something like 22 to 28 FPS even while under fire. Oh well… we are almost there on performance
but the lighting can be a problem on certain missions where it is very hard to see and
distinguish enemies, which is a very nice way of putting that I can’t see shit. But don’t worry, there is something else we
are going to do to take this game where it deserves to be. The next thing we are going to do is to install
this highly popular shadow map mod which disables a series of effects and reduces a lot of details
and in the process fixes our lightning freak-out problem. The Link to download the mod is on
the description. To install the mod you need a tool called
Bundle Modder, that you can download from this link… which also in the description. To install this tool extract the downloaded
folder and Execute the Bundle Mod Patcher. This warning is very important. Every time
you see an update for Payday 2 being installed on steam you need to verify your game cache
and repeat this process, otherwise it will not work. So remember that. The first thing the tool needs is a path to
the asset folder of Payday 2, that is located on the C drive, Program Files 86, Steam, Steamapps,
common, Payday 2, assets… ignore this message. To actually install the mod got the “mods”
tab and then click Add Mod, and look for the mod file you downloaded from the other website…
a .pdmod file and click on it. Select the mod from the list that appears and click at
apply changes… And we are ready to play! The mod combined with the configuration file
tweaks make for some really amazing performance… look at this! Is around 30 most of the time
and rarely under 25. Yes… YES… YES… Stay back you bastards!
Stay away… Stay out… OUT. Get the f*** out of here. Oh yes… I kinda forgot I was doing a test
while playing this… You may have noticed this mod also fixed our lighting problems
so we now can see and appreciate the beautiful low resolution textures that have been forced
on this game. Beautiful. What the f*** are you doing? Come on here!
Get in the… AAAAHH. That is almost all for this video. Big thanks
to viewer FrostDR5 for joining on the game and helping everything not suck. Hey, do you
want to help me not die while recording videos? keep watching… but before that I want to
announce the result of the last. LowSpecGamer Secret Giveaway Oh yes, you heard me right. There was a secret
giveaway. Hidden on the closed captions on the last video where instruction to tweet
me asking me if CoD was the name of a fish… because the last video was on call of duty and that
is abbreviated as CoD and cod… never mind. And the prize is a steam copy of dead bits. I was not expecting anybody to catch that
but boy I was wrong. And the random number generator has been run and a winner has been
selected. Congratulations Hikekura, please send me your steam name for your prize. So, keep your eyes open because they will
be more secret giveaways not in every video but occasionally and I will be thinking of
new ways to hide them. But this time, this time we are not doing
anything secret so welcome to this week’s: LowSpecGamer Giveaway. We actually have a very good prize this week.
Thanks to fan Bredan George for donating a Steam Copy of Payday 2 so now you too can
try this tweaks yourself. To apply is simple. I have created the official
LowSpecGamer steam fan group and I am planning to use it for all sorts of discussions, contest
or just to ask for players for future videos so follow the link the description and join
now. In the discussion tab you will see a introductory
thread. All you have to do to participate in the giveaway is to introduce yourself in
English or Spanish, say where are you from and if possible the specs on your computers
and you are in the giveaway! Oh and no making fun of anyone’s computer.
I am serious about this. See you on the next video.

100 comments on “LowSpecGamer: improving performance on Payday 2 (OUTDATED)”

  1. Sergej Gajic says:

    Hey man i do tips 2 and i when i want to start PayDay 2 game crash wtff.Always when i start game crash why and i cant start the game after this tips why help me why i cant start the game when i do tips 2 ?

  2. Sergej Gajic says:


  3. Gary Ojeda says:

    Now my game cannot open

  4. Koen Morre says:

    can i still do this?

  5. Napter says:

    after : 15 fps
    later : 30 fps

  6. Un Troyer Mas says:


  7. Myskyer says:

    can i close the Bundle Modder when i want
    to play?

  8. Swap says:

    the specifications of your computer it's same of the mine computer

  9. Raul says:

    is that hard to run payday 2?…or to buy a gaming laptop or PC?…

  10. Xvest igesX says:

    ok just asking what videocard you was using in this video it is funny to see so low fps

  11. AntigonMKD says:

    this is not working at all

  12. TECNO RAP says:

    funciona gacias gracias no mas lagggg

  13. Reschko says:

    This video is not that outdated. The only thing that doesnt work anymore is the shadow map mod, everything else should be fine still.

  14. 연필 says:

    All i have to say is one. DLLLCCC!!!!!

