Can’t enjoy Forza Horizon 4 because of graphics issues? Here’s how you can fix it.
Forza Horizon 4 is one of the best racing games to test your mettle against other racers. But while playing the game on Windows PC, you might encounter shuttering and low FPS issues. Both the problems result from misconfigured in-game settings and corruption in system files.
Fortunately, it's pretty easy to troubleshoot the problem. Just try the below solutions to get rid of the issue for good.
The Xbox Game Bar is a graphical interface that helps you record gameplay, take screenshots, and save clips. However, the app consumes a lot of system resources to do all these.
So, if you don't care much about recording your gaming sessions, consider disabling this feature to get better FPS in your game. You can do it by following the steps below.
Next, relaunch the game and check if you still face the problem.
Your GPU driver allows the OS and other applications to use your video card. So, to get the best performance out of it, especially when you're playing graphics-heavy games like Forza Horizon 4, you must always keep it updated.
Download the latest graphics driver for your system and install it. Once the update process is complete, reboot your computer, and see if the problem is resolved.
One of the prime reasons behind low FPS and stuttering issues in any game, including Forza Horizon 4, are apps running in the background. As it turns out, many of these applications eat up system resources.
After closing all these programs, the system will reallocate the memory to your game, automatically increasing its performance. You can close all the unnecessary background programs with the help of the Task Manager. Here's how.
Along with the Task Manager, there are other ways to close background applications on Windows. You can check out the guide to close the program without the Task Manager.
Most gamers use a solid-state drive for storing their games. But if your games are still installed on an HDD, this storage solution's slower speed could impact your gaming experience. The least you can do to improve its performance is to ensure your HDD is defragmented.
Here are the steps to defragment your HDD:
Wait until the process is complete. Once done, your game should run a little bit faster. If you're busy and don't want the defragmentation process eating into your time, you can schedule it when you're not using your PC.
Windows allows you to change the power option per the machine's energy consumption. By default, the power setting is set on the balanced mode, which gives equal importance to performance and battery. But to play graphics-oriented games like Forza Horizon 4, it is better to switch to the Best performance plan. Here's how to do it.
Being a modern title, Forza Horizon 4 offers many options to increase the graphics quality and get a realistic gaming experience. But using high settings on a low-end PC can adversely affect the overall gaming performance.
So, to get a better FPS and eliminate the stuttering issue, consider playing the game on low settings. Here are the changes you need to make.
Next, switch to Advanced Settings and make the following changes.
Forza Horizon 4 files can get corrupt or missing due to various reasons. And when this happens, you will encounter shuttering and low FPS problems in the game. As a solution, you will have to repair the game files. You can do it using Steam's built-in repair utility.
Here are the exact steps you need to follow.
Steam will now look for and replace corrupt game files.
While integrated graphics are getting more powerful, it still cannot replace the performance that a dedicated GPU brings to your system. If you're facing shuttering and low FPS issues with Forza Horizon 4, ensure that your computer uses your video card, if you have one installed, to run the game. Here's how to do it.
Launch the game, and you will notice you're getting comparatively better performance in the game.
These are all the fixes to eliminate the stuttering and low FPS issue on Forza Horizon 4. But if you still face the low FPS and stuttering problem even after following all the steps, consider reinstalling the game as a last-ditch solution.
Aman is a Windows specialist and loves writing about the Windows ecosystem on MakeUseOf and HowToGeek. He has a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and is now a full-time freelance writer with expertise in Windows, iOS, and browsers.