The Outer Worlds – Fix Lag, FPS drops, crashing and stuttering

Outer Worlds lag fps drops crashing and stuttering fix – The Outer Worlds is a new single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

Lets take a look at the features of The Outer Words:

  • Build any character you want in this thrilling single-player first person RPG – including optional flaws based on your own game experience
  • Lead a crew of companions armed with unique abilities that have their own missions, motivations and ideals
  • Find your ship and explore the settlements, space stations and other diverse locations in the Halcyon colony

Now that we have covered the basic description about The Outer Worlds, lets talk about the performance of the game. While players who are using high-end gaming rigs are not facing as many issues, low-medium end users are experiencing some good amount of problems. That is why we decided to come up with a basic lag fix guide that will show you some simple tweaks that you can try in order to fix the performance issues that you are having. Here is how to fix lag, fps drops, crashes and stuttering in The Outer Worlds.

The Outer Worlds – Fix Lag, FPS drops, crashing and stuttering

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 1

Check the hardware specifications of your PC

Don’t let the look of The Outer Worlds fool you. The is a very demanding game and that is due to the sheer amount of resources that would be displayed on your screen at the same time. The game might not be fully Open-World but there is enough wildlife to make it look better than many games that are actually Open-World. So check the system requirements for the game and compare them with the specifications of your PC. Here are the system requirements of The Outer Worlds:

Minimum
Your device must meet all minimum requirements to open this product
OSWindows 10 version 18362.0 or higher
Architecturex64
Memory4 GB
ProcessorIntel Core i3-3225 or AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
GraphicsNvidia GTX 650 Ti or AMD HD 7850
Recommended
Your device should meet these requirements for the best experience
OSWindows 10 version 18362.0 or higher
Architecturex64
Memory8 GB
ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700K or Ryzen 5 1600
GraphicsGeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 470

I was actually quite surprised when I launched the game for the first time. After seeing the system requirements I was sure that I would be able to easily play this at Max Settings on my gaming PC that is rocking a GTX 2060 Super GPU, an Intel i5-8400 processor and 16GB DDR4 3000mhz RAM. But when I started playing, I noticed that the fps is barely going above 70. And I am still on a 1080p monitor. So I would say that the official system requirements are not exactly accurate.

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 2

Download the latest graphics driver optimized for The Outer Worlds

If you didn’t know, both Nvidia and AMD have released their latest graphics card drivers bringing launch-day support for The Outer Worlds. You can download them from the links given below:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 3

Best or Optimal Graphics Settings for The Outer Worlds

We decided to fiddle with the in-game graphics settings of The Outer Worlds on our trusty medium end gaming PC. Here are the specifications of our game rig:

  • CPU : Intel i3 8100
  • GPU : MSI GTX 1050 ti 4 GB
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 2400mhz
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080

Go to Settings > Graphics

Window Mode : Fullscreen

Resolution : 1920×1080

Frame Rate Limit : Unlimited

Vertical Sync : Off

Texture Resolution : Normal

3D Resolution : 100%

Motion Blur : 20%

You can select Detect Graphics Settings but the settings it recommends is not the best a lot of times.

Screen Effects : Medium

View Distance : Medium

Shadows : Medium

Textures : High

Visual Effects : Medium

The frame rates were hovering over 55-60 most of time with drops to 45 at certain instances. But the experience was smooth for the most part.

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 4

For Nvidia Graphics card users

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 Global Settings
  • Now tweak the following settings:
    Threaded Optimization : On
    Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
    Low Latency Mode : Off
    Texture filtering – Quality : Performance

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 5

For AMD Graphics card users

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

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 6

Repair the game (For Microsoft Xbox users)

If you have The Outer Worlds on the Xbox (beta) app on your Windows 10 PC then you can actually repair the game. This will fix the game if there are any sort of missing or broken files. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to your Windows Settings
  • Select Apps & features
  • Look for The Outer Worlds from the app list
  • Click on The Outer Worlds once you find it (Just use sort by : size)
  • Select Advanced options
  • Click on Repair
  • Wait until the process is completed
  • Restart the Xbox(beta) app

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 7

Verify the in-game files of The Outer Worlds (For Epic Games Launcher users)

  • Launch the Epic Games Launcher
  • Navigate to The Outer Worlds in your library
  • Click on the settings button
  • Click on the verify
  • Wait until the process is done
  • Restart the launcher

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 8

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. The Windows 10 KB4512941 update that was released few days ago gave some serious trouble to gamers all over the world. 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

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 8

Use Windows Game Mode

If you are a Windows 10 user then you are probably already aware of the Game Mode feature in Windows 10. What Game mode does is it 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. 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

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering – Step 9

Avoid GPU overclocking to fix crashes

If by any chance you are witnessing random crashes and freezes in The Outer Worlds then chances are it is being caused by an overclocking application or utility running in the background. A lot of games have been suffering from crashes lately due to applications like MSI Afterburner or Zotac firestorm. So it is best to stay on the safe side and run your graphics card on default speeds.


These are all the steps or methods that you can follow in order to fix performance issues like lag, low frame rates, etc. One thing to keep in mind, none of these methods are advanced and are pretty basic. There is no guarantee that these steps will fix your problem 100%.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. If you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try come out with a fix. Good luck!

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