Star Wars Squadrons Performance Guide – How to fix lag and FPS drops

Star Wars Squadrons lag and fps drops fix – It looks like a lot of players are lagging are facing frame drops in Star Wars Squadrons. Here are some small performance tweaks that you can try to eliminate the issues.

Star Wars Squadrons Performance Guide – How to fix lag and FPS drops

Are you using the latest drivers?

Before you move further into this guide, make sure you have all the latest graphics drivers. AMD and Nvdia, both have released drivers that are specially optimized for Star Wars Squadrons. So go ahead and install them. Here are the links

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Tweak your Discord settings

Star Wars Squadrons in an online title. So it is pretty obvious that people would be playing the game with their friends. And discord is mandatory now for PvP and Co-op games. But there is a problem. Discord has become really resource hungry lately. This is something that I have experienced personally. On my personal gaming rig consisting of RTX 2060 Super, i5 9400F, 16 GB 3000mhz RAM, Discord initially gave me a really tough time when we were regularly playing games like COD Warzone and Apex Legends. Every time I used to start Discord, online games used to start lagging horribly.

So, it is recommended that you make few tweaks in order to stop Discord from reducing the performance of your system. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Launch Discord
  2. Go to User Settings
  3. Click on Voice & Video from the left sidebar
  4. Scroll down to Advanced section
  5. Disable “OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco System, Inc.”
  6. Disable “Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority”
  7. Click on Overlay from the sidebar
  8. Disable in-game overlay
  9. Click on Appearance from the left sidebar
  10. Scroll down all the way to the Advanced section
  11. Disable Hardware Acceleration
  12. Restart Discord

Optimize Star War Squadrons via GeForce Experience (Nvidia Users)

If you are a Nvidia user and you have the GeForce Experience application installed on your system then use it to optimize the game for your PC. Here is how to do it:

  • Launch GeForce Experience
  • Click on Home
  • Check if Star Wars Squadrons is appearing on the Games list
  • If the game is not there then click on the Settings icon on the top-right corner
  • Click on Games from the left sidebar
  • Click on Add under Scan Location
  • Select the drive where you have installed Squadrons
  • Hit the Scan button
  • The game should now appear on the Games list
  • Now go back to the Games list
  • Select SW Squadrons
  • Click on the Optimize button
  • Once the optimization is done click on Play

Star Wars Squadrons – AMD Control Panel settings

Go to AMD Control Center or control panel.

  • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method: Multi-sampling
  • Morphological Filtering: Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use application settings
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: On
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Tesselation Mode: Override application settings
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

Star Wars Squadrons – Nvidia 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:

  1. Now click on Manage 3D settings on the left bar
  2. Click on Global Settings
  3. Now tweak the following settings:
    Image Sharpening : Off
    Threaded Optimization : On
    Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
    Preferred Refresh Rate : Highest Available
    Low Latency Mode : Off
    Texture filtering – Quality : Performance

Increase the Priority of Star Wars Squadrons from the Task Manager

  • Launch Star Wars Squadrons
  • Press Alt+Tab to minimize the game
  • Open Task Manager
  • Click on Details tab
  • Search for the process of Squadrons for the list
  • Right click on the process and Set Priority to High

Try Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling

If you have the latest build of Windows 10 (2004) then you should make use of the brand new feature called hardware-accelerated gpu scheduling. If you have a decent graphics card then you might actually benefit from this. Here is how to turn it on:

  1. Go to Windows 10 settings
  2. Click on System
  3. Select the Display tab on the left
  4. Scroll down and you will notice an option called Graphics Settings at the bottom
  5. Click on it
  6. Turn on Hardware-accelerated GPU Scheduling
  7. Restart your PC

Graphics performance preference

The Graphics Settings menu has another awesome feature that allows you to set a graphics performance preference for a particular app. Here is how to do it:

  • Set “Choose an app to set preference” to Desktop app
  • Click on browse
  • Go the installation folder of Star Wars Squadrons
  • Select the .exe file or the executable
  • Click on Options once the .exe file is added
  • Choose High Performance
  • Restart your PC

These are all the fixes we have at the moment for people for whom Star Wars Squadrons is lagging. We will be adding more soon. Until then, check out what people are up to over the forums. Links are below.

  • Here is a link to the Official Forum of Star Wars Squadrons.
  • Click here to check out the Official Steam Discussions page of Star Wars Squadrons.

If you are experiencing crashes in Star War Squadrons then check out this guide. And check out this guide, if you are facing stutters and freezes.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing other problems with the game then try checking out our other guides on Star Wars Squadrons. Who knows, you might end up finding a fix.

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on October 1, 2020

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