New World: How To Fix Lag & Stuttering

Last Updated on October 19, 2022

Update: New World Brimstone Sands update is released.

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 directly via the Steam client (you’ve to pre-order the game, though).

Read: Fix New World Crashing at Startup

If you head to the discussions forum on Steam or the New World subreddit, there are numerous discussions about performance-related issues and problematic things 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, and 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. You should also 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 four 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

Lirik (streamer) was playing this game a few hours back; he probably has the best gaming rig that one can build. Even then, 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 (official data).

Your PC configuration should fall 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 arrives, especially when it’s a AAA title, Nvidia is known for pushing its optimized updates for the best performance with its graphics cards. I am unsure 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, and turn down shadows and textures; this should help.

Disable Discord in-game overlay

If you are using Discord like me, I’d recommend changing a few things. One such thing is discord overlay; it’s not 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 in-game Discord 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 optimize 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, the 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 and 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 Nameplate Number to 5

The default setting is 10; I don’t think you need to look at 10 nameplates simultaneously, especially when you’re facing trouble. 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, 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 limit a particular app’s CPU usage. Downloading the software and using it accordingly, I dropped my CPU usage by almost 20% after using it. Also, try switching between hyperthreading on/off; this also greatly improves.

Move the game to SSD or faster HDD

A Reddit user reported constant stuttering in New World; someone asked him for his specs, and the guy had an SSD for C Drive but was running an old 5400RPM HDD for the game. 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 unable to run the game smoothly, please report this to Customer support, who will help you out. Every release has common issues like crashing, random black screens, and games not launching. 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

Hey, I am Vikas. I've had a longstanding passion for computing and gaming for over a decade now. With a computer science degree under my belt sparking my initial interest in the industry from a young age, you'll often find me immersed for hours in the latest PC titles, especially enjoying multiplayer online games, while also enjoying sharing my insights and reviews. My work has been featured on IGN, Kotaku, MSN and Forbes to name a few. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats.

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