Ori and Will of the Wisps – Fix Lag, FPS Drops, Stuttering and Crashing

Ori and Will of the Wisps – Fix Lag, FPS Drops, Stuttering and Crashing – Ori and the Will of the Wisps has arrived for all PC users, the game is garnering amazing reviews from all gamers around the globe. Will of the Wisps is the second instalment of the Ori title developed by Xbox Game studious exclusively for Windows and Xbox One. As of now, the game is sitting on the top-selling list of steam with around 2k+ very positive reviews.

Pro Tip: You can play the game for $4.99 by purchasing the Xbox Game pass from the windows Xbox application. You also get access to AAA titles such as Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves.

Ori and Will of the Wisps Lag Fix

At first, you might think that this game might not require much on the hardware side, but that is wrong. The game is graphic intensive and will run well on PCs with decent hardware. Below are the minimum and recommended System Requirements of the game.

System Requirements

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X4 | Intel Core i5 4460
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 950 | AMD R7 370
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 20 GB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 10 Version
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 | Intel i5 Skylake
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 | AMD RX 570
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 20 GB available space

The requirements mentioned above are directly from the steam page, but I wouldn’t take them seriously. My friend’s PC with i5 8400 and 2060 was facing stuttering issues with the game. He had to tweak a few things that I am going to mention in this article, continue reading to find out.

Microsoft is aware of the issues that everyone is facing at the moment, expect an update soon. Till then you can read the optimization guide to fix any lag related problems.


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 “Ori”, 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 it’s 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.


Ori and Will of the Wisps Stuttering Fix

Open up the task manager and check your memory and disk usage. Close all applications (non-windows) that are eating your memory and using 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 to shut down all memory-hogging applications such as Chrome.


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.

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 to 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.

Increase Game Priority

This is an old-school method of boosting FPS in certain games, this only affects the CPU relying Games.

  • Press CTLR + Shift + ESC to open task manager
  • Find Ori and right-click > go to details
  • Now right-click on the process’s .exe file and set priority to “high”.

This will prioritize your game over other windows applications and provide you with a little boost.


Update Windows

The recent couple updates were weird and broke a lot of games, to fix those issues, Windows has already pushed out hotfixes and you can download them right away. If you are running an older version of Windows, I’d recommend you to download the updated version.

There was also an update that caused windows to use up a lot of RAM for its search bar’s function called Cortana. This also has been fixed, you just have to update.


Ori and Will of the Wisps Crashing Issue

If you’re facing the crashing issue with your game, then I’d recommend you to check for any overclocking related apps running. 9 out of 10 times, the problem is caused by MSI Afterburner or the Zotac Firestorm. Turning them off or toning down the overclocking settings should fix the problem.

These things will fix a lot of issues that you might be facing. Drop a comment below if this article helped you out.