Outriders Server Issue Solutions and PC Performance Fixes

| April 2, 2021 |

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While Outriders is a pretty impressive looter shooter in a lot of ways, but it’s hard to deny that the game’s server and performance issues are ruining the experience for many players. 

Maybe we should be used to these kinds of issues by now (and the difficulty of developing a game during a global pandemic almost certainly exasperates them), but it’s a shame that Outriders hot debut has been cooled slightly by the fact that many people haven’t been able to connect to the game in the first place. Others simply aren’t able to enjoy it without navigating a variety of performance issues. 

While Outriders’ long-term fixes are going to likely come in the form of official updates and patches, you can make things a little easier on yourself by trying a few of these quick fixes designed to address some of the game’s most immediate issues. 

Outriders Server Issues: Check Your Connection and the Game’s Server Status

The bad news is that the majority of Outriders‘ server problems seem to be based on the fact that so many people are trying to play the game right now. It’s the same problem we typically see whenever a lot of people try to play a new always-online game at the same time.

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While there’s no great immediate solution for that problem, here are a few basic fixes you can try:

  • Make sure you have a strong internet connection. I know, I know, but it honestly can make the difference between connecting to the game and staring at the title screen. Try using an ethernet cable. 
  • We’ll talk about this more later, but Outriders currently suffers from some significant crossplay problems that impact PC and console players trying to join the same game. Definitely avoid immediately queuing with friends on opposite platforms if you are able to join the game.
  • As this is an ongoing issue, be sure to keep an eye on the official Outlanders server status website to make sure there aren’t major issues keeping you from connecting.
  • Honestly, just keep trying to log in. Unless there is a major server issue preventing players from connecting, most people are able to eventually launch the game through persistence.

Run DirectX 11 Instead of 12 to Fix Outriders’ PC Stuttering Bugs and Glitches

Outriders’ biggest problem on PC at the moment (aside from connection issues) is a strange “stuttering” glitch that affects performance as well the overall quality of the game’s visuals. Fortunately, players are starting to find workaround solutions to this widespread issue. 

The most popular fix to the game’s stuttering problems at the moment involves avoiding Direct X 12 altogether. Instead, you’ll want to choose the “Play Outriders– DirectX11” option available to you via a dropdown menu when you launch the game.

Please note that this is not a universal solution. Even if it does work, you’ll likely need to use it alongside a combination of other fixes in order to even temporarily solve the game’s stuttering issues. 

Try Rolling Back Your Nvidia Driver Update

If you recently updated your Nvidia drivers in preparation for Outriders’ release, you may have inadvertently contributed to the game’s visual issues. 

For the time being, you may want to roll your Nvidia driver back to Version 456.71. The Outriders team has brought this up as a possible temporary solution, so while there’s no guarantee that it will work, it does seem like this can help address some of the most glaring issues at the moment. 

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Disable Crossplay on Console and PC For Improved Overall Performance

As we mentioned before, one of Outriders’ biggest technical problems at the moment is the functionality of its crossplay features. By People Can Fly’s own admission, that feature is absolutely not working as intended. 

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Unless you really want to take the risk, we advise PC and console players to disable crossplay until the developers say that it’s safe to go back into those waters again. For that matter, you might just want to hold off on multiplayer altogether for a little while if the performance problems are really bad. It kind of sucks, but this seems to be one fix that offers 99% of players some kind of performance and stability boost.

How to Fix Outriders “No HUD” Glitches

Are you one of the many people currently wondering why there is no HUD in Outriders? It turns out that problem can be attributed to a surprisingly common glitch. Fortunately, there’s a reliable solution available:

  • Open Outriders‘ menu and go to “Options.”
  • Go to the HUD tab and turn every “On” setting to “Off” (avoid other settings for now).
  • Launch the game.
  • Go back to the HUD tab and enable every option you disabled previously.
  • Leave the Options section and choose “Return to Lobby”
  • Your HUD should be fixed.
  • There’s a chance you might have to do this more than once as there have been conflicting reports on how “permanent” this fix really is.

    Try Changing Your Steam Friends List Settings to “Offline” to Improve PC Performance

    Interestingly, it seems that Outriders players on Steam can solve quite a few performance issues simply by going to their “Friends” list on the launcher and choosing to go offline. 

    Based on what we know about the game’s problems, it sounds like this change helps ensure that the title isn’t constantly searching for friends via Steam. Removing that system communication feature strangely seems to improve overall performance and connection stability. 

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    Overshoot Outriders’ PC System Requirements

    Outriders isn’t the most poorly optimized PC game (at least compared to some other recent games), but analysts have found that there’s a pretty good reason why the game’s PC system requirements are so high in the first place. 

    In fact, you might want to “overshoot” system requirements for the time being. Just ignore the minimum requirements outright (for now), and aim for the recommended requirements as your new minimum. There’s every hope that some early fixes and eventual patches will make the game a bit friendlier to players with lower-end hardware, but for the moment, overkill seems to be the way to go.

    Adjust Cinematic Camera Smoothing to Fix Outriders’ Annoying “Shaky Cam”

    This fix isn’t really about some of Outriders’ biggest performance issues, but if you find yourself annoyed by the weird way that the camera shakes during Outriders’ cutscenes, it turns out there is a solution (kind of). 

    Buried in Outriders‘ console and PC options is a setting for “Cinematic Camera Smoothing.” Some players have reported that setting this to around 0.50 seems to make things the camera a bit more stable, but as always, you’re going to have to play around a bit to get it to your personal comfort zone. 

    Outriders’ Optimal PC Settings for Performance

    If you’re desperate to experience high FPS Outriders gameplay and can’t wait for updates and patches to fix the title’s underlying issues, then you’ll have to lower some of the game’s core settings. 

    I don’t recommend this set-up for anyone who wants to focus on pure visual quality, but here’s an ideal performance-based settings combo:

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    Window Mode: Fullscreen

    FPS Limit: Off

    Resolution: 1920×1080

    Vsync: Off

    FPS Limit: 200

    Field of View (Degrees): 60

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    Effects Quality: Medium

    Texture Quality: High

    Shadow Quality: Medium

    Antialiasing: Off

    Post Processing Quality: Medium

    View Distance Quality: Low

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    Foliage Quality: Low

    You’re going to want to tweak those settings a bit based on your preferences, set-up, and what kind of output you end up getting from the game, but they should offer a respectable jumping-off point. 

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