How to fix common Dark Souls III bugs on the PC

Madeleine Dean By: Madeleine Dean
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Dark Souls III is an action role-playing game that takes players into a universe filled with colossal enemies, hostile environments and filled with fast gameplay and intense combat.

Unfortunately, Dark Souls III is sometimes affected by various technical issues ranging from low FPS to controller bugs. In this article, we’re going to list a series of workarounds that will help you fix some of the most frequent Dark Souls III bugs.

How to fix common Dark Souls III issues

  1. FPS drops on NVIDIA
  2. FPS drops on AMD or Intel
  3. Dark Souls 3 crashes
  4. Fix game stutters
  5. The controller won’t work

1. FPS drops on NVIDIA

  1. Install the latest NVIDIA driver updates.
  2. Edit the Dark Souls 3 profile on NVIDIA’s control panel > disable all FXAA and Texture filtering options
  3. Choose the maximum performance on every option > enable only triple buffering, VSync, segmented optimization, max of pre-rendered FPS = 4, VR pre-rendered FPS = 1
  4. In the NVIDIA Control Panel > go to Manage 3D Settings > select your Dark Souls 3 profile > change the Power Management Mode to Prefer Maximum Performance.
  5. Change your OS power management settings to maximum performance as well.

2. FPS drops on AMD or Intel

  1. Install the latest driver updates.
  2. Start the game > go to Task Manager > right-click Darksouls3.exe on folder details > select the highest priority for the game.
  3. Increase the FPS of the main thread > go to your computer’s BIOS > disable the Intel H.E.I.S.T or SPEEDSTEP, or in case of AMD, the Cool & Quiet option.
  4. If you’re using a quad-core, hexacore, or octa-core CPU, disable Hyper-Threading.
  5. If you’re using a CPU with dual-core CPUs, enable Hyper-Threading.

3. Dark Souls 3 crashes

  1. Go to the game’s settings > put the Effects, Shadow and Light quality on low.
  2. Disable Steam Overlay: click on Steam > go to Settings > select the ‘In-Game Settings’ tab > uncheck the box next to ‘Enable Steam Community In-Game’ > click OK.
  3. Reinstall the game.

4. Fix game stutters

Move the GameOverlayRenderer.dll and GameOverlayRenderer64.dll from the Steam installation folder to another folder > transform GameOverlayRenderer.log into a read-only file. Also, consider updating your GPU drivers. Alternatively, in the dual-GPU configurations, we suggest disabling the onboard graphics.


5. The controller won’t work

  1. Update your drivers: Type Device Manager in the Search Menu and hit Enter. A list of devices connected to the PC will appear. Right-click your controller and select Update driver software.
  2. If you’re using a DS4 controller, go to the DS4 Windows settings, check the first option to ‘Hide DS4 Controller’. Then,  launch the game. The controller should now work.

If you’ve come across various solutions to fix other Dark Souls III bugs that we didn’t mention in this article, list the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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