How To Fix Frame Rate Drop Issue In Xdefiant
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How to fix frame rate drop issue in XDefiant

Nonstop stuttering.

If you’re having a strange frame rate drop issue while playing XDefiant, I know how you may be able to fix it. You’re not alone, as I too ran into this problem which made playing this online first-person shooter unplayable.

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XDefiant: How to fix frame rate drop issue

While playing XDefiant, you may suddenly find that the main menu and even the game itself is incredibly laggy. This happened to me recently. My game would freeze nearly every second, and not even restarting my PC would fix it. Luckily, I figured out that you can fix the frame rate drop issue in XDefiant by updating your graphics driver.

Although there may be other solutions to this problem, this is the one that worked for me. If you have an Nvidia GPU, you may need to update the graphics driver. Through GeForce Experience, I discovered that on May 21 (the launch day for XDefiant) Nvidia released version 555.85.

Stuttering and frame rate drops stopped once I installed the update. Since XDefiant can run at 120 FPS, nobody wants to have frame rate issues ruining the fun.

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Non-Nvidia GPUs

Don’t have an Nvidia GPU? Check whether your AMD or Intel GPU requires a graphics driver update. AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition is the software you’d use to keep up with AMD graphics driver updates, and you can find the latest Intel graphics driver update by googling it.

I noticed players online flocking to Reddit to post about similar lag issues, which could easily be solved with a simple GPU driver update. Some people suggested uninstalling and reinstalling GeForce Experience, but I wouldn’t advise it. Other commenters said that they had trouble reinstalling it. But, of course, the choice is yours.

If you’re still experiencing lag or frame rate drop issues, you can try a few other safe options:

  • Verify files: Try verifying the integrity of your game files by finding XDefiant in Ubisoft Connect, selecting the three dots, and selecting “Verify files”.
  • Leave fullscreen: Perhaps going into Fullscreen mode instead of Windowed Fullscreen makes XDefiant run slower than usual. You can change this in the settings of the game itself.
  • Reinstall XDefiant: As a last-resort option, try uninstalling and reinstalling the game. Perhaps a fresh install will stop these issues from happening.

There are many other issues that players are running into while trying to play XDefiant, such as the “Playlist not found” error.

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Anyka Pettigrew has been a Staff Writer for PC Invasion since November 2023 and a Contributing Writer since February 2023. She is a Canadian graduate of a Bachelor of Arts degree who has been writing in games journalism for four years. Anyka is an avid guides writer but also enjoys writing anything from news pieces, to reviews, and even opinion pieces. Having a never-ending passion for video games for as long as she can remember got her into a plethora of genres like action adventure, RPGs, horror, survival etc. Some of her favorite franchises are God of War, Persona, The Last of Us, Zelda, and Resident Evil. She also enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi books, as well as drawing digital art. Anyka also regularly listens to podcasts on gaming news from 'Kinda Funny Games', and 'Play, Watch, Listen'.