Since its launch, players have reported getting significant FPS drops in Beyond Light. To rule out the causes, we’ve gathered some fixes.
Fixes to try
You may not need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that works.
- Disable NVIDIA reflex
- Verify integrity of game files
- Update your video card driver
- Turn off hardware acceleration
- Temporarily disable background programs
Fix 1: Disable NVIDIA reflex
NVIDIA reflex uses GPU power to increase system responsiveness and decrease input latency. But it will sacrifice you a bunch of FPS. It’s turned on by default in the game. To turn it off, you need to set the value to 0. Here’s how you can do this:
1) Exit your game.
2) In the search bar, copy and paste %appdata%\Bungie\DestinyPC\prefs.
3) Right-click on the cvar.xml file and select Open with > Editor/ Notepad.
4) Scroll down and find this line <cvar name=”low_latency_mode” value=”1″ />. Now you need to change the value to 0.
Once done, click on File > Save to save the changes.
Now relaunch your game to check if it works. If you still get low FPS, you can delete that cvars.xml file.
Fix 2: Verify integrity of game files
Verifying integrity of game files is a recommended troubleshooting step you should take when you’re faced with game bugs. It can help you verify if the integrity of your games files is intact. If it is not, it’ll then restore any missing or corrupted files. Here’s how you can do this:
1) Launch your Steam client.
2) From the LIBRARY section, right-click Destiny 2: Beyond Light and select Properties from the menu.
3) When the Properties window opens, select the LOCAL FILES tab and click the VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES… tab. Steam will verify the game’s files – this process may take several minutes. Once complete, restart your game and check if it helps you improve the performance.
Fix 3: Update your video card driver
Your device drivers, the video card driver in particular, are important components that greatly impact your computer’s performance. If you get low FPS when gaming, one of the recommended troubleshooting steps you should take is to update your video card driver especially you can’t remember when was the last time you had it updated.
Option 1: Manually update your video card driver
To update your video card driver manually, you can go to the official website:
Then find the driver corresponding with your Windows version and download it manually. Once you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
Option 2: Automatically update your video card driver (recommended)
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your video card driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct version, download and install them correctly.
Here’s how it works:
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
(This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to upgrade to the Pro version, you can also update your drivers with the FREE version. All you need to do is to download them one at a time and manually install them.)
After updating your drivers, restart your computer and play your game. You should be able to see a noticeable difference in performance.
Fix 4: Turn off hardware acceleration
By default, hardware acceleration is enabled in Chrome and Discord. This feature utilizes your computer’s GPU to tackle graphics-intensive tasks. But it can cause your computer’s battery to drain a lot faster. And when you have pretty low FPS in the game, hardware acceleration could be the culprit. In this case, you need to turn off hardware acceleration in Chrome and Discord.
1) At the top right, click on the three lines and then select Settings.
2) Scroll down to the bottom and click on Advanced.
3) Scroll down to the System section, toggle off the option Use hardware acceleration when available. Then click Relaunch.
1) Open Discord app. Click on Settings (the gear icon beside your avatar).
2) On the left pane, navigate to Appearance. In this tab, scroll down to the ADVANCED section and toggle off the option Hardware Acceleration.
After turning off hardware acceleration, try and play your game to check if it mitigates your issue.
Fix 5: Temporarily disable background programs
Ideally, we suggest you close programs that may be using the internet and system resources. It’s also a great way to make sure that no third-party programs are interfering with your game. To disable programs running in the background, take these steps:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box.
2) Type msconfig and press Enter.
3) Go to the Services tab. Check Hide all Microsoft services and click Disable all.
4) Now go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
5) Under the Startup tab, disable one task at a time (Right-click on each and select Disable.) Once done, restart your computer.
Hopefully, these fixes can help you improve FPS and responsiveness in your game. If all else fails, make sure you turn G-SYNC off to check if it works.
If you have any ideas or questions, please leave us a comment below. We’ll get back to you ASAP.