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OUTRIDERS - Compilation of Fixes and Performance Tweaks

Written by Victor™   /   Updated: Apr 4, 2021    

Guide to Fixes and Performance Tweaks

Like every other Unreal Engine game - Outriders has it's own issues. This is just a simple guide to make your life easier with the game.

In-game Overlays

Disabling overlays might give you a significant perfoamance improvement and can avoid crashes.

Steam Overlay

Right Click “Outrdiers” in your library and click "Properties" you will see the option to disable the Steam Overlay. Uncheck the box then click Okay at the bottom.

Nvidia Ansel

Open GeForce Experience. Click on the "gear" icon. Disable "in-game overlay" amd Uncheck "enable performance features".

Discord,OBS etc.

Disabling Discord/OBS and third-party app overlays will prove to be helpful. But i don't use them personally so I am not sure.

Disable Game Mode

Disable Game Mode by going to either Start Menu -> type Game Mode or Settings -> Gaming -> Game Mode

Steam Appear Offline

Turning off Steam Friends List can resolve micro-stutters. Setting your online status to "invisible" will not help. You have to turn off Friends List all together.

Disable DLSS, Resolution Scaling and VYSNC Off

After the recent tweak from PCF, the game is forced to run on DX11. It is advised to do the following:

  • Disable DLSS.
  • Keep resolution scaling at 100.
  • Turn Vysnc OFF (instead set a FPS limit that you prefer).


Even though PCF have pushed a tweak to make the game run on DX11. I would still recommend to modify the launch options for Outriders by going into "Properties".

"-force -dx11"

An Offbeat Fix

I came across this on the technical Support forums. This fix has been suggested by SE Toby.

Exact steps

  1. Launch Steam in Big Picture.
  2. From the Big Picture main menu select the gear icon.
  3. Under controller, select controller settings Ensure your specific controller is enabled/turned on.
  4. Navigate back to the Big Picture Main menu.
  5. Select Library.
  6. Select Outriders.
  7. Select manage game.
  8. Select controller configuration.
  9. Select Browse Configs - Templates.
  10. Select Gamepad.

Surprisingly, this has resolved micro-stutters or micro-freezes for me personally. You just need a controller plugged in and if you follow the steps to the letter.

Exclude Outriders from Windows Defender

Search for Windows Security in the search bar and open it. Go to “Virus & Threat Detection” on the left, and within that panel scroll down and select “Manage Settings.” Scroll down within this window to “Exclusions” and click “Add or Remove Exclusions”.

Click “Add an Exclusion”, and select the Folder option. From here locate your Steam folder once inside go to Steamapps>Common, and select the Outriders folder. Next, go to you main drive, then Users>Your Username>AppData>Local, and add the Madness folder.

.ini Fix for Stuttering

Type “%LocalAppData%\Madness\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\” (without the quotes) in your file explorer address bar. You should find the file Engine.ini there. Edit it add to the end of it add these lines:


Optimal Settings

I am using 3700x and 3070.

I found the following settings to be balanced overall.

Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling (On/Off)

Turn On or Off Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling in Settings and see what works best for you.

Windows 10 supports hardware acceleration, you can turn on hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling to reduce latency and improve video output performance.

Turn On or Off Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling in Settings and see what works best for you.

Start Menu-> search for "Graphic Settings"

Personally i don't see the difference in Outriders but in CP2077 it is noticeable.

Reinstall or Rollback Your Drivers

It is recommended to keep your drivers updated.

But, if you are experiencing performance drop or stutters. I’d recommend first reinstalling your current video driver before rolling back to an older one, but quite a few people have reported that using older drivers has worked for them(especially Non-RTX users).

To reinstall or rollback your drivers first install Display Driver Uninstaller (DDL) to ensure a clean purge. Before you use it, however, download either the current driver (reinstall) or the previous one (rollback) from your GPU manufacture’s website.

Verify Integrity of Game Files

If nothing works for you, you can always "Verify Integrity of Game Files" by right-clicking Outriders and go to "Properties". Navigate to Local Files. Click Verify Integrity of Game Files.

Written by Victor™.