How to fix Crashing, FPS Drops, Lag and Stuttering in Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia Crashing FPS Drops Lag Stuttering fix – Experiencing performance issues in the PC version of Phasmophobia? Here are few basic fixes that you can try for that.

How to fix Crashing, FPS Drops, Lag and Stuttering in Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia – PC Requirements

  • Minimum:
      • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
      • OS: Windows 10 64Bit
      • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
      • Network: Broadband Internet connection
      • Storage: 13 GB available space
      • Additional Notes: Minimum Specs are for VR, lower specs may work for Non-VR.
  • Recommended:
      • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
      • OS: Windows 10 64Bit
      • Processor: Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
      • Network: Broadband Internet connection
      • Storage: 15 GB available space

Fix #1 – Check whether your graphics drivers are updated or not

Here are the links to the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Fix #2 – Best Video or graphics settings for Phasmophobia

The test was done of a GTX 1050ti. Here are the settings that we recommend.


  • Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Fullscreen Mode : Fullscreen
  • Anti-Aliasing : on
  • Shadows : Soft
  • Shadow Resolution : Medium
  • Texture Resolution : Full
  • Anisotropic : On
  • Ambient Occlusion : On
  • Bloom : Off

PC Settings

  • Volumetric Lighting : Off
  • Field of View : 70
  • V-Sync : Off
  • Screen Space Reflections : Off

Fix #3 – Performance issues for AMD Ryzen 3000 users

If you recently upgraded to one of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs then chances are you are struggling to get Phasmophobia to run on your PC. A few threads have already started popping up on the forums and reddit claiming that AMD Ryzen 3000 series users are facing a lot of crashes. Don’t worry, Kinetic Games are working on it. A patch should be out soon.

Fix #4 – Terminate all overclocking applications or utilities running in the background

If by any chance you are experiencing micro stutters and random freezing in Phasmophobia or the game is crashing for you, check whether you have any overclocking application like Afterburner running in the background or not. If you are a person who likes to overclock his graphics cards to squeeze out some extra performance, then there is a bad news for you. It looks like Phasmophobie gets affected by overclocking as well so just to be on the safe side try to avoid CPU or GPU overclocking.

Fix #5 – Upgrade your DirectX version

If Phasmophobia is not launching for you, there is a chance that it is because you are running a DirectX version that is lower than DirectX 11.

How to check the DirectX version on your PC

Here is how to check the DirectX version that your OS is running:

  • Press Ctrl+R or Windows key+R on your keyboard
  • Type “dxdiag” and press Enter
  • A dialog box will appear and at the bottom of the list your DirectX version will show up

How to download the latest DirectX version

  • Go to the official Microsoft DirectX download page. Here is the link
  • Choose language
  • Now click on the download button
  • Once the download is completed, open the “dxwebsetup.exe” file
  • Follow the instructions
  • Restart your PC

Fix #6 – Use Game Mode (For Windows 10 users)

Game mode prevents Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending restart notifications and it also helps your system towards achieving more stable frame rates depending on the specific game and system.

How to turn on Game Mode

Here is how to turn on Game Mode:

  • Press the Start button
  • Click on Settings
  • Select Gaming
  • Now select Game Mode for the side bar
  • Turn Game Mode On

Fix #7 – Update your OS if you are using Windows 10

If you are a Windows 10 user then you should definitely consider updating your OS. The recent Windows 10 updates have already caused loads of problems for a lot of AAA titles. From high CPU usage to constant stuttering while playing games or running heavy applications, people had to face everything.

Thankfully, Microsoft has already released an update that fixed the problem mentioned about. But who knows, there might still be some users who have not updated their Windows since then out of fear and are still facing performance issues. So check whether you have pending Windows updates or not and then update your OS. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait for the updates to get installed
  • Restart your PC

Fix #8 – Verify the in-games files of Phasmophobia via Steam

You can actually verify the in-game files of the game to check whether your system is missing any files that might be causing the game to crash or freeze:

  • Go to your Steam Library
  • Right click on Phasmophobia
  • Select Properties
  • Click on the Local Files tab
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game File

Fix #9 – Disable Nvidia Overlay

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

Fix #10 – Try the beta version of the game [Recommended by a developer]

Here is a fix recommended by one of the developers of Phasmophobia.

Hey, can you please try the beta version of the game out. It is currently way more optimised then the main game but it still needs some more testing before I update the main game with it. You can get to it by right clicking the game > properties > betas.

More fixes are on the way. Stay tuned!

Important Links

  • Here is a link to the official Steam Discussions page of Phasmophobia

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

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on January 11, 2021

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