A Hat in Time to the ultra lowest. Increasing fps on an Intel Pentium + IntelHD

July 31, 2019 posted by

Do you ever think back about classic games
like Super Mario Sunshine, appreciate its colorful whimsical levels and think to yourself…
they just don’t make games like this anymore. Well, then you should play A Hat in Time,
literally one of my top 10 PC games of this year. But what if you using an integrated GPU and
you need a bit of help in the performance department? I am Alex, this is the LowSpecGamer… where
we explore ways of increasing performance on games and see what if the most ridiculously
low we can to run this game under the minimum requirements. A Hat in Time is a recently release indie
game running on the Unreal Engine 3 with some rather unspecific minimum requirements. I will be experimenting on this game on a
dual core Intel Pentium G3260, and its included intelHD GPU. No dedicated graphic cards for this one. Let’s go through some of the things you
can change on this game for better performance, which can all be achieved on the configuration
file located on the game’s installation directory, hat in time game, config… and
the file is called hatintimesystemsettings.ini Let’s start with something simple. On the lowest settings the game still renders
shadows on objects that are close enough to the camera. You set DynamicShadows and LightEnvironmentShadows
to false to get rid of shadows all together. Some of the variables at CompositeDynamicLights
and SecondaryLighting can be used to disable some of the game’s light but DirectionalLightMaps
is something you might want to leave enabled as it will make indoor surfaces completely
dark. This does not affect most outdoors levels,
but everything in close down spaces will be very hard, if not impossible, to navigate. It does provide an important performance boost
so only use if necessary. Another simpler option is disabling post processing
effects. The difference here is hard to spot, mainly
the colors being less vibrant which is relatively a small sacrifice. One very interesting element is depth of field. On large levels the game uses a dept of field
effect to blur out elements over a certain distance. This is a trick used to mask some of the draw
distance of the game, but it looks a bit weird on the lower settings. If you want to disable that for aesthetically
or performance reasons all you have to do is to set DepthofField to false. This will of course reveal the low resolution
low framerate elements in the background that you are not supposed to see but in general
some of the levels will look cleaner and work better. And talking about draw distance, that is controlled
by the MaxDistanceScale variable and if you are starting to get desperate you can reduce
it a bit. Cutting it to a dramatic 0.2 will cause a
lot of things to suddenly appear as you are walking around which, obviously might dramatically
affect your gameplay experience. During my own personal experimentation values
around 0.6 seemed to provide a good performance boost without making the game unplayable. If you are interested in a more simple change,
this game supports changing in internal resolution which allow to drop the resolution of the
game without affecting UI. This is done by changing the ScreenPercentage
variable where 100 is, well 100% external resolution. Change to 50 and you will definitively notice
a difference. Experiment until you find a value that works
for you. Finally we have level of details for textures. These variables control the texture resolution
of pretty much the whole game, so changing the Max and Mix LOD values to a low number
has some interesting effects. For example, if you limit all MAX lod values
to a 16 the game looks like this, so there is a very obvious reducing in texture resolution. If you drop them to 1 well… emmm…. Oh Hat kid… what have we done to you. Nothing escapes these changes, grass is weird,
textures are flat, nothing makes sense. Evidently you might not want to got to these
extremes. During the testing, which I streamed I noticed that some surface that were supposed
to be transparent are now opaque, which makes it really hard to complete some levels. So it seems the lowest you can drop the textures without this happening is 16 pixels of Max lod value. You will the find the final configuration file I used
in the description. With this final configuration I played several
levels without major issues in the playability of the game. It is worth noting that the game has a very
curious warning at the start… given the fact that this is not a laptop and that the
only GPU on this thing is the IntelHD. Are you judging me? Because obviously everyone has a dedicated
GPU right… no one would try to play this game on integrated. But on the actual game performance was much
better than I expected even on some of the levels that give me trouble before. Often close to 50 fps. It would drop to around 30 when it needs
to load something or when moving around the map really quickly. But it is still pretty good. There are some levels that are particularly
GPU heavy but, in a game were everything centers around the movements system I was still able
to navigate effectively on this PC. So, if consider playing this. I really recommend you do, it is really charming and the industry could use more games like
this. And if you are in a low end computer give some of the tweaks a try If you would prefer to follow a written guide I wrote an article on ModMy that you can find a link for in the description. Thank you to the people in Patreon who help,
keep this channel going.


