How To Fix Ghost Of Tsushima Freezing, Lagging Or Stuttering | PS4

There are a number of possible reasons why your Ghost Of Tsushima game is freezing or keeps stuttering. There’s no need to worry though as majority of cases that were reported to us were effectively fixed by the gamers themselves. Unless your PS4 has an unknown software or hardware issue, freezing or lagging issue on this game should be solved with ease. Learn what you need to do below.

What are the reasons for Ghost Of Tsushima freezing, lagging or stuttering issues?

New games tend to develop bugs more than mature ones so it’s not surprising if a lot of players are reporting issues with Ghost Of Tsushima in its first week of release. One of the issues that we’ve identified with Ghost of Tsushima so far is about the game lagging or freezing the PS4. Learn what are the possible reasons for these issues below.

Random console or game glitch.

If Ghost Of Tsushima freezes once or twice only, it’s possible that there may be a random glitch with the game or with your PS4. There’s no perfect system and sometimes, performance issues can develop out of the blue depending on the software environment and hardware condition of your console.

Corrupted saved game or data.

If your Ghost Of Tsushima game has been persistently crashing, freezing or lagging and there’s no clear pattern when these issues occur, it’s possible that it may have been caused by corrupted game data.


Hard disk drive issue.

Some PS4 users are reporting that their Ghost Of Tsushima game is becoming unplayable due to constant lagging or stuttering at this time. If you are experiencing this problem, it may not be due to a game issue but rather by a hard drive malfunction. 

A bad hard drive usually affects more than one game. If you have other games that are also freezing, it’s time that you should look into the possibility of a hard drive malfunction.

Hardware fault.

Just like any electronic device, your PS4 can suffer from performance issues if the hardware’s condition is bad. If all of the software troubleshooting steps and solutions fail to fix your game freezing issue, you should consider having the PS4 checked.

How to fix Ghost of Tsushima freezing or lagging issues

Since there are a number of possible causes for freezing or lagging issues on Ghost of Tsushima, you’ll want to perform a series of steps to identify the cause and fix the issue. Below are the potential solutions that you can do.

  1. Install updates.

    A simple yet effective way to fix game troubles is to install updates. Make sure that you check for updates for your Ghost Of Tsushima game first. Afterwards, also check if your PS4 has a pending software update.

  2. Force quit the game.

    Sometimes, closing and then reopening the game is enough to fix temporary freezing issues. Make sure that you do this step before continuing with your troubleshooting.
    To force close your Ghost Of Tsushima game:
    -Go to the Home screen.
    -Select the Ghost Of Tsushima game icon.
    -Press the Options button on the controller.
    -Select Close application.
    Once the game has quit, wait for a few seconds before re-opening it. Check if the crashing problem returns.

  3. Clear the PS4 system cache.

    Rebooting the PS4 and unplugging it from the wall outlet can effectively refresh the system cache. This cache can sometimes become corrupted and cause performance issues.
    To clear your PS4 cache, just turn off the console and disconnect the power cord from the back for about 30 seconds. Afterwards, turn the console back on and see if the problem is gone.

  4. Run an older saved game.

    Some Ghost Of Tsushima players found that reloading a previously saved game file fixes some crashing or freezing bugs. If you have a saved game progress that may have contained a part of the game without the lag or freezing issue, load it and run the game from there.
    We highly recommend that you make it a habit to manually save your game once every hour. Although the game has an auto-save feature, manually saving the game can save you from a lot of hassle if the game encounters an error that can throw all your progress to waste.

  5. Rebuild PS4 database.

    Rebuilding the PS4 database is an often effective way to fix performance issues on a PS4 console. Make sure that you do this solution if your Ghost Of Tsushima game is still freezing at this time.
    To rebuild the database of your PS4:
    -Turn off the PS4 completely
    -When the device is off press and hold the power button. Release it after you’ve heard two beeps: one when you initially press, and another about seven seconds later.
    -The PS4 will now boot into “Safe Mode“.
    -Connect a DualShock 4 controller with a USB cable and press the PS button on the controller. If the PS4 isn’t recognizing the controller, you may have attached a ‘power only’ USB cable – use the one that came with the controller.
    -Select the option “Rebuild Database”.
    -Wait for the process to complete then restart the PS4.

  6. Delete and reinstall the game.

    A drastic solution that some PS4 users have done to fix this issue is to delete and reinstall Ghost of Tsushima. If you’ll do this, you’ll have to redownload the full game again (if you have a digital copy). For those who have a physical game, you’ll only have to download the most recent updates.
    To delete your Ghost Of Tsushima game:
    -Go to the Home screen.
    -Select the Ghost Of Tsushima game icon.
    -Press the Options button on the controller.
    -Select Delete.

  7. Check the hard drive.

    Sometimes, low-level failure within the hard drive may result to slow performance issues. Multiple or all games may not load or run sluggishly. 
    If your Ghost Of Tsushima freezing issue is still not fixed at this point, you should consider checking the hard drive. 
    There are a number of things that you can do to deal with a possible hard drive issue on your PS4. One is to rebuild the PS4 database. If that did not help, you can then try to delete and reinstall the game. If that did not work as well, then you should consider doing a factory reset.

  8. Factory reset your PS4.

    This solution will wipe the hard drive off so all contents will be deleted. This means that you’ll need to re-download the games again after the reset. Keep in mind that some games, like the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2020), can reach up to over 178GB. This means that it will most likely reach hours to have all your games reinstalled.
    To factory reset your PS4:
    -Turn off your PS4 by pressing the Power button in front. It should blink a few times before the console powers down.
    -Press and hold the Power button until you hear two beeps: one when you first press and another seven seconds later.
    -Connect your DualShock 4 controller with the USB cable.
    -Press the PS button on the center of the controller.
    -Use the Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) option to fix possible hard drive issue.

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