Days Gone PC – How to fix Stuttering and Freezing in the game

Days Gone PC stuttering and freezing fix – After its PS4 launch back in May 2021, Days Gone is now finally available for Windows. It is good to see so many PlayStation exclusives release on PC. First Detroit Become Human, then Horizon Zero Dawn and now Days Gone.

If you didn’t know, Days Gone is a third-person action-adventure survival horror game set in a post-apocalyptic open world. The player controls Deacon who is a former Army veteran, whose objective is to survive against mindless zombie-like creatures knows as Freakers, with the help of a wide range of weapons.

Deacon’s main transportation vehicle is a motorcycle that can be modified with parts to enhance its speed, durability or maneuverability, among other parameters. The player can craft weapons that can be repaired after extended use. Player can pick up already crafted weapons from enemies. The player is able to craft new items to improve combat efficiency.

How to fix the Stuttering and Freezing in Days Gone PC

The truth is performance issues and errors are really common in big console ports. So just like the previous big console ports, Days Gone for PC comes with some performance related issues as well. Players have already began reporting various performance related problems on all over the forums about how the micro stutters in the game are getting out of hand. That is why we decided to come up with this guide.

Days Gone PC requirements

MINIMUM RECOMMENDED
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
PROCESSOR Intel Core [email protected] or AMD FX [email protected] Intel Core [email protected] or Ryzen 5 [email protected]
MEMORY 8 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
GRAPHICS Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4 GB) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)
DIRECTX Version 11 Version 11
STORAGE 70 GB available space 70 GB available space
ADDITIONAL NOTES Though not required, SSD for storage and 16 GB of memory is recommended Though not required, SSD for storage is recommended

You need to first make sure that your system can handle Days Gone. The official recommended requirements state that in order to play Days Gone at 1080p 60 FPS on your PC you need to have a graphics card whose performance is similar to a 1060 GB or a RX 580. And a processor similar to a Ryzen 5 1500x. But if you ask me, even a GTX 1060 6GB is not enough. This game was struggling on a system having GTX 1660 and Ryzen 5 3600. So turn up the graphics settings to maximum only if you have at least a RTX 2060 or a Vega 56.

The Best Graphics Settings for Days Gone

We are still fiddling with the graphics settings of Days Gone. We will update this article as soon as we find the best combination that will make the game run without any stuttering or freezing on our mediocre gaming rig. Here are the specifications of our test rig:

  • CPU : Intel i3 9100F
  • GPU : Zotac GTX 1650
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 3200mhz
  • OS : Windows 10 64-bit (Version 20H2)
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Driver : GeForce Game Ready Driver v466.27

Update

DISPLAY

  • Window Mode : Fullscreen
  • Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Refresh Rate : 60 Hz (Depends on the default refresh rate of your monitor)
  • Vsync : Off
  • Frame Rate Limiter : Unlimited
  • Sync Interval : 1

GRAPHICS

  • Field of View : 90
  • Render Scale : 100
  • Chromatic Aberration : Off
  • Motion Blur : Off
  • Lighting Quality : Low
  • Geometry Quality : Medium
  • Foliage Draw Distance : Low
  • Shadow Quality : Low
  • Cloud and Fog Quality : Medium
  • Texture Filter Quality : Medium
  • Texture Streaming Quality : Medium
  • HDR Game Brightness : 150
  • HDR Game Peak Brightness : 1,500
  • HDR User Interface Brightness : 150

Install the latest build of Windows 10

Days Gone only runs on Windows 10, that too on 64 bit. So Windows 7 and 8.1 users are out of luck here. Now, Microsoft is known for pushing a ton of updates for Windows. Some end up being good while some end up causing a lot of performance issues. Fortunately, the latest build of Windows 10 is probably the most stable version of Windows we had in a while. So update your OS to the latest version. Here is the latest version:

Windows 10 Version 20H2

Here is how to update:

  • Go to you Windows Settings
  • Click on Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait until all the updates are installed
  • Restart your PC

Changes you can make to the Nvidia Control Panel

You can tweak the Nvidia Control Panel to squeeze out some extra performance from your System. Right-click on your desktop and open Nvidia Control Panel. Select “Adjust image settings with preview”, select “Use my preference emphasizing:”, and pull the slider towards “Performance”.

If you are using a gaming laptop with Nvidia GPU, then just check whether your laptop is using the Nvidia GPU or something else.

  • Click on Manage 3D settings located on the left side
  • Select the Program Settings tab
  • Under “Select a program to customize” select Days Gone
  • If it is not there then click on Add and then select it
  • Now set “Select the preferred graphics processor for this program” to “High-performance NVIDIA processor”

Changes you can make to the AMD Control Panel

AMD users can also do something similar on their control panels.

  • Disable Radeon Anti-Lag, Boost, Anisotropic Filtering and Frame Rate Target Control
  • Turn off Image Sharpening, Morphological Filtering, V-sync, Maximum Tessellation Level, OpenGL Triple Buffering and Radeon Chill
  • Set Tessellation Mode and Shader Cache to “AMD Optimized” and Anti-Aliasing Mode and Anti-aliasing Method to “Use Application settings” and “Multi-sampling” respectively
  • Set Texture Filtering Quality to “Performance” and GPU Workload “Graphics”
  • Finally, just enable Surface Format Optimization.

Turn off Captures

Just like the Instant Replay feature of Nvidia in-game overlay, the Captures tool on Windows 10 often tend to take up a lot of resources and the Background Recording feature always records in the background while you are playing any game. So turn it off would immediately give you a boost. Here is how to do it:

  • Open Windows Settings
  • Click on Gaming
  • Select Captures
  • Turn off Background Recording

These are all the fixes we have for people who are experiencing Stuttering and Freezing in Days Gone PC.

If none of the fixes mentioned above work for you then there are some extra fixes available here, for you to try.

Click here to check out the Official Steam Discussions page of Days Gone.


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on May 18, 2021

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