100 Replies to “A Hat in Time to the ultra lowest. Increasing fps on an Intel Pentium + IntelHD”

  1. LowSpecGamer says:

    Ok. I have been wanting to do a regular old LSG video on this game for a long time. We will be returning to something more hardware based right after Christmas.

    Since I know a lot of game suggestions for will be made on comments, I wanted to provide an update of my current “blacklist” of games I am currently not expecting to make a video about. If you suggest one of these game expect to be pointed to this comment.

    First, regarding PUBG. I know the 1.0 blocked the config files. If any other way of changing the game is discovered I will make a video about it, but for the moment I know nothing.

    Ok. On with the list.

    -Unturned, Unity game with no config files and no launch commands. I have found nothing to make a video about.
    -Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, it uses a very restricted version of the anvil engine and I have been unable to find anything on this apart from changing resolution.
    -Assassin’s Creed: Unity, game is a bit of a disaster. Configuration file is very limited and I could not measure any difference using old AC commands.
    -Arkham Knight: gave it another try, but still refuses to work.
    -Shadow of Mordor: configuration files only mirrors the config screen. Nothing hidden or extra.
    -Fortnite: the developers blocked changing configuration files, and there does not seem to be any way to overcome it.
    -Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare / WW2: The configuration files are weirdly structure, but I have more or less figured out what each variable means. They do not seem to allow any value outside what the config screen offers.
    -Left 4 dead 2: The great majority of console commands are blocked, very little left of use.
    -Fifa 18: I might be missing something, but so far no results.
    -War Thunder: plenty of Options in the Game, but not much to add via configuration files or such.
    -Rainbow Six Siege: Apart from resolution the config file does not offer any tweaks. There are no launch commands and driver tweaks can easily lead to a ban.
    -Arma 3: There are some slight tweaks floating around, but I have unable to measure any improvement in performance, CPU, GPU or RAM use while using them. I am might be missing something, but it does not seem really twekeable at the moment.
    -Saints Row 3: tried finding something for the game, but so far everything in the configuration file is also on the config screen, so no extra tweaks.
    -Saint Row 2: same situation as 3. People often quote the “Gentleman of the Row” mod as a way to fix performance issues, but this is a collection of mods that adds things to the game while fixing some bugs. I have found no performance difference in the low end using Gentleman of the Row, and I have found no mention in the mod’s documentation regarding performance improvements. Powertools has a tweak for speed, but this does not seem to help if the GPU or CPU is under minimum requirements.
    -Just Cause 3: limited configuration file, no extra tweaks apart from resolution.
    -Ghost Recons Wildlands: I have yet to find any extra tweaks.

  2. Phini says:

    3:07 how to make this? The max lod 16 its perfect for me, but i cant make this (sorry for my english, i am brazilian)

  3. phdf says:

    como eu jogo em 32 bits

  4. kaiq2.0 YT says:

    Cara por favor faz um de south park the fractured but whole eu quero muito jogar comprei e não rodou estou nervoso

  5. LewdProvider says:

    Can you please do Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster?

  6. Draskex says:

    CoD WW2 plzz

  7. PuffyKinkaChu says:

    can u do space engineers???

  8. Torne Saien says:

    i have disabled motion blur on pause too and some more efects like decals i dont think this game uses decals but i did

  9. The Hacker says:

    Can You Do For Dead Rising 3 Or 4?Plz

  10. Wael Kharrati says:

    h1z1 plzzz

  11. Luccas #Tropadocafé #canalfalido says:

    Make a video of how to roll resident evil 7 please

  12. QuiteTV says:

    Please do Arma 3

  13. Manuel The Memezuelan says:

    ¡Vrchat por favor!

  14. Autumn Wolf Anna says:

    Now I can play this game in my PotatoPC

  15. potato gamer says:

    this hat in time was made in 2001 3:33

  16. Makoto Sakurai says:

    1,60Gb of ram can handle this?

  17. MineSlimeTV says:

    I..dont unfortunatetly know how to still be able to play this game on the dedicated GPU…

  18. MK starstorm says:

    Great video! would love to see one on how to run Killer Instinct (preferably the steam version) on low end hardware.

  19. Axelitowawi says:

    Do Starcraft 2

  20. Stur says:

    Senpai can u do battlerite

  21. TheBasic Dog says:

    I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong but it dosent work for just puts settings to default

  22. Diego Wheeler says:

    If you have a nice computer. It's even better to turn off depth of field because it looks really nice.

