Outriders has finally arrived and just like any new game, it also comes with tons of bugs and issues. While some players experience crashes, others are complaining that Outrider performs poorly on their machine due to low FPS, lag, stuttering, and other performance issues.
In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll show you some tips and tricks to deal with low frame rate or lag issues.
What is FPS in gaming?
FPS or Frames Per Second is the rate your graphics card or GPU completes frames every second. The faster and higher the FPS when gaming, the better.
FPS is often interchanged with Hz. Hz or Hertz, refers to how fast your display or monitor shows the completed frames of your GPU. The simplest way to differentiate the two is to remember that FPS is the function of the GPU while Hz is that of your gaming display or monitor.
In order to avoid issues such as screen tearing, you want to ensure that both the FPS and Hz matched. So, for example, if you want to take advantage of your powerful GPU that’s capable of completing 244 frames per second, you also want to use a high-end monitor that can refresh the screen 244 times every second. The screen refresh cycle is measured in Hz.
If you have powerful GPU but your monitor is basic and is only capable of running at 60Hz, you should consider scaling down your GPU to 60 FPS.
Why does FPS matter in Outriders?
FPS, also known as frame rate is an important metric especially in competitive gaming and in fast action games like Outriders as the smoother the actions are displayed on the screen, the lesser the chance of lag, slow performance, stuttering, or “rubber banding.”
In Outriders, where fast reflexes are sometimes necessary to give you an advantage in dealing with opponents.
If your PC has low FPS when running Outriders, you may perceive certain actions to be laggy, delayed, or stuttering. When playing a game like Outriders, you want to avoid having performance issues and greatly improved frame rate from the get go.
Causes of low FPS in Outriders
FPS is one of the good measures of PC performance. If your PC seems to be having performance issues when playing Outriders, one of the following items may be the reason for it:
Outriders may be too demanding if your PC is several years old at this time. If the frame rate appears to be inconsistent and the game does not run smoothly at all, the first thing that you want to do is double-check if your hardware meets the system requirements. Your computer’s processor or CPU must be at least an Intel I5-3470 or AMD FX-8350 and the GPU must be a minimum of Nvidia GeForce GTX 750ti or AMD Radeon R9 270x.
If your machine is using older or less powerful components, you may not be able to run the game smoothly at all.
Corrupted game files or data.
If the frame rate is still low despite your machine being able to meet the minimum system requirements, the other possible reason for your problem might be corrupted game files.
If you experience crashes often and the game seems to be having trouble with its performance during the times that Outriders does not crash, you’ll have to look into the state of the game data.
Interference from third party apps.
Other applications running actively and in the background may drain your computer’s resources such as RAM, which may, in turn, lead to lag or low FPS. You can open the Task Manager application and check the Performance tab to get a snapshot of your machine’s performance while the game is running.
How to fix Outriders low FPS, lag, or stuttering
Below are the solutions that you can try if playing Outriders has become a disappointment because of lag, stuttering, or low FPS.
Fix #1: Check for updates.
Making sure that the software environment of your PC is updated is a simple yet sometimes effective solution for bugs.
First, you want to make sure that the Outriders game is running the latest version by updating it.
If you disabled the automatic installation of Windows system software updates, ensure that you check for updates now and install them.
More importantly, you want to check if your drivers, particular for your graphics card or GPU are up-to-date. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, try to check if you have the latest NVIDIA Game Ready drivers for Outriders installed. If not, make sure that you install the latest drivers. If the lag or low FPS problem started after installing the latest graphics drivers, consider rolling back to the previous driver to see if that will fix the problem.
Fix #2: Check the game system requirements.
Low frame rate or FPS may also happen if your PC is not capable of handing the game. Be sure to check the Outriders system requirements to see if your PC can run it.
Fix #3: Play Outriders in Windowed mode.
One of the fixes that you can try is play the game in either Windowed Mode or Windowed Fullscreen mode.
Some players have reported to have fixed a crash by changing their graphics settings, particularly the Window Mode. To do that, open the Settings menu, select Display, and under Window Mode, select the option you haven’t tried yet.
Fix #4: Use DirectX 11.
If you using Windows 10 Operating System, Outriders will use DirectX 12 or DX12 by default. However, some players have reported encountering low frame rate when running the game in this version so you can try to use the older DX11 to see if it helps. This is certainly not a permanent solution but you can try it at the time being while Square Enix is working for a better solution.
If you play Outriders via Steam, follow these steps to force the system to run DX11:
- Go to your Steam Game Library.
- Right click on Outriders.
- Select Properties.
- In the box below LAUNCH OPTIONS, enter: -force -dx11
Fix #5: Change your graphics settings.
Some players were able to successfully eliminate low frame rate or lag in Outriders by disabling two display settings
Other possible solutions
Disable Ansel (NVIDIA).
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, try to disable the in-game camera called Ansel by doing these steps:
- Go to the default system drive (usually C:\) and find the Ansel Folder. A sample path should be: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Ansel\
- Once you have the Ansel folder opened, find the NvCameraConfiguration.exe file and run it.
- At the bottom part, in the Ansel Status section, tick the Disable button.
Change your FPS cap.
In case your GPU is firing off too much FPS and your current monitor can’t handle it, you can manually change the FPS limiter or cap to ensure that both FPS and your monitor’s refresh rate match.
For example, if you have an NVIDIA GPU, you can open the NVIDIA Control Panel, go to Manage 3D settings, select Max Frame Rate to change the value. So, if you have a 60Hz display, you can change the Max Frame Rate to 60 FPS instead of something that’s higher.
Change resolution scaling to 80%
Some players have also boosted the performance of their computers when playing this game by changing the resolution scaling to 80%. To do this, you have to go under the game’s Display settings.
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