The Last of Us PC FPS drops – how to fix frame rate stuttering?

The Last of Us PC FPS drops – how to fix frame rate stuttering?
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Following on from what’s been a slightly shaky launch for The Last of Us Part 1 on PC, you might be experiencing frame-rate drops and FPS stuttering. Here’s how to fix it.

Aside from a patch being released to plaster over the cracks, you’re going to have to do a few things yourself to get the game running smoothly. We can’t guarantee that each fix will work, though it will certainly contribute to raising the playability of the game slightly.

When we were testing out the best graphics settings in collaboration with WePC’s gaming expert, we found that the game was nearly maxing out the graphics card’s VRAM. This is generally a sign that the game is poorly optimized, and often there’s little you can do to solve this. However – there are a few tricks out there that members of the community have found.

How to fix frame rate stuttering in The Last of Us Part 1 on PC?

Here’s a few fixes we would recommend trying to fix TLOU PC fps drops:

  • Enable DLSS
  • Update graphics drivers
  • Wait for graphics shaders to load
  • Reduce fidelity of textures to low

Firstly, you’re going to want to decide on whether or not you need FSR or DLSS enabled. If you have a compatible graphics card, we’d recommend using it as it will help improve performance. If it’s not an option, the reality is that you could be facing issues with frame-rate that only the developers can solve.

If you can enable resolution upscaling, you’re off to a good start. After that, you’re going to want to double check that you have the latest up-to-date graphics drivers. If you’re unsure about how to update your graphics drivers, we can guide you through that for Nvidia and AMD.

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After you’ve done that – you’re going to want to wait for the shaders to complete loading. This does take a while, and there’s little we’ve found so far to speed this process up.

A few other final things we’d recommend trying are reducing your graphical quality and textures as low as possible.

We’re going to be keeping an eye out for other relevant fixes for the game, so make sure to stay up to date with our pages.