  15. PCJ600 GT says:

    I hope the next payday will be good optimized 😀

  16. Spectrum Games says:

    we are lowspecgamers XD

  17. Fernando Neira says:

    Gracias LowSpecGamer :D, gracias a ti ni me abre la cagá de juego la concha de tu madre

  18. George Decimo says:

    The program who use is a virus all most my pc blowad !! 👿

  19. DeoCZ says:

    pls h help where is file explorer  options

  20. Timotej Glažar says:

    make a up to date version of the video..

  21. Games Down 2 says:

    did not work 🙁

  22. The Limonek says:


  23. Lyhz says:

    my game won't start

  24. Lyhz says:

    plz, update this video. or make a new one for the new version of payday

  25. Happy Dolphin says:

    1:10 Git Gud

  26. M1king says:

    +30 fps omg thx

  27. Hofmann says:

    Will this run it good

    CPU: AMD A6-5200
    RAM: 8GB
    Graphics: 1024MB ATI AMD Radeon R5 235 (MSI)

  28. Cooper says:

    WhenI start the game and instaled the mods. Payday 2 keeps closing itself. please help me!

  29. Tony says:

    hahaha low texture mask!!

  30. sheuli bhowmik says:

    what is the name of the software of the fps counter

  31. Milky_Chocolate says:

    i get around 25 fps on all heists except first world bank i get around 40 fps in first bit after vault door i get 25 fps again

  32. Enembra says:

    great my PAYDAY2 is now broken becuz i didnt read the Desc. properly, how to fix?

  33. JC says:

    Outdated </3
    Please, do a new video.

  34. kotenok sasha says:

    thank! you up my fps to 45-50+! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

  35. Dhrupad Mustapha says:

    What is the highest graphics settings that I can use to play this game at a bearable fps rate with an intel core i3 and an intel HD graphics card? TwT

  36. Eduardo Hernandez says:

    If I want to delete the shadow map mod, I have to do to remove it help

  37. Aayush peace says:

    help i am getting 2 fps on my pentium 4

  38. Dusus says:

    When I start the game and install the mods. Payday 2 keeps closing itself. Please help me!

  39. Dat Person Doe. says:

    "file exploder options"

  40. julian szymczak says:

    What are your PC specs

  41. Albertas Vytautas says:

    will this work on intel pentium cpu g2020 . 4gbram . 64 bit?

  42. Tim G. says:

    PRO TIP: Disable "Flush GPU". It kills your FPS

  43. Pass The Jelly says:

    i did this and I got FUCKING VAC BANNED!

  44. Studio P Animação says:


  45. dragoneye says:

    This game aren't stopping to rob and kill

  46. Christian says:

    My Payday 2 is cracked (YES I KNOW IT WAS FREE DONT REPLY THAT) but when I try to start a Heist, ANY heist (including Safe house) gets stuck infinitely on Loading Screen.

    Any tip (despite of restarting PC and running compatibility)

  47. Juan Vonda's says:

    dudr can u help me .. actually the Notepad tweaking is still can and i used it. but the Map when there shadow is so dark and when i recording it .. its super dark .. can u help me what setting that i have to change to make it not dark?
    and i just using tweak from ur pastebin.

  48. Dubkillbreaker 96 says:

    i have a problem, my notepad++ no save the changes :/

  49. JjdarverojJ LOL says:

    el link del shadow map esta caido porfavor ayuda

    The shadow map link has fallen please help

  50. Eze plays 4 4 says:

    i dont even have payday2

  51. KwittersHD says:

    PUTA MADRE y yo vine porque el titulo estaba en español >:v denunciado por clickbait okno :v

  52. Rafcio says:

    I cannot find any folder called "Local" in my AppData folder, there is not Pay Day folder as well 🙁

  53. Manolo br19 says:

    My game does not go in now.

  54. Yorgy Steeve Sterling says:

    Hey, I can not live the game I've played

  55. Fresh Breezy says:

    Will payday 2 run low setting on my specs
    Intel Pentium quad core processor n3520
    Intel HD Graphics
    4gb DDR3 L Memory

  56. Liron says:

    game crashed every that i tryed to run it

  57. Fafnir3000 says:

    for those of you are confused to open appdata just click windows key + r it will run basiclly run… then type AppData

  58. SP says:

    am i suppost to put the folder with winrar or

  59. Enrique Peña Nieto says:

    Hey man, need help i fuked up
    I did that thing with the scripts and all that, played the game
    And it was like 30 fps
    But then i installed the mod, and the game doesn't open
    Plz help me

  60. Slavic _Slav says:

    I need to set low in all games almost even minecraft

  61. skulltrain says:

    Actually the game is not working with that specs

  62. HAO says:

    why i do not have file explorer options

  63. reeli 456 says:

    Solo gaste mi tiempo no sirvio de nada

  64. Moist Nugget says:

    Haha I would play this game and it was hell. Idk if anyone else had this issue as well but I had the ‘red dots’ issue which splattered red dots all over my screen and guess what? I played through it and I was already 300 hours into it when I fixed the issue and now I have a decent fps. I would have like 7-18(sometimes 20 at the max) fps but I gained a dramatic boost once I fixed it and I reduced the resolution to the lowest for a higher frame rate and the max I get is 40 fps. I have a HP laptop with a 2.2 processor and Intel(HD) 5000 graphics(I think) and I can run this on high texture quality and I can run gta5 with shitty graphics aswell.

