Fix: Smite Stuttering, Lagging or Freezing Constantly

Smite is a battleground action game of the Gods. It is a free-to-play game that was released in 2015. The is a third-person multiplayer online battle arena that is developed and published by Hi-Rez Studios. This game was released for different platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStations, Nintendo Switch, etc.

Smite is based on PVP mode, which is player versus player, where you will control a character as a god, goddess, or mythological figure for the combats. In this, players have to participate in team-based combat where they will be using their abilities and tactics to defeat the opponent to win the match. There are a lot of characters available in the game, and each character has its own pros and cons. This game is also organized in eSports Tournaments such as Smite World Championship. It includes million-dollar prizes.

As the demand for the game is getting higher, players are showing huge interest in the game. But some users have reported issues with the game. They are reporting that the game is lagging on their PC, which is causing them a lot of problems and they are annoyed by this. We are here with the solution to this issue. Make sure to read the whole article to try to resolve the issue.

Fix: Smite Stuttering, Lagging or Freezing Constantly

Why Smite is Lagging on My PC?

Smite is a very famous game and has gained a lot of players due to its exciting gameplay. There are more than 35 million users who have downloaded and played this game. However, some of them are facing lagging issues with the game. It is obvious that this type of issue will be faced by the players because of certain reasons. There are a lot of common reasons reported by the users for the issue and they have successfully fixed this issue after following some troubleshooting methods.

Many users have reported that the game was lagging on their PC because their system does not meet the minimum requirements or something else. So, we will be listing out all the common reasons which are reported by the users for this issue. Make sure to check them as it will surely help you in knowing about the cause of the issue. You can check the reasons below.

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  • There are possibilities that this is caused due to unstable internet connection.
  • Smite’s server might not be working properly.
  • You are using outdated windows or graphics drivers on your PC.
  • The game is not getting proper resources from the system to run properly.
  • Your PC does not meet the minimum requirements to run the game properly.
  • Your PC does not have sufficient storage.
  • There are some corrupted or missing files in the game.
  • You have not updated the game.

How To Fix Lagging Issue of Smite?

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As we have listed some of the common causes of the issue. Now, we’re here with the troubleshooting methods through which you can try resolving this issue. Make sure to implement the methods properly which are mentioned below.

1. Check System Requirements

Before starting, we will suggest that you should check the system requirements to run the game. As it has been reported by many users that the game was lagging due to the PC does not meet the minimum requirements. In case, if you are one of them who is unsure about your PC capabilities then do check the requirements to know whether your PC will be able to run the game properly or not. If the PC does not meet the minimum requirements then it might be a reason for your game’s lag issue.

Minimum System Requirements

    • Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit or newer
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Recommended System Requirements

    • Operating System: Windows 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3, 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

2. Force Close The Game

The very first step that we will suggest to you is to force close the game. If you have started the game or its background processes are running then make sure to close them. You need to follow the steps which are given below.

  • First of all, Press CTRL + ALT + DEL key.
  • Now, select Task Manager.
  • Click on More details to see the processes.
  • Now, select the game processes which are running on the system in the background.
  • Right-click on it and select End Task.
  • After it, restart your PC.
  • Now, again start the game and check whether the lagging issue has been resolved or not.

3. Delete The Smite’s Cache Files

This is the other method where you will have to delete the cache file of the game. Deleting the game cache file can help in resolving the lag issue, as when you start the game again, then it will again download and install the startup files which are required to run it smoothly. You can delete the game files by following the steps which are given below.

  • First of all, open Windows File Explorer.
  • Go to Documents which is available on the left pane.
  • Select the “Smite” folder and right-click on it.
  • After it, select the Delete option from the list of options that appeared on the screen.

  • Now, again start the game and wait for the startup files to get installed.
  • Check whether the issue has been resolved or not.

4. Check Internet Connection

A high-speed internet connection is required to run the game. As there are a lot of resources which depend on this. So, if your internet connection is not stable then you will be going to face this issue. In this case, we will suggest you check the internet connection download and upload speed to know whether you are using a stable connection or not. You can easily check this by using any online speed checker like Speedtest by Ookla or something else. Make sure to check the internet speed to know whether it will give you a lag-free experience while playing the game or not.

5. Verify Integrity of the Game Files

There are possibilities that the lagging issue might cause if there are some files that are not installed correctly or missing from the installed files. However, it is not a big issue to deal with as the game store comes with a feature through which you can easily scan your game and repair the game files if there is any issue. This feature is provided for both the Steam and Epic Games launchers. For doing this, you need to follow some steps through which you will be able to check the integrity of the game files.

For Steam

  • Open Start Menu.
  • Type “Steam” in the search bar.
  • Click on the best relevant result.
  • Navigate to Library.
  • Now, select the game and right-click on it.
  • Click on Properties.
  • After it, go to Local Files.
  • Now, click on the option “Verify Integrity of Game Files”.
  • Wait for the process to get completed.
  • Now, restart your system.
  • Check whether the app is starting properly or not.

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For Epic Games 

  • Open Start Menu.
  • Type “Epic Games Store” in the search bar.
  • Click on the best relevant result.
  • Go to Library.
  • Select the game and right-click on it.
  • After it, you will see the option of “Verify”.
  • Click on it and wait for the process to get completed.
  • Now, restart your system.
  • Check whether the game is working perfectly or not.

6. Run the Game as an Administrator

Even if your system has the minimum or recommended requirements to run the game and still you are facing this issue then you can try running the game with the Admin authority. The administrator settings will give the game all the necessary controls which are required to run it smoothly. So, if any of the game files are not working properly, then it will start running properly on your system and it will result in fixing the issue. You can do this by following the steps which are given below to run the game file with the admin mode.

