Elden Ring: How to Fix Stuttering and Improve FPS on PC
It’s been a few days since the highly anticipated Elden Ring was released, and it seems that the change in direction for developer FromSoftware has paid off. The game’s reception has been stellar thus far, with it receiving rave reviews on all target platforms.
As is the case with multi-platform releases, though, especially in the post-pandemic world, the release wasn’t without its operational hitches. In fact, the PC release seems to be suffering from significant optimization issues, so much so that even those with high-tier rigs have reported sporadic drops in framerate and frequent jitters. The problem seems to be even worse on Steam’s new handheld console, the Steam Deck, but FromSoftware has confirmed that they are already working on a fix for that.
The good news is, regardless of how powerful or weak your system is, there are a few ways you can tweak performance and reduce the problem until a more permanent solution comes along in the form of a patch that smoothens PC performance across the board.
Note that the following are general purpose tips that are known to improve performance within games, with some having been reported by Steam users as yielding positive results for Elden Ring in particular. How much of an effect these will have on the game depends on your PC’s specifications. We intentionally left out a few potential solutions given their complexity or potential to reduce system security.
Elden Ring Stuttering and Low FPS Fixes
- Ensure that your GPU drivers are up to date.
- Switch to Borderless Windowed mode from the game’s Display settings.
- Verify Integrity of Game Files in Steam. Right-click the game and select Properties > Local Files > Verify integrity of game files.
- Disable Xbox Game Bar. Hit Win + I, select Xbox Game Bar, and toggle the switch on the right to off.
- Increase shader cache size in your GPU settings. In the NVIDIA Control Panel, you’ll find this option under Manage 3D settings > Shader Cache Size.*
- Open up Device Manager > Software devices, right-click Microsoft Device Association Root Enumerator and select Disable.**
- Search for Graphics Settings from the Start menu, select the Elden Ring executable from the Browse option on the right, click Options, select High performance, and hit Save.
- In Steam, right-click the game, select Properties and under Launch Options, enter -“USEALLAVAILABLECORES -high” (without quotes) and hit OK.
*We’d suggest assigning this change only to Elden Ring from within Program Settings.
**This driver mostly handles “old devices such as serial ports, TWAIN devices, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) devices,” according to TheWindowsClub.
It goes without saying that if the above yield little to no improvement for you, you may have to bite the bullet and begin lowering in-game graphics settings one by one. In my personal experience, while this may just add a few frames to your average FPS count, it isn’t likely to help much with the stuttering. Good luck!