Death Stranding PC – How to fix Lag and FPS drops

Death Stranding lag fps drops fix – Death Stranding has finally made its way to the PC platform. The game was initially released exclusively for the PS4 back in November 2019. It arrived for Windows in the month of July of 2020. This is the first game from Kojima Productions.

The game is an action game set in the US where creatures from a dimension between life and death roam the Earth which is the result of the aftermath of Death Stranding. Players get to control Sam Bridges who is a porter for a company known as Bridges. The main objective is to deliver supply cargo to various isolated cities known as KNOTs, as well as isolated researchers and survivalists, while also forming connections between these facilities and a communications system called the Chiral Network.

Now that you know what the game is all about, lets talk about how good the game performs on the PC platform. To be honest, console ports rarely end up being good these days. They ship with a ton of bugs and performance issues. Detroit Become Human is an example. Same is the case with Death Stranding. Players have already began reporting various performance related problems. That is why we decided to come up with this lag and fps drops fix guide.

Death Stranding PC – How to fix Lag and FPS drops

Compare the system requirements of Death Stranding with your System Specifications

Lets start by taking a look at the minimum and recommended system requirements of Death Stranding PC. Because after taking a look at the minimum system requirements of the game you should be able to tell whether this game is suitable for your system or not.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen™ 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 560 4 GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel™ Core i7-3770 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 590
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

I don’t know who listed these as the official system requirements of Death Stranding because there is no way that this game runs smoothly on GTX 1060 6GB. Detroit Become Human has similar requirements but even people with RTX 2070s and RX 5700s were having a tough time running the game without any lag or fps drops when it came out on PC. If you want to play the game at maximum settings without any lag then here are the hardware specifications that you need :

Recommended (by Frondtech):

  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel™ Core i5 9400F or AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 5700
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Disable Xbox Game Bar

It has been a while since Microsoft introduced the Xbox Game Bar feature on Windows 10. Sadly it still causes fps drops in some games. I am not sure if your lag in Death Stranding has anything to do with the game bar or not, but it is better to keep it off. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings menu
  2. Click on Gaming
  3. Select Xbox Game Bar from the left sidebar
  4. Turn it off
  5. Restart your game launcher

Disable Game Mode

Game Mode is another feature that got introduced in Windows 10 but it is a complete hit or miss. In some games this features helps while it causes performance issues in some. So it is better to turn it off. Here is how to disable game mode:

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings menu
  2. Click on Gaming
  3. Select Game Mode from the left sidebar
  4. Turn it off
  5. Restart your game launcher

Turn off Steam Overlay

The Steam Overlay is recently causing problems in a lot of games. Try turning it off.

If you want to turn off Steam Overlay for all your Steam games then:

  • Open the Steam client
  • Navigate to the Steam Settings
  • Select the In-game tab
  • Un-check the box next to Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

If you want to turn off Steam Overlay only for Death Stranding then:

  • Go to you Steam Library
  • Right-click on Death Stranding
  • Select Properties
  • Under the General tab, check the box next to Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay (For Nvidia users)

Recently I have noticed that a lot of Nvidia services would pop up whenever I turn on the Nvidia In-Game Overlay. You won’t realize until you check properly that there are a lot of these services and though individually they are consuming very little percentage of your CPU, when you combine them it is a hefty chunk. So try turning it off.

  • Launch Nvidia Geforce Experience
  • Click on the Settings icon on the top right corner
  • Select the General Tab
  • Turn of In-Game Overlay
  • Restart your system

These are all the fixes we have for people who are experiencing lag and fps drops in Death Stranding.

If you are stuttering in the game then click here to check out our article on how to fix stuttering in Death Stranding.

And if you are facing constant crashes then click here to check out our article on how to fix crashing in Death Stranding.

Click here to check out the Official Steam Discussions page of Death Stranding.

Click here to submit a ticket to 505 Games Support.


If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, If you have found a fix that is guaranteed to work then also you can comment below. We will put it on this article. Good luck!


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