ENB and SweetFX for XCOM Enemy Unknown & Enemy Within. This is a Place and Play, no adjustments required.
Must be placed twice, once in regular game folder and once in DLC folder.
Extract to the following locations : Place a copy in both folders.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\XCom-Enemy-Unknown\Binaries\Win32
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\XCom-Enemy-Unknown\XEW\Binaries\Win32
Use "Scroll Lock" to toggle the effects.
Remove the same files.
2020 Update note: I have improved the SMAA settings to provide cleaner edges ingame and also added some increased light and strength to the HDR effect, so as to be closer to the games normal gamma but provide an improved look.
Nvidia Users. Enable DSR in your Nvidia control panel (as shown here), under the global settings. (I checked all the boxes to allow for all the resolutions).
ATI Users: Enable VSR here.
If game appears dark.
Make this alteration to XCom-Enemy-Unknown.txt in the sweetFX\Preset folder. Change the define USE_SMAA_ANTIALIASING to 0.
If game has performance issues or microstutters.
Open enbseries.ini in the game folder and change the line under [GLOBAL] AllowAntialias=1 to AllowAntialias=0.
This is meant to enhance the overall game.
Use the Sweetfx/Presets/XCom-Enemy-Unknown.txt file to alter settings.
To make adjustments to ENB, alter the enbseries.ini configuration settings file, found in the main folder.
Use PauseBreak to enable/disable effects.
Using the Printscreen, will generate ingame screenshots.
They can be found placed in the game folder, where the files were placed.
Use FastStone Image Viewer, to convert them to jpg or other formats.
Alter ENB and SweetFX settings as you like.
Full ENB Download available here.
Full Sweetfx Download available here.
For further information check here.
Trouble Shooting: Mod
Install the DX9 final release if you haven't done so previously. DX9 Final Release June2010
DX install: Download and run the file, tell it to extract to c:\dx, then after goto c:\dx and run the dxsetup file.
Check to make sure you are using the newest graphics drivers.
Try disabling any turbo or overclocking software.
If you experience issues with the ENB D3D9 try this: CTD, Graphics issues.
Replace the d3d9.dll with one of the alternates provided.
Nvidia users can use this mod (Thanks to khalilsm) to allow the game to run if you have any issues.
Rename the d3d9.dll that came with this mod to d3d9orig.dll and place the d3d9.dll from that mod with it.
Thanks to Christian Jensen (CeeJay.dk) and Crosire for reshade and sweetfx.
Thanks for enb by Boris Vorontsov.
I hope you find these programs and adjustments helpful at making your game more enjoyable.
Thanks also to Mod DB and the Mod DB Community.