If we talk about “Heavy Games”, Outriders is one of them, as of now. This requires the player to Optimize the game performance to get the most out of it. I plan to help players in doing that, by sharing some optimization tricks and solutions for Outriders, and possible similar games like it. Make sure you meet the minimum specs for the game before proceeding with any of the settings and tips.
On a side note, if you want to know the best graphics settings in-game for Outriders, check it here. This will sort out the in-game needs for you. As for the external changes and tweaks, read on…
Outriders Performance Optimization Guide
It may sound basic, but optimizing windows settings is one of the key things to do. The first and foremost thing to do is Turn Off Windows Xbox Gamebar. This hogs system usage and can interfere with your gameplay. To do this, type “Gamebar” in windows search, and open the Xbox Game Bar app. Simply toggle off the setting from there.
The next thing to do is to optimize windows for performance. If you have already done this, then skip to the next step. For those of you who want to know how to do it, type “Performance” in the windows search bar and look for ” Adjust Appearance and Performance of Windows”. Open that, and under the visual effects tab, select the option that says “Adjust for Best Performance”. If you can beat the basic fonts and styling of the windows, then this is the setting for you.
Updating Your Graphics Drivers
One of the most overlooked troubleshooting tips I can give is updating the graphics drivers in the first place. It has occurred many times that a person has done everything right but forgot to update the drivers of the graphics card. This results in incompatible versions of the game drivers and the graphics card. The two major brands, AMD and NVIDIA push drivers dedicated to Major titles like Outriders. So if you have not done that, I highly recommend you do so. For AMD users, download the drivers from here. For NVIDIA users, you can use this link.
Task Manager Tweaks
You also need to manage what applications to run in the background while playing Outriders. I highly recommend that you keep the background apps to a minimum to avoid any unnecessary resource usage. To stop programs from the get-go, open the task manager by typing it in the search, or pressing ALT+CTRL+Esc. Go to the “Startup” tab after that and disable any application you do not need. I would also recommend you to check the “Processes” tab for any unwanted application using up your resources. It is best to end or disable such processes if you find them out.
One example of one such process is the windows defender. It can cause high disk usage and hinder your gaming experience. If you feel necessary, go ahead and disable it for the time being. If you use any antivirus, add the Outriders folder, and the executable to its exceptions.
How To fix connections, Network, and Server issues
Only try this if other players are able to connect fine to the same server, but you cannot. This has happened to me in the past with other games, for example, Destiny 2. What I did, and what works most of the time is using a VPN to connect to the game servers. It immediately fixes the issue. The only problem I can think of here is bad routing from the ISP. If you end up in the same spot, do try this. There are a lot of free VPNs out there so give it a shot.
I also have forwarded ports to all the online games I play. Examples of that would be Destiny 2, COD: BO CW, Tekken 7, Rocket League, CS: GO, DOTA 2, and Now, Outriders. You can forward Ports manually. Here is a link on how to do that, specifically for Outriders. I personally did not do it myself. I called up my ISP and gave them the ports to get them forwarded. Sometimes you need to do this from the backend also, so make sure you have a word with your ISP regarding this.
One other obvious possibility is server maintenance or outage. For Outriders, it will most probably be Steam Servers. In this case, don’t stress it out and simply check their tweets and server status (Official Only).
NVIDIA and AMD Panel Settings
I would recommend the following settings for AMD and NVIDIA users respectively.
For AMD Users
- Radeon anti-lag: Enabled
- Chill: Disabled
- Radeon Boost: Disabled
- Radeon Image Sharpening: Enabled
- Sharpness: Set around 70-80%
- Wait for a vertical refresh: Always off
- Anti-Analysing: Use application settings
- Anti- Analysing method: Multisampling
- Morphological Anti-Analysing: Disabled
- Anisotropic Filtering: Disabled
- Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
- Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
- Tessellation Mode: Override application settings
- Maximum Tessellation Level: Off
- OpenGL Triple Buffering: Disabled
- Radeon Freesync: Disabled
- Virtual Super Resolution: Disabled
- GPU Scaling: Disabled
- Scaling mode: Full pane
- Vari-Bright: Disable
- Custom colors: Personal Preference
For NVIDIA Users
- Anisotropic Filtering: Off
- Antialiasing-Gamma Correction: Off
- Maximum Pre-rendered Frames: 1
- Power Management Mode: Prefer Maximum Performance
- Preferred refresh rate: Highest Available
- Texture Filtering – Anisotropic sample optimization: Off
- Negative LOD bias: Allow
- Texture Filtering-Quality: High Performance
- Texture Filtering-Trilinear Optimization: Off
- Threaded Optimization: On
- Triple Buffering: Off
Turning Off Background Apps
In order to do that, type “Background Apps” in the windows search bar. Open the corresponding window and turn off all the unwanted apps there. Ideally, I would consult you to turn off all background apps. You will find that most of them are not that useful to you, so I would suggest turning off most of them, if not all of them. This will, in turn, consume less network and resources, and can enhance your gaming experience.
Change Your Windows Power Options
You should change your windows power options, be it a PC or a Laptop. The only reason to do this is to put the maximum power consumption into the game you want to run. In this case, it is Outriders. Go to your Control Panel. Now open System and Security and navigate to Power Options. It should be balanced by default. All you need to do is put that to High Performance and that should be it from this section.
To conclude, I would say that you should try out all the optimization tips which you feel necessary. Along with these settings, make sure you check out the in-game settings for Outriders as well. All of these combined should give you a much better experience in enjoying the game, than before.
Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. I will try to reply to that as soon as I can. This is Darkside 55, signing off!