One of the frustrating issues that some Xbox One players are reporting with the new Madden NFL 22 game is lag or sudden drop in frame rate. If you’re experiencing the same issue whether you’re playing the game offline or in an online mode, this troubleshooting article is for you.
Causes of Madden NFL 22 lagging issues on Xbox One
There can be many different reasons if Madden NFL 22 is lagging or behaving poorly on your Xbox One console.
For most folks, game coding bugs and server troubles are the common causes and thankfully, such issues are rare. By far, there’s been only sporadic reports from Xbox One players about the game lagging persistently due to server problems or known game glitch.
Another reason that can cause games to lag or experience sudden drop in frame rate can be overheating. If your Xbox One has become too warm, it may slow the system down to attempt to cool off. While this feature happens automatically under the hood, it may also lead to poor performance when a game is currently running.
Severe cases of overheating may eventually lead to random shutdowns and hardware damage.
If Madden 22 loads slowly and the gameplay keeps on stuttering, it may be due to an issue with the console’s system cache. The same can happen if the Madden NFL 22 game files have become corrupted or damaged. To address each of these possibilities, there are two separate troubleshooting steps that you can do.
The state of your home internet connection can also impact how Madden 22 works, especially if you’re playing the online features. You want to ensure that you have a solid internet connection at all times to avoid having problems when you’re having fun with Madden Ultimate team, or any online mode.
How to fix Madden NFL 22 lag on Xbox One
Fixing Madden NFL 22 lag on Xbox One is generally easy. Here are the solutions that you should do to fix it:
Fix #1: Check the Madden 22 server status.
If you were able to play Madden NFL 22 without problems before, it’s possible that the reason why the game is lagging can be attributed to server issues. Make sure to visit the official EA support page to check for the Madden 22 server status.
Alternatively, you can follow the official social media accounts of EA dev team:
Fix #2: Restart the game.
The good old restart can sometimes work wonders. Make sure that you refresh the game by closing and starting it back up again. If you have the physical disc, make sure that you close the game, take out the disc, and put it back in.
Fix #3: Refresh the Xbox One system cache.
If there’s no known server issues at the moment and nothing has improved after restarting Madden 22, you then need to see to it that you refresh the console system cache. To do that, you need to turn your Xbox One off and unplug it from the power outlet for 30 seconds. Afterwards, you want to turn it back on and run the Madden 22 game again.
Fix #4: Check for updates.
Another simple exercise to fix lag in Madden NFL 22 is to ensure that the game is updated. This is especially important if you don’t connect your Xbox One to the internet all the time, or if you don’t play any online feature or mode of Madden 22.
In order to update the game, all you have to do is to ensure that your Xbox One is connected to the internet and then try to play any online feature. If the game client is outdated at this time, the system should ask you to update first before you can proceed.
Fix #5: Clean your game disc.
For those who prefer to have the physical copy of the game instead of the digital version, you want to make sure that the cause of the Madden NFL 22 lag is due to a dirty or damaged game disc. To quickly check, simply close the game, take out the game disc and wipe the surface with a clean, soft cloth.
While you’re at it, this is also the time that you should consider checking if there’s any visible sign of damage to the disc like scratches or cracks.
Fix #6: Ensure your Xbox One is not overheating.
An overheating Xbox One console can lead to problems including lag or poor performance when gaming. If your Xbox One console keeps shutting down randomly while you’re playing, or if the lag becomes persistent prior to the console turning off, it may be a sign of overheating.
Make sure that you allow the console to cool off for a few hours before you use it again.
To prevent the console from overheating, you want to make sure that it’s located in a cool, dry place. If you think that the console is dusty, try to clean it up using a can of compressed air to blow the dust out from the system.
Fix #7: Delete saved game data.
Corrupted game data may also lead to crashes. To check if the Madden 22 files have become damaged or corrupted, you can refresh them with these steps:
- Go to your Xbox Home screen.
- Select Settings.
- Go to System > Storage.
- Select Manage storage on the right-hand side of the screen, then select View contents.
- Highlight your Madden 22 game, press the Menu button, and select Manage game.
- Select Saved data on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Select Madden 22 to access the game’s saved data.
- From here, use the Options Menu to delete files or to view more information about a specific file.
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