How To Fix Death Stranding Lag Or Stuttering | 2020 | PC

Are you experiencing lag or stuttering when playing Death Stranding on PC? If you do, worry not as this troubleshooting guide will show you the things that you can do to fix it.

First, we will quickly provide the common reasons why this game may be lagging on your machine. Then, we will provide the list of possible solutions that you can do to eliminate lag or stuttering.

What are the reasons for Death Stranding lag or stuttering issues on PC?

There are four main reasons why some PC players experiences lag when playing Death Stranding. Let’s briefly go over each of them.

PC hardware limitations.

Death Stranding is a graphics-heavy game and requires certain hardware specifications in order to run properly. If your PC is a few years old and has a relatively weaker hardware, these are likely the reasons for the Death Stranding lag issue you’re experiencing. Below are the minimum and recommended system requirements for this game:


MINIMUM:

  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen™ 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 560 4 GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel™ Core i7-3770 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 590
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Keep in mind that even if your computer meets the minimum system requirements, the game may lag or stutter if you’re setting high graphics settings, or if other programs are hogging resources when you’re gaming.

Game bugs.

Some players have reported to us that they only encounter lag or stuttering on Death Stranding infrequently. This can mean that the problem is likely due to system limitations of their PC, or the game is simply buggy. 

Game bugs can be triggered by a wide variety of factors so there’s no easy way to know the real cause. What you can do is to gradually eliminate factors that might cause lag or stuttering as you go along your troubleshooting.

GPU drivers issue.

Another possible reason for your problem may be due to graphics card drivers. Make sure that your GPU receives the latest driver updates all the time to lessen the chances of issues.

Third party program interference.

Some applications can affect how games perform, especially if your PC is not optimized for gaming. If you noticed that Death Stranding started to lag or stutter after you’ve installed a new app, you should try to delete that program to see if that will fix the problem.

Other third party applications can use huge amounts of resources, which may put pressure on your PC, even if it’s designed for gaming. Try closing these programs to see if that will help improve the situation.

How to fix Death Stranding lag on PC?

Because there’s no easy way to find the cause of this problem, you’ll want to narrow down the common causes of lag in games. Follow this guide on what to do.

  1. Let the game run and observe.

    If Death Stranding lags or stutter from time to time, that does not necessarily mean that your PC has issues, or the game is buggy. Sometimes, computers may simply slow down for a bit due to certain triggers. 
    If you are new to the game, try to continue playing and see if lag goes away on its own after some time.

  2. Keep the game updated.

    Keeping your game updated all the time is one of the simple ways that you can do to keep bugs away. Make sure that you check for updates and install them if they’re available right now.
    If you have Death Stranding via Steam, update installation should be automatic for you but you can still manually check if there’s any new ones from time to time.

  3. Restart Death Stranding.

    Another simple way to fix lag on Death Stranding is to force close the game. You can do this by using Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL). 
    Just go to the Processes tab after opening Task Manager and look for the Death Stranding application. Then, highlight the application and hit the End Task button at the bottom.

  4. Reboot your PC.

    If the first two solutions above won’t help, your next solution is to ensure that you reboot your PC. You must do this if you leave your computer running for a long time. 
    To properly reboot your PC, first you want to turn it off normally. Once you’ve shut it down, unplug the power cord from the back, or take out the power cable from the outlet. Then, wait for 30 seconds before restarting your computer.

  5. Update graphics card drivers.

    Even powerful graphics cards need regular updates to keep them in shape. Software environment on computers changes constantly and if your GPU drivers, which are mini-OS for your GPU, are not updated, they may not work properly with new games.
    To check for drivers, select any of the links below.
    How To Check For And Install GPU Driver Updates | NVIDIA
    How To Check For AMD GPU Driver Updates
    How To Check For Intel GPU Drivers | NEW & UPDATED 2020!

  6. Repair game files.

    If you are playing Death Stranding via Steam, you can also try to check if the reason for the lag is due to corrupted game files. To do this, you need to open the Steam application and click on Verify game files integrity option.

Other workarounds to try if Death Stranding lag continues

Other workarounds exists in the web that reportedly worked for some Death Stranding players. If none of the solutions in this guide has helped, you can try these two possible solutions.

Turn off vibration on Xbox or PS4 controller.

If you are using an Xbox or PS4 controller, try to disable the vibration feature and see if that will work. This is not guaranteed to work although other players have reportedly find it a surprisingly easy way to get rid of lag in their system.

Disable V-Sync.

If you have an NVIDIA GPU and a G-Sync compatible monitor, try turning off V-Sync in NVIDIA Control Panel. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2.  Make sure that Advanced Settings is selected from the control panel tool bar.
  3. From the Select a Task pane, under 3D Settings, click Manage 3D Settings.
  4. Click the Global Settings tab.
  5. From the Global presets pulldown menu, select Base profile.

From the Settings listbox, select Vertical sync and change its value to Force off, then click Apply.

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