FM24 Lag – How to fix and speed up game

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Football Manager fanatics are jumping on the latest title from Sports Interactive, getting stuck into a new FM24 save. However, there have been multiple reports of lag in FM24. So, we’re here to help you fix lag and speed up the game!

FM24 early access means players are enjoying the new features before the worldwide Football Manager 2024 release date. But some aren’t having the best experience possible, with lag getting in the way.

This can be caused by things such as the wrong system requirements, graphics quality, and differing settings, among others. Find out how to fix lag in FM24 below and enjoy a smoother gaming experience!

How to fix FM24 lag

Although various issues could be causing FM24 to lag, there are many generic fixes that could help. We found a very helpful article on the official Sega support site. Titled “What should I do if I’m seeing poor match engine performance in Football Manager?”, it outlines many fixes.

The article reads as follows:

If you find when running matches in Football Manager that you’re encountering issues, such as lagging, slowdowns or poor performance we’d recommend the following troubleshooting steps:

First of all make sure your system meets the minimum specifications to run the game.

If it does, we’d recommend changing the ‘Graphics Quality’ settings via the in-game preferences to see if this has any notable effect. When running even high-end graphics cards in a high resolutions the game may struggle, so it’s always worth lowering the quality slightly to see if that improves performance.

You can also use the number of available options under ‘Match’ within the in-game preferences, including ‘Render Quality, Mesh Detail, Shadow Quality, Texture Quality, Anti-Aliasing and Crowd Quality’.

There is also the option to change the Render Scale, which changes the resolution of the game internally. The game will render faster but appear fuzzy when set lower, but when set higher will make the game look crisper but render slower. When making rendering changes you may find you need to restart the game for them to take effect.

We’d also recommend making sure you’re running the latest Graphics Card drivers and to uninstall and reinstall them. This allows the best opportunity for the drivers to be working correctly.

If you’re still seeing issues, there are additional match options available via the in-game preferences, so try lowering or changing some of the settings (such as lowering/disabling the crowd or pitch quality for instance) and see if that helps.

If you’re running on a laptops or Macbook, we’d recommend ensuring that the dedicated GPU is being used to play FM.

We would also recommend disabling HDR, which can be done as follows:

Via Windows, select the Start button, then select Settings > System > Display > Windows HD Colour settings. Under ‘Use HDR’ switch the toggle to ‘Off’.

If running via an Nvidia graphics card, in Nvidia settings, ensure that “Select the preferred graphics processor for this program” is set to “High-performance NVIDIA processor” for Football Manager. Also set Power Management Mode to “Prefer maximum performance”, Threaded Optimisation to “On” and Triple Buffering to “Off”.

Failing that you can try limiting your FPS rate as described here (we would recommend trying 60fps) –

We’d also recommend making your display refresh rate is no higher than 60hz. 

We’d also recommend making sure your Anti-Virus Program isn’t interfering with the game at all. This can sometimes cause the game to not run with optimal performance.

If you find nothing above helps, please submit a support ticket and our team will try to help.

About the Author

David Luff

David Luff is a Sports Games Writer for VideoGamer. He loves football, started playing FIFA 99 on the PC with a joystick, and has stuck with the series ever since.

Football Manager 2024

  • Release Date: November 6th 2023
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Management, Soccer, Sports
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