How to fix Lag, FPS Drops and Stuttering in Bloodhunt

Bloodhunt lag fps drops stuttering – This performance guide will show you how to take care of performance issues like lag, fps drops and stuttering in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt. A lot of players are experiencing these. So don’t worry, you are not alone.

Fix Bloodhunt Lag, FPS Drops and Stuttering

We have another BR here bois! To be precise, Bloodhunt is a free-to-play Battle Royale title from Sharkmob AB, that just got released. The game is in Early Access at the moment, but it is available for everyone, as of now. Set in the streets of Prague, in the World of Darkness, Bloodhunt allows players to take the roles of vampires who are trying to survive the sect war, battling both each other and an entity who tries to exterminate vampires. You can choose to play solo or squad up with your friends in Bloodhunt.

I personally liked the movement mechanics a lot. Being a regular Apex Legends player, I find most of the other BRs a bit slow. Surprisingly, that is not the case with Bloodhunt. The movement does not feel clunky at all. You can use ranged weapons, melee weapons, and vampiric powers. Overall, I would say that this game definitely has some potential.

Now that we are done discussing what the Bloodhunt is all about, let’s talk about the issues that it has. A lot of Bloodhunt players, who have downloaded the game on Steam, are facing crashes, launch errors, and performance issues. The crashes and launch issues might get fixed with a patch, by the developers soon. Let’s take a look at some methods to fix the performance issues.

Bloodhunt – System Requirements

Before you read this article any further, I would recommend that you check out the official system requirements of Bloodhunt. This would eliminate any doubts you have regarding the issues tied to the hardware of your PC. If the hardware on your system doesn’t meet the requirements, then I don’t think this article would be able to help you much.

# 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 i5-7400/AMD Ryzen 1300X or better Intel i7-8700K/AMD Ryzen 5 3600X or better
Memory 8 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
Graphics Nvidia GTX 970/Radeon RX 580 or better Nvidia GTX 1080 /Radeon RX Vega 64 or better
DirectX Version 11 Version 11
Network Broadband Internet connection Broadband Internet connection
Storage 20 GB available space 20 GB available space

Now, I don’t know if the hardware listed under recommended, is for achieving 60 fps at 1080p, or more. Just to show you the performance of the game, I have tested Bloodhunt on one of my mid-tier systems, consisting of a RTX 2060, Ryzen 5 5600x, and 16 GB of Memory:

Nvidia and AMD drivers for Bloodhunt status

At the time of me writing this article. Neither Nvidia, nor AMD, have released any driver optimized for Bloodhunt. This is a bit strange, coming from AMD, as Bloodhunt is one of the first games to implement the AMD FSR technology.

Anyway, I will update this article as soon any driver update becomes available.

Tweak your Bloodhunt Settings

This is the first thing you should do, as soon as to start the game, and get access to the Settings menu. I know a lot of people still don’t pay attention to the graphics settings in games. But trust me, they should. This is the easiest method to squeeze out a few extra FPS and performance from any gaming title.

There is a huge chance that there isn’t any issue with your game at all. And the lag is being caused by the video settings of the game, set too High. In that case, follow my guide. I have tested the game on a GTX 1650 paired with a Ryzen 5 5600x, and 16 GB of RAM.

I personally have kept everything on Low. Except Textures, Texture Filtering and View Distance. Personally, I think the game looks very similar at ‘Ultra’, so I think lowering the settings won’t make a huge difference. Just try to aim for image clarity over quality, and you should be good.

Use AMD FSR

Just turn on AMD FSR 1.0 for the settings menu. This setting is truly god sent. I was playing the game on a RTX 2060, and I managed to get a raw 20-30 fps boost by just setting AMD FSR 1.0 from ‘Off’ to ‘Ultra quality’. The only problem is, it adds unnecessarily Sharpening to the game. But it is definitely worth it if you are on really low-end hardware.

bloodhunt - AMD FSR

To be more precise, AMD FSR will give you a massive FPS boost at very minimal image quality loss. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking to gain more fps.

