Why Is My FPS So Low?
Low FPS Issues can be caused by a number of factors, some of which are fixable and others which are not. Before you start troubleshooting the low FPS, make sure it’s a recurring issue.
When you initially start playing a game, the FPS may be low, but it quickly increases. By design, the start screen and options may have a Low FPS Issues. When you play the game, the increased FPS will kick in.
FIX: Windows 10 Low FPS Issues
1. Check game requirements
To run a game with a high frame rate, you’ll need good or excellent hardware. Your system may satisfy the minimum requirements for a game, but it will not provide you with a good frame rate when you play.
There isn’t much you can do if your hardware doesn’t meet the criteria for running the game at its best/highest settings. You’ll obtain a better FPS rate if you free up as much system resources as possible, i.e., close all other apps while you play.
2. Turn of Game bar and other overlays
The Game bar in Windows 10 adds an overlay that, among other things, allows you to record and broadcast gaming. It has a habit of interfering with a variety of games. Disabling can aid in the resolution of Low FPS Issues.
- Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
- Go to the Gaming group of settings.
- Select the Game bar tab and turn the switch at the very top off.
- Restart the system and play the game.
3. Turn off Xbox DVR
The gaming bar is linked to the Xbox software on Windows 10. You can disable the game bar in the Xbox app, but this will not necessarily disable the DVR service.
- Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
regeditand tap the Enter key.
- Navigate to this key:
- Double-click the value
GameDVR_Enabledand set its value to 0.
- Navigate to this key:
- Right-click the key and select new>DWORD(32-bit) Value.
- Name the value
AllowGameDVRand double-click it.
- Make sure the value is set to 0.
- Exit the registry and restart Windows 10.
4. Update GPU drivers
The GPU is primarily used in games, and GPU drivers are updated on a regular basis. They should be installed automatically by Windows 10, but you can manually check for updates.
- Open Device Manager.
- Expand Display Adapters.
- Right-click the GPU and select Update drivers.
- Check online for driver updates and install the ones that are available.
- Restart the system.
If you know there are driver updates available for an Nvidia chip but Windows 10 doesn’t recognize them, you can install them using the Nvidia GeForce app.
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FPS is one of the most important indicators of good video quality in a game, but it depends a lot on having the correct hardware and software setup on the machine you’re playing on. A game may have issues of its own in some circumstances. If you suspect a problem with the game, you can check for and install any updates that are likely to resolve the issue.