Finalizing The Setup


Launching the Tweaker & Updating the game

Now, after setting exceptions in our antivirus software, we will need to check the integrity of the game files itself. While you may or may not need to do this if you've downloaded using the Tweaker, it's a good habit to do so just in case something went wrong during the download process.

To do this, click on the Gear button, then select Troubleshooting and then click on Check for Old/Missing Files.

check-for-old-missing-files

Once it has finished file checking, it will then move on to the updater. The Tweaker will now download the files it needs to update your game. The speed of this is determined by your CPU speed.

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The VEDA System Updater, the Tweaker's updater and installer for PSO2.

Once it has been completed, you may now play the game as is by clicking on "Start PSO2". However, there are more features that the PSO2 Tweaker that you can enable and install. If you wish to configure your graphics settings, click here to jump to the Graphics Configuration section of this guide.


Tweaker Plugins & Features

The PSO2 Tweaker offers extra add-on plugins that enhance the overall gaming experience for PSO2. Things such as an Item Translator, or a built-in proxy for those who are affected by an IP block.

To access these plugins, click on the button labeled "Plugin Settings" on the tweaker.

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Click this button!

You will now be greeted by the Plugin Menu. A checked box means that the selected plugin has been enabled and an unchecked box means the plugin is disabled.

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The PSO2 Tweaker's Plugin Menu.

By default, the Block Translation, Item Translation, and Title Translations plugins are enabled. If you have installed the English patch when prompted, the Text Translation plugin will also be enabled.

Here is an overview of each plugin:

# Plugin Description
1 Block Translation Allows for the translation of the Block (lobby instance) names. SEGA has these handled server side, so this translates them for you.
2 Item Translation This plugin allows for the translation of the various in-game items you may encounter and use. The English patch only handles the in-game text, but the items aren't handled by the patch.
3 Telepipe Proxy This allows for users who are blocked by an IP Block, or other type of network interference (such as a country wide firewall or internet restriction). If no PSO2 Proxy URL is not configured, you will be routed to the Telepipe Proxy instead. More info on the Telepipe Proxy here.
4 Text Translation Dubbed the "Raiser" plugin by Arks-Layer, this plugin allows the fan translation patch to function. Disabling this plugin will make the game be in its default language of Japanese.
5 Title Translation Enables the use of translations for the various in-game overhead titles (achievements) you may randomly acquire through various tasks.
6 Reshade/SweetFX A graphic shader enhancement program. Not bundled with the Tweaker by default, however can be downloaded by clicking on the "Reshade/SweetFX plugin" button on the Tweaker's Plugin Menu.

After selecting which plugins you wish to be enabled, click on the "Save" button to save your settings and close the menu. Clicking on the Plugin Check button will check for updates on all plugins.


Graphics Configuration

To configure the graphic settings for PSO2, click on the button labelled "PSO2 Settings".

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The Graphics Settings menu.

Unlike other games, PSO2 has different preset graphics options that enable and disable certain settings. These settings do not allow you to customize them completely, except for the post-processing settings that you can enable from within the game itself.

Below are the following overview of the different settings that can be configured in the PSO2 Settings menu:

Video Settings
Play videos on lobby screens
Displays whether the in-game video ads in the lobbies play video or not.
Disable DirectX 9EX features
Uncheck to disable advanced DirectX 9 features.
Enable Coffee Brewing
See here for demonstration.
Game Resolution
Window Mode
Select whether you want Fullscreen, Virtual Fullscreen (Borderless Window), or Windowed mode.
Game Resolution
Select your preferred game resolution. Virtual Fullscreen ignores this and goes for the maximum supported resolution based on the primary screen set configured by Windows.
Max Framerate
Set your preferred max framerate as supported by your screen. You can even choose unlimited which functions the same as vsync disabled.
Text Size
This changes the scaling of the UI in-game. It's recommended that you don't touch this unless you have a smaller screen resolution lower than 1280x720. The higher the UI resolution, the smaller the UI will be. A custom setting can be selected if you manually edited the configuration file. (user.pso2)
Simple Render Setting
PSO2 uses different setting presets to display different graphic configurations. To play on low settings, with everything disabled, slide the slider down to 1. Maximum settings can be set by sliding the setting to 6, while medium settings can be achieved by selecting setting 3.
Shader Quality
Setting enables the quality of your shaders. Simple shaders disables all post processing effects, Standard is the default setting, while High Resolution displays all post processing effects. Standard and High Quality shaders also allow for them to be toggled on/off in-game. Simple disables this ability.
Texture Resolution
Selecting your texture quality determines how your in-game textures look. Compressed is good for very low end machines, Standard is the default, and High Resolution allows for a very near HD feel.
Audio Settings
BGM Volume
This slider lets you set the desired volume of the in-game music and concerts.
SE Volume
This slider lets you set the desired volume of the general sound effects.
Voice Volume
This slider lets you set the desired volume of the voices your character and other characters in-game.
Movie Volume
This slider lets you set the desired volume of the video ads in-game.

Once you have configured your desired settings, click on "Save Changes" to exit this menu.

Wrapping Up

Congratulations, you have successfully installed PSO2 and you are now ready to play the game. Check out our (Arks-Layer) Discord server located here. If this guide helped you, be sure to tell us!

If you encounter any issues, be sure to visit the Arks-Layer Discord Server located here: https://discord.gg/pso2 and join the channel #game-technical if you're having issues relating to GameGuard or weird in-game issues, or #tweaker-errors if you're having issues with the PSO2 Tweaker itself. Be patient however, everyone there is a volunteer and not paid or sponsored by SEGA in any way, shape or form.

If you encounter an issue (untranslated item/dialog box, possible weird translation) with the translation, also join the Discord and report said issue to the #translation-reporting channel.