Deathloop developers are investigating stuttering on PC, and its probably not because of DRM

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 1:00 PM
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This week saw the release of Arkane’s latest time-looping mystery, and saw critical acclaim from multiple publications. However, the reception on PC has been less-than-ideal, with a lot of user reviews claiming they are suffering from terrible stuttering issues. Bethesda has since said they are working on it, but that hasn’t stopped some players from blaming certain issues.

Bethesda said they are investigating the stuttering inDeathloop as a top priority, but they haven’t specified exactly what is causing it: “Regarding performance we are aware of reports that some PC users are experiencing stuttering issues in Deathloop,” said a Community Manager. “We’re actively investigating the issue right now as a priority, and will update you with more specific information as soon as possible.”

The biggest problem people are associating the stuttering with in Deathloop is Denuvo DRM, and yes the game certainly includes it, but it seems like that may not be the actual issue. Many users are reporting the stuttering no matter their hardware configuration (even on high-end PCs!), but many are also claiming they haven’t noticed any stuttering at all.

What seems clear right now is that there is some sort of stuttering coming from using a keyboard and mouse, as many have pointed out a clear jittering when moving the camera. However, when switching over to a gamepad controller, this issue is resolved. Some have even claimed that running at frame rates above 60fps can cause issues as well.

Either way, it seems like we’ll have to wait a bit before getting an official answer and a patch to fix the problem. It’s clearly widespread or the official Steam page wouldn’t have a “Mixed” rating with only 67% Positive reviews at the time of writing. One thing’s for sure though: Deathloop is a pretty demanding game regardless of any stuttering.

What do you think? Have you experienced any stuttering whilst playing Deathloop? Did you fix it? How did you fix it? Have you tried using a gamepad and did that help? Let us know!

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10:14 Sep-19-2021

I'm playing it and have not encountered stutters at all - the game performs beautifully at 1080p with most settings maxed out. I am playing with a controller - interesting to read that this might be why I am not having problems. Also, I find the combat FINE with a controller in this game. The aim assist is not obnoxious and works really well when you get the timing right.

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00:29 Sep-19-2021

There are many games that proved that Denuvo is a performance killer, creates weird Bugs


I left Denovu games for that reason

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18:28 Sep-18-2021

Step 1 - Remove Denuvo


Step 2 - Let's not screw over our most supportive customer base which is PC.

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13:26 Sep-18-2021

As you mentioned, the game isn't stuttering, the mouse movement is completely screwed, you get hitches or skipping every couple of frames. Digital Foundry made a great video explaining it. I just don't understand how that can happen, sad that some developers still don't seem to give a shiet about PC as a platform.

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14:47 Sep-18-2021

It's funny, I was reading a reddit thread earlier where PlayStation players were complaining about gunplay and how it was obviously made for PC players. That's not to discredit what you are saying, I just thought it was funny. I'm unlikely to play the game.

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14:56 Sep-19-2021

To me that sounds like there's no aim assist, but I have really no idea what makes a game more of a pc game rather than a console game (besides controls and optimization)

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