New World: How To Fix Lag & Stuttering

Last Updated on January 5, 2022

Update: New World is released now, most of the issues are ironed out now. But the queues are way too long.

Every AAA title has issues related to performance nowadays, however, we can let New World slide for now because the title is not released yet. The closed beta was announced a few days back and can be downloaded now via the Steam client (you’ve to pre-order the game though).

Read: Fix New World Crashing at Startup

If you head to to the discussions forum on Steam or the New World subreddit, there are numerous discussions about performance-related issues and things that are problematic in the game. People should realize that this is a closed beta and a beta release is for gathering feedback from the players. The final copy of the game should be well furnished and these problems won’t be there for sure.

Users from all over the world are facing issues related to performance, some are stuck on black screens, there are huge queues, accidental bans (yes!). Amazon Games has already tweeted about this, and they are working hard (that’s what they said). All of this can be blamed on the servers.

Let’s find out how to fix performance issues in New World

New World How To Fix Lag Detected Issue

Note: If you’re facing just stuttering issues, just head to the stuttering section. It is also recommended that you cap your FPS to 60 or below before the devs push an optimization update.

Let’s start with the system requirements of the game:

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2400 / AMD CPU with 4 physical cores @ 3Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 or better


  • OS: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 390X or better

This is something I won’t agree with. Lirik (streamer) was playing this game a few hours back, he probably has the best gaming rig that one can build. Even he was facing some performance-related issues. I believe there are still a few things that amazon needs to take care of. These system requirements make no sense to me, anyway (official data).

Your PC configuration should fall in between the minimum or recommended requirements to run the game smoothly. If that is not the case, you will have to compromise with graphics and FPS.

Enough about the game, let’s move on and fix these issues:

Change Graphic Card Settings

Below are the settings for AMD and Nvidia graphics card users, apply these settings for the best performance.

For Nvidia Users

  • Open up Nvidia’s Control Panel. Right-click on desktop > click Nvidia control panel
  • Click Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings
  • Find “New World”, you can manually add the game if it’s not in the list
  • Now, make the following changes:

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 Users

  • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method: Multisampling
  • Morphological Filtering: Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Use application settings
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: On
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Tesselation Mode: Override application settings
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

These settings should be good enough for you. Try tweaking a bit with the priority of the application, this also tends to give a little FPS boost. 

Update Device Drivers

Whenever a new game makes its arrival, especially when it’s a AAA title, Nvidia is known for pushing their optimized updates for the best performance with their graphic cards. I am not sure about AMD because I’ve never used an AMD card. Below are the links for downloading the latest drivers.

Tone Down Game Settings

The general rule of thumb for every game is if you are lagging it is always recommended to tone down the settings. Play around a little bit with the settings, turn down shadows and textures, this should help.

Disable Discord in-game overlay

If you are using Discord like me, then I’d recommend you change a few things. One such thing is, discord overlay, it’s not really something you need at all times. I use a two-monitor setup, so the overlay is useless for me. It is known for causing FPS-related issues.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Discord

  • Open Discord
  • Click on User Settings > Appearance
  • Click on the Hardware Acceleration radio, this will turn it off.

Disable Discord in-game Overlay

  • Open Discord
  • Go to Overlay under App Settings
  • Click on the “Enable in-game overlay”, this will turn it off.

Turn off Game Mode

Windows says that the Game mode helps in optimizing all-around windows processes, windows updates and other windows related stuff while running games if you have the game mode enabled. But this isn’t factually true, game bar has been known for causing issues related to FPS. So it’s better to turn it off if you are not using it, Nvidia’s Shadowplay is better for capturing game clips.

  • Click Start > Settings > Gaming
  • On the Game Bar, set “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar” to off.
  • Now head to the Captures tab set the “Record the background while I’m playing a game” to Off.
  • Lastly, click on the Game Mode tab, and turn it off.

How To Fix Stuttering in New World

Now that we are done with the lagging-related fixes, let’s find out how to fix stuttering in New World.

Change Visible Name-Plate Number to 5

The default setting is 10, I don’t think you need to look at 10 nameplates at once, especially when you’re facing troubles. Go to settings > visuals > set Player Nameplate amount to 5.

Close any memory-hogging applications

Open up the task manager and check your memory and disk usage. Close all applications (non-windows) that are eating your memory and using a disk drive. If you are still stuttering with everything looking fine then you should probably wait for the hotfix update, which should be pushed out shortly.

I’d recommend you shut down all memory-hogging applications such as Chrome.

Use Process Lasso to limit CPU usage

Process Lasso is software that helps you in limiting the CPU usage of a particular app. Download the software and use it accordingly, I was able to drop my CPU usage by almost 20% after using the software. Also, try switching between hyperthreading on/off, this also has a considerable improvement.

Move the game to SSD or faster HDD

A Reddit user reported constant stuttering in New World, someone asked him for his specs, and turns out the guy had an SSD for C Driver but was running an old 5400RPM HDD. The game was installed on the 5400 RPM drive. The user moved his game to the SSD and the issue was fixed.

If you are still not able to run the game smoothly, please report this to Customer support and they will help you out. Issues like crashing, random black screens, games not launching are very common for every release. The same things have happened with big releases such as Red Dead Redemption 2Valhalla, and Cold war, but it was fixed within a day or two.

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Written by Vikas

I am Vikas and I have been into computers and gaming since I was just 4 years old. My geeky side kicked in during the Windows 2000 days when I started solving various computer issues. These days, I love playing games (especially online multiplayer ones). In my spare time, I also like blogging about technology and gaming. Professionally, I have worked as a Brand Enabler and now work as a full-time blogger. My favorite games are: Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War and Minecraft. Read our Fact Checking Policy and Editorial Guidelines.

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