  23. FlipinSniper 101 says:

    even tho i changed MAXLODSIZE from 4086 to 16 it had no effect

  24. Lucas Espina says:

    Thank you so much! A great game i could've never enjoyed without your help

  25. gamerprince1999 says:

    great channel tbh i might try this soon

  26. be biwan says:

    harvestmoon please

  27. Dan Games says:

    Please does about this game Jam Disc please please please

  28. Dan Games says:

    Please does about this game Jam Disc please please please

  29. Servera Servera says:

    these graphics are cancer

  30. Latimew333 says:

    YES thank you so much, I was stuck on the parade level due to performance, I can finally play the game!

  31. Justin Y. 's minion says:

    Hablas español? si es así, harás videos en español? xD

  32. Jtoxuke :v says:

    GPU 100?? How much is it recommended to have it like that?

    sorry my english is not the best :'v

  33. NyanNinja 99 says:

    This is a great tutorial to run this game on a crappy desktop/laptop. If anyone is still having problems like me try lowering the ResY and ResX but be warned this will cut some of the screen off but it looks like it does help quite a bit for performance

  34. Emmedub says:


  35. Outro Youtuber says:


  36. RossOriginals says:

    Would a 3GHz quad-core be able to make up the 3.5GHz recommended speed through its multiple cores?

  37. The 97th Arcana says:

    Idk the config isn't working for me. Everytime I boot up the game it just uses the Default settings.

  38. João Vitor Sarmento Sarrizo says:

    This GAME Works on 2gb ram??

  39. Ertr Efgh says:

    Or use razor cortex

  40. Gd Dora says:

    Ok @LowSpecGamer i have a problem. After using the file you made i wasn't able to open the game anymore from the x64 launcher. Why did this happen?

  41. icarefornothin says:


  42. シkugokan says:

    How do i change the MaxLOD ?

  43. Charla Nadadja says:

    I love you

  44. AYM Gaming says:

    I pasted it but when I ran the game it always sets the HatinTimeSystemSettings back to Default setting please can some help me

  45. AYM Gaming says:

    Please help me low spec gamer

  46. David says:

    4:20 Ehehehehe, HEHEHEHE…

  47. Pinhook Meiosis says:

    why does dept of field really eat fps why!?

  48. Robert Hickman says:

    How does alpine skyline work with these settings?

  49. Dante Mex says:

    i cant go to the link of the Config file help Dx

  50. Lunitaproductions says:

    Screen percentaje bellow 100% it goes the screen black

  51. DTP says:

    now i have a better PC, i can play this game now but im still here to watch cuz the video is so good

  52. Nickareeno says:

    Thank you so much! I could play this game before but turning everything down didn't really help in the settings, but now this will surely work!

  53. Smug says:

    It's still amazing tho

  54. Turni says:

    I guess I have a reason for watching this video now that the game no longer works in wine.

  55. Cubic Player says:

    Thanks now i can play ahit(a hat in time) with less lag 😀

  56. Cubic Player says:

    but i can't edit the file 🙁

  57. Low _Poly says:

    it works on 2gb of ram

  58. Kiante Singleton says:

    Great now the game is less playable and looks like ass.

  59. igos700 says:

    Anyone know if it's possible to remove the effect when the enemies die and explode? This is the only thing who make my FPS drop, and it's really annoying

  60. Meu nome não é importante says:

    my screen is buged pls help

  61. Flurry says:

    Does this work well on a 2.4 GHz processor

  62. Blank Blank says:

    Looks like a GameCube game

  63. Smorgas Bord says:

    @LowSpecGamer Do you know how to make the signs in the game legible? Everything’s fine except that many signs are so blurred I can’t read them. I’ve tried tweaking textures but can’t figure it out.

  64. Jessey van Hoeijen says:

    hey, lowspecgamer. the config file seems to no longer work. can you upload one that works after Seal The Deal?

  65. Ryan Miller says:

    Please help! When I edit the file and try to save, it tells me that I don't have permission to edit the file; it says to contact the software owner or an administrator account though i'm on an admin account.


    Operational System Of x64 Bits Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N2940 @ 1.83GHz 1.83GHz
    4,00 GB (Usable: 3,88 GB) I Have Intel Inside

  67. Pugball2007 says:

    Is it bad if my file does not say .ini?

