How to enable Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’s secret “Unobtanium” graphics preset

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has a secret graphical preset – Here’s how to enable it

Ubisoft’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is now available on PC, and it is a great looking game. Frontiers of Pandora has some of the best forest rendering in gaming, showcasing the strengths of Ubisoft’s SnowDrop engine. Even so, there Ubisoft’s Avatar game has settings beyond Ultra, Unobtanium. These preset’s hidden from most players. They are literally unobtainable without a little tweaking.

Using a launch command, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’s Unobtanium preset can be enabled. This preset exceeds the game’s Ultra preset and extends many settings to deliver better visuals. The problem is that these settings are not designed to run on currently available hardware. This preset is for future PCs with future graphics cards. Unobtanium settings should keep Frontiers of Pandora’s benchmark mode relevant for years to come. Well, at least until next-gen GPUs launch.

How to enable “Unobtanium” settings in Avatar

To enable unobtanium settings, PC gamers need to enter Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’s “Properties” tab and add a command line argument to the game. Simply add to the game the “-unlockmaxsettings” command (without quotes) and hit save.

Next time you enter Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, the game’s unobtanium graphics preset will be available as a graphics quality mode. This setting is very demanding on modern gaming hardware, even on high-end GPUs like AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XTX or Nvidia’s RTX 4090. Unobtanium settings are for next-generation GPUs. Even they might need the assistance of DLSS or FSR to run at 4K 60+ FPS.

Why make Unobtanium settings this hard to access?

“Unoptimized” is not a word that any developer wants associated with their game. That is a simple fact of life. If “Unobtanium” settings weren’t locked behind a launch command, some gamers would use this preset and then call game is “unoptimized”. That’s what tends to happen when games launch with graphical presets targeting future hardware. Too often “unoptimized” just means that a game doesn’t run well on a user’s specific hardware configuration.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a beautiful game. The game runs well on PC, and you don’t need to use Ultra settings for this game to have strong visuals. We expect to release a full PC performance review and optimisation guide for this game soon.

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