  • Right-click on the Smite.exe program file which you use to start the game.
  • Right-click on it and click on the “Run as Administrator” option.

After doing this, if the game is working properly then you have to do this setting permanently for the game. For doing this, you need to follow the steps which are given below.

  • Again, right-click on the game file.
  • Now, select Properties.
  • Click on Compatibility Tab.
  • Select the “Run as Administrator” option.
  • After it, click on Apply and OK Button to save the changes.

7. Update Graphics Driver

The other major reason for the lagging issue is your graphics driver. If you are using the outdated version of the graphics driver then you will be facing this issue with the game. We will suggest that you should manually check for updates for the graphics driver of your computer to resolve this issue. You can do this by following the steps which are given below.

  • Open Start Menu.
  • Type “Device Manager” in the search bar.
  • Click on the Display option and double-click to expand it.
  • Now, select your Graphics Driver and right-click on it.
  • You will see the option of Update Driver, click on it.
  • After it, follow the on-screen instructions that are given to complete the update.
  • Restart your PC and check whether the issue has been resolved or not.

Device Manager Update Display Adapter

8. End All Unnecessary Background Processes

There are some possibilities that the game might be not getting sufficient resources to run properly on your PC. It might occur if there are a lot of apps running in the background. Those apps that are running in the background will occupy some memory in the RAM, graphics, and other parts due to which the game will not have the proper resources to work smoothly. We will suggest that you should close all the unnecessary apps which are running in the background. Follow the steps which are given below to do so.

  • Press CTRL + ALT + DEL key.
  • Now, select Task Manager.
  • Click on More details to see the processes.
  • Now, select the app which is not necessary to run in the background.
  • Right-click on the app and select End Task.

End Task Manager

9. Disable Antivirus Software 

The issue might also cause if your antivirus apps are causing conflicts with the file of the game. Many users have reported that they tried running the game by disabling the antivirus and they were able to resolve this issue.

In this case, the antivirus which is installed on your PC might be blocking the files of the game to maintain the security of the PC. It might happen if they suspect some malicious activity or response. Therefore, we will suggest that you should disable your antivirus and check whether the issue has been resolved or not.

10. Disable Windows Firewall

Windows Defender Firewall can also be a reason for the black screen issue of the game. The work of the Windows Firewall is to block game files if they suspect any malicious activity with them. It is done in order to protect your system from malicious threats.

This issue can occur if your Windows Firewall has suspected some different response from the server of the Raft game. However, you can easily fix this to run the game by disabling the Windows Defender Firewall on your PC. Follow the steps which are given below to disable the Windows Defender Firewall from your system.

  • Open the Start Menu.
  • Type “Windows Defender Firewall” in the search bar.
  • Select Windows Defender Firewall from the search results.
  • After it, click on the Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off from the left pane.
  • Select the “Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)” option.

  • You have to do this for both your Private and Public Networks.
  • Now, click on OK to save changes.
  • Restart the PC and check whether the game started to run properly or not.

11. Check For Windows Updates

Windows updates are also important to avoid this type of issue. Users have reported that this was occurring to them when they were trying to run the game on their outdated windows. When they have updated to the latest one, then the issue has been resolved for them. In case, if you have not updated the windows and have some pending updates on your PC then you will likely face this issue with your game. Follow the steps which are given below to check for updates on your computer.

  • Press Windows + I key to open Settings on your computer.
  • Click on Windows Update on the left pane of the screen.
  • After it, click on Check For Updates.
  • If there is an update available, then click on the Download Now button to download the available updates on your system.
  • Wait for the process to get completed.
  • After that, restart the PC, and check whether the black screen issue has been resolved or not.

12. Check For Optional Updates

The optional update is another important factor to run the game properly. This update includes important drivers update for the PC through which the apps and games run smoothly on your PC. You need to follow the steps which are given below to check for optional updates on your computer.

  • Press Windows + I Key to open Settings.
  • Click on Windows Update on the left pane of the screen.
  • Select the Advanced Option.
  • Now, scroll down and look for the Optional Updates option.
  • Select it and check whether there are updates available or not. If there is an update available then download it and wait for the process to get completed.
  • After it, restart your PC and check whether the issue is resolved or not.

13. Update The Game

If the issue is still there then we will suggest that you should check for game updates. As the issue is being faced by most of the users and devs know about it, then there are chances that they might have fixed it by pushing the latest updates. We will suggest that you should check for any available updates for the game. You can do this by following the steps which are given below.

  • Open Start Menu.
  • Type “Steam” in the search bar.
  • Now, open the app and go to Library.
  • Select the game and click on the three dots available there.
  • If there is any update available then you will see the “Update Now” button.
  • So, if you see that then click on it, and wait for the process to get completed.
  • Now, again start the game and check whether the issue has been resolved or not.

14. Reinstall The Game

It is the last method by which you can try to resolve this lagging issue. Many users have reported that they were able to fix this issue after reinstalling the game on their PC. This is because when you uninstall the game then all the files and settings will be deleted from your PC.

After it, when you install the game again then all the files will get installed properly on your PC by which you will be able to fix the issue. So, we will suggest that you should do this if none of the above methods worked for you. After uninstalling the game, make sure to restart your laptop and delete all the game files from your PC.

Conclusion

The lagging issues are kind of very annoying for the players. Due to this, they are not able to get most of the game. It can happen to any computer whether it has all recommended specs or not. This is because there are a lot of reasons for the cause of the issue which we have already mentioned in the guide. We have listed the different methods by which you can try to resolve the lagging issue on your PC. Make sure to follow all of them properly. However, if you face any difficulty in doing this then feel free to ask us in the comment section below.

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