Outrider on Pc has a couple Performance problemsespecially micro-stuttering and micro-freezing. People Can Fly have confirmed that the game’s DirectX 12 client is not working properly and they have suggested their own workaround for the PC performance issues.
The thing is, it’s a bit shaky and doesn’t work for everyone. I did some extensive troubleshooting and found a solution that worked for me. Below, I’ve listed a few different techniques that we hope your PC copy of Outriders will use to work smoothly.
Fix your micro stuttering and micro freezing in Outriders on PC with these performance enhancements.
Okay, there are a couple of things we can do to fix the micro stuttering and micro freezing that is affecting Outriders performance on PC, and some of them can boost your frame rate as well. I want to say that these tips are supposed to fix the two problems mentioned above. However, if your game is crashing then you can skip to the DX11 part of this guide as it should fix the problem for you.
Make sure you are running from your dedicated GPU.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised. Sometimes your GPU software uses your CPU’s built-in graphics instead of your actual GPU, which causes problems. This affects laptop users more often than desktop users. Hence, users of yours with proper towers should be able to skip this.
Open either the Nvidia Control Panel or the Radeon Settings by right-clicking on your desktop. If you’re using Nvidia hardware, go to Manage 3D Settings, then go to the Global Settings tab. It should say “Preferred Graphics Processor” at the top. Select your dedicated GPU and click Apply at the bottom.
AMD users click the Settings tab and go to Switchable Graphics. Find Outriders from the list of applications (you may need to start the game to see it) and set it to High Performance. Fun fact: do this for any game you want your dedicated GPU to always run.
Disconnect any controllers connected to your PC.
As silly as it sounds, some Outriders fans on PC have reported that disconnecting and removing their controllers from their computers fixed their in-game performance issues. To be thorough, unplug all controllers from your PC, go to Control Panel, click “View Devices and Printers” under Hardware, and manually remove all listed controllers.
Add Outrider to your Windows Defender exclusions.
This is the trick that worked for me. So if you keep your fingers crossed it will work for all of you. If you’re using Windows Defender, you’ll want to add an exclusion to both the Outriders folder in Steam and the one in your local apps.
Find Windows Security in the search bar and open it. Go to Virus & Threat Detection on the left and scroll down in this area and select Manage Settings. In this window, scroll down to Exclusions and click on Add or Remove Exclusions.
Click Add Exclusion and select the Folder option. From here, find your Steam folder (usually on your main drive if you haven’t manually set it elsewhere) or the one you installed Outriders on (if you have multiple Steam folders on multiple drives). Once inside, go to Steamapps> Common and select the Outriders folder. Next, go to your main drive, then Users> your username> AppData> Local and add the Madness folder.
If you’re running the game, reset it for the exclusion to take effect. For me, this trick fixed Outriders’ performance issues on PC. Hopefully this will be your last stop. Unless . . .
Run Outriders in DirectX 11 to troubleshoot performance issues with DirectX 12 PCs.
Okay, the first step here won’t work for those of you who play Outriders on PC through the Epic Games Store, but the second step will. This is the trick People Can Fly recommends, but it’s kind of broken. At least that first bit. That said, those of you who are having issues with crashes will want to upgrade to DX11.
If you’re on Steam, you can try to force DirectX 11 by right-clicking on Outriders in your library and selecting Properties. The first tab you open – “General” – contains “Startup Options” at the bottom. Enter “-force -dx11” to tell Outriders to start in DirectX 11. However, this doesn’t always work.
Instead, open the Outriders installation folder on your PC (Steam folder> Steamapps> Common> Outriders or Epic Library> Outriders). You should see “UE4CommandLine.txt”. Open this file and add “-force -dx11” below. Save the file and open Outriders with the executable file in the folder! This is important, otherwise this method will not work. The executable file is the Outriders-Win64-Shipping.exe file.
Note that in DirectX 11 you won’t have access to DLSS (assuming you’re using an RTX card) and your overall frame rate will be lower. But, hey, if this removes the micro stuttering, the micro freezing and crashing which is ruining the performance of Outriders on your PC then that’s a win.
Deactivate the Steam overlay and appear “offline”.
This troubleshooting technique is pretty much only intended for those who play Outriders on PC via Steam, although those of you on Epic can still go offline on your friends list to see if it helps.
To deactivate the Steam overlay, click on “Steam” in the top left of the launcher and go to “Settings”. Select the In-Game tab on the left. At the top you will see the option to turn off the Steam Overlay. Uncheck the box and click OK at the bottom. From here, go to “Friends and Chat” in the lower right corner of the launcher and click on it. Select your profile above and set yourself to offline.
Reinstall or reset your graphics drivers.
If nothing above set Outriders on PC performance for you, this is the scorched earth method. I would recommend reinstalling your current graphics driver first before reverting to an older one, but some people have reported that using older drivers worked for them.
To reinstall or reset your drivers, install them first Display the driver uninstaller to ensure a clean flush. Before using it, however, download either the latest driver (reinstall) or the previous one (rollback) from your GPU manufacturer’s (Nvidia) website Here;; AMD Here).
Once you’ve downloaded the driver you want to download, run the Display Driver Uninstaller. After restarting your computer, run the driver installation from the downloaded file. Even if your PC doesn’t reset after the installation, reset it afterwards.
Last option: reinstall Outriders on your PC hopefully to improve performance.
If absolutely none of this worked, it’s time for nuclear policy: uninstall and reinstall the game. I always save this for the last time because A.) not everyone has high download speeds and B.) most of them have data limitations. However, if nothing else worked, this is the final troubleshooting step I have for you.
If reinstalling Outriders on your PC doesn’t affect performance after trying everything else listed above, you’ll have to wait for People Can Fly to patch the game. They have realized the problemsand have stated that they are working on them. The best thing you can do at this point is to hope that they will resolve them sooner rather than later. Hopefully none of you reading this is at this point. Hopefully.
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