Best Dying Light 2 Graphics Settings to Fix Stuttering and FPS Drops

You can find the best graphics settings for Dying Light 2 on this guide. It might help you eliminate performance issues like stutters, fps drops, and lag, if you are having them, and you will have a smooth experience in-game.

Dying Light 2 – Best Graphics Settings combination to fix Stutters and FPS Drops

Dying Light 2 has to be one of the most awaited games of 2022. It has been almost 4 years since the announcement, but it finally released today. It was supposed to come out almost 2 years ago, but Techland decided to take more time, and release a more stable version.

Set in a zombie apocalyptic-themed open world, Dying Light 2 is an Action RPG from Techland. With its events taking place 20 years after the events of the original Dying Light title from 2015, Dying Light 2 is set in a massive open world location, called The City, which is located in Europe, that players can explore without restriction. The map is four times larger than the original game, and each of the seven regions has its own landmarks and locations.

This game features an action-packed parkour experience with thousands of unique challenges to complete in each level. You can use parkour to quickly navigate the city, but you’ll also have to master a variety of tools to complete challenges.

Now the question is, being the first big AAA title of 2022, how well does Dying Light 2 hold up. Well, the game is definitely good. The reviews for the game were definitely mixed, and I did find some repetitiveness, but that is something that could be easily ignored. The game does have a lot of technical errors and bugs, though.

Speaking of the performance of Dying Light 2, let’s just say it is not the most optimized game that I have seen. People are already reporting cases of random stuttering, fps drops, freezing, etc.

That is where the graphics settings come into the scene. Tweaking in-game graphics or video settings not only gives you a smoother experience, but also gets rid of performance issues. Let’s see if it is possible to make this Dying Light 2 run for people with low-end hardware by tweaking the in-game video or graphics settings.

Graphics Settings

I tested Dying Light 2 on a GTX 1650 Super, and I managed to get somewhere between 40-50 FPS with these settings:

  • Window Mode: Fullscreen
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 [16:9]
  • Vertical Synchronization: Off
  • Upscaled Mode: No upscaling [Use DLSS, quality, if you have the option]
  • Gamma: Default
  • Film Grain Effect: Off

Advanced Video Settings

  • Renderer Mode: D3D11 [D3D11 is more stable than D3D12, at the moment]
  • Asynchronous Compute: On
  • Game Screen Size: 100
  • Sharpness: 30
  • Field of View: 15
  • Antialiasing Quality: Low [You can set this to High, but the default TAA implementation makes Dying Light 2 look blurry]
  • Motion Blur Quality: None
  • Particles Quality: High
  • Sun Shadows Quality: PCF
  • Contact Shadows Quality: High
  • Global Illumination Quality: High
  • Reflections Quality: Medium
  • Fog Quality: Low [This probably is the most demanding setting in the game]

Dying Light 2 best graphics settings

Dying Light 2 System Requirements

Check out the official system requirements once, so that you can confirm that your hardware is not the reason behind all the performance issues:

Dying Light 2 system requirements

How to fix the Stuttering, FPS Drops in Dying Light 2

Nvidia users, download the Nvdia Game Ready Driver v511.65

Download the latest NVIDIA driver that provides optimal support for the Dying Light 2. The version is 511.65. Download and install it manually from here, or via GeForce Experience.

Geforce Game Ready Driver v511.65 for Dying Light 2

AMD users, download Adrenalin 22.2.1 Optional driver

AMD users can download the Adrenalin 22.2.1 Optional version from here. As it provides support for Dying Light 2. Just fill in the details, and download links should show up.

Tweak the Nvidia Control Panel settings for Dying Light 2

  1. Go to your Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘ located on the left side under 3D settings
  3. Select ‘Use my preference emphasizing‘, and set it to ‘Performance
  4. Now try playing Dying Light 2 again, and see if you are getting fps drops or not

Disable Nvidia Instant Replay or Windows Background Recording

I would suggest that you turn off features like Windows Background Recording and Nvidia Instant replay. The Xbox Game Bar and Game Mode should be disabled as well.

To turn off Nvidia Instant Replay:

  1. Press Alt+Z [You obviously have Nvidia in-game overlay enabled if you are using instant replay]
  2. Click on the Instant Replay block
  3. Turn it off from there

To turn off Background Recording:

  1. Go to your Windows 10 settings menu
  2. Select Gaming
  3. Select Captures from the left
  4. Turn of Background Recording for the menu

Select the correct GPU, if your system has 2 GPUs

You may also be running a computer with two video cards. Make sure the game is using your dedicated graphics card instead of the integrated one.

If you are using an Nvidia GPU, here is what you need to do:

  1. In Nvidia Control Panel
  2. go to “Manage 3D settings
  3. Select “Global Settings
  4. Then under “Preferred graphics processor” select “High-performance NVIDIA processor

Dying Light 2 is definitely not the most optimized game I have played till date. The promises from Techland were big. Their work, no so much. I have tested the game on a RTX 3060 Ti, you can check it out if you want:

You have to keep one thing in mind. Dying Light 2 “Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: Denuvo Anti-tamper”. So, there is no way for this game to be perfect. Denuvo has been always known to be problematic on PC.

If none of the fixes mentioned above are working for you, then I would recommend that you contact Techland Support. First, give this article a read, and once you are done, click on “New Support Ticket” from the top, to send a message to the support. You can also visit the Steam Discussions page of Dying Light 2, as you will find a lot of other people talking about this topic there.

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing other problems with the game, then try checking out our other guides on Dying Light 2. Who knows, you might end up finding a fix.

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on February 5, 2022

4 thoughts on “Best Dying Light 2 Graphics Settings to Fix Stuttering and FPS Drops”

  1. Ok, am I the only one who thinks all the graphics look muddy, blurry, pixelated? Nothing’s crisp or sharp, there’s not enough contrast or black, everything blends into eachother. When you go in a tunnel, it lights up as if someone turned down the contrast. When you look faraway to a dark space, all you see is squares of dark brown color. THere’s no detail. Is this THE GAME, or is this me? It’s not the definition, I’m watching other video games on youtube that look fine, but this game makes me feel like I need glasses. You just can’t see any detail on anything. They blurred things together to avoid making things crisp.

    1. You are not wrong. The game looks a bit blurry, even with everything set to Ultra. And the reason is some TAA solution applied to the game by default. On top of that, there is no way to remove Depth of Field.

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