How To Fix Destiny 2 Stuttering and Freezing Issues on Steam

In this post, we will show you how to fix Destiny 2 stuttering and freezing issues that seem to be bugging some gamers. There are a few procedures you need to try, so continue reading to learn more. 

Stuttering and freezing issues are often due to minor technical issues with the game or the computer itself. However, there are times when such issues can also be caused by connection and server-related problems. 

Most of the time, you can fix these issues easily as you may only need to do a couple of procedures to make the game run smoothly again. So you should take a little time troubleshooting the game and your PC to know the reason why they occur and hopefully be able to fix them. Here are the things you should do: 

Fix #1: Close Destiny 2 and reopen it

Stuttering issues can often be fixed by re-launching the game, so that should be the first thing you have to do. It might save you from all the hassles in doing all the troubleshooting procedures. Here’s how it’s done: 

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  1. Press the CTRL, ALT and Delete keys at the same time. 
  2. Click Task manager. 
  3. Look for Destiny 2, click on it and then click the End task button at the lower-left corner of the window. 
  4. Once the game is closed, click the Start button.
  5. Click Power, and then Restart. 

Once the reboot is completed, launch Destiny 2 again and see if the stuttering and freezing issues are fixed. 

Fix #2: Make sure your Internet connection is fast and stable

You will also need to check your Internet connection because if your PC has a slow or no connection at all, stutters and freezes will surely occur. To be able to accomplish this, perform a speed test. 

  1. To do so, log on to SpeedTest.net. 
  2. Click Go and wait until the test is finished. 

Compare the results to your plan. If the Download and Upload speeds are way lower than what you’re supposed to be getting, then try rebooting your router or modem. You may also call your Internet Service Provider if the problem persists. 

Fix #3: Check Destiny 2’s servers

Assuming that your Internet connection is fast with low latency, the next thing you need to do is to check the servers, because if they’re down or under maintenance, issues like this can also occur. So try these steps: 

  1. So log on to DownDetertor.com. 
  2. Search for Destiny 2 and then try to see if there are several reports in the last couple of hours. 

If other gamers also experience the same problem as you, then you don’t have to worry too much because it will surely be fixed within an hour or two. 

Fix #4: Make sure your graphics card drivers are updated

Before moving on to troubleshooting the game itself, make sure that the graphics card is using the latest driver. Better yet, make sure everything is updated on your system to minimize complications. Here’s how to update the graphics driver on your PC: 

  1. Click the Start icon, type “file explorer” and click the File Explorer app. 
  2. On the left panel, right-click on This PC and click Properties.
  3. Click Device Manager.
  4. Expand Display adapters, right-click on your GPU and click Update driver.
  5. Click Search automatically for drivers, and wait until your PC finishes the update.

After doing that, try to see if the problem is fixed. 

Fix #5: Delete the game’s cache

There are times when the game’s cache gets corrupted. A cache is basically a set of small files that help in making the game run smoothly. If they get corrupted, stuttering, freezing and even crashing may occur. Delete the old cache so that it will be replaced with a new one. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard. 
  2. Type %appdata% and click OK. 
  3. Look for the Bungie folder and double-click it. 
  4. Now look for the DestinyPC folder and delete it. 

Most of the time, this will fix minor gaming issues, so try running Destiny 2 and see if the problem is fixed. 

Fix #6: Verify the integrity of the game files

Aside from the game’s cache, another set of files that has a tendency to get corrupted are the installation files. You cannot delete them as the game will no longer work if you do. Instead, let the Steam client do the checking for you. Here’s how: 

  1. Launch the Steam client. 
  2. Navigate to the Library tab, right-click on Destiny 2 and click Properties.
  3. Navigate to Local Files and then click Verify integrity of game files.
  4. Wait until the verification is finished.

This will often fix crashes, stuttering and freezing. So run the game after doing this. 

Fix #7: Uninstall Destiny 2 and reinstall it

The procedure that will fix game problems effectively is by removing it completely from your computer and then reinstalling it. So if all else fails, then you have no other choice but to do this. It must be your last resort as you may spend an hour two re-downloading the game, depending on how fast your connection is. Here’s how you uninstall Destiny 2 from your PC: 

  1. Launch the Steam client. 
  2. Navigate to the Library tab and right-click on Destiny 2.
  3. Hover over Manage, and click Uninstall.
  4. Click Uninstall one more time to remove the game from your computer. 

Once the game is successfully uninstalled, restart your PC and then reinstall it. That should take care of the Destiny 2 stuttering and freezing issues. 

We hope that we’ve been able to help you. 

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