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How to fix XDefiant stuttering issues

Having trouble with stuttering when playing XDefiant?

XDefiant, Ubisoft’s free-to-play Call of Duty rival, hasn’t had the smoothest launch. In addition to plenty of server problems, some players have also been having issues with stuttering during their matches.

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The game runs well on most hardware thanks to solid optimization and low system requirements, but stuttering can affect even the highest-end machines because of some quirks with XDefiant’s settings. Thankfully, there are some easy fixes you can try if stuttering is ruining your K/D in XDefiant.

How to Fix Stuttering in XDefiant

If you’re experiencing stuttering when playing XDefiant on PC, then there are a few settings you can tweak in the graphics menu that can fix the issue. Firstly, go into the game’s graphics settings and disable the Enabled Reduced Latency feature. Next, lower the Extra Streaming Distance setting to zero.

Some XDefiant players have also reported that running the game in Windowed (Fullscreen) mode instead of native Fullscreen has fixed their performance problems, as the game tends to lag when set to exclusive Fullscreen. Also, you should enable the DX12 Renderer if your PC supports it.

This should solve the stuttering issue for most people. If that doesn’t fix your issue, then you may need to make some adjustments to your mouse. If your mouse’s polling rate is set too high, then it can cause stutters in some situations when playing shooters like XDefiant. To lower your mouse’s polling rate, open the software that you use to customize its settings like Razer Synapse or Logitech G Hub. We recommend setting it to 1000hz or slightly lower.

These fixes have worked for most XDefiant players and have solved their stuttering problems, but since every PC configuration is unique, you might be out of luck after trying these supposed solutions. If that’s the case, update your drivers, restart your PC, and hope for the best. More XDefiant patches are on the way to fix some of the more critical bugs from the launch window, so hopefully stutters will be addressed as well.

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Currently serving as a Senior Staff Writer at PC Invasion, Diego Perez has been writing about video games since 2018, specializing in live service games like Destiny and Final Fantasy XIV. His work is featured at publications like Game Rant and Attack of the Fanboy (where he served as Associate Editor), but PC Invasion is home to his best work. When he's planning content or writing guides, he's yelling about Ape Escape or grinding Lost Sectors in Destiny. Plus, he has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies for Texas A&M University.