Days Gone PC – Low Performance, FPS Drops and Lag Fix

Days Gone is finally ported to PC. But just like another console port, the game performs terribly on PC. Seems like it is not optimized well. But we can definitely get a decent boost in performance if we follow these steps.

Days Gone PC – Low Performance, FPS Drops, and Lag Fix

Certain basic checks and steps need to be done in order to get a performance boost in Days Gone. Let’s face it, if it’s a bad port there is nothing much we can do about it. But still, let’s start off with the basics.

You need to know if your system is strong enough to run the game at a certain graphical setting. You need to adjust your in-game settings according to your hardware. Therefore, it is essential to know what the game demands. Here are the System Requirements for Days Gone :

OS Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX 6300 3.5GHz Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz /Ryzen 5 1500x 3.5GHz
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) / AMD Radeon R9 290 (4 GB) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB)/ AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)
STORAGE 70 GB available space 70 GB available space
Also, make sure you have updated GPU drivers for better performance. Check the links below to see if you have the latest builds :

The overlay will cause a lot of stuttering and fps drops. So make sure you have overlays such as the Steam, Discord or Nvidia GeForce Experience overlays turned off completely. They tend to crank up your CPU and Disk Usage

Nvidia Control Panel Setup (only Nvidia users) :

The Nvidia Control Panel allows you to make certain changes that could either affect the quality or the performance of the game. Always remember that the higher the quality lower will be your performance. Hence, you need to set it up in a way that increases your performance and also retains the certain visual depth

  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Click on the ‘Adjust image settings with preview’ on the left
  • Select  ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings
  • Now click on Manage 3D settings
  • Make these changes :
    Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
    Texture filtering Quality: High Performance
    Threaded optimization: On
    Vertical sync: Off
  • Click on Apply

AMD Control Panel Setup (AMD users only) :

Like the NVIDIA Control Panel, the one for AMD works almost the same way. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and click on AMD Radeon Software. Select Gaming Tab and click on Global Graphics. Set the Graphics Profile to “eSport”. Now make these changes :

  • Radeon Anti-Lag: Disabled
  • Radeon Chill: Disabled
  • Boost: Disabled
  • Image Sharpening: Disabled
  • Enhanced Sync: Disabled
  • Vertical Refresh: Always Off

Always Verify In-Game Files :

Make use of the file verification feature Steam. It allows you to check the game directory for any missing or corrupted file and redownload and install the files as well.

  • Launch the Steam Client
  • On the top click on Library and then on Home
  • Select Days Gone from the left
  • Then right-click on it and select Properties
  • Now on the left select the Local Files tab
  • Then click on Verify Integrity of game files
  • Time taken will depend roughly on the size of the game. Since Days Gone is pretty large it might take a while so please be patient.

Along with these simple steps also make sure that you do not have unnecessary applications running in the background. Apps like Google Chrome take up a lot of your system memory and therefore should be turned off before launching this game.

You can also try running the game on High Priority

  • Open Task Manager  by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del
  • Then go to the Details tab
  • Right-click on Days Gone and point the mouse on the set priority
  • Then select High

There you go, easy steps to get you a decent performance boost in the game. Like I said before, the game is an unoptimized console port. Therefore you might have to wait for a few patches before things get going smoothly.

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