  65. Németh Dani says:

    Searched for:"nfs payback what if you dont jump"

  66. Vyscis says:

    it didnt load sht when i strted the game. when i went back to the file everthing was gone

  67. Lil Cloutie says:

    r u using ur IT computer in ur school or somethin damnnn

  68. Bucky says:

    i play on 30 fps and im xx2 🙂

  69. sem dám besidku says:

    Also reduce framerate

  70. Exertine Gaming says:

    Do the original half life

  71. Annexaly says:

    Can't find the folder. Please help me.

  72. Lag Mortal 24 says:

    <variable name="max_anisotropy" value="1"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality" value="very low"/>
    <variable name="shadow_quality" value="disabled"/>
    <variable name="shadow_map_size" value="0"/>
    <variable name="anti_aliasing" value="disabled"/>
    <variable name="dynamic_lights" value="false"/>
    <variable name="effect_quality" value="low"/>
    <variable name="environment_detail" value="0"/>
    <variable name="post_effect_quality" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_backdrop" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_backdrop" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_buildings" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_buildings_bump" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_buildings_low" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_characters" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_default" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_effects" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_ground" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_ground_bump" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_gui" value=""/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_lightmaps" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_no_lod" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_plants" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_player_vehicles" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_props" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_props_bump" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_props_high" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_silhouettes" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_sky" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_vehicles" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_weapons" value="low"/>
    <variable name="texture_quality_weapons_third" value="low"/>

  73. tai nguyen says:

    why there is not a payday2 file in my local file

  74. JimmyHtv says:

    someone help me payday 2 is not starting

  75. Zen Kai says:

    helpme the link is down

  76. Kiko Lopes says:

    Type 3: buy a new graphic card

  77. Adam Cpak says:


  78. what a totis says:

    Thanks Alex!

  79. Dan Morgan says:

    Hell, I can't even get the damned game to open anymore.

  80. Sr.Troll says:

    Dañaste mi payday2 :c confie en ti amigo.Me costo mucho descargarlo.

  81. SavantArcade says:

    Shadow quality file link dosen't work 🙁

  82. Tomy ϟ says:

    i have fucking 30 fps in this game,and its cool! no lag,good!

  83. Ultra says:

    Pdth > pd2 and you know!!

  84. Jason Murdock says:

    If pay day 2 was released in 2003 on the old consoles this is what the graphics will look like

  85. GamingFrozz Tv says:


  86. Eukor Zonar says:

    los pc GAYmer me hacen bullyng :c

  87. sda SinewySea says:

    did you know in the payday the heist the helicopter guy's name is alex

  88. notsoname says:

    i play with higher fps and i only have 2gb ddr2 ram on 1920×1080 resolution

  89. Barry B Benson says:

    I have 64 mb dedicated vram and the game run 30 to 35

  90. RT Type Beats says:

    I like dogs.

  91. AlexADK says:

    i just realized we have the same name XD

  92. Il Duce says:

    After 2018 this game is unplayable without a gaming PC, they LITERALLY FUCKING REMOVED THEIR OPTIMIZATION STUFF.

  93. Luis Heredia says:

    NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED por favor para bajarle los graficos del todo para que corra en una cafetera jaja se podria?

  94. Ale XD says:

    Amigo, yo lo que quiro es reducir ciertos efectos, no que mi PayDay parezca Minecraft :,v

  95. Nitro Graffiti says:

    Bro my deepest respect for your work. You actually helped me to PLAY the game. Like if you cant really enjoy the game you cant really play if you have terrible performance. But with you you helped me. I love you bro (WTF NO HOMO 😂)

  96. Pistolfreak04 says:

    will i be able to do it on 1.60 GHz?

  97. suga says:

    Faz um vídeo de como tirar o lag do Payday the heist se poder

  98. rafik is meme says:

    i made a mistake : how do i get the original renderer file

    i edited it and it broke

  99. Lâm Đặng says:

    i dont have that PAYDAY 2 folder plzz help me

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