How to fix low FPS & stuttering issues in XDefiant

Souhardya Choudhury
XDefiant factions

Suffering from low FPS issues and stuttering while playing XDefiant? Here are the best ways to counter that on your PC in XDefiant.

Many players are facing low FPS and stuttering issues in XDefiant, even though the game does not have demanding PC requirements. The optimization is not the worst as well, but certain options and settings might be holding your PC back with unwanted issues in terms of raw performance.

On that note, here’s how to fix low FPS and stuttering issues in XDefiant.

Best ways to fix low FPS & stuttering in XDefiant

Tweak in-game settings

The in-game settings in XDefiant are a big contributing factor to the game’s performance on your PC. Using these settings for these specific options should mostly do the job for you:

  • Enable Reduced Latency: No
  • V-Sync Mode: Off
  • Contact Shadows: All Low
  • Global Reflection Quality: Low
  • Spot Shadow Resolution: Low
  • Particle Detail: Low or Medium
  • Resolution Scale: 85%

While lowering most settings is bound to take a toll on the graphical fidelity, smooth gameplay is always preferred in a competitive title like XDefiant. Alternatively, you can also check out our more in-depth XDefiant PC settings guide that covers all the specific options and suggests the best settings to use for achieving the best framerate possible.

XDefiant pc settings
Settings related to reflections and shadows can be turned down to improve FPS.

Upgrade graphics drivers

Another reason you might be getting subpar performance in XDefiant could be outdated graphics drivers. Not just in this game, but for any new title, outdated GPU drivers can be a massive limiter, so make sure that you keep them up to date.

Here’s how to update Nvidia graphics drivers on your PC:

  1. Download GeForce Experience through
  2. Open GeForce Experience.
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab.
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner.
  5. If an update is available, simply install it and you are ready to go.

Here’s how to update AMD graphics drivers on your PC:

  1. Right-click on your desktop.
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings.
  3. Click on the Home icon.
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left.
  5. Select ‘check for update.’
  6. If an update is available, simply install it and you are ready to go.

Use a wired connection

More often than not, stutters or lags can be caused by ping spikes or bad internet in XDefiant. Make sure that you are using a wired connection with the help of a LAN cable that connects to your PC directly from the router.

Once you have shifted to a wired connection, you should notice a significant boost to your internet speed and in-game ping during online matches.

Close background apps and overlays

Make sure that no app or any other process is running in the background while playing XDefiant on your PC as that might be another reason for annoying stutters in the game. Screen recording apps such as OBS or GeForce Experience running in the background can cause a massive dip in FPS as well.

That was everything you needed to know to play XDefiant smoothly and win matches without suffering from performance issues on your PC. Speaking of winning matches, here are the best ACR 6.8 and AK-47 loadouts to help you with that as they are in the current meta.