Death Stranding stuttering freezing fix – After its PS4 launch back in November 2019, Death Stranding is now finally available for Windows. It is good to see so many PlayStation exclusives release on PC. First Detroit Become Human, now Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Dawn is on its way.
If you don’t know Death Stranding is an action game about a guy called Sam Bridges. Players get to control him and the main aim 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. But that is not so easy as game is 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.
Now that the basic information about the game is out of the way, it is time to discuss about the performance of the game. The truth is just like the previous big console ports, Death Stranding comes with a lot of performance related issues. 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 stuttering and freezing fix guide.
Death Stranding PC – How to fix Stuttering and Freezing
Is you PC capable of running Death Stranding?
You need to first make sure that your system can handle Death Stranding. The official recommended requirements state that in order to play Death Stranding at 1080p 60 FPS you need to have a graphics card whose performance is similar to a 1060 GB or a RX 590. And a processor similar to a Ryzen 5 1600. But if you ask me, even a GTX 1060 6GB is not enough. This game was struggling on a system having GTX 1660 ti 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.
Tweak the Graphics Settings of Death Stranding
We are still fiddling with the graphics settings of Death Stranding. We will update this article as soon as we find the find 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 i5 9400F
- GPU : Zotac GTX 1060 6GB
- RAM : 16GB DDR4 2666mhz
- OS : Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
- HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
- Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080
- Driver : GeForce Game Ready Driver v451.48
Update : Click here to check out the complete graphics settings guide for Death Stranding.
Install the latest build of Windows 10
Death Stranding 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:
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
Nvidia and AMD Control Panel Settings
The first thing you should do is click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘ located on the left side under 3D settings and make sure that ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings‘ is selected. Now:
- Open Nvidia Control Panel
- Click on Manage 3D settings on the left bar
- Click on the Program Settings tab
- Locate Death Stranding from the drop down menu under “Select a program to customize”
- If you don’t see the game on the list then click on the Add button and another list will appear
- If you still cannot spot the game then you need to add the .exe file manually.
- Click on Browse
- Locate the folder where you have installed the game
- Select the executable file or the .exe file which in this case should be deathstranding.exe
- Once you have successfully added the game, you will then see the program settings become available for the game
- Now tweak the following settings
- Image Sharpening : Off
- Threaded Optimization : On
- OpenGL rendering GPU : Your dedicated GPU (RTX 2060 Super in my case)
- Shader Cache : On
- Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
- Low Latency Mode : Off
- Texture filtering – Quality : Performance
Click on Global Graphics.
- Radeon Anti-Lag : Disabled
- Radeon Boost : Disabled
- Image Sharpening : Off
- Anti-Aliasing Mode : Use Application settings
- Anti-aliasing Method : Multi-sampling
- Morphological Filtering : Off
- Anisotropic Filtering : Disabled
- Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
- Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
- Tesselation Mode: AMD Optimized
- Wait for V-sync: Off
- OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
- Shader Cache: AMD optimized
- Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
- GPU Workload: Graphics
- Radeon Chill: Off
- Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled
Turn off Captures
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
Preferred Graphics Processor (For Nvidia Laptop users)
If your laptop feature a Nvidia graphics card inside then you need to make sure your laptop is using that instead of the low powered integrated one.
- Just open Nvidia Control Panel
- Click on Manage 3D settings located on the left side
- Select the Program Settings tab
- Under “Select a program to customize” select Death Stranding
- 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”
Disable Steam Input
A lot of people have managed to fix the stuttering by just turning off the Steam Input Per-Game setting. Here is how to do it:
- Launch Steam
- Go to your Library
- Right Click on Death Stranding
- Select Properties
- Set Steam Input Per-Game setting to Forced Off
These are all the fixes we have for people who are experiencing Stuttering and Freezing in Death Stranding.
If you are lagging or facing FPS drops in the game then click here to check out our article on how to fix lag and fps drops 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!
That’s all folks!
Shoaib, 30, is a simple guy who loves to play video games, and enjoys new cuisines sporadically. He has been gaming since he was 7 years old, and with an experience of 22 years, under his belt, there is not a single AAA game in this world, that he hasn’t played. Despite being a MBA Graduate he decided to follow his passion. And because of his love for gaming, Frondtech came into existence.