F1 23 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

F1 23 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

F1 22 VS F1 23 

When it comes to yearly game releases like F1, Call of Duty, or FIFA, it is easy to believe that every game in the series looks the same and that there has been little in the way of graphical improvement between each game in the series. Yes, in many ways F1 23 looks very similar to F1 22, but with this year’s iteration comes changes to the game’s lighting that can have a huge impact on the look of the game.

In our demanding Singapore (Wet) testing scene, we can see that F1 23 has clearer overall imagery and a more complex lighting model. Shadows can now be seen in areas where there weren’t any before, and the accuracy of reflections have been taken to a new level. Yes, F1 23 looks a lot like its predecessor, but that is because it is simulating the same thing, and F1 and its famed circuits have not changed that much visually. 

(F1 22 VS F1 23)

F1 23 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide F1 23 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

In F1 23 we can see that the visual impact of weather effects has lessened, and while rain drops can cause some neat blurring effects on the game’s camera viewports, the game’s presentation is a lot clearer than before in adverse weather conditions. People want to see the games that they are playing clearly, so we think that this is a positive change for F1 23, as F1 22 could have weather and fog become too obtrusive. 

(F1 22 VS F1 23)

F1 23 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide F1 23 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Performance

When benchmarking both games using an Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card at Ultra settings (with Ray Tracing enabled), both F1 22 and F1 23 have similar performance profiles. Both games run similarly at 1080p, where both games are CPU-limited, though it is clear that F1 23 is more demanding than its predecessor. 

With more complex ray tracing, and other visual enhancements, it is easy to see how F1 23 has become harder on PC hardware. The good news is that F1 23 is hugely scalable, allowing PC gamers to run the game on more modest systems if they are willing to turn down some of the game’s settings. 

F1 23 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide