Fix: Red Dead Redemption 2 Stuttering, Lags and Freezing on PC

2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is an action-adventure video game by Rockstar Games that’s a third title in the Red Dead series and is a prequel to the Red Dead Redemption (2010) game. It’s available for Windows, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia platforms. It seems that plenty of Red Dead Redemption 2 players are experiencing Stuttering or Lagging issues on the PC. After working for several years on this game, the initial response by the players or critics wasn’t positive enough. Luckily, devs have fixed plenty of issues recently.

Not a single video game is free from errors or bugs no matter whatever device you’re using. Lags or stutters are quite common among PC games and the same thing is happening with the Red Dead Redemption 2 game. Though we’re expecting that developers will soon come up with more patch updates to resolve plenty of other issues, we’ve mentioned all the possible workarounds below that should gonna help you out. So, without further ado, let’s jump into it.

Fix: Red Dead Redemption 2 Stuttering, Lags and Freezing on PC

Fix: Red Dead Redemption 2 Stuttering or Lagging on PC

It’s worth mentioning that there are a couple of possible reasons behind such an issue which should be fixed manually. Sometimes compatibility issues, in-game settings, or even issues with the game files may cause stuttering or lagging issues on the PC. It’s better to check out all the steps below.

1. Use Launch Options

  • Open your Steam client > Go to Library > Right-click on the Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • Select Properties > On the General tab, you’ll find Launch Options.
  • Enter the launch options -fullscreen = Forces the engine to start in fullscreen mode.

2. Update Graphics Drivers

  • Right-click on the Start Menu to open up the Quick Access Menu.
  • Click on Device Manager from the list.
  • Now, double-click on the Display adapters category to expand the list.
  • Then right-click on the dedicated graphics card name.
  • Select Update driver > Choose Search automatically for drivers.
  • If there is an update available, it’ll automatically download and install the latest version.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your computer to change effects.

3. Run the game as an administrator

Make sure to run the game exe file as an administrator to avoid user account control regarding privilege issues. You should also run the Steam client as an administrator on your PC. To do this:

  • Right-click on the Red Dead Redemption 2 exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

4. Set High Priority in Task Manager

Make your game priority in the higher segment via the Task Manager to tell your Windows system to run the game properly. To do this:

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  • Right-click on the Start Menu > Select Task Manager.
  • Click on the Processes tab > Right-click on the Red Dead Redemption 2 game task.
  • Select Set Priority to High.
  • Close Task Manager.
  • Finally, run the Red Dead Redemption 2 game to check for the issue.

5. Verify Integrity of Game Files

If in case, there is an issue with the game files and somehow it gets corrupted or missing then make sure to perform this method to easily check for the issue. To do so:

Verify Game Files on Steam:

  • Launch Steam > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on Red Dead Redemption 2 from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Properties > Go to Local Files.
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • You’ll have to wait for the process until it gets completed.
  • Once done, just restart your computer.

Verify Game Files on Epic:

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6. Change GPU Settings

Make sure to change the graphics card settings on the PC by following the steps below to check if the problem has been fixed or not.

For Nvidia:

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  • Open up Nvidia’s Control Panel > Right-click on the desktop screen.
  • Click on Nvidia Control Panel > Click on Manage 3D Settings.
  • Select Program Settings > Find ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ and manually add the game if it’s not in the list:
    • Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
    • Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
    • Threaded optimization: On
    • Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
    • Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance

For AMD:

  • Monitor Tech: G-Sync (If available)
  • Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
  • Threaded optimization: On
  • Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance

7. Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

Full-screen optimization and DPI settings are the default ones on Windows. You should try disabling it by following the steps below:

  • Locate the Red Dead Redemption 2 game directory.
  • Find and right-click on the GRIDLegends.exe file.
  • Select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Checkmark the ‘Disable Full-Screen Optimizations’ box.
  • Now, click on the ‘Change high DPI settings button.
  • Checkmark the ‘Override high DPI scaling behavior’ > Select ‘Application’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on Apply and then OK to save changes.

8. Update Red Dead Redemption 2

If in case, you haven’t updated your Red Dead Redemption 2 game for a while then make sure to follow the steps below to check for updates and install the latest patch (if available). To do this:

Steam Users:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library > Click on Red Dead Redemption 2 from the left pane.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • It may take some time to install the update > Once done, make sure to close the Steam client.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again.

This is how you can easily fix Red Dead Redemption 2 Stuttering and Lags on the PC.

Epic Launcher Users:

  • Open the Epic Launcher client > Go to Library > Look for Red Dead Redemption 2 from the left pane.
  • On your Red Dead Redemption 2 application, you have to tap on the three-dot icon.
  • Make sure to check the auto-update to get a new update installation automatically.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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