How to Revert from DX12 to DX11 in Borderlands 3

How Revert from DX12 to DX11 in Borderlands 3

How to Revert from DX12 to DX11 in Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3’s DirectX 12 implementation is broken right now. There is no other way of putting it. At best you see long initial load times and occasional stuttering, but at worst the game won’t even start. In this instance, the b in Borderlands 3’s “DX12 beta” option strands for broken. 

This is a big problem, as Borderlands 3 can be hugely CPU limited, and this issue can be mitigated using DirectX 12. Sadly, given the current state of DirectX 12 in Borderlands 3, this option cannot be recommended. Worse still is the fact that this issue will prevent a lot of gamers from playing the title.  

For those who can no longer boot up Borderlands 3, we have a method which will allow PC gamers to revert back to DirectX 11 without booting Borderlands 3 in DirectX 12 mode first. Borderlands 3’s DirectX 12 implementation needs some work. 

Reverting to DirectX 11 mode in Borderlands 3

Like most Unreal Engine titles, PC gamers can alter Borderlands 3’s graphical settings using a .ini file. This file is available by heading to “Documents” in Windows 10, then “My Games”, “Borderlands 3”, “Saved”, and the “Config”. After this, PC players will find a file called “GameUserSettings.ini”. 

Open “GameUserSettings.ini” in a word processor like Notepad, and then find the following setting “PreferredGraphicsAPI=DX12PreferredGraphicsAPI=DX12”. Change “DX12” to “DX11” and then save and exit the file. After this, Borderlands 3 should boot in DirectX 11 mode. 


How Revert from DX12 to DX11 in Borderlands 3  

For PC players who’d prefer not to have your eardrums busted by the 2K, Gearbox and AMD splash screens that play when Borderlands 3 is booted, you can follow our guide here to remove these splash screens from the game. Our guide is available here. 

Expect a full performance analysis of Borderlands 3’s PC version in the coming days. 

Update  Our full PC performance review and Optimisation Guide for Borderlands 3 can be read here. 

You can join the discussion on Borderlands 3’s PC version on the OC3D Forums.