Giants Software launched the latest Farming simulator this week, blowing up the Steam charts. However, as tons of virtual farmers rushed in to plan crops, raise livestock and manage their businesses, more and more players are reporting that Farming Simulator 22 FPS drops on their PC. If you find yourself on the same boat, don’t worry. You’ve landed on the right page. After reading this article, you shloud be able to fix this issue easily!
Try these fixes
Here’s a list of fixes that have resolved the Farming Simulator 22 FPS drops for other PC players. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.
- Install the latest game patch
- Update your graphics driver
- Set the Power Plan of your PC for high performance
- Optimize in-game graphics settings
- Modify graphics card settings
- Disable overlays
- Disable background recording and Xbox Game Bar
Install the latest game patch
Giants Software, the developers of Farming Simulator 22 releases regular game patches to fix bugs and improve gaming performance. It’s possible that a recent patch has caused the game crash issue, and that a new patch is required to fix it.
If a patch is available, it will be detected by Steam, and the latest game patch will be automatically downloaded and installed when you launch the game.
Launch Farming Simulator 22 to see if the FPS is back to normal. If the in-game FPS still drops, or there are no new game patch available, move on to next fix, below.
Update your graphics driver
If you haven’t updated your graphics driver for a long time, you should update or reinstall the driver, because the outdated or faulty graphics driver may trigger Farming Simulator 22 FPS dropping issue.
There are mainly two methods for you to update the graphics driver:
Manually – To update your graphics driver to the latest version, you’ll need to visit the manufacturer’s website, download the exact driver, and then install it manually.
Automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your graphics card, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click the Update button next to the flagged graphics driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
Or 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.)
- Once the driver is updated, reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.
Set the Power Plan of your PC for high performance
A power plan is a set of system and hardware settings on Windows OS. It’s designed to manage how your computer consumes and conserves power. Generally speaking, the higher the performance, the more power your computer consumes.
In most cases, the power plan on PCs are configured to Balanced by default, which may limits the operating capacity of your graphics card and CPU. In Windows 10 or Windows 11, you can customize the power plan on your PC, which allows you gain more performance.
If you’re experiencing peformance issues like FPS dropping, try modifying the Power Plan of your PC for Best Performance. Here is how to do it:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
- In the pop-up window, expand Hide additional plans and select High performance.
Launch Farming Simulator 22 and check if you get a better PFS. If the Farming Simulator 22 FPS drops again, try the next fix, below.
Optimize in-game graphics settings
Optimizing the graphics settings is another fix that may boost the in-game FPS, especially if your PC barely meets the minimum system requirements of Farming Simulator 22. If you have a powerful PC, just skip this fix.
Normally, the in-game PFS will increase after you lower the following in-game graphics settings:
Launch the game and go to Options > Display Settings first:
- Set V-Sync to Off
- Reduce the Resolution Scaling to 80% if your PC barely meets the minimum system requirement for FS 22.
Then press the Spacebar to access Advanced Graphics Settings. Then change the graphics settings as follows:
- Multisampling Anti-Aliasing: Off
- Post Process Anti-Aliasing: Off
- DLSS: Performance or Balanced if your graphics card supports DLSS. If not, then turn DLSS off.
- FidelityFx Super Resolution: Off
- Shadow Quality: Off; set it to Medium if you have a powerful PC.
- Shadow Distance Quality: Low
- SSAO Quality: Low; set it to Medium if you have a powerful PC.
- Light Quality: Low; set it to Medium if you have a powerful PC.
- Object Draw Distance: 50 – 70
- Terrain LOD Distance: 50 – 70
- Resolution Scaling 3D: 50 – 100
- Max Mirrors: 0
- Texture Filtering: Bilinear
- Shadow Map Filtering: Low
- Terrain Quality: Low; set it to High if you have a powerful PC.
- Foliage Draw Distance: 50 – 70
- Foliage Shadows: Off
- Mesh Tessellation Volume: 50 – 100
- Realistic Beacon Lights: Off
- Texture Resolution: Low
- Max Shadow Lights: 1
- Shader Quality: Low
- LOD Distance: 50 – 80
- Cloud Quality: Low
- Max Tire Tracks: 0 – 50
- Shading Rate: Low
Re-launch Farming Simulator 22 after you modified the in-game graphics settings to check if its FPS still drops, try the next fix, below.
Modify graphics card settings
Tweaking your graphics card settings in Nvidia or AMD control panel may also improve the in-game FPS. If you didn’t modify your graphics card settings, then you should give it a try.
For Nvidia users, follow the steps below:
- Right-click on your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the context menu.
- Click Manage 3D Settings on the left, then navigate to the Program Settings tab. In the Select a program to customize: part, add Farming Simulator 22 from the program list.
- In the Specify the settings for this program section, modify following settings:
Max Frame Rate: Set it to a frame rate below your monitor’s current refresh rate.
OpenGL rendering GPU: Set it to your Nvidia GPU
Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
Low Latency Mode: Ultra
Vertical sync: Fast
Texture filtering – Quality: Performance
- Click Apply to save the changes.
For AMD users, follow the steps below:
- Open AMD Radeon Settings.
- Go to Gaming > Global Settings. Then modify the settings the same way you see on the screenshot below.
Launch Farming Simulator 22 and see if the in-game FPS increases. If not, move on to the next fix, below.
According to many PC gamers, overlays sometimes may interfere with FS 22 and even introduces performance issues and compatibility issues. If the fixes above you tried didn’t give you a obvious FPS boost, then you can try disabling the in-game overlay before playing the game.
There’re many apps that provide overlay features. Here I’ll take the Steam Overlay as an example to show you how to turn the in-game overlay off in Steam:
- Launch Steam and go to your LIBRARY, then right click on Farming Simulator 22 game title and click Properties….
- In the GENERAL section, Uncheck Enable Steam Overlay while in-game.
If you’re using other apps with overlay features, such as Discord, Nvidia GeForce Experience, Twitch, etc., make sure you’ve disabled the in-game overlay in those apps feature before you restart the game.
Launch Farming Simulator 22 again after you disabled all the in-game overlays and see if the in-game FPS improves. If this issue persists, try the next fix, below.
Disable background recording and Xbox Game Bar
The background recording and Xbox Game Bar feature in Windows 10 is convenient for those who love sharing game highlight videos. However, once enabled, they’ll constantly run in the background, hogging tons of resources.
If you’ve enabled background recording and Xbox Game Bar, and you’re suffering from in-game FPS drops, try disabling them. Here’s how to do it:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time to open Windows Settings. Click Gaming to open Windows 10 gaming settings.
- Turn off the toggle under Xbox Game Bar if it is turned on.
- Click Captures on the left, then turn off the toggle udner Background recording if it is turned on.
Launch Farming Simulator 22 to see you can play it smoothly.
Hopefully, one of the fixes in the aritcle helped you fix the FPS dropping issue in Farming Simulator 22. Feel free to leave us a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions on this issue. Thanks for reading!