Serious Sam 4 – Stuttering and Freezing fix for PC

Serious Sam 4 Stuttering and Freezing fix – A lot of people went and purchased Serious Sam 4, only to find out that the game has stuttering and freezing issues. Here are some fixes.

Serious Sam 4 – Stuttering and Freezing fix for PC

Before you move further in the guide, make sure that your drivers are updated. A majority of issues can be solved by downloading the latest drivers from your card’s manufacturer. You’ll need to download and install the latest generic drivers from your vendor’s web site. You can get the latest drivers here:

Can you system handle Serious Sam 4?

Is your PC capable enough to run Serious Sam 4 smoothly? The first thing you need to check, before you go ahead and try the fixes below, is whether the specifications of your PC are somewhat identical to the system requirements of Serious Sam 4. Here are the requirements:

  • Minimum:
    Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    Processor: 4-core CPU @ 2.5 GHz
    Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics: nVidia GeForce 780/970/1050 or AMD Radeon 7950/280/470 (3 GB VRAM)
    DirectX: Version 11
    Storage: 42 GB available space
    Additional Notes: Requirements are based on 720p rendering resolution at 30 FPS
  • Recommended:
    Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    OS: Windows 10 64-bit (1909)
    Processor: 8-core CPU @ 3.3 GHz
    Memory: 16 GB RAM
    Graphics: nVidia GeForce 1080/2060 or AMD Radeon Vega64/5700 (8 GB VRAM)
    DirectX: Version 11
    Storage: 42 GB available space

Now I don’t know how accurate these system requirements are, but in order to even run this game, that too at a resolution of 720p at 30 FPS, you need a GTX 970 and 8GB of RAM. I am not even going to talk about the recommended requirements. Yes the specifications do seem high but there are also supposed to be “thousands” of enemies on screen so it makes sense I guess.

Serious Sam 4 – Best Graphics Settings

We are still fiddling with the graphics settings of Serious Sam 4. This section will get updated soon.


Click here to check out our full Graphics Settings guide for Serious Sam 4.

Turn off Windows 10 Background Recording

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:

  1. Open Windows Settings
  2. Click on Gaming
  3. Select Captures
  4. Turn off Background Recording

Disable all sorts of overlays

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.

  1. Launch Nvidia Geforce Experience
  2. Click on the Settings icon on the top right corner
  3. Select the General Tab
  4. Turn of In-Game Overlay
  5. Restart your system

Steam Overlay

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

  1. Go to you Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Serious Sam 4
  3. Select Properties
  4. Under the General tab, check the box next to Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game

Close all extra background applications and services

Users end up installing a lot of applications gradually. Multiple launchers and utilities that keep on running in the background. A lot of you might not have any idea, but there are many applications that often tend to eat up a huge chunk of RAM and CPU without you knowing anything about it.  As a result they start witnessing stutters and freezes in almost every game.

So check whether you have useless applications running in the background or not. You can also decide which applications you want to automatically start when you boot your system and prevent the useless ones from starting.

  • Open Task Manager
  • Click on the Startup tab
  • Keep the applications that are important, Enabled
  • Disable the rest

Increase the Priority of Serious Sam 4 from the Task Manager

  • Launch Serious Sam 4 via Steam
  • Press Alt+Tab to minimize the game
  • Open Task Manager
  • Click on Details tab
  • Search for ss4.exe for the list
  • Right click on the process and Set Priority to High

Wait for Performance patches from Croteam

Serious Sam 4 is a brand new game and lets be honest, the game is not optimized at all. So expect a ton of patches and updates from the developers. All you have to do is be patient and wait for the developers to address the issues. We are pretty sure that they will be releasing a patch to fix the stuttering and freezing issues pretty soon.

These are all the fixes we have right now for the problems in Serious Sam 4.

If these fixes don’t work for you then you can you can post your issue on the official Serious Sam 4 Steam Discussions. You will find a lot of developers commenting on the posts there.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, If you have found 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 September 24, 2020

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