  68. Kezer Rwafa says:

    Why does this game run better on an Intel HD 3000 than on a PS4 Pro
    Got it on my weak laptop from 2010 and it can run between medium and high.
    Got it on my PS4 Pro and I noticed alot of effects were missing and Hat kid's quality was reduced.
    The developers didn't focus on the console versions of this game

  69. Yellow says:

    thanks now the fps are more fluid 😀

  70. PSI Miami says:

    Thanks for the help but i still have a problem, when i kill an enemy the game will lag a bit and i think its because of the dust effect that appears when an enemy is killed, how can i get rid of that?

  71. Cake Milkshake says:

    Hey there, just a question. I have a PC with only 4 GB of RAM, will the game run if i have nothing running on the computer but the game?

  72. Clecio Nunes says:

    Thank you 😉

  73. distroi says:

    buteiful game <3}

  74. klaus thompson says:


  75. GamerKid33 says:


  76. Dani Kun UwUr says:

    tengo un i5 y me va de horrores 🙁

    todo culpa de mi grafica u.u

  77. Jeff Gaming 123 says:

    I have integrated GPU and i need to change it into a dedicated GPU but all i have is Intel.

  78. Isurvolte says:

    The game doesn't want to recognize the changement 🙁

  79. NNebereYT says:

    the processor is the same as mine Lol

  80. LuckGaming says:

    Do you have a way to make the game charges more faster?

  81. NotRoleplayer Rodriguez says:

    i did all of that and the textures are no more.

  82. Fitraxpo says:

    Lmao it worked

  83. Sometimes I dream about dreams says:

    3:10 how did you do that

    And thank you for the vid i I’ve a hat in time but my pc is very bad

  84. Thomas Kings says:

    I want to play this game on my GPD Win 2. The framerate isn't really an issue but the game has these freezes every so often like its caching something..
    Do you know how to reduce these? I'm already running the game from the internal SSD so IO isn't the problem.

  85. AAandAG says:

    What would be the best settings for an Intel i3-3110M? Would it even work on one?

  86. GareBearGamingDood says:

    This Is My PC Specs:
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8250U CPU @ 1.60GHz 1.80GHz
    Installed memory (RAM): 12.0 GB (11.9 GB usable)
    System type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor
    Pen and Touch: Pen and Touch Support with 10 Touch Points
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620
    Chip Type: Intel(R) UHD Graphics Family
    DAC Type: Internal
    Adapter String: Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620
    Bios Info: Intel Video BIOS
    Monitor 1: My HP Laptop/PC
    Monitor 2: Philips 105S (105S2)
    GB: 915
    I'm On Core i5, The 8th Gen.

  87. Duplikiz says:

    it wont let me save the file it says i dont hace permission please help

  88. Edgar Vega says:

    What text program did you use? I don't find the replace text tool in notepad, help

  89. Jameel Davis says:

    Well when I start the game there is a square that take up the corner of my screen

  90. Luka-P says:

    Can A Hat in Time run on Intel inside core i3 and nivida geforce 610m 1gb?

  91. bloody gorgeous says:

    Thx now i can play

  92. That wasn't very stonks of you says:

    Why, why and why does this guide not work?

  93. Sh4dowZ says:

    I Love You So Much

  94. Otaku Punk says:

    can i use pentium n3710

  95. Pelo_208 says:

    Me: Oh wow this works fine
    *Starts Nyakuza Metro DLC*
    *Pc explodes*

  96. The Catmix Show! says:

    I wanted to play the game but I only have my computer that is from the government of Argentina xd

    It has a Intel Celeron chipset and 4 GB of RAM. I will try this configurations because the game caughts all my attention.

    Thanks friend!

  97. gabsF uwu says:

    talks in the distance uh, i play this game on the laptop

  98. ShadowWolfTJC says:

    Dear LowSpecGamer:

    With the release of the Nyakuza Metro DLC, low-end PC players like myself have been running into severe performance issues with regards to the new Nyakuza Metro level. Personally, I suspect that it has to do with the sheer volume of animated and reflective textures that are being rendered on-screen at a time (which, understandably, kills the framerate when the player is viewing an open area such as the main plaza). Since HatInTimeSystemSettings.ini has more options to tweak around than when you posted that file, what would you (or anyone else for that matter) recommend that I change to get more system performance, especially within the new Nyakuza Metro level?

    Edit: I've noticed that there are these different "[SystemSettingsBucket]" settings within the file. Any idea what they do?

  99. TheEpicGamerGuy 744 says:

    I have a question,Is there a way you can reset the settings to default??

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