How to disable The Ascent Depth of Field setting on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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The Ascent

The Ascent is an action RPG from Neon Giants and Curve Digital. It is available on PC via Steam, and MS Store. The reception has been positive from both fans and critics, with the game earning universal praise for its action. The PC version runs fine for the most part, the developers have been closely listening to reports from players on Steam forums. If you want to disable The Ascent Depth of Field setting, here is how you can do that.

We have written multiple guides for the title, explaining how you can disable Chromatic aberration, film grain, and improve the ultrawide implementation. Since the game is developed on Unreal Engine, there is a lot we can customize with minor edits.

Disable The Ascent Depth of Field

The developers have used many effects to give the game the unique look it has. Most of these don’t have any performance impact, but many users find some of these a bit distracting. Depth of field is another effect that comes down to user taste, as it usually doesn’t have a major impact on performance.

If you want to disable it in the game, here is how you can do that.

  • Open Windows Run by either pressing Windows R keys together, or by searching for it in Windows Search
  • Enter the following address, and press OK
%LOCALAPPDATA%\TheAscent\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Windows Run lets you access multiple locations in Windows, allowing you to disable The Ascent Depth of Field
The Ascent location in Windows Run
  • In this folder, open the Engine.ini file using a text editor like Notepad or Notepad++
  • Enter the following lines (If [SystemSettings] is already present, add the line below it)
[SystemSettings]
r.DepthOfFieldQuality=0
  • Save the file (Ctrl+S), and then exit out

When you launch the game again, depth of field will be completely removed from The Ascent. If you want to enable it again, simply edit the file again, remove the r.DepthOfFieldQuality=0 line, and save the file.

Hopefully, the developers add these options in the settings in a future update, but for now, this is the easiest way to disable this setting.

We hope this guide was helpful, and you were able to disable The Ascent depth of field setting on PC. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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