XDefiant Stuttering: How To Fix It And Run Smoothly

We all want to play smoothly in XDefiant, but the constant stuttering prevents this. Learn how to fix it below ⤵


XDefiant is a free-to-play, first-person arena shooter with amazing graphics and gameplay. However, many players report the game stutters during gameplay, especially when they get into gun fights. This dampers the gaming experience. Ubisoft hasn’t done much to resolve this issue, leaving players to figure it out independently. In this guide, we have compiled a few possible solutions to help solve XDefiant stuttering.

What causes stuttering in XDefiant?

Stuttering in XDefiant may be caused by many reasons, making troubleshooting difficult. For instance, the issue may be caused by:

  • Outdated software
  • Incompatible hardware
  • Conflicts with other active apps
  • Outdated game versions

How to fix XDefiant stuttering?

Before performing any fixes, as a pre-check, do the following:

  • Check hardware requirements: Confirm whether your PC meets the minimum and recommended specifications for playing XDefiant. If it doesn’t, chances are you’ll be unable to play the game smoothly, so upgrade your PC.
  • Verify the integrity of game files: Verify and repair the integrity of XDefiant game files to ensure the game runs smoothly. We have a complete guide on how to verify and repair the integrity of game files.
  • Run the game as an administrator: Allow XDefiant to run with administrative privileges to ensure the game runs without stuttering.
  • Disable background applications: Certain third-party software running in the background can cause interference with your games, so disable them for improved gaming performance.

If these don’t work, try the following fixes:

  1. Set the game’s priority to high
  2. Disable fullscreen optimizations
  3. Update your graphics drivers
  4. Reset the network

1. Set XDefiant’s priority to high

XDEfiant requires many resources to run smoothly. If you don’t want the frames to drop, set XDefiant’s priority to high. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Press the Window logo key + R to open the Run dialogue box.
  2. Type taskmgr and press Enter.
  1. Under the Processes tab, find your game title. Right-click it, select Go to Details, and you’ll be directed to the Details tab.
  2. Right-click it and select Set Priority> High.
  1. Launch XDefiant and see if the issue is solved.

2. Disable fullscreen optimizations

Windows fullscreen optimizations can cause stuttering problems while playing games on some systems. Turning off fullscreen optimizations can help fix this in XDefiant. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Launch Steam and navigate to Library.
  2. Right-click XDefiant.
  3. Select Manage and choose Browse local files.
  4. Right-click on XDefiant.exe and select Properties.
  5. Open the Compatibility tab.
  6. Check the Disable fullscreen optimizations option.
  1. Click on Apply and then OK to save changes.
  2. Launch the game to see if the issue is solved.

3. Update your graphics drivers

Time needed: 4 minutes

Using outdated graphic card drivers may cause stuttering issues when playing XDefiant. Ensure you have the most recent version of your graphics driver installed to prevent frame rate problems. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Run box

    Press the Windows key + R to open the run box

  2. Device manager

    Type devmgmt. msc and click OK to open Device Manager.Run Command for Device Manager

  3. Display adapters

    Double-click display adapters to view the list of graphic drivers on your PC.

  4. Update driver

    Right-click on the dedicated driver you’re using and choose Update driver.

  5. Install

    Select Search automatically for drivers and let Windows find and update drivers.Search for Update Driver

  6. Launch

    Launch XDefiant to see if the issue is solved.

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4. Reset the network

If you notice that XDefiant is stuttering every few seconds, it can be because of inconsistent network activities. In this situation, resetting the network by following these steps may come handy:

  1. Press the Windows key + I on the keyboard to open Windows Settings.
  2. Navigate to Network & Internet and then click on Advanced network settings.
  1. Click on Network reset.
  2. Next, click on Reset Now.
  1. Restart your PC and launch XDefiant to see if the stuttering is solved.

🚀Other fixes

Other fixes that are worth trying include the following:

  • Tweak in-game graphics settings
  • Roll-back the GPU
  • Disable screen overlays
  • Change power mode

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That’s it. Hopefully, you find a fix for the common XDefiant stuttering problem to get back to gaming. If you have any more solutions or additional comments and questions, leave them below.

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