Frame Rate Smooting (Use it to fix inconsistent framerate)

Turning on Frame Rate Smoothing will make the FPS jumps less noticeable at the cost of input lag. I would keep it off unless you’re suffering from bad stutters or inconsistent framerate. Also, you can try limiting your frame rate from the graphics menu. This would solve any high GPU usage issue you are having, and the stutters won’t appear much drastic.

Switch between DX12 and DX11

I saw a lot of posts over the forums, where users are complaining that DX12 actually reduced the performance of the game:

DX12 almost makes no difference and just chops your FPS in half.

Then again, I also saw people saying that DX12 actually helped them eliminate the stuttering by a good margin:

DX12 on seems to stutter less on my end but the overall frame rate is the same on or off

So go to your graphics menu, turn on DX12, play a match, and see how well the game is running. Now, turn it off, and do the same thing. Compare and decide, which one is the best for your PC.

Tweaks to GameUserSettings config file

  1. Go to “C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\Tiger\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\”
  2. Open the file GameUserSettings.ini with notepad or notepad++ or whatever suits you
  3. You should see these lines:
    Bloodhunt - Gameusersettings file
  4. Change all the values to 0
  5. So, it should be:
    [ScalabilityGroups]
    sg.ResolutionQuality=100.000000
    sg.ViewDistanceQuality=0
    sg.AntiAliasingQuality=0
    sg.ShadowQuality=0
    sg.PostProcessQuality=0
    sg.TextureQuality=0
    sg.EffectsQuality=0
    sg.FoliageQuality=0
    sg.ShadingQuality=0
  6. Save the file

Note: This trick has been recommended by a community member on Steam. I haven’t personally tried this yet.

Move the game to your SSD

Now, I knew, from the official system requirements, that Sharkmob has highly recommended the use of SSD for Bloodhunt(Just go to the store page, scroll down, and check out the system requirements section). I didn’t pay much heed to it initially. Then I came by this post from a Steam user with the name /Bruta1ix:

Running the game on medium settings, everything OFF, texture filtering 4x, FXAA, Shadows low, DX11 and on SSD the game runs flawlessly but on HDD it stutters a lot.

I went ahead, uninstalled the game from my HDD and re-installed it on my SSD. And the difference in performance, that I noticed, was actually drastic. Normally, I don’t recommend installing games on SSDs on my articles, because I know that a lot of low-end users still use HDDs. And I regularly play games that are installed on my SSD, and my HDD as well. Honestly, I have not gotten better in-game performance in any game by just switching my storage device. Yes, the load times were faster. But after the loading is complete, the performance more or less stays the same. Bloodhunt is actually the second game that I have ever seen, benefit so much from a SSD. First one is Naraka Bladepoint. So if you have a SSD, use it please.

Extras

  • Disable Nvidia Instant Replay or Windows Background Recording
  • Remove temporary junk files from your %temp% folder
  • Close all unnecessary applications or utilities running in the background
  • Turn off all sorts of overlays

Update – April 27, 2022

Nvidia has finally released a GeForce Game Ready Driver for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt. The driver version is 512.59. You can download and install it manually from this link. Or, you can update the driver directly via GeForce Experience. Check out the Release Highlights:

This new Game Ready Driver offers support for the latest releases and updates including Chernobylite’s introduction of ray tracing, the addition of NVIDIA DLSS to JX3 Online, and the early access launch of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt.


Try these for now, and let me know, in the comment section below, if any of the fixes mentioned above has worked for you or not. I will be updating the article with new ones in the future.

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Bloodhunt guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

Last Updated on April 27, 2022

3 thoughts on “How to fix Lag, FPS Drops and Stuttering in Bloodhunt”

  1. Hello, i turned on the AMD FSR and the game crashed, and every time i try to enter it crashes again.
    Already uninstall the game and reinstall it and keep crashing.
    Any advice to change back the setting to off but from outside the game?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Try this. Go to C:>Users>[Your username]>Saved Games>Arkane Studios>Deathloop>base
      Open the blackreefconfig file with notepad. Scroll down and look for the line thay says: r_amdFSRPreset “1”
      Change the value to 0. Which means, it should be r_amdFSRPreset “0”.
      Try and let me know.

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